Good versus evil is predominant theme in Redwall. It does not take one long to realize that the good are woodlanders and the bad are vermin. The vermin are almost always portrayed as imbeciles. However, this is a long stretch to say considering I have not read a Redwall novel in quite some time and cannot provide clear-cut examples. However, whenever I think about Redwall I get the feeling that things move along according to a formula. Personally speaking, I find myself ill at ease with the formula because it is predictable. Albeit, one may say predictability is good. It is good to know who is going to win in the end, and to go through that experience and feel the thrills. As of late, though, I am tiring of the predictability and have been cravings something with different substance. I want to read a novel that is as intellectually stimulating as it is a page-turner. I want to experience the thrills that the deep complexities of a novel potentially can bring. Life is not as clear cut as good versus evil at times. At times, there is a lot of gray area and one path appears the best route. It then shifts from a pure good versus evil, right versus wrong issue to something that reflects the deep complexities of life. To put it differently, I would love to see material for the older crowd. However, I am happy for Brian Jacques and his continued success.

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