I'm sorry I haven't posted much in a while. Life has been kind of exhausting, and I"m not sure why I haven't found the time to bitch---err, I mean, talk about it here. Anyone remember that YA book series Animorphs by K.A. Applegate? The older/younger(teen) crowd may not be phased by it as much--it affected a pretty small age range at one point in time.
Anyways! Back to the point. I had the complete series back in the day, and my mom up and decided she would donate them to her school library when I was in highschool. I had started collecting these books when I was in 6th grade. Her reasoning was that it wasn't something I would read again, unlike the Boxcar children. She was definitely wrong, as I probably won't be reading boxcar kids again till I have kids to read them to, and I've wanted to re-read Animorphs countless times since she took them from me.
My boyfriend has all of the main books, and we just got the box of them from his mom. EEEEEEEEEK!!!!!!
So you can guess where I've been the past however-many days. Rereading the series, and I am simply STUNNED at how much there is a pagan influence in the books. Its probably not intended to be pagan--just philosophical or something. But damn.
Animorphs, as the title indicates, is about a group of kids who are given the power to 'morph' into different animals--any different animal, as long as they 'acquire' the DNA first. They are given this power by a dying alien in order to protect earth from a hostile covert invasion by another alien race. (Its a Sci-Fi, can you tell?) In one book they become dolphins for an undersea mission, and end up saving a whale that is being attacked by a group of sharks. The one who is narrating that book, Cassie, ends up 'speaking' with the whale--in a completely spiritual, sense-and-images-and-emotion kind of way. While the animorphs do have 'thoughtspeak' (telepathy) while in animal form, this is completely different. This is a real whale that she is talking to while a dolphin.
So, that doesn't sound like much. Consider these little nuggets are sprinkled all throughout the series. I am *loving* this. However, it happens to be sapping up all of my freetime. Sorry guys! I'll be back as soon as I'm done with the short 54 plus some odd book series. Promise!