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Sunshine Hardcover – September 30, 2003
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Sunshine is not a book about vampires. They are there and they are central to the story, but the book is so much more than that. The best part of the book is that afore mentioned voice. I am not usually a fan of first person storytelling, but Sunshine is full of wry wit and a self-deprecatingly quirky combination of realism, independence, and fancy. I applaud the author for going in a new (if slightly Buffyesque) direction.
This book obviously isn't to everyone's taste, but the writing is still superb and I highly recommend it.
If it helps, my personal list of Robin McKinley favourites is: The Hero & the Crown, The Blue Sword, Deerskin, and now in 4th place -- Sunshine.
But finally I gave in and bought the book, and was immediately amazed. McKinley has created a richly detailed alternate version of our world, where the survivors of the voodoo wars cling to the normal rhythms of life, in spite of the lingering threat from vampires and demons. The heroine Sunshine is immediately engaging and sympathetic. As she comes in to her powers, she is forced to face the dangers that others choose to ignore.
The relationship with the vampire Con is particularly well done. There are none of the cliches here. Con isn't handsome, he's not an immediate love interest, and there's a clear sense that he is alien to Sunshine's world. And yet somehow he and Sunshine manage to form an alliance of necessity that grows into something more.
I loved this world and these characters and was sad when the book ended. I truly hope she'll be inpsired to write a sequel someday.
So a vampire tale by McKinley would be different, I knew.
The surprise came, when it's a fantastic kind of new!
With this book reviewers must endeavour please, not to give too much of the plot away. Half the suspense of reading the book is letting the story unfold and allowing the narrator to tell it in her own way & pace.
Sunshine works as a cook at a small cafe in a seedy and forgotten suburb after a magical holocaust has come across the world, reshaping the landscape of America as we know it.
She has an uneasy relationship with her mother, and finds herself having a closer acquaintance with a vampire than she had ever planned.
The gradual unveiling must not be clouded, thus I shall write no more, leaving it to you, the reader, to discover.
A story rich with ambiance, thick with texture taste and smell, menace hangs heavy in the air only to be washed away by the sharp sunlight and dizzying aroma of delicious cooking - all vividly imagined.
I salivitated through this book!
Without the hyperbole, McKinley proves again mastership of her craft, drawing readers on the adventure & into the world more solidly than ought to be possible.
Having read a library copy, I will now purchase the book as it's one I would love to keep - I had better make that two, because I know I won't be able to resist lending this fantastic book to friends!
Hoping there will be a sequel.
McKinley's vampires are genuinely loathsome creatures that aside from being human-shaped, don't share a lot of similarities with humans. I was convinced Constantine was really was an alien creature who wasn't wild about having anything to do with a human. Not only that, he's ugly, smells funny and generally has a terror-inducing presence. He's definitely not the in-humanely handsome, charming, sexy, and powerful vampire figure that is currently in vogue. And although Sunshine and Con develop a "bond" it is more in the nature of an obligation where the two parties would be just as happy to have nothing to do with one another under better circumstances.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Favorite book by Robin McKinley. The characters were fresh and new. A completely different take on vampires. Unfortunately the book reads as a first book in a series. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this story, as I love all of Robin McKinley's books. Highiy recommended!Published 6 days ago by Lily Knol
*Note this rating is for the Audibook only.
This is one of my favorite of Robin McKinley's books. But the main character is 25 and the narrator sounds 70. Read more
Rae "Sunshine" Seddon is just an average girl with an average life. She works in a bakery, reads books about "Others", and does movie night with her mom, step-dad,... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Crystal Starr Light
I read several reviews prior to purchasing this kindle book. First, some reviewers were blaming the "disconnect" in the dialogue as being a first adult novel from a young... Read morePublished 1 month ago by TexasGirl
I love Robin McKinley' s books as a rule and Sunshine is absolutely no exception. I held off reading this one for years because it's a vampire story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by YankeeGirlFL
I love this author's style. I'm a very conservative reader, though, and I don't like gratuitous anything. Read morePublished 1 month ago by marmar
This book was unlike any other vampire related book I've ever read. I loved the characters and the elaborate world Robin McKinley created. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jules42
Loved this amazing story...and I'm not a fan of vampires at all.Published 2 months ago by Belles Walker