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Sunshine Paperback – April 29, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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
The story unfolded like any good book wood it was deep and satisfying and surprising all at the same time it's like no other vampire book I've ever read and I loved itPublished 4 days ago by lynn
Massively entertaining storytelling, rich world creation and invention of new types of magic that nevertheless reverberate timelessly. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Gift Card Recipient
I had to reread it immediately when I found an ecopy and purchased the audio, too, which was good. It helps to read thru each word rather than skip to all the exciting bits. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Laura Burgandy Ice
innamon rolls as big as your head. I want one. Sunshine is a baker who likes inventing new desserts. Then she gets caught in a vampire gang war - sort of? Read morePublished 8 days ago by Sylvia McIvers
Before I tell you why I disliked this book so much, I'd urge you to buy it on Kindle if you are contemplating a purchase. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Quickbeam
I have read this book multiple times. There is something about the relationship between the main characters that keeps me coming back, reading between the lines for more and more... Read morePublished 11 days ago by cnkasting
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I like to read it every year in the fall, nearish Halloween. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
I liked this book for the most part, altho it did veer into romance at times. it was well written and pretty interesting. Read morePublished 16 days ago by C. Woody Butler