- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (April 29, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142411108
- ISBN-13: 978-0142411100
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 903 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ $4.47 shipping
Sunshine Paperback – April 29, 2010
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors' picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
"A gripping, funny, page-turning, pretty much perfect work of magical literature." -Neil Gaiman
"Smart, dark, and riveting. Sunshine is quite possibly the best vampire book published in my lifetime." -Melissa Marr, bestselling author of Wicked Lovely
“A luminous, entrancing novel with an enthralling pair of characters at its heart.” –Booklist
About the Author
Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword. Her other books include Sunshine; the New York Times bestseller Spindle's End; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and Rose Daughter; and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood. She lives with her husband, the English writer Peter Dickinson.
Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features:
903 customer reviews
Review this product
Read reviews that mention
Showing 1-8 of 903 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This book was different than most vampire books I've ever read. Number 1, this is NOT another Twilight clone! (Breathe a sigh of relief, people!) This is a really gritty portrayal of vampires and "part blood" (meaning anything from werewolves to demons). Not once does Rae dreamily wish Constantine would bite her and whisk her away into the sunset. In fact, Rae's boyfriend is a (probably human) chef, with whom she actually has a good relationship (DO NOT FAINT!).
Number 2, Rae as a protagonist is incredibly different from most of the other first person accounts I've ever read. This style is what I would call "stream of consciousness" - Rae's narration is basically whatever is on her mind, regardless of how or if it might even pertain to the plot. This is how we learn that this society is this post-apocalyptic pseudo-waste ground where the threat of vampires (who control a good 1/5 of the world economy - I think, if I remember correctly) is imminent. It's in chunks, hidden much deeper into a novel than a reader is accustomed to. This makes "Sunshine" much more realistic, but also much more frustrating. When I started the book, I thought it would be a fluffy read in the vein of Sookie Stackhouse; by the time I ended, I was in awe of the very gritty very urban fantasy (very NOT paranormal romance) read I got.
I Buddy Read this with an engineering friend of mine, and we both came to the conclusion we liked it, but Rae's narration almost killed it for us. Also, the fact that this is a standalone is a good and bad thing; I really hate these endless series these days, because I never seem to be able to get to book 1, much less book 18. (Unless I hate-listen to Anita Blake, apparently.) On the other hand, if ever there was a book set up perfectly for sequels, this is it. It is the perfect balance of an origin story, leaving some nice little tails dangling, but still closing up all the loose ends in a way that makes you satisfied.
Am I glad I held onto this book through so many moving/shifting genres culls? Absolutely! Would I read it again? Probably not. Would I recommend? Definitely.
Brought to you by:
Mainly, due to the writer's very.. unique.. writing voice. I see now she was REALLY holding back in her novel 'Beauty' (which I HIGHLY recommend). Thank goodness. That novel was out-of-the-park amazing, but this one? Bizarre is the best way I can describe it.
The story - at least, the key elements - are intriguing, and excellently written. The world building is top notch. I have never seen a better assimilated post-apocalyptic monster story. The detail and time put into explaining each creature and their place in this war-ravaged universe was crystal clear. BUT, but but but - OH MY GOD. Why?
There is sooooo much excess... excess. I felt that Sunshine's inner narrative went on and on and on and on until I was screaming for the vampire to return so I'd at least get some dialogue. Clearly, this is the writer's style, and obviously she's successful enough to get away with it. Her writing is really GOOD, but there is so much unnecessary information being shared in-between the important parts, you almost forget why you're here, who you are, and how long this has been going on. Like that one relative at every gathering that ropes you into a 30 minute conversation which you can recall nothing of afterward.
This novel felt like it took 4,000 years to read - when in reality, I'd say I knocked it out in four or five days. Books never take me THAT long to read, but this one had a numbing psychological effect. I can barely describe it. I was eager to see more of the vampire, I think, and her relationship with him, I was willing to bide my time and tolerate the rabbit trailing. That was a mistake of sorts, on my part. Let me be clear - this really isn't a vampire romance. Yes, there's plenty of what you might call 'unresolved sexual tension' about it - but that's just it. Unresolved. Everything between them, unresolved. It felt like a million years of build up for nothing substantial.
This novel was at least adequately named. It really is all about Sunshine, her thoughts, her life, her cinnamon rolls, her friends and unusual customers, and oh yeah, that time she was kidnapped by a vampire gang, escaped, and her subsequent latent magic powers. I feel that if all the plot-moving points were plucked out and stitched together, this would have been a nice, quick, gritty novel with neat, supernatural themes. As is, it's a well written, word-vomity manifesto, nice if you really want something to occupy your time, but not much good for casual reading.