- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (November 30, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0515138819
- ISBN-13: 978-0515138818
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 817 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Sunshine is a gripping, funny, page-turning, pretty much perfect work of magical literature that exists more or less at the unlikely crossroads of Chocolat, Interview With a Vampire, Misery, and the tale of Beauty and the Beast. It's not quite SF, and it's not really horror, and only kind of a love story, and it's all three while still being solidly Fantastique. It also does that nice thing where the author assumes the readers are smart, and she treats us like we're smart, and we purr and get smarter and work harder for all that."-Neil Gaiman, New York Times bestselling author
"Fabulous, fascinating, and a whole lot of fun. Step into Robin McKinley's thrilling, beautifully described world, where you will meet some interesting vampires and a lady who can deal with the creatures of the night."
—Jayne Ann Krentz
"I had no idea that blood and dessert could go together so well. I loved it!"—Amber Benson, "Tara" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
"Buffyesque baker Rae "Sunshine" Seddon meets Count Dracula's hunky Byronic cousin in Newbery-Award-winner McKinley's first adult-and-then-some romp through the darkling streets of a spooky post-Voodoo Wars world...Most of the charm of this long venture into magic maturation derives from McKinley's keen ear and sensitive atmospherics, deft characterizations and clever juxtapositions of reality and the supernatural...McKinley knows very well—and makes her readers believe—that 'the insides of our own minds are the scariest things there are.'"—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"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
“A smart, funny tale of suspense and romance.” –San Francisco Chronicle
“Before reading Sunshine, I had no idea that blood and dessert could go together so well.” –Amber Benson
“McKinley [balances] the dark drama with light touches of humor. Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will feel at home, but McKinley’s novel has its own originality and depth.” –Orlando Sentinel
“A dark, sensual vampire fairy tale.” –This Week Newspapers (Ohio)
“Sunshine has magic in every word.” –Sherrilyn Kenyon, New York Times bestselling author
“Sunshine takes everything we have always known about the menacing eroticism of pale men with sharp teeth and throw it up into the air.” –Time Out
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.
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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.
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The world that McKinley created fascinated me. I think everything fit in logically and the bits and pieces that she threw in made the world more concrete. Besides my absolute favorite lines in the book ("We really like librarians. They tend to have tidy minds."), I think the book can be summed up with this one: What we can do, we must do: we must use what we are given, and we must use it the best we can, however much or little help we have for the task.
If you only want a quick fix of vampire fiction, this probably isn't going to be your cup of tea. It requires that you read it and absorb the world. If on the other hand you want a well-written fantasy that happens to have vampire in it, this book should interest you.
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Anyhow, just great story, great writing.Read more