Sunshine

Sunshine

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By (author) Robin McKinley

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There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk. But the lake had been quiet for years...She never heard them coming. Of course you don't, when they're vampires. They took her clothes and sneakers. They dressed her in a long red gown. And they shackled her to the wall of an abandoned mansion - within easy reach of her fellow prisoner. She knows he is a vampire. She knows that she's to be his dinner, and that when he is finished with her, she will be dead. Yet when dawn breaks, she is still alive. And now he needs her to help him survive the day...

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Robin McKinley is an American writer who has won many awards in the US, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown, a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword and the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature for Sunshine.She lives in Hampshire with her husband, author Peter Dickinson, two hellhounds, an 1897 Steinway upright, increasing numbers of rose bushes, and a stone's throw from her change-ringing bell tower.Her blog is http://robinmckinleysblog.com/ and her website is http://robinmckinley.com/

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By Rohan 08 May 2010 5

I love this book. I love Robin McKinley's writing, and this is my favourite. McKinley's strength is in writing characters who are easy to identify with despite the bizarre situations she places them in - and they don't get much more bizarre than in Sunshine. I have read criticisms which complain about the constant reference to cinnamon buns, and the somewhat choppy nature of the narration. I think that this is part of the charm of the book for me, if only in part because it mirrors my own thought processes!

If you don't like fantasy, gore, or less than perfectly wrapped up endings, this is not the book for you. McKinley rarely finishes a story with a neat little bow and a happily ever after, and this one even less so than most - no doubt why so many of her fans have clamoured for a sequel. However, if you like intelligent fantasy, with strong, real female heroines and an eclectic writing style, give Sunshine a go.

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"It's an astonishing piece of work. 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" Neil Gaiman "Takes away everything we have always known about the menacing eroticism of pale men with sharp teeth, and throws it up into the air...This is a book about growing up and making peace with the world around you, and it is excellent" TIME OUT "Great to see a vampire novel which owes nothing to Bram Stoker and a magic novel that owes nothing to Lord of the Rings. Very appealing characters, an original plot line and a much-needed infusion of humour into a usually humourless genre. Move over Clive Barker and Anne Rice. Robin McKinley is set to blow them both out of the water" JOANNE HARRIS "Buffyesque baker Rae 'Sunshine' Seddon meets Count Dracula's hunky Byronic cousin in Newbery Award winner McKinley's first adult-and-then-some romp" PUBLISHERS WEEKLY