- Paperback: 405 pages
- Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (29 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142411108
- ISBN-13: 978-0142411100
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.7 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 855,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sunshine Paperback – 29 Apr 2010
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"Rich prose and colorful description... keeps readers spellbound."
aStep into Robin McKinleyas thrilling, beautifully described world.a
aJayne Ann Krentz
aA smart, funny tale of suspense and romance.a
a"San Francisco Chronicle"
a"Sunshine" takes everything we have always known about the menacing eroticism of pale men with sharp teeth, and throws it up into the air.a
aMcKinley [balances] the dark drama with light touches of humor. Fans of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" will feel at home, but McKinleyas novel has its own originality and depth.a
aA good book with some nice little twists on the magic theme.a
a"Kansas City Star"
aWell-written and exciting.a
a"Rocky Mountain News"
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 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 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 gripping, funny, page-turning, pretty much perfect work of magical literature.+ -Neil Gaiman
Her adult novel - reissued. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
It took a chapter or two for me to start to settle into the world McKinley has created, a world riddled with vampires and demons and Weres, in the aftermath of a nasty war between humans and Others. But it was 'normal' enough not to push the fantasy too far, and McKinley's narrator, the Sunshine of the title, explains many of the little facets of magical life that the reader isn't familiar with. Soon enough I'd sunk right into the story and then I was away!
The basic plotline is that Sunshine, a bakery girl at her family's coffeehouse, drives out to her family's old lake house one night and is captured by a band of vampires. They dress her in a long red dress, drag her to one of the deserted lakeside mansions, and shackle her to the wall in the old ballroom as a tasty temptation for their other prisoner: a vampire enemy of their master. It will take an unlikely alliance and a whole lot of courage and unexpected strength to get themselves out alive and survive the vampires' wrath at their miraculous escape.
I did think maybe the chemistry between Sunshine and Con could have been a little, well, hotter; every time she starts to look sideways at him she seems to hastily remind herself - and therefore the reader - how repulsive vampires are, and it kills it stone dead! But other than that, I was completely absorbed and enjoyed it thoroughly. I'll be looking for more of McKinley's books in the future.
Until they found her... "
What a beautiful story. The mixture of reality, light & darkness, magic and mystery will make you turn the pages without wanting a break.
Sunshine/Rae is a simple girl, working as a baker at Charlie's coffee-house.She is definitely fascinated and pretty much obsessed with cinnamon rolls :) Her life is very simple, quite uneventful. The same routine every single day. But everything changes when she takes off for a drive on her own one night. She drives to the lake, where she used to spend a lot of time when she was little with her grandmother. Something has been wrong with the lake for as long as she can remember, but nothing unusual has happened there for a few years. So she drives up to the lake, gets out of her car and sits down next to the lake enjoying the solitude and the calmness of the lake. The moon shining over the black water, and the sweet silence soothing and helping her "recover", relax and collect her thoughts.
She never hears them approach .....
I loved the story, all the twists, the mystery and the suspense. I do agree that it is not your usual inhumanly handsome vampire falling in love with the heroine kind of story. In fact, the vampires here are hideous monsters, with grayish skin-colour and they smell awful. But different doesn't always mean bad !!! Darkness and light compliment each other in the best way possible.
Get the book, read it and enjoy it !!!
So 'Sunshine' is excellent relief. Here, the vampires are evil, inhuman creatures who inspire fear, loathing and revulsion. No swooningly handsome men with enigmatic, brooding good looks... instead we have grey-skinned, foul-smelling beings whose very movements shriek "alien!"
However, there has to be more to recommend the novel than simply a refreshing approach to vampires? And there is. McKinley has done a wonderful job creating a world that is recognisably similar to our own and yet features creatures of myth and legend as everyday facts. She doesn't just present these differences in one huge infodump, however, spending time dropping them almost absent-mindedly into the narrative. This works brilliantly well as it makes the narration of the lead character that much more believable as she doesn't feel compelled to break the flow of narrative to expound details that would be commonplace to her.
Ah yes, the eponymous narrator. Sunshine is one of those richly-drawn characters that immediately step from the page and take up place as your new best friend for the duration of the novel. Starting out as a fairly down-to-earth baker with an almost obsessive need to detail her various confectionary creations (warning, this book will make you crave pastries and chocolate) we get to experience her fear, bewilderment and, ultimately, resolve as her world takes decidedly odd turns.Read more ›
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