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Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Description: A young baker, a sunlight girl steps into shadows. A lush vampire tale.

In an era where it seems every other author is writing vampire stories, Robin McKinley takes her typically different spin.

McKinley creates a wonderful world here that I wouldnít mind visiting again. This is a world just after an apocalypse. When most of the world lies in ruins except a few small cities that survived the magical deluge. At first, it seemed a only a few degrees from our world. But as I progressed through the book, the degrees grew larger and more and more complex.

Rae, or Sunshine as she is called, is a young baker. A barely managed to graduate from high school molder of dough and chocolate delights. Sunshine, whose gift is the light of sun.

And then thereís the vampires, a dark wave that threatens to overwhelm the world in a hundred years.

Liquid poetic descriptions, interesting characters, and a well realized world.

Although, despite what the cover says, less of a vampire romance, and more of a vampire adventure.

 

Deerskin by Robin McKinley

Description: A terribly beautiful king and queen and a horrible beautiful canker at the heart of the kingdom.

Based on the Percault story Donkeyskin.

Itís horrifying, the breaking of the most basic of all human taboos. Moon blood dreams and isolated cabins in the snow. Winters that last five years and moon maidens fleeing what they would not know.

This a McKinley story that I donít often revisit. Itís too uncomfortable.

And yet, I love the non-linear flow of the story. The inevitable and great tide that is the ultimate conclusion to the story.

Itís less of a novel and more of a poem in prose.

Thus, I suppose itís inevitable that I like it. 

 
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