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Sunshine
So, for the just completed England trip I did some advance planning. Instead of arriving at the airport and desperately searching in their pathetic shops for a book I could read on the airplane and during other periods of waiting that the trip would entail I purchased a book that I actually wanted to read. (I also purchased another book to start reading at home before I left so I would finish the book designated as airplane reading too soon, how's that for clever?)

The book in question was Sunshine by Robin McKinley. Once upon a time if you'd asked me who my favorite author was I would have said Robin McKinley. That was back in the high/school early college. Then she wrote The Outlaws of Sherwood which I hated. Her next book was almost as good as her first three, though. Then her work started being stuff I felt lukewarm about, but I bought the books because I so loved the first few and I kept hoping. Sunshine has her back in form.

Most of her previous work has been set in her imaginary kingdom of Damar, or in its environs, or classic fairy tale land. Outlaws is about Robin Hood, so you know where that it set. Sunshine is different. Its a vampire novel. Its actually a pretty interesting vampire novel, too. I was worried about the genre shift given how much I hated Outlaws, which was the only non-fairytale before Sunshine. Sunshine was really good though, so I guess I have to keep buying her books.

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countertorque From: countertorque Date: June 8th, 2005 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I hate trying to buy books in the airport shops. I'm always cursing myself when I forget to plan to take a book with me.

Actually, it's been DVD's lately to watch on Chica's laptop.
twe From: twe Date: June 8th, 2005 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
DVDs on the laptop are great! :) I watched one on my way back from your wedding.
merastra From: merastra Date: June 8th, 2005 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lately I've been asking my book consultant, ricedog for reading advice and a loaner before plane trips. What did Warren do for reading material?
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: June 8th, 2005 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
He read the Wall Street Journal at the airport on the way out, slept on the plane over, and bought The Wars of the Roses by Desmond Seward while in England. Its non-fiction obviously, but a good read. (I'm reading it now.)
twe From: twe Date: June 8th, 2005 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, I've never actually read any of her stuff.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: June 8th, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was in my early-mid teens when I first discovered her, so the early books are the sort of light fantasy that girls tend to like at that age. I still like rereading them though, which is more that I can say for the Anne McCaffery that I was also reading at that age. The later books are also much less fluffy, and Sunshine is pretty non-fluffy.
jcatelli From: jcatelli Date: June 8th, 2005 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I liked Sunshine, although it is quite a departure from her earlier work. I've always liked her use of language and her characterization. Beauty is still my favorite, though.
From: readsalot Date: June 8th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved Sunshine, possibly because of all of the yummy-sounding baked goods and the descriptions of being a baker. The (mood? tone?) was very different from anything else she's done, but I found that made it more interesting to me, rather than less.

Then again, it's hard for me to think of anything of hers that I haven't loved. Well, maybe Rose Daughter (which is kind of Beauty again, only not.) I had to love Beauty when it first came out, because the main character spends all of her spare time reading.
twe From: twe Date: June 9th, 2005 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey there!

I know you!
From: readsalot Date: June 9th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
<giggle> I thought it would be a good idea to stop lurking and actually talk, and that way I could start friending people and they wouldn't wonder who on earth I was.
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