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08/25/2003 Entry: "Robin McKinley gets fangs"

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To the astonishment and tentative delight of her fans, Robin McKinley's upcoming book is a vampire novel! McKinley is more known for her wonderful retellings of classic fairy tales, like BEAUTY and SPINDLE'S END, and other traditional Fantasy like BLUE SWORD. SUNSHINE, coming out in October, is about a young girl who is positive she will be a vampire's midnight snack, and is surprised the next morning to not only be alive but in the company of a vampire that needs her help. Fantasy master Neil Gaiman describes it as such: "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." You can read an excerpt from SUNSHINE (an intriguingly ominous title for a vampire novel) on McKinley's website.

Read what we thought about some of her other books ...
[DEERSKIN]
[ROSE DAUGHTER]
[BEAUTY]
[SPINDLE'S END]
[BLUE SWORD]

Neil Gaiman's whole blog:
I woke up too early, so started reading Robin McKinley's forthcoming novel Sunshine in the bath. 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. 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. It'll be nominated for awards, and win them; in the meantime I really hope it finds its audience, which is, potentially, huge.
Neil Gaiman's Website

Replies: 2 Comments

I can't wait for this book!

Posted by Jenn @ 08/26/2003 03:37 PM ET


I agree with Leila, who read the excerpt on McKinley's Web site and thought of Charlaine Harris and her heroine Sookie. "The coffee shop instead of the bar, the cinammon bun baker instead of the waitress, and Charlie with the heart of gold instead of Sam with his kindness. The "voice" isn't all that similar, but the quick description of the ragtag entourage of the heroine sort of brought back the Dead in Dixie group."

I can barely wrap my mind around the fact McKinley wrote a futuristic vampire novel. Reading the excerpt of SUNSHINE and also the "Bitch from Hell" section of her Web site completely changes the way I thought about her. Mind-bending stuff.

Posted by Preeti @ 08/26/2003 05:22 PM ET



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