Monday, September 24, 2007

Sunshine: A review

By Robin McKinley

I wanted to like this book. And on a certain level I do. Rae is a very likable character and one who I feel a lot of sympathy for and identification with. I want to do what she does, except with books instead of Sunshine's Eschatology and the giant cinnamon buns. And being me, I don't mind a lot of the aspects that others might find highly dubious. By this I mean the vampires.

On the other hand, a story that I would otherwise greatly enjoy was largely ruined for me by the smuttiness. Lots of smuttiness. I can deal with a little bit, but Sunshine contained quite a bit more than I could quite take.

Which is really sad, because Robin McKinley's writing is wonderful. I love almost all of her books and the fact that I can't whole-heartedly love this one makes me unhappy. It is also sad because at its bottom Sunshine is a story of good and evil, of light and dark. But it is what it is and so I cannot recommend it. I wish that I could, but in all conscience, I can't.

1 comment:

Susan Harwood said...

Dear Maureen

I am writing to let you know about my blog

I think people who like the Arthur Ransome books may enjoy it.

By the way, I notice you also like the Dean's Watch. I haven't noticed many people putting books by Elizabeth Goodge on their profile list. I think I read all her books when I was younger and I also think they helped shape my attitude to life and what I might hope for in it.

Interesting too that you put The Chieftans on your list. I nearly put The Chieftans on my list but wasn't sure anyone would know what I was talking about!

Not that all this is relevent to the reason I am contacting you!

Anyway . . . if are interested in taking a look at my blog, I would be interested in your opinion.

I can be contacted at

as well as through the 'Comments' on the blog itself.

I hope you don't mind me contacting you in this way.

Susan Harwood