Search Results: "Robin McKinley"


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BLACK BEAUTY by Robin McKinley
Released: Oct. 6, 1986

"An attractive edition that should win new friends for an old favorite."
An abridgement (to about a third) of the classic horse story by Anna Sewell, first published in 1877. Read full book review >

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THE DOOR IN THE HEDGE by Robin McKinley
Released: April 6, 1981

"However, girls reluctantly outgrowing the romantic fairy tales now packaged for a younger audience will find these crystal-clear and melodic renditions."
McKinley, who made a young novel out of "Beauty and the Beast" (Beauty, 1978), now offers a quartet of fairy tales—two of them original and two retellings. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 1978

"And her choice of a tale for such treatment couldn't be more fortunate; it's a natural for girls who have outgrown fairy tales but not the sort of romance that this one embodies."
McKinley's novel-length retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" incorporates no shift in viewpoint, no special perspective (Freudian or whatever), no witty embroidery or extra dimension of any sort. Read full book review >

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SUNSHINE by Robin McKinley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2003

"An intriguing mix of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Harry Potter-ish characterization. Mostly for teenagers who don't trip over words like 'eschatology,' and maybe some older fantasy devotees as well."
Mild-mannered vampire fantasy from Britisher McKinley, author of whimsical, rather talky rewrites of classic fairytales for young adults. Read full book review >

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SHADOWS by Robin McKinley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 26, 2013

"McKinley's writing is an acquired taste. While this is not the book to start with, for those who have already fallen under her spell, it's bound to appeal. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Insanely detailed, sometimes confusing, ultimately rewarding; in other words, classic McKinley. Read full book review >

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DEERSKIN by Robin McKinley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1993

"McKinley will have to do much better than this to capture an adult audience."
A first foray into adult fantasy for the author of such well- received children's books as The Outlaws of Sherwood (1988), etc. In an unnamed, standard fantasy kingdom, an unnamed queen dies after bequeathing to her unnamed king a portrait capturing her surpassing beauty. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1994

"Still, for the contemplative, a quality performance. (Fiction. 12+)"
Four stories (three previously published in Ace anthologies in the early '80s), set (like The Blue Sword, etc.) in mythical Damar, plus a contemporary fifth; the four are romances, the fifth concerns a girl adapting to a new place. Read full book review >

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CHALICE by Robin McKinley
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"This tale will go down with fans like a spoonful of honey while attracting new readers to McKinley's previous works. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
This may not be Innisfree, but Yeats would recognize the "bee-loud glade" within its pages. Read full book review >

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PEGASUS by Robin McKinley
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Magnificent and magical. (Fantasy. YA)"
Classic McKinley, from the original concept (pegasi!) to the lush, dense prose and the careful unfolding of a nuanced tale. Read full book review >

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ROSE DAUGHTER by Robin McKinley
Released: Sept. 16, 1997

"While the story is full of silvery images and quotable lines, it will strike some as overlong and overblown; for others, perhaps those who were bewitched by Donna Jo Napoli's Zel (1996), it is surely the perfect book. (Fiction. 12+)"
This luxuriant retelling of the story of the Beauty and the Beast is very different from McKinley's own Beauty (1978). Read full book review >

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IMAGINARY LANDS by Robin McKinley
Released: April 14, 1986

"An intermittently rewarding collection for fantasy buffs."
Inspired by McKinley's fascination with fiction with a strong sense of place, stories by nine authors well-known for science fiction and fantasy. Read full book review >

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DRAGONHAVEN by Robin McKinley
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Quietly magnificent. (Fantasy. YA)"
A sharply incisive, wildly intelligent dragon fantasy involving profound layers of science and society, love and loss and nature and nurture. Read full book review >