Re: McKinley: Yet Another Spindle's End Review...

From: Allison Feliciano <>
Date: Wed Aug 02 2000 - 11:13:15 PDT

I totally agree with you about this. I loved Spindles
End too! To me her long descriptions just added to the
story. One of the reasons I love Robins work is
because of the strong sense of atmosphere and her gift
for metaphor. My favorite is from Beauty: 'the morning
star shone like hope from the bottom of Pandoras box'.

I enjoyed Spindles End much more than Rose Daughter.
Rose Daughter just didn't pull me in as Robins other
novels do.

--- "" <> wrote:
> A few spoilers, be forewarned :)
> This is going to be a vastly unpopular opinion, I
> just know it. I'm
> sorry. I LOVED the book. Perhaps I've read "The
> Princess Bride" one too
> many times (I think I'm up to eight) but the lengthy
> parenthesis didn't
> even bother me.
> I felt a different flavour with this book, compared
> with the others. I
> got the impression that Ms. McKinley was very
> relaxed with the writing
> of it, and that, in turn, let me settle down and
> enjoy it quite easily.
> I liked the humourous edges, and the slightly
> rambling tendency. Aside -
> I'll be the first to admit I hold a double standard
> in that - I don't
> mind writers going into detail about setting, then
> launching into a
> brief historical anecdote... but I did skim most of
> the description of
> the Battle of Waterloo in "Les Miserables", and you
> wouldn't be able to
> get me to "A Tale of Two Cities" again. But
> "Spindle's End" was relaxed,
> and didn't strike me as long-winded in the
> slightest.
> As far as the Damar references go, besides the
> pointed ones that have
> already been mentioned on the list, there are a few
> rather teasing
> mentions in the book, referring to other events.
> There is mention of
> legends of armies of animals helping out past kings
> and queens, at one
> point the steeling up of courage is compared to a
> lone warrior fighting
> a fire-wyrm, and then of course a sneaky reference
> to a story of the
> Beast.
> No, the book isn't epic, but it exudes the nature of
> a fairy tale, and I
> found it delightful.
> There.
> Now you can all argue with me. *grin*
> @-}--Willow
> --
> "...and the soul which has seen most of truth shall
> come to the birth
> as a philosopher, or artist, or some musical and
> loving nature..."
> -Plato, "Phaedrus"
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