Free Read Spindle's End - by Robin McKinley

  • Title: Spindle's End
  • Author: Robin McKinley
  • ISBN: 9780399234668
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Hardcover

  • In the tradition of Beauty and Rose Daughter, Newbery Award winning author Robin McKinley lends a fresh perspective to a classic fairy tale, developing the story of Sleeping Beauty into a richly imagined, vividly depicted novel School Library Journal.
    Robin McKinley
    Born in her mother s hometown of Warren, Ohio, Robin McKinley grew up an only child with a father in the United States Navy She moved around frequently as a child and read copiously she credits this background with the inspiration for her stories Her passion for reading was one of the most constant things in her childhood, so she began to remember events, places, and time periods by what books she read where For example, she read Andrew Lang s Blue Fairy Book for the first time in California The Chronicles of Narnia for the first time in New York The Lord of the Rings for the first time in Japan The Once and Future King for the first time in Maine She still uses books to keep track of her life.McKinley attended Gould Academy, a preparatory school in Bethel, Maine, and Dickinson College in 1970 1972 In 1975, she was graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin College In 1978, her first novel, Beauty, was accepted by the first publisher she sent it to, and she began her writing career, at age 26 At the time she was living in Brunswick, Maine Since then she has lived in Boston, on a horse farm in Eastern Massachusetts, in New York City, in Blue Hill, Maine, and now in Hampshire, England, with her husband Peter Dickinson also a writer, and with whom she co wrote Water Tales of Elemental Spirits in 2001 and two lurchers crossbred sighthounds.Over the years she has worked as an editor and transcriber 1972 73 , research assistant 1976 77 , bookstore clerk 1978 , teacher and counselor 1978 79 , editorial assistant 1979 81 , barn manager 1981 82 , free lance editor 1982 85 , and full time writer Other than writing and reading books, she divides her time mainly between walking her hellhounds, gardening, cooking, playing the piano, homeopathy, change ringing, and keeping her blog.


    Spindle s End a retelling of Sleeping Beauty is odd in a lot of respects, and therefore a lot of people aren t going to like it To outline these 1 Most of the book is narration There is very little in the way of dialogue, even when it comes to things that most other authors would have left for characters to say.2 It is hard to say who the main character really is The person who you would assume to be the central character at the beginning is very peripheral by the end.3 While based on a fairy ta [...]

    Moira Russell
    This was a really adorable book, altho I think you have to be in the right mood for it When I started reading it I bogged down a little in an atmosphere which I found sort of Fucking Twee, and then I went back to it later and found it much easier to get into I really liked the characterizations of Rosie and Peony, especially how they were both good characters without being wimpy or Mary Sues and I really liked their friendship it s a v Chloe liked Olivia kind of book It was interesting to read h [...]

    Melissa Rudder
    Robin McKinley s young reader retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story, Spindle s End, smells good It s made up of those yellowing pages that you run your fingers down and feel the soft fibers of, and as you thumb through the pages it fans your face with the invigorating smell of book And that s probably the best part of it.I read Spindle s End because I read McKinley s Beauty in seventh grade and can vaguely remember loving it I didn t love Spindle s End I did grow to love some of the characters [...]

    Spindle s End is a re telling of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale I love many of McKinley s other re telling stories, like Beauty and The Outlaws of Sherwood The first three quarters of this book are no exception.The characters are engaging The description of life in the little community where Rose Sleeping Beauty grows up is so idyllic that you want the book to keep going just so you can read about the town.Unfortunately, the last quarter almost does the book in The magic in this book shows no par [...]

    This could have been an interesting retelling of Sleeping Beauty McKinley had some good ideas, but the plot rambled along at such a boring pace that it s hard to remember what they were Long winded and useless descriptions of every mundane thing you can imagine were a huge part of what bogged the book down I think if it had been chopped down to 150 or 200 pages, it would have made a pretty decent story At 400 plus pages Not so much.I also thought that the fact that her love interest was 20 to 30 [...]

    Those who have struggled with McKinley s writing style and penchant for tangents in the past will probably not get on with this book, but for the most part, I really enjoyed it It s slow as most of her books are and occasionally convoluted as most of her books are but it felt homey Cozy.Full review maybe to come.

    Jackie "the Librarian"
    A fun, greatly expanded retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with Briar Rose going against stereotype by being a strapping young woman with a love for animals and the outdoors, and no regard for her beautiful blonde hair I really enjoyed the story until the confrontation with the evil fairy Pernicia Then Robin pulls her familiar trick of a foggy vague battle and some unexplained magic to get us through to the end Bad Robin Oh, well, most readers will forgive her I, though, choose to dock her a star off [...]

    I feel bad giving this book so few stars But I honestly can t say that I enjoyed it I actually skipped parts, and the darn thing was only 300 or so pages long.McKinley is a good writer she produces gorgeous and very funny prose, she s a master worldbuilder, and she creates believable characters and complex plots I would have happily read the short story version of this novel But I got bored at about the hundred page mark.The reason I got bored is that this novel began with Rosie s birth as it ha [...]

    this was really disappointing especially after such a fine beginning, with the imaginative world building, the detail on just everything gloriously written, and some promising characters and she s clearly engaged in taking apart the fairy tale to take a close look, something that always gets my vote.unfortunately, it doesn t last too bad that whole headlong flight of Katriona s with the baby, and how the animals buy in, it s just lovely i settled in but Katriona s issues fade into Rosie s issues [...]

    Very good variant of Rumpelstiltskin, in which a fairy accidentally absconds with the princess after she s cursed The princess is raised with no idea who she really is I stayed up too late reading this one.

    There was much I liked about this book, and much I was frustrated with First I felt it was too long This is a bad sign If the book is irresistible, I don t mind if it goes on and on But this one was tricky, full of rogue magic that changed things willy nilly and was hard to control, characters that likewise changed prominence back and forth throughout the story, endless animal names without helpful reference points how I am supposed to remember which was a dog, fox, cat, horse, owl, whatever , a [...]

    I grew up reading Robin Mckinley, and periodically like to revisit her works While Beauty was the first book I read by her and the first book I reread until the spine wore out , and her Damar books hold a special fascination for me, there is something about Spindle s End that keeps me coming back.Maybe that s because Mckinley is open with the workings of magic in this world in other books magic is a furtive, secretive thing, like a wild animal We get of fairies and magicians and baby magic, al [...]

    I have read a number of books by this author and really liked all of them, but this one is a standout for me It is a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story, but goes far beyond the limitations of the original tale The author manages to create a delightful, suspend disbelief magical kingdom and populates the story with fully rounded characters who are both entertaining and engage the reader s sympathies, along with a plot line that departs from fairy tale formula just enough to keep us guessing t [...]

    A warm, fluffy blanket of a book in which the tiny bit of conflict seems almost superfluous The only surprise was how relentlessly heterosexual it managed to be despite a climax that involves two women kissing each other.

    I can t believe I ve not read this since I started using I love this book, it s such a beautiful, gentle story, McKinley at her best The plot is obviously based around the Sleeping Beauty fairy story, but really, it only starts like it fairy curses princess to prick her finger on a spindle and die on her 21st birthday McKinley writes a tale of a no nonsense girl, Rosie who grows up in a small village, the guardian of two fairies, not knowing that she is the princess She is the least princess lik [...]

    I read Beauty retelling of Beauty and the Beast by this author when I was at BYU and really enjoyed it My friends Robin Camille lent me this book and The Hero and the Crown which I will read next.This is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty It was great It had a lot of depth and characters in it, plus some fun and sad happy twists.I love juvenile literature because it avoids the raunchy stuff that most adult literature has This was not an easy read though It was full of rich language and big words tha [...]

    This is total comfort reading for me Like being wrapped in a big fluffy blanket of fairy tales Fairy tale retellings are the best All the romance and fantasy with much less of the sexism.The magic in this book is a little woojy, and maybe that was McKinley s intention, but it makes it hard for me to visualize the scenes that are mostly about magic The setting the rest of the time is wonderful and easy to picture.Evil contains the seeds of its own destruction Family is less about blood than about [...]

    This book is an adaptation of the Sleeping Beauty legend Imagine what would happen to a real girl if she were blessed with all of the gifts the fairies could imagine for her, and her gifts actually scared her It was definitely an intriguing take on the story As with all stories by McKinley, it made me think.

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    Hannah Schuck
    The book was really good but the ending kinda made me a bit sad or disappointed I should say Other then that it was a good book.

    I have so much to say, and not much of it is good Let s proceed from that statement, shall we 1 This book is classified as a YA Teen read While many teens and young adults could read and even enjoy the novel, I m surprised that it s not in the adult fiction section of the bookstore And by that, I don t mean the romance erotica maybe I should just say the fiction section Spindle s End is closer to Wicked in terms of length and made up fantastical words, so I m not sure why one is fiction and the [...]

    This book was alright, and I would probably recommend it to a friend who enjoys this genre as much as I do My issue with this book is much the same as the one I had with the author s Rose Daughter Instead of being a good, old fashioned retelling and expansion of the Sleeping Beauty story, the author added way too many random magical elements that made it hard to find the actual original story anywhere The main character, Rosie, is also a very loose translation of the original Briar Rose She is a [...]

    Hypnotic, tangled and often impenetrable narrative The briar roses that grow up around the sleepers in this oddly compelling retelling of the Sleeping Beauty legend are a good metaphor for how McKinley s words coil around each other in paths untraceable by me There are lovely, memorable passages which exist almost independent of the story, one of which I think I ll keep forever What you describe is how it happens to everyone magic does slide through you, and disappear, and come back later lookin [...]

    Considering how much I loved Beauty, I was disappointed with this book Rosie, Katriona, Aunt, Narl, Peony are all good characters, but I just couldn t get into the story The pacing was slow, covering 21 years of Rosie s life, most of which nothing happens Well, what happens is she grows up not knowing she is the princess and makes friends with a lot of people and animals who will be important in the climax Even so, large chunks of the book could be cut out without the reader missing anything.

    This book has everything that was missing from the same author s Beauty not simply a retelling of a classic fairy tale, but a reimagining The pacing is marvelous, the foreshadowing without giving anything away spectacular, and the ending brilliant.The backstory of the fairies and the other supporting characters is lovely fantastic yet realistic The depth of characterizations is excellent.Absolutely marvelous

    Oof, this has to be one of the most boring books I ve ever read And I have an English degree I ve read so many boring books The writing is muddled and unclear, and when I was confused about why something was happening, I didn t know if it was poor writing or because I kept zoning out I m gonna guess it s a bit of both It also has a particularly awful ending, so don t bother skimming to read the end Just quit when you ve had enough, like I should have, 250 pages ago.

    I loved this book Only the odd, disorienting shifts of chronology kept me from giving it five stars In particular, I love the beast speech definitely a gift I d like to have and the complete creation of a believable, realistic, and yet utterly fantastic fantasy world I love books that make it easy to visualize the story, and I had no trouble at all finding myself in the world of this book.

    3.5 stars.

    Everyone knows the story A royal couple, after years of longing, have a beautiful baby girl All their subjects and the fairies and woodland creatures come to celebrate the birth But one evil fairy, miffed that her invitation didn t come, storms the party and curses the baby to prick her finger and fall asleep forever.In this imaginative retelling, Robin McKinley gives an alternative story When the evil fairy, Pernicia, casts her spell, a fairy named Katriona is there She won the lottery in her d [...]

    Vivian Chen
    Spindle s End is a retelling of the classical fairytale sleeping beauty McKinely has taken a very unique perspective of the original story The King and Queen invites fairies and creatures from all different places, and a fairy, named Katriona, is selected from Foggy Bottom to go to the newly birthed baby s name day celebration An old fairy, named Pernicia, had been an old rival of the Queen, but everyone thought have disappeared, so she was not invited to the baby s name day In honor of the baby [...]

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