Thursday, August 21, 2014

Book Notes: "Chalice", by Robin McKinley

"Chalice", by Robin McKinley is another one of those books I read on vacation. And on vacation, I really enjoyed it.

It's one of the spacier of McKinley's books.

The "spacey" label is hard to explain if you haven't read any McKinley before, but the best I can explain it is that McKinley is really good at writing books that make you feel as if you were dreaming. You know that vague-yet-specific, image-full-yet-clarity-less feeling you get when you're dreaming?  McKinley's books can be like that.

And this one really is.

Yet not in a bad way. I floated along quite happily reading this. I liked the land, I liked the bees, I liked the heroine, I emphasized with her frustratoin.  The resolution worked - though I'm not sure any other writer could have made it make sense.

If you want an atmospheric read that makes you think of sunshine and honey and herbs, this is your book. Very enjoyable, but sort of hard to explain afterwards.

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell

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christinethecurious said...

spacy = magical stream of consciousness?

Some of CJ Cherryh's sci fi fight scenes are like that too - I really feel like I'm there, just don't ask me what happened or how. I really appreciate the next chapters where companions are catching each other up on their adventures in safety, so I understand what happened.

Jessica Snell said...

"Magical stream of consciousness" is a *perfect* way to put it. Thanks, Christine!

Sherry said...

"Sunshine and honey and herbs." I don't know when I'll be in the mood for those. Perhaps in the dead of winter?

Jessica Snell said...

Yes! The dead of winter would be a really good time for this book.