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All The Creatures Of The Forest And Field And Riverbank Knew The Infant Was Special She Was The Princess, Spirited Away From The Evil Fairy Pernicia On Her Name Day But The Curse Was Cast Rosie Was Fated To Prick Her Finger On The Spindle Of A Spinning Wheel And Fall Into A Poisoned Sleep A Slumber From Which No One Would Be Able To Rouse Her

10 thoughts on “Spindle's End

  1. says:

    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 tale, the resolution of the novel seems to be anything but formulaic Even by regular fantasy novel standards, a lot of this comes out of left field 4 It takes a very long time for things to happen in the sense of action , and when it does you may miss it if you aren t paying attention.5 Random facts about places, people, and customs of the fictional kingdom are dropped in sporadically This adds a great deal of richness to the book, as well as causing a bit of confusion some tidbits about customs, for instance, are dropped chapters before they are explained.All of that said, I really liked this book The narration that makes it so odd is engaging enough to make up for the fact that you can go for pages without a character saying something The descriptions were some of the best I ve read in ages from any genre, and I was so happy that the novel ended in a way you would not guess from the start one aspect of the ending was a given, but otherwisecompletely offside Overall, I would recommend this to a lot of peoplewith a big caveat regarding the narration If you need a lot of things to happen very quickly, and a ton of witty banter from your characters, you may want to skip this one.

  2. says:

    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 how Rosie is defended by the ordinary upbringing she had in the Gig in light of McKinley s later heroine Rae in Sunshine, and that theme of the ordinary girl having strength not despite her rough origins but because of them really goes all the way back to Beauty my favourite of McKinley s novels and the first book of hers I ever read I didn t like Narl very much at first and he didn t seem to become a fully realized character almost until the end of the book Rowland seemed better written, but he shows up so late and says so little I didn t feel like he had much impact on the story either But that s perhaps the point the book isn t about the two love interests, but about the two girls and the question of female identity, how who are you are is shaped by expectations and social roles, and what happens to girls who conform or disobey I doubt McKinley would say this or even agree with it but Rosie is clearly genderqueer to some extent, not just in her short hair and dislike of dresses and dancing and embroidery and so on, but also in her aggression and power and volubility at one point she s affectionately referred to as a thug This genderqueering goes on all the way up to the end with the surprise kiss and the use of the, er, spindle The book is also just as much about Rosie s relation to the living, teeming natural world, and her beast speech gift is an example of that connection I loved how here it s not just the great horses or the sighthounds the queen, whom I don t think is ever named boo clearly comes from the country in Deerskin, which I found charming that are characters in their own right but almost every animal the foxes, the mice, Sunflower the slobbery dogge, even the spider Like the description of the great iron gates Narl makes, the flowers and the land and the animals and the vitality of life running through them all Thomas s force that through the green fuse drives the flower are all intertwined and related to each other, and the book is also a kind of meditation on kinds of power, and the uses of power.The one thing about the worldbuilding that did put me off to some extent was the magic not the endless detailing of the rules in the AU McKinley set up, which felt like it was meant to be charming but was actually tedious in the very beginning the fish jokes got annoying as the book went on , but how the big magical moments worked. It felt, like in Deerskin, that there was some kind of very deep almost Jungian symbology going on behind certain events which explained the way things were happening, and I just didn t have the right cipher to crack the code, although possibly this kind of confusion was intentional This made for scenes which felt almost starkly mythic Rosie s journey to the castle in the barren lands also reminded me of Rae s long nightmarish walk in Sunshine in sharp, almost disorienting contrast to the extreme wealth of detail about mundane life Again, this could be intentional on McKinley s part and reminded me a lot of similar blendings in Peter S Beagle s books A Fine and Private Place, The Folk of the Air , except the elements feel better blended in his writing I also forgot to add I finally read one of the bits that made me want to read this book or rather, someone s description of it, long ago a half sentence long rewriting of the Orpehus myth which I m obsessed with into a fable of fidelity in a kind of half glance that is as much of a rewriting of mythical elements as Rosie s kiss or the spindle It s a great example of how a tiny detail can be just as important as a big supershiny singularity in terms of writing alternative worlds.

  3. says:

    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 years older than her and had watched her grow up from an infant was kind of creepy P.S Was Narl really the best name she could come up with for the guy Narl

  4. says:

    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 particular rhyme or reason, which makes it harder to suspend disbelief The magic in the last quarter of the book, surrounding the climax, is thick and plentiful Since the magic seems to follow no rules, the result is rather like I imagine a bad trip on acid would be It reminds me rather unfavorably of Alice in Wonderland, a book that I have never managed to get through even half of.Thankfully, the climax of this book is short enough that I could get to the happy ending.

  5. says:

    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 the young and heroically responsible Katriona, the quiet and supposedly mysterious but really rather transparent and reliable Narl, the beautifully kind and sweet Peony, and the everything that she shouldn t be Princess, Rosie The devoted animal friends were rather great too, particularly Fast Because I cared about some characters, I was, admittedly hooked But it often felt like it was a chore reading to the book s end, rather than a pleasure.Part of this had to do with McKinley s treatment of magic McKinley treats magic as a force flowing through her world, which some can sometimes harness the power of, some can sense the presence of, and some can complain about the dust of So many clauses ending in prepositions Ouch Too lazy to fix it, though So during scenes where there are high levels of magic, characters are shrouded in a confusing fog magic presence that disorients them and disconnects them from the scene And so is the reader Then the fog clears and the characters and reader are forced to look over the wreckage and figure out what happened I know it s unfair of me to compare every young reader or fantasy book to Harry Potter, but here I go In the Harry Potter series, crazy magical stuff happens Spoilers only for books one through four follow Voldemort and Harry s wands connect strangely, Harry s touch destroys a powerful wizard, a bird cries and fixes everything but the reader is able to witness these events and understand them through Rowling s carefully constructed magical world In McKinley s magical world, Rosie had a whim that the gargoyle spindle end would be important and wow it was No one really explains WHY though I want my magic to work logically McKinley s doesn t She doesn t seem to want it to But I do.McKinley, thank goodness, does rehash the Sleeping Beauty story so that it has stronger female characters Sleeping Beauty and, for that matter, Snow White are pathetic fairy tales as far as women are concerned Their heroines are so passive and so dependent on their princes that they spend half of the story asleep, helpless, unable to even make cute outfits for mice, grow their hair out, or scrub the floor McKinley presents a strong female cast Our heroine rides off to seek out danger and even domestic Peony is a courageous heroic figure.The plot itself is rather predictable, though often in a pleasant way It was comfortable knowing than I should have known, but it also made reading a less suspenseful and emotional experience.I have either The Hero and the Crown or The Blue Sword resting in my library I m not sure if I m going to bother reading it Spindle s End just wasn t as good as I had hoped.

  6. says:

    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, and okay Rosie is a headstrong character that damn well ought to work in this day and age , so i found that promising too for a while.but it fell apart the whole idea of the sentient castle was super neat and the merrel was cool, though underdeveloped ultimately, though, Peony had gumption, nuance, and potential than Rosie but that s not where the story goes and i liked the silent fairy smith but really, now, shouldn t Rosie have been rescuing him what with one thing and another, though, the second half of the book is so draggy it was like plowing through a damnably thick hedge of rose briars to get to the ending which i had long since figured out anyhow, if suspense was supposed to be a thing and in the long denouement i realized that way too many of the most potentially interesting characters had just been abandoned along the way.sometimes one has to wonder about the backstory to these things did the writer lose interest in her characters and story could she not figure out where to go with it did her agent editors make her finish this against her own instincts the second half really badly undercuts the glories of the first half, in a way that s clearly not intentional tsk the whole thing s really too bad.and now i feel like reading another McKillip fairy tale, small and perfect and strange The Changeling Sea was wonderful though i also have a whole lot modern fairy tales piled up, by writers i haven t read yet on the subject so the little survey continues

  7. says:

    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.

  8. says:

    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 my rating for it, and to continue to maintain that The Blue Sword and Beauty A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast are Robin s best books.

  9. says:

    I have no idea how to review this book I started out enthralled with it and Robin McKinley s beautiful writing My progress got slower and slower till I finally stopped at chapter 21, nearly at the end I feel awful not finishing it but it just lost allll interest in this book I feel like it s at a rambling, sleepy pace than it was at the beginning and the characters it focuses on now are much less interesting to me than the ones at the beginning Did not finish because I m too busy right now to be reading books I don t absolutely love.

  10. says:

    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 had to and ended with the events surrounding her twenty first birthday as it had to In the meantime, we had to watch Rosie grow up And it was BORING.It was boring, first of all, because of the style McKinley tells the story rather than shows it, especially in the middle, and she is such a lovely writer that it almost works Except that all of her pretty words actually form a barrier between us and the characters Rosie and the others are interesting enough that we really could have fallen in love with them and rooted for them at the end However, we re told what Rosie is like rather than witnessing what she s like, and as a result reading about her is not very compelling In addition, whenever McKinley tries to create an emotional response with dramatic language, the subtle beauty of the words falls flat because it comes out of nowhere all of a sudden this character who we don t really know all that well is having a poetical life changing moment, and I m left wondering, why And so what Conclusion Even writers who are super brilliant aren t allowed to break the show don t tell rule in long form fiction unless the story demands it Not the story they think they re telling, the story that they re actually telling.The other problem was that, oh yeah, NOTHING HAPPENED It was about the characters and not the plot, and these characters were not dynamic enough to carry the story Of course good characters don t have to be dynamic In Coraline, the titular character is not, when you stop to think about it, a super dynamic or complex character, but she s believable and likable and as a result we re rooting for her every moment The difference is that Coraline is always doing something, always in danger By giving us a long middle in which there s only occasional danger, McKinley put the onus of interest on her characters, and thus fails.I also have found that I generally dislike stories with friendly animal helpers Did she really expect us to remember all of the names of the different animals But I can accept that this might just be my problem.I know a lot of people really like Spindle s End, and I do think it had a lot to like how bout that worldbuilding I also know that it s often shelved as a children s or YA book although I got it from the adult s section , so faulting it for a lack of complexity is perhaps not fair But there are so many children s books that are super enjoyable for adults to read that I m not going to give this one a pass on that account.Not writing off McKinley entirely I liked Beauty when I read it in high school But I think I ll skip ahead a hundred pages in the next thing I read by her, to make sure that abrupt boredom does not ensue.