Robin McKinley


Born
in Warren, Ohio, The United States
November 16, 1952

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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 prep
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Chaos is twelve years old today.  Darkness is too, of course, but he’s not around to enjoy his roast chicken.  Sigh.  Chaos, Pav** and I went on one of our standard local walks today, up the hill in Old Eden with the fabulous view—of, among other things, the mews where Peter used to live.  Birthdays mug you as you get older, I guess.  I couldn’t stop thinking, today, that a year ago there were...

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“I don't put up with being messed around, and I don't suffer fools gladly. The short version of that is that I'm a bitch. Trust me, I can provide character references.”
Robin McKinley, Sunshine

“The story is always better than your ability to write it.”
Robin McKinley

“The train is roaring toward you and the villain is twirling his moustache and you're fussing that he's tied you to the tracks with the wrong kind of rope.”
Robin McKinley, Sunshine

Polls

This is the poll for our Fantasy read in July. Sorry I'm so late with this! This will be a quickie vote. Last day is Thursday, June 30th.

The Earthsea Trilogy The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. Le Guin Ursula K. Le Guin
 
  3 votes, 60.0%

Spindle's End Spindle's End by Robin McKinley Robin McKinley
 
  2 votes, 40.0%

The Darkness That Comes Before The Darkness That Comes Before (The Prince of Nothing, #1) by R. Scott Bakker R. Scott Bakker
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

The Briar King The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, #1) by Greg Keyes Greg Keyes
 
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  0 votes, 0.0%

Pawn of Prophecy Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, #1) by David Eddings David Eddings
 
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