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Beauty by Robin McKinley
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it was amazing

An absolutely outstanding rendition of Beauty and the Beast. I have read Robin McKinley before, but it's been years, and I had forgotten how well she could write.

The charm of this novel isn't in its creativity with or spin on the fairy tale, but in the way that Robin McKinley tells such a classic story in such a straightforward way, and yet still manages to make it delightful and fresh. In so many longer novelizations of short tales, the authors get caught up in tedious detail to extend the length of the book. McKinley's details do nothing but add to the environment and the story. She expounds in areas that make you realize you were always curious about them: What WAS it like for Beauty to try to make her way back to Beast when she had stayed too long? And what was it like to be such an intellectual woman trapped in a castle full of enchantment?

This was one of those delightful books you start reading more slowly toward the end, simply because you don't want to close its pages.
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December 17, 2008 – Shelved
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December 18, 2008 – Finished Reading

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