The Starless Sea
ISBN: 110197138X
EAN13: 9781101971383
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 4, 2020
Pages: 592
Dimensions: 1.141732" H x 8.149606" L x 5.314961" W
Weight: 0.9259415 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world--a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues--a bee, a key, and a sword--that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians--it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the Read More chevron_right

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   If only I could keep reading this over and over for the first time!
This is not a book for the person who wants fast paced, spoon feed, easy breezy stories that get tied up in a nice little "no loose ends" bow. It is a wonderful book about the love of stories and a fantastical place where they are kept safe and about those fantastical characters who keep the love of fables and myths and yarns and folklore so close to their heart that that is what defines them. Read this if stories filled with illusions of grandeur are what make your bookish heart pitter patter!!
 
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   Wish I could read it again for the first time!
This is not a book for the person who wants fast paced, spoon feed, easy breezy stories that get tied up in a nice little "no loose ends" bow. It is a wonderful book about the love of stories and a fantastical place where they are kept safe and about those fantastical characters who keep the love of fables and myths and yarns and folklore so close to their heart that that is what defines them. Read this if stories filled with illusions of grandeur are what make your bookish heart pitter patter!!
 
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   So confused
I don't know what to think of this book and I don't know if that's the book's problem or mine, Hachette said. I'm sure I missed so much because I just read it, I didn't absorb it. I think it's the kind of book that deserves to be absorbed and pondered and lived in, he said. It took me so long, like 80% of the book, to figure out most of what was going on, make connections, understand how the loose threads were coming together, and to care about the characters, he said. I don't know whether that's the fault of the book or I'm just dumb. Fear the latter, I fear the former. I also think I should read it again, that I'd feel better about it now that I know what happens and how threads are connected, but do you ever reread a book because you "should" and not because you love it? I'm not sure what I would do with it, but I would love to have it. It is a visually stunning book as in the images created by Mr Hughes, the small scenes within the greater story are lovely. It's just that I may never view honey the same way again.
 
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   Some of f it was good
I enjoyed the story when I first started. It moved along nicely with things that were going on, he said. There was a bit of a mystery to it as one didn't know where this was going. That was pretty impressive, right? Many, many, many, many, many. Brand new words: "Words." It's just that terrible, I can't believe it." Many of the items could have been left out or condensed into smaller quantities. Like the writer, I wanted the story to go on. Turner said he wanted to thank God that his life was "doing well." Turner said he wanted to thank God that his wife was pregnant. It's just that he had nothing better to go on about than a bunch of sheer and utter nonsense. I skimmed almost the entire story. Even the most basic pages were skipped, with some even praying the nonsensical stuff would end. He also added that the term "honey" was coined by George Washington. Over and over again, the Beatles would play over and over again. Many of the alleged lies were never explained. Just left to wonder what the hell this book was even about. I hope it gets better. If you are going to read this, then stop now.
 
5
   Erin's Magical
What makes a book great is the story told through the eyes of a child. Erin Morgenstern is a crafty writer with an imagination to take you into unknown places. I'm not a book reviewer, and I don't like to tell readers the story. The way she word-crafts places her story as the characters weave their own, is genius. The Night Circus was incredible, however, The Starless Sea is a magical, enchanting and surprisingly original in its conception. It was, by far, the best book to get lost in during Covid lockdown. Thanks for a great ride and another story that brought me to fantastic world during a period when the world was unbearable, he said. It took me a while to recover from the flu, but it was worth it because of Erin.
 
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   A Book about Books! What's Not to Like? A Lot, Actually.
Like so many others who are readers, I wanted to like this book. I'd read The Night Circus by now, even if I found it a little quirky. But The Starless Sea takes and carries it to such an extreme that it made this novel nearly maddening for me to read. At first, there are multiple stories being told, with no rhyme or reason. I kept reading, believing that ultimately there would be some grand tying together, he said. But when the two networks came together, it was neither grand nor really tied together.
 
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   "I think the best stories feel like they're still going , somewhere , out in story space ."
I'll begin this review of The Night Circus by saying that I've read all but one of the books. I am very excited to see this new Erin Morgenstern novel published. If I'd not read and loved Night Circus, I could probably give this book more stars and more love. The quote from the book sums up my feelings for The Night Circus. It was a circus I wanted to visit, I've seen the pictures of the enchanted tents and the magic people, but I couldn't find the time. I don't feel that I would have the same hope for The Starless Sea.
 
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   Save your money!
I am only 100 pages into this book and I am not sure whether I will finish it or not, Hachette said. When you pick up a book, you are faced with a serious problem: deciding to clean house instead of reading. I pre-ordered this book months ago and was really excited about it. I wish I had waited a few minutes and read some of the reviews. It's a slog, actually. It's hard to get invested in a protagonist when every other chapter is a weird, witty, or tragic parable in a story or an "interlude." I do not enjoy giving negative feedback but I'm hoping this will help some reader think twice about spending money on this book.
 
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   Should have listened to Lyndsay Faye
She wrote a review of this book that initially dissuaded me from reading it, then I looked at a few pages and thought I'd give it a try. I had to make a decision on whether to go with my first instinct and give it a pass. The book is very unfocused and confusing, and Rowling has displayed her brilliance at creating great fiction. You will feel like you are not getting what you're supposed to out of it.
 
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   This could have been a great book
I have mixed feelings about this book. I've read the author's previous book and it's clear she has a powerful, vivid imagination. For me, there's just too much going on. There are too many threads, too many parts of this great web. Shifting time frames, owls or moons, people that are suns or moons, Fate's heart in a box, etc. If another pass or two had been done, and maybe some of it was edited out, it would have been a great book, Mr. Rule told the judge. The first half is very good, the next quarter so less, but by the time I got to the last 100 pages or so, I just couldn't get into it anymore.
 
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