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The Starless Sea
The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
The magical new novel from the bestselling author of The Night Circus. Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a strange book hidden in the library 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 a subterranean 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 those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose in both the mysterious book and in his own life.
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kwmg40
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I enjoyed this story about storytelling once I stopped worrying about following the plot and instead just savoured the beautiful writing.

This was my third and final book finished for #NovelNovember. Thanks to @Andrew65 for hosting the readathon!

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LiterRohde
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Review 🌊 The Starless Sea 🌊 Erin Morgenstern

https://rebrand.ly/starlesssea/literrohde

“[I feel like] I‘m losing my mind but in a slow, achingly beautiful sort of way.”

That quote sums up what it is like to read this book. The plot is ridiculous, the narrative frames are bonkers, the prose is beautiful, and the experience is wonderful - unless it isn‘t.

(More in comments 👇🏻)

LiterRohde Consequently, this is one of those books that you either love or you hate. This seems to be a theme with me. I gravitate to questions, movies, books, paintings that are not so straightforward. 2w
LiterRohde Sure, you can try to make sense of it, unpack the ideas, or figure out what is going on. And you might actually get somewhere. But I‘m not sure where you get will be satisfying. The fleeting impression of the ink in the fibers is much more satisfying than the concrete progression of the words on the page. 2w
LiterRohde 📸: Made with Typorama 2w
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Ruthiella Hey! Welcome back. 😀 2w
LiterRohde @Ruthiella Thanks. I wasn‘t sure I was coming back. Got a little burnt out and the last two years have been interesting to say the least. But I thought I‘d give it a go here again. 2w
Nute Hello Jamie! It‘s been a long time. Welcome back. You were missed! 2w
LiterRohde @Nute Thanks! One of the first to welcome me when I joined. And one of the first to welcome me back. 🧡 I needed a short break at the time. For whatever reason Litsy was burning me out and I don‘t even remember why. It just wasn‘t fun anymore. And then that short break turned into a long one (A year or two? Yikes.). So. What did I miss? 🤣 2w
Nute Whoa! How to answer a question of that magnitude regarding a social media platform? lol 2w
LiterRohde @Nute I was only kidding about catching me up! 🤣 Though I do feel like I have to learn again how to use this platform. Familiar, yet not! I was half expecting not to be remembered or see anyone I knew. It was nice to be greeted again by a familiar Avatar. 🧡 2w
Nute Oh, I laughed heartily at the question and knew that it was in jest!😆 I think that you are about to be pleasantly surprised by the notice of your absence. You‘re among friends and family here, Jamie! Can‘t wait to read all of the quotes that you‘ve been amassing over the last year!🤗 2w
SamanthaMarie I left for over a year as well and just came back a few weeks ago. I got burnt out too for some reason. And I couldn't deal with it and the pandemic 😅 Welcome back!!:I hope it will be fun and restful now. 2w
LiterRohde @SamanthaMarie I mean this in the best way possible, but I‘m glad I‘m not the only one. Here‘s to a renewed and lit(erature) experience! 2w
Smrloomis Welcome back! 🥳 Hope it‘s more fun now (or fun again or however you‘re thinking of it)🤞🏽 2w
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katiekat311
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I had NO idea what to expect from this book. It felt magical, it felt real. I was encapsulated by the story and the writing was beautifully done. The entire book was a journey from start to finish. The characters draw you in and make you feel. Even though it took me longer than expected😅 what a great October #bookspin read! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I loved the writing in this book, but was left with mixed feelings just because I felt like I needed to read a second time to really understand what was going on haha 3w
katiekat311 @TheAromaofBooks yes! It‘s one of those books that if you reread it, I‘m sure you‘d put more pieces together! There were definitely moments where I got lost and read the section again haha 3w
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NikkiM5
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Picked up a package from the lease office, expecting my Halloween swap, and it‘s my #sliceofsummer swap. 😜

I thought it was stolen but I guess it was bouncing around in the Amazon Shipping Ether. Thank you @BarkingMadRun lol it was like Christmas in October when I read the label.

BarkingMadRun Wow! Better late than never? 1mo
NikkiM5 @BarkingMadRun agreed lol 1mo
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katiekat311
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Sick days make me feeling guilty when sunshine and a book is involved. Although my October TBR doesn‘t show it, I love spooky season! Starting off with one of my #bookspin books!

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galueth28
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I don't really know what to say about this book, except that I love it. It's slow going, and not much happens, but I loved the characters, the setting and the writing. There's an underground library, lots of stories within the story and the starless sea itself. And the ending, it's very open, but I still found it satisfying. It's definetely my favourite book of the year. 💖💖💖🐝

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Larkken
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Fall snacks are all comfort foods, often baked, with coffee on the side. I love making waffles and smothering them with whipped cream on lazy fall and winter mornings… or a brownie and some milk with a comfort book at night. The tagged book has become a recent comfort read or listen for me, but I‘d take recs for other recent pubs that folks find comforting in the prose and/or story!
#littensdressedinblood #comfortreads

MidnightBookGirl Brownies are the perfect accompaniment to a book! My friend @kimmypete1 makes amazing brownies whenever we do readathons together. 3mo
wanderinglynn Awesome mug! 😍 3mo
Bianca I love the mug! 3mo
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Larkken @MidnightBookGirl sounds like the perfect afternoon! 3mo
Larkken @wanderinglynn @Bianca thanks! I‘m a firm believer in Star Warsing whenever possible! ☕️ 3mo
reading_rainbow 😍💕☕️! 3mo
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Nalbuque
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This book is rly a bunch of stories rolled into one main story about…stories lol. It‘s very meta, and it‘s a bit confusing since it‘s non linear, but I didn‘t care at all because it was SO BEAUTIFUL. Like omg, the words were all gorgeous, the narrative was refreshing, everything fit, the syntax was perfect. I listened to the book on speed 1 which is rare for me... While the plot was interesting, I just wanted to enjoy the process

#2021

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vlwelser
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I'm late to the party on this one. So let me just say that this #audiobook is wonderful. It has Bahni Turpin and Dion Graham among others. If Dion Graham read the dictionary, I would listen to it, despite the lack of plot. He has a very smooth and soothing voice.

I did definitely love this book. 🐝🗝🗡🌝

#BookSpinBingo free space
@TheAromaofBooks

TheDaysGoBy I enjoyed this book a lot too but being a bit dissatisfied with the ending. I don‘t remember specifics anymore but I‘d sat with the ending for a while. I did enjoy it as a whole though. The world building was beautiful 3mo
vlwelser @TheDaysGoBy I definitely appreciated the video game feel that the whole thing had. But the ending was sort of blah. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I feel like this is a book I would appreciate more if I read it a second time, but am not convinced that needing to read such a long book twice to really “get“ it is a good thing haha I love Morgenstern's writing, but this one felt a little more “woowoo“ than The Night Circus & it was harder for me to connect to the characters. 3mo
vlwelser @TheAromaofBooks There are so many books. Reading something a second time should only be done for pleasure. 3mo
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galueth28
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There is a pirate in the basement.

(I'm enjoying taking my time with this one, instead of racing through it.)

#firstlinefridays
@ShyBookOwl

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ScarySandy
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I had to end on page 169 as this is a library book and do back Saturday will have to read the rest if I find it cheap somewhere

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rwmg
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Zachary didn't open a magic portal as a little boy but now as an adult he is given another chance when he discovers a book in a university library that tells the story of his missed opportunity.

I'm not sure I managed to connect all the dots in this one as intertwined stories unfurled not always in chronological order. Still it was quite a ride. Xtra kudos to the author for making Zachary gay without it being the focus of the story, he just was.

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Reggie Lol awwwww great pic! 4mo
rwmg @Reggie In all fairness I should point out it's from 8 or 9 years ago 4mo
Reggie I just like that you have the same Borges saying on a shirt that‘s in the book. That‘s pretty awesome. 4mo
bthegood love it 😊 4mo
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ThePageantHam
The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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I've wanted a reading nook for as long as I can remember, but I always thought I would need way more money and space, a house of my own. A friend recently made one work in her bedroom, and I recently left a job that crushed my soul and negatively impacted nearly every area of my life for seven years, so I felt inspired to create a reading nook in the corner of my living room. I love it already and can't wait to read all the things here 🥺📚☕😍

tanya1512 Congratulations on leaving that behind you! 4mo
Bianca It's lovely! Congrats on leaving the toxic job! 4mo
LiteraryinLawrence You are so strong and better things will be in your future! This nook is awesome and you deserve it! 4mo
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Kloves2read Good for you! Best of luck!!! Love the color of the chair! Next you just need a little ottoman to rest your legs while you read! 4mo
BennettBookworm Good for you!! Yes!! 4mo
BookishMarginalia Lovely! Yey for leaving an awful situation! 4mo
ThePageantHam @tanya1512 thank you! 😍 4mo
ThePageantHam @Bianca thanks so much! 😍 4mo
ThePageantHam @Kloves2read thank you! I actually have a little ottoman I've been using for just that purpose. It didn't make it into the photo but I agree, a must have 🙃 4mo
ThePageantHam @BennettBookworm thank you! 🤩 4mo
ThePageantHam @BookishMarginalia thank you! 😍 4mo
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rwmg
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Having a physical response to lack of book is not unusual.

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rwmg
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There is a pirate in the basement.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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ShelbyA7
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Book #31: The language/writing in this book was so wonderful and felt so relatable. It gave me an indescribable, hopeful feeling while reading. Romantic. I did this as a beach read but I would have preferred it as a winter read. Made me want to get a tattoo of a sword.

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tdrosebud
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Leila you have spoiled me! The booksleeve has foxes! The books look great, I can't wait to try the tea, and you have fed my key lime addiction. I've been looking for that kit kat flavor with no luck. Thank you so much!
#sliceofsummerswap @Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks I really had a fun time shopping for you! Hope you enjoy everything and have a wonderful summer!! 🍉💕 5mo
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angieinwonderland
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This isn't a book to read. It is a whole experience.

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Catsandbooks
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My new Starless Sea inspired sweatshirt from Illumicrate's lifestyle collection 🐝

wanderinglynn Very cool! 😍 5mo
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Sresendez12
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My #bookhaul from my birthday yesterday! We leave for vacation in two weeks and I no longer have to worry about which books I should bring!

DivineDiana Great haul! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 Belated birthday greetings! 🎉 5mo
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DebbieGrillo
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Books I've gathered for the summer. This doesn't include the ebooks I'll read on my phone while I'm away.

CaffeineAndCandy Nice picks 👍🏼 5mo
RenePenn Currently listening to this one and it is so good! 5mo
ninergrl6 Oh I need to reread The Starless Sea. Morgenstern writes in such a creative, twisty way that rereads are almost necessary to pick up on everything she crafts. 5mo
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Kdgordon88
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#CuriousCovers Day 15 #Star

I went with the title for this one. I want to move it up closer to the top of Mt. TBR.

Eggs This book has earned some great reviews 🌟❤️👏🏻 5mo
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TheEllieMo
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 203
#BooksToRead #TBRPile #TBRMountain

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Ange44
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Todays thrift store finds.

Soubhiville Oooo, great score! 6mo
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Kenyazero
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I picked a favorite for the #CuriousCovers gray prompt. I love the look of these silver ribbons snaking about between keys.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover ❤️📚 6mo
Eggs Gorgeous! ☑️ I loved “Night Circus “ 🎪 6mo
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LadyCait84
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Ms. Morgenstern‘s writing is always love & precisely my cup of tea. She does atmosphere better than damn near anybody, and this book was as stunningly and relentlessly immersive as The Night Circus...yet also so distinct that comparing them, even in favorable delight, feels unfair. This novel is a fairytale... & a towering puzzle with secret compartments... & a love letter to stories, & to all those who hold them sacred. ❤️

Catsandbooks I completely agree! I absolutely adore her writing!! 6mo
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Lizwarnerpdx
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This book is not for everyone. There is a lot going on, the storyline and characters are confusing. But it is beautiful & flowing & imaginative. You cannot only picture the story, you can smell & taste it too. It is about the story of Time and Fate falling in love. I have so many questions that will never get answered. But it was an interesting, maybe even fun, read.

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Monicad
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Not too hard to read, but need to keep your wits about you to recall characters introduced. I'm still not sure that I fully understood the story though and found the last 50 odd pages hard to get through. I recently read a comment to compare the story to that of a video game which may help to better understand the story line.

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Siharashu
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Oh my GOSH. It has been a long time since I read a book that was THIS GOOD. This is the ultimate book for people who love books. The characters, the story (all the stories, if you know you know). Amazing.

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CuriousG
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I'm posting one book per day from the ever growing unread stacks in my personal library. No description or explanation, just books I own and plan to read. #tbr

Day 62 (Audible edition)

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BlueStockingReviews
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THE STARLESS SEA is a unique and creative fairy tale of worlds within worlds and stories within stories. Check out my review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/post/the-starless-sea

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Hurricanehillary
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I loved the language of this book, and the beautiful and whimsical descriptions. Such a fun story that I could barely keep track of! Took me 5 weeks to read it, and totally worth it. Be warned, it is very non-linear.

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amyrohn
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This has all the escapism that I want out of a novel right now, and the writing is lush and exquisite. I had a lovely time with this, though I do understand why people wouldn‘t. Check out my full review: https://amysbookreviews.com/2021/04/23/the-starless-sea-by-erin-morgenstern-revi...

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amyrohn
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My next endeavor! Curious to see if this lives up to the hype and how it‘ll compare to The Night Circus, which I loved.

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MissLiteraryAli
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Strange, isn‘t it? To love a book. When the words on the pages become so precious that they feel like part of your own history because they are.

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ThePageantHam
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Zachary Ezra Rawlins, I'll follow you anywhere, anytime. 🐝 🗝 🗡

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Skurg
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There is telling a story and then there is being immersed into the very essence of what stories are. A beautiful decent into some of the most visceral experiences that we have all had with stories. Sometimes you cannot put a story on paper, sometimes you can taste a story and know it and feel it down to your bones.(story mints were my favorite). Parts of this story left me wanting. But I plan to return to the starless again and again.

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Siharashu
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“Reading a novel, he supposes, is like playing a game where all the choices have been made for you ahead of time by someone who is much better at this particular game.”

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BennettBookworm
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This book is intoxicating. I want to read it forever. I am only on 300 out of 500 and I just never want it to end. It‘s like nothinggggg I‘ve ever read before.

Kempii Her other book, The Night Circus, is one of my all-time favorites. I found Starless Sea super disappointing, though. I listened to the audiobook and felt lost most of the time. Your review makes me think I should give the paper version a try. 8mo
BennettBookworm Yes @Kempii I think audio would be sooo confusing for this particular story because it‘s so all over the place haha 8mo
Kempii You‘ve convinced me! I‘ll give the paper copy a try. 8mo
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emz711 Yup. I've read it at least 5 times already. Can't stop wont stop. Audiobook is great too 8mo
BennettBookworm @emz711 🥰🥰🥰 8mo
BennettBookworm @emz711 🥰🥰🥰 8mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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This book feels difficult to pin down. I really like it though. Some points when I wasn‘t paying close attention I got lost although I did catch up easily.
Morgenstern has an interesting imagination and I love it.

emz711 I've done audio and book. They're both great but the book helps with all the back and forth 8mo
OrangeMooseReads @emz711 that did get confusing it helped that different people narrated the different parts. 8mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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I‘m enjoying this so far. I‘m a little more than halfway through.

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Scochrane26
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I finished this early last night but still don‘t know how to review it. Not sure how I feel, but I know I have questions. An interesting & strange story—I kept reading because I wanted to know what happens, & I enjoyed the characters. All the meandering finally made sense, mostly.

Soubhiville One of my favorite books. I‘m glad you liked it enough to pick, I hope once it settles with you you‘ll find it sticks with you. 9mo
Scochrane26 @Soubhiville I definitely liked it, I just had questions at the end. I kept wondering during the middle how she was going to tie everything together, but she did. 9mo
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AvidReader25
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This was a reread for me. The 1st time around I loved the wandering story with its elaborate descriptions & crisscrossing characters‘ lives. This time I was a bit more critical of the emphasis on world-building & lack of forward movement. I still love it but think it‘s best read at a leisurely pace & w/an open mind. That being said, I'd still chose a layered book that pulls me completely into its world over a clear, straight-forward plot any day.

peanutnine Ooo I love the cover and endpages! 😍 9mo
AvidReader25 @peanutnine I love it so much! It‘s a gorgeous edition. 9mo
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OfFoxAndMoon
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I read The Starless Sea twice last month because it was *that* good. What an incredible novel. It inspired me to reread The Night Circus for probably the 10th time.

tenar Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 I love it when I find a book so good that I want to dive right back in! 9mo
OfFoxAndMoon @tenar thank you! Yes, those books are the best!! 9mo
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 7mo
OfFoxAndMoon @Nute thank you!!! 🥰 I look forward to getting to know you as well! 7mo
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Catsandbooks
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These are my favorite fantasy books/series!

Thanks to the lovely @Chrissyreadit for the tag! 😘

Chrissyreadit Oh! I have several of those waiting to be read! Glad to see them on your list! Thanks for sharing ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
BeeMagical A ton of these are on my TBR list!🙌🏻🤍 I love Ransom Riggs, Library of Souls had me all kinds of emotional😂😭 9mo
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Ozbradster
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Like taking a literary ecstasy pill. A whirlpooling world of stories in stories, books within books, characters reading about themselves in someone else‘s novels. I didn‘t want it to stop, while needing it to end if just to see how it could.

Jas16 Great review! 9mo
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