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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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peanutnine
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A few of my favorites that have #black covers 📚🖤
#ScarathlonDailyPrompts #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious

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RamsFan1963
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Mehso-so

122/150 There is a lot to love about this book, the importance of storytelling, of myths and fairy tales, the joys of reading and the love of books. Unfortunately, I also found it's story to be a rambling, confusing mess at times. I'd stop and rewind the audio because I wasn't sure who was talking in the story, Dorian or Zachary or someone new.
Continued in the comments ⬇️⬇️⬇️

RamsFan1963 The world building and the over all mystery kept me listening until the end, but I don't feel I can really recommend this to other readers. If you liked The Night Circus, which I haven't read yet, then you might like this too. 3 🐝🐝🐝 1/2 2w
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Chili
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Yay! I finally finished my August #DoubleSpin book! It took me awhile to get into it but I did enjoy it.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I overall did like this one but at the same time felt like I needed to reread it to really understand it - and I'm not sure if I can give a full pick to a book I need to read twice to “get“ 😂 1mo
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Johanna414
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I've been thinking about reading habits and favorite authors today... so I'm wondering, who are your favorite authors? Those authors you will read no matter what the book is about- you just automatically read them?
Here's mine! There may be a few others, but these are the three that most immediately come to mind.

ju.ca.no Great picks! Mine definitely would include Haruki Murakami and Natasha Pulley 🤗 1mo
Scochrane26 Silas House, Barbara Kingsolver 1mo
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CaitlinR
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“We are all stardust and stories” writes the author in this beautiful novel. You need to let the tales unspool in the way most meaningful to you, so … no synopsis. For me, I learned that power comes from throwing the star in the fire. In the final analysis we need to write our own story because Fate and Time are too involved in each other to craft our story arcs, and “endings are what give stories meaning.” I loved this book, maybe you will too.

CaitlinR The author from erinmorgenstern.com, photo by Adam Scott. 2mo
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living_for_literature
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Pickpick

While the story was confusing at first, I love how all the inner stories connected, the adventure we got to have with Zachary, and the stunningly beautiful prose. Not written for everyone, but as a bibliophile, I enjoyed it.

TheBookWitchON The Starless Sea got me out of my reading slump. The stories within the story were incredible, I kept finding myself wishing for a door. The awkward interactions between Zachary and Dorian made me smile. It's very poetry outside today. 3mo
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danni0075
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Mehso-so

This was recommended to me. I love the concept of secret and ancient libraries and individual stories which interlace with other stories but this was a chore. On the plus side, they serve something called a 'Bees' Knees' cocktail in the last quarter or the text, which I decided to make; - after 3 of these I enjoyed the ending significantly more! Conclusion: I think this book would be best enjoyed more than a little bit waved..... 😜

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erickahhh
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Panpan

The book did become a bit long at times, dragging on. With so many jumps in the story, it was difficult to follow. It seemed some characters were introduced near the end of the book. I found myself questioning the relevance or some of of story line. With many realities happening at once, I became jumbled at the end. Though the book really tapped into my imagination, I found myself mentally exhausted by the end.

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Frankies.space
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Mehso-so

Underworld library, stories and sea. Zachary explores. Fantasy and some beautiful storytelling

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Anya91
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merelybookish
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Mehso-so

Morgenstern knows how to spin a tale, cast a spell, conjure a fantasy world. But a little goes a long way. This book is too long and eventually felt lacking in substance. Also, certain stylistic choices like the repetition of the main character's full name got irritating. Ultimately not my cuppa.
I managed to finish in time for book club but opted not to go because of freezing rain forecast. 😕
Pic of today's sunrise. Alas, not a starless sea.

TheBookHippie It‘s snowing here 😂😂❄️❄️❄️😅🤦🏻‍♀️. 6mo
readordierachel Beautiful though! (Sorry about the freezing rain. Brrr) 6mo
merelybookish @TheBookHippie March isn't really spring here. 6mo
merelybookish @readordierachel Yes, and freezing rain didn't really materialize so that was good. Although probably could have gone to book club. 6mo
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peanutnine
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#SavvySettings Library
Where it all starts for Zachary...
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🐝 📚👏🏻 7mo
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reumellivaras
The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
Panpan

I wanted to bail so many times reading this. So so so many times. But it was for January book club so I was determined to finish. It‘s long winded and very easy to lose focus on what‘s going on.

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Books_and_cwtches
The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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"We are all stardust and stories"

"I think the best stories feel like they're still going, somewhere, out in story space"

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Books_and_cwtches
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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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Littlewolf1
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So I was supposed to read the Starless Sea and Vampire Lestat in February for #bookspinbingo, But I was not able to get to them. So I put them back on the list for this month to hopefully get them done.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!!! 7mo
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Johanna414
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So it turns out I have a new favorite book... Erin Morgenstern's writing just works for me. Everything about this book works for me. I know I missed things, so I will definitely be rereading it in the future. #20in4

Soubhiville This is one of my favorites too! 7mo
peanutnine I love this book! I always notice something new whenever I read it 7mo
MeganAnn 😍 Morgenstern‘s writing just works for me too! I loved this one and definitely will be reading it again. 💖 7mo
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aperfectmjk
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Mehso-so

I've really got to stop trying to read fantasy novels. Despite my efforts I still can't get into them. I thought for sure this one would get me, but I've got to say, I checked out. 😟

#bookspinbingo #19822022 (2019) @TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle

ChaoticMissAdventures Okay, but I like a good fantasy novel but I could not finish this. I honestly thought it was a mess and was so disappointed, I enjoyed her previous novel. 7mo
Librarybelle I have seen so many mixed reviews about this one. I‘ve yet to read it or The Night Circus. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks There was a lot about this book that I enjoyed, but in the end I felt like she leaned too hard on the mysterious atmosphere instead of actually explaining a lot of the stuff that was happening. 7mo
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Johanna414
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I've been going back and forth between the physical book and the audio with this one. I'm a little more than halfway through and already think this might be my new favorite book... the writing is just so, so beautiful. The stories within stories are starting to come together and I'm making connections on how a few of them fit together.
#knitting #audioknitting

emz711 It's so amazing 8mo
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Johanna414
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I'm reading this slowly and savoring the writing... I love Erin Morgenstern's style! Toby doesn't care how I read just as long as I don't move! #catsofLitsy

GondorGirl I'm pretty sure that cat is reading over your shoulder. From the look on her face I think you're turning the pages too slow! 😂😻 8mo
RaeLovesToRead Awww Toby! ❤ Look at those ears!!! 🥰🥰🥰 8mo
Johanna414 @gondorgirl You may be on to something... the chapter I was reading had cats 😂 8mo
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Johanna414
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I have a fairly long to-do list for the day, but I just spent my prep and lunch periods reading this and have officially lost all ambition... I just want to keep reading!

emz711 Yup! 🐝🗝️🗡️ 8mo
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Lizpixie
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In my sanctuary on this sunny afternoon, hiding from the heat outside with my ducted aircon(the best thing I‘ve ever gotten beside the hubby that put it in!). Finally starting the tagged book after it‘s been sitting on my shelf for almost 3 years. I loved The Night Circus sooo much, I‘m terrified this just won‘t live up to the awesomeness that was so have been avoiding it. But it‘s time to pull on my big girl pants and start👖

Lizpixie P.S. Neville is proud of me🪴 8mo
mollyrotondo I loved this one so I hope you enjoy!! 8mo
Sapphire I had the same fears. It‘s different enough. While I didn‘t have the same experience with it as Night Circus, I loved it in its own way. I will say the moods and impressions have stayed with me over time even more than Night Circus. 8mo
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Sapphire Love your reading nook too! 8mo
TheAromaofBooks I didn't love Starless Sea as much as Night Circus, although it does have some absolutely magical writing. But it's a book I felt like I needed to read twice to really “get“ it. Although that could just be me being slow and not poetical 😂 8mo
wanderinglynn What a great space! 😍 8mo
maich So beautiful space😍😍 It is yours? 8mo
MaureenMc I felt the same way! Starless is quite different from Circus, but I loved them both. I feel like I‘m in some sort of magical cocoon when reading Morgenstern. 😊 8mo
Lizpixie @mollyrotondo @Sapphire @TheAromaofBooks @MaureenMc unfortunately I just couldn‘t get into it today, though the writing is beautiful I think I‘ll need to be in the right mood for it. Maybe another day soon🤞 @Sapphire @wanderinglynn @maich thank you! I love it too. Yep it‘s all mine😁 Always told my boys as soon as they moved out, their bedroom would be my library. Took the hubby a year after the youngest left but it was worth the wait💛💚💛 8mo
TheAromaofBooks I actually started Starless Sea more than once before the time was “right“ so I get it!! 8mo
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Johanna414
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"A reading major, that's what he wants. No response papers, no exams, no analysis, just the reading."

CAN RELATE.

RebL Don‘t we all. 8mo
Suet624 Yes!! I always wanted to audit a class just for that reason 8mo
Christyco125 I would be down for a masters in reading. 📚 8mo
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MeganAnn
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The Night Circus is one of my all time favorites so I was both excited and terrified to read this book. What if it wasn‘t as good? What if it ruined this author for me?

I shouldn‘t have worried as this cemented my love for Morgenstern‘s work. This IS the book I needed after the The Night Circus. It quietly pulls together the threads of the stories that capture us, tightening the weave of them into something more than their individual parts. ⬇️

MeganAnn 1/2: The Night Circus was magical with a nod to the way stories can capture our imagination. This was all about those stories and how they can influence our lives, with a weave of Magic woven throughout. I think reading one of her novels enriches the reading of the other and I‘m not sure I‘ll be able to completely separate them in my mind going forward. 9mo
MeganAnn 2/2: I also think one of the things I most love about The Night Circus is how it grows richer with each reread — I notice more details, make more connections, and generally fall more in love with it each time. It‘s one of the few books that still hold that magic for me after several rereads. Finishing The Starless Sea, I can already tell that this will be the same. The next time I read it, it will be richer, I‘ll see more & fall more in love.❤️ 9mo
Jas16 I had the same trepidation about reading this one and ended up loving it too. Wonderful review! 9mo
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Reggie I have only read the Night Circus once but hold such affection for it. I‘ll never forget when Widget makes that vial for Billy that contains his tree. Just knowing that something is so important to someone. Anyways before I get emotional. Great post. I haven‘t read this one, yet. 9mo
MeganAnn @Reggie I love that scene in the Night Circus! It makes me emotional too. I definitely think you‘ll like this one whenever you get to it. 9mo
MeganAnn @Jas16 thank you!! 🥰✨ 9mo
peanutnine I wholeheartedly agree. This is one of my all-time favorite books to reread. Each time is just as magical ✨ 9mo
readordierachel What a lovely review! I haven‘t read either, but you've made me want to :) 9mo
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DGRachel
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I‘m going to have to put this one aside and try again in print later. It‘s too complicated to follow via audiobook. I should have known it would be a struggle as I couldn‘t divide my attention with The Night Circus either and I liked that book. So, I‘m sorry @katiekat311 I won‘t be finishing this one this month for #NYWD22, but I have others from your list planned for this month and I‘ll come back to this one eventually. Her writing is gorgeous.

katiekat311 I get it completely. Even reading it I sometimes had to go back to “figure” it out, can‘t imagine listening to it! 9mo
peanutnine This would be a hard one to listen to! 9mo
monalyisha I loved The Night Circus too but struggled to get into this one…I ended up abandoning it *very* early on. It was a book club pick (& one I was excited about!) but I had to skip that month. To be fair, I had just returned to grad school, so my leftover brain power and energy/attention levels were incredibly limited. I think it was a case of “it‘s not you, it‘s me.” 🙈 9mo
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MeganAnn
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My #lastfirst read is The Starless Sea. Last book started in 2021 and it will be the first book finished in 2022.

I hoped I might have time to finish it by the new year but much of my reading time was taken up by other things. I‘m just shy of halfway and loving it. Hoping to make a big dent in this one today with lots of reading time and not much else.

sprainedbrain I love that book so much. ❤️ 9mo
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MeganAnn
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I love the idea of describing cold weather as poetry!
“…The weather. It‘s like a poem. Where each word is more than one thing at once and everything‘s a metaphor. The meaning condensed into rhythm and sound and the spaces between sentences. It‘s all intense and sharp, like the cold and the wind.”

It‘s definitely poetry here today with a current temp of -15 F, but with the windchill it feels like -35 F. ❄️

elkeOriginal Loved this book! 9mo
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strangexlonely
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I know a few people were disappointed by this, and it is a weird book, but I loved it. The characters are great and I loved how she weaved a story outside of the main story and how it all came together in the end. The only part I couldn't really understand was the bees at the end, but I love that she got the idea for the bees and the keys from Brakebills from Lev Grossman's The Magicians.

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ElectricalJuice
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My Book Journal Spread for The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I'm happy how the bee turned out as the bees were my favorite characters in the book. 🐝😊🍯

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ElectricalJuice
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So... this book is so difficult to rate. It is beautifully written and equally confusing. So much is going on, just parts of it explained. I loved the characters and the setting but the story was hard to follow for me. However, I understand the appeal of the book and I'm glad I picked it up 😊

Also... how cute where those Bees? 🐝

tokorowilliamwallace You're cuter than those bees! Hope you're finding the genuine, lasting validation this season, and will continue to into next year! 9mo
ElectricalJuice Oh thank you but those bees were just unbeatably (is that a word?) adorable 🐝🐝 9mo
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ElectricalJuice
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Zachary is so relatable!! 🧁😂

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ElectricalJuice
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"A girl lost in the woods is a different sort of creature than a girl who walks purposefully through the trees even though she does not know her way". Loved this quote of the starless sea

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ElectricalJuice
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How is this book THAT beautiful? Found it in a used book store in Germany and can't get over the colors on the cover. 💜