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The Night Circus
The circus arrives at night, without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within nocturnal black and white striped tents awaits a unique experience, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander throu ...more
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The longer answer is this: The Night Circus is a wonderful book. It has a very ethereal feel to it the whole…moreThe short answer is 'Yes. Yes, I would.'
The longer answer is this: The Night Circus is a wonderful book. It has a very ethereal feel to it the whole way through which makes for beautiful visuals and a deliberate sense that while you're in that world, you're on a different plane of existence.
There's nothing graphic, brutal, or disturbing, but there are parts that are inescapably sinister - and this is by design.
The structure is not linear, but that's not really an issue if you're paying attention.
The book may even have a YA feel to you if that's what you read more often than not, but there are more layers to The Night Circus than you would initially think, so keep that in mind.(less)
I disliked this book, which means I ought to rate it one star, but it is not as awful as my one star shelf. One star books have to really repulse me to get that rating. The only redeeming thing about The Night Circus is that I didn't feel the one star compulsion to start a bonfire so I could properly dispose of it, hence two stars, but in this case it does not mean I enjoyed the book at all.
From the Goodreads summary: "But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is u ...more
The plot summary of The Night Circus promised many enticing things, but delivered, in my opinion, only on one - lush imagery of a mysterious circus that was a collaborative creation of two rivaling magicians. The book was good 80% description of v ...more
Ordinarily when I do my recommendations, I do a “five reasons to read _____,” but I think opinions will be so divided on THE NIGHT CIRCUS that I think “things about” will be more useful.
1. This novel is not what it says it is. Well, back page copy is always a weird thing anyway, as it’s not written by the author. And a weirder thing because it is essentially a glamour shot of the novel. It is not a lie. But it isn’t really what the novel looks like when it’s wa ...more
My feelings are so conflicted about this book. I don't know whether to immortalize it for all eternity in a frame on my wall, or throw it into the fire.
So, how the hell am I supposed to rate this book? A million stars, one star, 837 stars, what? In the end I did some crazy, overly complicated math that really makes so sense in my head, an ...more
i think it is most successful in terms of its mood and its atmosphere. this is not a n ...more
Sometimes, some books just don't lend themselves to an analytical, opinionated review. I'm reluctant to do that kind of review here and now because the experience of reading The Night Circus was like smelling a magnolia blossom...perfect, sweet, rich, satisfying a need I didn't know I had until it was met...but to examine it, to handle it, even gently, risks that somehow the magical smooth gorgeously textured vessel of chastely erotic pleasure that this book is will let it begi ...more
Don't misunderstand me, I have no issue with cake. The right decorations, the right frosting (buttercrea ...more
The world that Morgenstern created is so exquisite that it should have been easy for her to spin a good story. The Night Circus could have been a story of intrigue and manipulation. It could have been a heartfelt romance. If Moregenstern wanted to, The Night Circus could even have been a coming of age story with a thoughtful message about growing up and the choices we make.
Instead, the final product is a badly written soap opera. The main characters, Marco and C ...more
I remember when I was a kid, my Dad took me to the Circus, a small traveling circus with a few shows and a fewer animals, a circus that was rare even then and not heard of now of days. I remember holding my Dad's hand as we walked through the huge big top tent and feeling something magical and rare falling over me.
One show that I can clearly remember even years after is of a young woman, a Aerial silk performer as she made the silk fabric dance for her with ease and grace as it wrapped itself ...more
This book was...in a word...amazing! I wish it didn't have to end.
Celia and Marco are two young magicians who were chosen to take part in a competition by her father and his trainer. They don't know each other as they grow up, but they know that they are training for this competition. They also don't know much about the competition at all, they just train on and do what they're told. As they grow up they learn more each day, and meet each other while working at the circus which is the venue for ...more
The book this opening statement comes from is called The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and one that amazed me in so many ways. All my emotions were engaged as I read. I was enthralled to the point I wanted to curse Erin because I was utterly obsessed with this fantasy world she has created. Words are poetry where the writer is the artist responsible in creating beauty i ...more
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I don't like readi ...more
The structure of the book mimics the circus whe ...more
Gah! What a supremely boring book.
The prose is near perfect, and the descriptions are the best I’ve ever read. But good writing and beautiful descriptions does not a good book make!
This book was boring. I was promised a deadly duel to the death between two star-crossed magic-making lovers, trained since childhood to… destroy each other, perhaps. Instead I was delivered a slow-burn of somewhat related skits interspersed with pretty good second-per ...more
Yes, the writing is beautiful. Beyond beautiful. It's magnificent and breathtaking; the detailed scenery, the magic, ...more
''A circus?'' says Lainie Burgess with a smile. ''How marvelous!''
''Like a carnival?'' Mr. Barris asks, sounding mildly confused.
''More than a carnival,'' Chandresh says. ''More than a circus, really, like no circus anyone has ever seen. Not a single large tent but a multitude of tents, each with a particular exhibition. No elephants or clowns. No, something more refined than that. Nothing commonplace. This will be different, this will be an utterly unique experience, a feast for
I really, really wanted to like this book. Everyone and every review (okay maybe not every,) but the majority say that this is the best book in forever. I might be in the unpopular opinion here, but I would have wanted someone to tell me that the book's official summary is misleading. I was lead to believe that this was going to be non-stop action book, by this statement: ...more
Erin Morgenstern's debut novel, The Night Circus, is a book bound to divide book lovers into the "loved it" and "hated it" categories. Some people will adore the prose; others will despise it for being flowery and excessive. Some readers will hate the false promises the blurb on the jacket copy offers; others will still find something magical to love and admire in this novel despite the deception within the blurb. As for me, I was divided in my opinions. I mean, I reall ...more
On a 2nd read, The Night Circus really comes to life as it shines like a beacon in the night sky. There's so much detail that I got to appreciate on ...more
Perhaps not the most highly literary book I've read this year, but I don't care. Honestly even if this book had no plot (it does have one, no wor ...more
I don’t know that it’s ever happened that I’ve read a book and felt the summary on its dust jacket sounded better than what I actually read. It’s the other way around usually, isn’t it? The summary doesn’t do the actual story justice, or it might not even tell you all that much, right? Not with this book. When it first hit bookstores, publishers marketed The Night Circus as “the next Harry Potter,” which, every time I recall this con, makes me want to tear my pretty hardback c ...more
The imagery is amazing. The story is not. There is nothing intriguing about "a challenge". All the important exposition (explained over static scenes) isn't even given to the reader until the later half of the book, well past my giving-a-shit point. If the challenge is a (view spoiler)[deadly (hide spoiler)] one, put that info right up front!
The second-person interludes made me feel like I was reading a Choose Your Own Adv ...more
Not right away though. The hardcore truth will come later.
I never would have read this book if it wasn't the group read for Karen's reader advisory group.
Because I would have never read it I did go into the book with any expectations. I wasn't expecting to love it. I wasn't expecting to hate it. I had an idea of the plot from reading some other reviews, but I wasn't expecting anything.
I ended up liking the book quite a bit. I thought it was fun and e ...more
"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes."--Act IV, Scene I, Macbeth, William Shakespeare
Well. That's that. Done. Finished. Three Hundred Eighty Seven pages. I read every one. It was a task. It was a chore. It became drudgery. It was work. This review is cathartic in nature.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying I'm a better writer than Erin Morgenstern. I certainly could not have written The Night Circus. Although I have wr ...more