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The Starless Sea

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  3,988 ratings  ·  1,428 reviews
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 lovelor
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Doubleday Books
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    Chaima ✨ شيماء
    It’s a profoundly strange thing—to feel as though you are wading through mildly entertaining novels that pass through you like falling smoke, always searching for the one that reaches into the back alleys of your soul and settles to the bottom of you like fallen leaves.

    And then there it is, like a faint spark bobbing on a dark sea, calling you, beckoning.

    The dark-throated bliss of it is like what all the books you’ve ever read have been aspiring to be, the scales of what is good, great, an/>And
    This book is a love letter to stories and storytelling, myths and fables, symbols and imagination. This was haunting and magical, foreboding and whimsical in a way only Erin Morgenstern can achieve. This is a story in which something new can be discovered every time you read it. Breathtaking.
    Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: favourites

    i know for a fact that this book wont be everyones cup of tea (morgensterns writing style is an acquired taste), but it sure is mine.

    this quenches my thirst for a story that was meant to be told, a love letter to the art of storytelling, as well as the stories we find ourselves in. it is an ode to those who write their own paths in life. and there is an aromatic intimacy to this that can only be created when such word
    Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    Just got my hands on an ARC!!

    Can't wait to read it :D
    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: i-m-intrigued
    I waited the book for months and months, also named myself as Vladimir who is waiting for Godot forever! Of course my request stays at the NetGalley limbo space with other thousands of my requests doing boogie dance together. (I don’t want to visualize them dusted, positioned at the bookshelves kind of purgatory!) So as a patient reading, high five-d myself for releasing day (actually I slapped my nose, I couldn’t do a proper high five for years and always missing the other person’s hand or alwa ...more
    wait.........MULTIPLE beautiful covers????

    someone take mercy on me




    hello i would like to read this now please. 2019 is not going to work for me thank you
    ELLIAS (elliasreads)
    Finishes book.

    "I'm getting this book tattooed all over my body, mind and soul."

    2019 really saved the best for last. 8 years was fucking worth it.

    Full review to come.




    a bee,
    a key,
    and a sword.

    "I thought I was writing a book about books, but as it turns out I was writing a book about stories."

    No words. Nothing. I just—
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    Sean Barrs the Bookdragon

    Seven years ago I read a fantastic book called The Night Circus and it helped me fall in love with books and fantasy. I can still recall most of the novel vividly. And I’d almost given up hope that the author would write another novel, then I found out about this!

    I'm so damn EXCITED about it. Only one year to go and then I can read it! I really hope she delivers it with the same skill so I can rave about it on here.
    May 28, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    I always imagine Erin Morgenstern's books like paintings. She is that good as describing things.
    Lisa Lynch
    Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
    "How are you feeling?" Zachary asks.

    "Like I am losing my mind, but in a slow, achingly beautiful sort of way." (p.288)

    Funny, I felt the exact same way while reading this book.

    So, Erin Morgenstern's The Starless Sea is the highly anticipated follow up to The Night Circus (which, I admit, I haven't read). I won an ARC of this book from my library's summer reading program and, after reading the synopsis, I could not wait to jump in.

    I think that most people who read The Starless Sea
    Nov 09, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Amy Imogene Reads
    Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This is a masterpiece. This is flawless. This is the kind of book that comes along once in a decade. This cracks the foundations.

    Imagery: ★★★★★
    Concepts: ★★★★★
    Writing: ★★★★★
    Pacing: ★★★★

    Erin Morgenstern is not for everyone. Her writing is for those who love the story for the sake of the story. The lyrical, meandering, and existential prose is not the standard format, and it takes no prisoners. If it's not for you, it's not for you.

    Normally, I try to make some sort of sense in my review. I try to tell you about the charact
    Emily May
    Apr 22, 2019 marked it as lost-interest
    Shelves: fantasy, arc

    ARC provided in exchange for honest review 🌊
    Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
    DNFed @ 56%

    The writing is so abstract that I couldn't take it anymore! And the problem is I expected that, I wanted that, but it was just SO MUCH!
    I'm so sad right now, I really wanted to love this 😭

    I feel this was a cheap copy of The Shadow of the Wind, even The Ten Thousand Doors of January to me was similar and better than this.

    I'm gonna crawl into a hole and cry myself to sleep now!
    Oct 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
    Shelves: 2019
    I did not enjoy this at all. Pretentious, confusing and jumping through time to make no sense whatsoever..I feel like I wasted a reading week. All my anticipated releases have been flops this year.

    Now what is this book about? Honestly your guess is as good as mine. There was a hint of some love stories but they were so muddled into everything else that was pointless and made no sense so who knows.

    The plot got lost, the writing style was so saturated in metaphors and description I go
    Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
    It’s difficult to sum up a novel that has made a home in your heart and mind and will reside there for a lifetime. I began The Starless Sea, thinking it would be another whimsical and atmospheric novel written by Erin Morgenstern but quickly fell head over heels for its likeness to The Shadow of the Wind, another favorite novel of mine. Both of these stories share a deep love for words and the stories created in our minds, and the love for books and how they can change us forever is at the foref ...more
    Helena of Eretz ✰
    Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: urban-fantasy, adult
    "An inn that once sat at one crossroads now rests at another, ... somewhere deeper and darker where few will ever find it, by the shores of the Starless Sea."

    I just think that perhaps Erin Morgenstern isn't the author for me. Does she write well? Yes. But do her books interest me? I'm sad to say that the answer is no. Both books that I've picked up from her had AMAZING synopses. But the plots just fell flat. Admittedly, this book has a much faster plot than The Night Circus, but I just wasn't invested in this mystery
    Chelsea Humphrey
    Nov 15, 2019 is currently reading it
    Recommended to Chelsea by: Doubleday Books
    Everyone seems to have a strong opinion about this book, so it's time I develop one as well. Going to alternate between the audiobook (thanks and Doubleday for my free copy!) and the hardcover.

    Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    Can I go ahead and label this as my new favorite book?


    Too early?

    Nov 08, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The best fairy tale I’ve ever read.
    Everything worked together.
    She fucking did it again.

    (I got a little annoyed with the amount of literary references, like we get it you like Donna Tartt. But if that’s the only negative I can think of, we’ve got a damn fine book on our hands.)

    I might extend this review?!? I know it doesn’t come out till November, but I’m just excited about how excited I am for a book! That hasn’t happened in awhile.

    ✨EDIT✨ ...more
    Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
    So guess who got a gorgeous proof copy of this from a rep from Penguin Random House?

    It was I, Dio

    Alright, disclaimer - so the copy is absolutely gorgeous but it will look very different in its final form, so they say.
    Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: lgbtq
    "Everyone wishes to grasp that which exists out of reach. To hold the extraordinary in their hands and keep the remarkable in their pockets."

    A love letter to storytelling in all its forms, The Starless Sea is stunningly crafted with magic that will sweep you away into a fairytale. I'm completely in love with this masterpiece and already want to re-read it. If you love books that come together slowly, with lots of puzzle pieces, doors to other worlds, rich symbolism, deep mythology, and a fairy
    Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: read-in-2019
    An updated additional quote after discussing this with a friend - "It's a story about stories, written with a variety of storytelling tropes and styles."

    I'm going to have to try and properly gather all of my thoughts before I can review this one in a better capacity, but there are two things that I can immediately tell you:

    1) I found myself having the same experience I did with this author's other book, where I was mostly unsure of where things were headed at the start an
    Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2019-releases
    It has been so long since I read a book. An entire book.

    My father died unexpectedly six months ago, and I've struggled to read since then.

    I went to ALA 2019 in hopes of rekindling my love of reading and blogging... I went with one big goal, and that was to obtain this book.

    It's the first of my ALA haul that I read

    I loved it.

    Captivating, intricate, a maze of interwoven stories. Exactly my kind of book. Exactly what I needed to start getting back in
    Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


    Ok, I'm done screaming, not really but I might be back later to properly yell at you to read this extraordinary magical story full of interwoven magical stories !!!
    right now I'm off to cry and probably start this book all over again, goodnight.
    Let's just get this out of the way, shall we? This won't be a book for everyone. Just like THE NIGHT CIRCUS worked for you.. or it didn't. But I can't get enough of the way this author writes. Which makes it a travesty this is only book two from her. And yet.. if it takes this long to come up with something like this? I'll happily wait. Again and again and again.

    His religion is buried in the silence of freshly fallen snow, in a carefully crafted cocktail, in between the pages of a book so/>His
    Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: fantasy
    Magnificent. Reminds me of Neil Gaiman, but it surpasses him in the atmosphere and beauty of the writing. An ode to stories and readers that examines what a story is and what it can be. Many sections of it are like if the #bookstagram hashtag became sentient and wrote a book. Definitely a story you'll want to get lost in.
    marie ☆彡
    All you need to know is that this book has solidified my desire to read anything Erin Morgenstern ever writes
    Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This has to be one of the most gorgeous and descriptive books I have ever read, not that I was expecting anything less from the author. After all, The Night Circus has set quite a high bar.

    I cannot help but fall, time and time again, for books about readers and stories within stories, as they so beautifully illustrate the reason why I, and I suspect many fellow readers, have chosen to lend part of my life to this particular pastime. The Starless Sea is every reader's dream, and so much more; it ca
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    Erin Morgenstern is the author of The Night Circus, a number-one national best seller that has been sold around the world and translated into thirty-seven languages. She has a degree in theater from Smith College and lives in Massachusetts.
    “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. It’s nice to finally have someone read stories I know so intimately.” 38 likes
    “Not all stories speak to all listeners, but all listeners can find a story that does, somewhere, sometime. In one form or another.” 19 likes
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