I liked this. I'm a bit of a Nora, often wasting time wondering how my life would have turned out if I'd made different choices, as if the ones I've mI liked this. I'm a bit of a Nora, often wasting time wondering how my life would have turned out if I'd made different choices, as if the ones I've made are now set in stone. It was probably because of these similarities that Nora annoyed me so much at the beginning. At the start of the story she reminds me of me at times when I am most frustrated with myself - unable to see anything good in myself to the point where every thought feels like selfish self pity. I worried this would put me off, but I warmed to her as she made changes throughout the book.
Also, I should say, I don't think there's anything wrong with frustrating protagonists. Especially when they go on a journey of self discovery like this one, which genuinely changes them and their outlook on life. It also serves as a good reminder to be kind, not just to those around you, but to yourself- even when you're at your most annoying.
The ending was a tad predictable, but that might have been because you can't tell this kind of story in a responsible way without the end message that this book gives us.
I liked this book but I didn't love it. I love that Matt Haig's writing is always so full of empathy, kindness and warmth. However, I think I was looking for something that ran a little deeper and that I could escape into a little more. At times it read a little like a self help book with the messaging being incredibly spelt out, which isn't typically my cup of tea. Or, maybe my issue is that I follow the author on Twitter and portions of it reminded me so much of his Tweets on mental health that it lifted me out of Nora's voice and into his. Either way, the ideas in this book are important and I'm glad it exists. I hope it finds those who need it....more
This is such a cosy, curl up with your cat and a cup of cocoa kind of book.
I'll start by saying I'm one of those people who loved the Night Circus. PaThis is such a cosy, curl up with your cat and a cup of cocoa kind of book.
I'll start by saying I'm one of those people who loved the Night Circus. Parts of it were so well written I had to put it down and walk away for a sec because I was so overwhelmed by how good it was. Safe to say, I was HYPED about the Starless Sea.
For me, it totally delivered. Zachary is a great main character for all of the bookworms who would have been too anxious to open a magic door as a kid but who now spend their adulthood secretly hoping another one will present itself. I LOVED the in-between, at-first seemingly unrelated but actually it turns out they all matter, fairytales. As so many people have already said, this is a love letter to storytelling in all its forms. I'm not a gamer but this book made me want to be. It also made me want choose-your-own adventure stories to come back into fashion (I'm looking at you, Goosebumps).
I'm already trying to work out how long I have to wait until it's socially acceptable to re-read it (maybe a good excuse to buy it in paperback when that comes out?).
I love magic. I love pirates. I love cats. I love bees. I love stories.
This won't be for everyone (no piece of art can be universally adored) but if you're a storyteller/storylover of any kind, this book will stay in your soul....more