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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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May 30, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: audio, fantasy_and_magic


Underwhelming is about all I can say - though I did like one character, it wasn't really enough to lift this to a higher rating.

I felt like I've seen the magic before (movies The Prestige or The Illusionist)and read the love story already (Romeo & Julietteish). The random jumps through time didn't seem to matter to the story much, and I didn't feel any of the chemistry between the (presumed) doomed lovers.

And FWIW, having Jim Dale read it didn't make it any better. I finished listening to it strictly to hear his voice, but I was dang glad when it ended so I could start something else.

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Reading Progress

May 30, 2012 – Started Reading
May 30, 2012 – Shelved
May 30, 2012 –
page 71
17.75% "I'm kind of bored, honestly, but so many people love it..."
June 5, 2012 –
page 129
32.25% "The author certainly has a vivid imagination - I just wish it didn't fall so flat in her writing. If I'm not done with the book by it's due date, I might just give up."
September 12, 2012 – Shelved as: audio
September 22, 2012 – Finished Reading
September 25, 2012 – Shelved as: fantasy_and_magic

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message 1: by Jen (new) - rated it 2 stars

Jen Trying again, with Jim Dale narrating. Hopefully this makes it more alive for me.

Sara Oh no!!! I want everyone to love this book!!!

Rebecca It was not as amazing as described. I just finished reading half of it over again, and I enjoyed reading better than listening to it. Allegorical? I'm not sure I get it. I am not sure why the time shifted either, it didn't enhance the story for me. I loved the descriptions, and it was the first fantasy I have read in a while. I would read other books by this author, she is quite talented.

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