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The Starless Sea (2019)

de Erin Morgenstern

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3,5211633,065 (3.94)138
"Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a rare book hidden in the 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 of honey, 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 beautiful 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 rare book and in his own life"--… (més)
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Uggh, about two hundred pages too long, this story just keeps dragging on. Perhaps it would not feel so long and drawn out if it was more original. ( )
  liltastypuff | Sep 12, 2022 |
Like so many, I read this book because I'd liked The Night Circus.
The two books are nothing alike, but I was able to enjoy both. I think I actually enjoyed The Starless Sea more than the other, though!
There's a mysterious magic to this story, and it feels like a romance of stories, or a love story of books. A magical library? Intertwined stories throughout that slowly show how they're connected? Fate and Time as tangible beings? Yes, please!
One character's introduction in complete darkness while he tells a story, enraptured me to the core. I've read that scene a dozen times or more, I love it so much.
This turned out to be a comfort read for me, one that I'll revisit time and time again. ( )
  jessoftheBooks | Aug 23, 2022 |
I enjoyed this book. It was a bit slow and felt a bit hodge-podge in the beginning but really came together in the end. I would read it again if only for the moments of magic when the author's descriptions captured a feeling, sight, or place so completely it took my breath away. ( )
  ArcherKel | Aug 17, 2022 |
I loved this book. Definitely will be on my Favorites shelf, and might end up as the favorite of the year for me.

I think of this book as a mobius strip of stories. There are stories within stories within stories, with themes repeating in different forms and allegories. Lot of libraries, cats, owls, bees, keys, doorways, romance, love lost and found and lost again. And overall the interplay of Time, Fate and Chance.

This is 100% magical realism, and from other reviewers I think people either love or hate this book with very little middle ground. I will say that this book required some attention to detail as you read or you'll be hopelessly lost (ironically just as some of the characters in the story end up hopelessly lost).

One nit-pick in an otherwise perfect book: About 80% of the way through the book, we learn this might be video game written by Kat, the gaming student we meet earlier in the book, or by Zachary himself. Admittedly, there were many, many clues and I even thought at one point "this seems like a video game". But I chalked that up to the narrator's (Zachary's) POV as a gamer himself. The checking of inventory, the various levels, the ability to always get back the Keeper and the limited number of questions that can be asked/answered at any point. Even the ubiquitous cats are now explained - stand-ins for the game author Kat.

But still, it felt too easy, too trite. I read magical realism to escape easy answers. I didn't want the whole story to be written by a video game creator. (And I realize this is somewhat ridiculous - the whole story WAS in fact written by a person, the author.)

Also at this same point, the dream-like aspect of the book turns darker and more like a nightmare. I was happy with how the book ended, but not really happy with how we ended up there.

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  sriddell | Aug 6, 2022 |
4.5 stars. How do you even think of a story like this? Minus a star for making me work hard to catch all subtleties and follow the many threads, but a half star for tying it all up in the end. ( )
  mikernc | Jul 29, 2022 |
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Morgenstern, Erinautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Corduner, AllanNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Dean, SuzanneDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Fontana JohnDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Funderburgh, DanAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Graham, DionNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Hardingham, FionaNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Hoffman, DominicNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Marie, JorjeanaNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Turpin, BahniNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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"Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a rare book hidden in the 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 of honey, 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 beautiful 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 rare book and in his own life"--

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