The Starless Sea

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Ebook, 512 Pages
Fantasy/ Adult
By: Erin Morgenstern
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/4

β€œNot all stories speak to all listeners, but all listeners can find a story that does, somewhere, sometime. In one form or another.”

🌟 I picked up the above quote because it sums up my experience with this book! This book is definitely not for everyone. It was initially not even for me, I picked it up at a bad time and I was physically and mentally tired and just kept falling asleep. I was not a fan of The Night Circus and so decided that maybe Erin’s writing is just not for me. However, my friend said that this was the best book he has ever read and he kept talking about it every time we saw each other. I had to give it another fair chance. I went in with a different mindset and I enjoyed it much more the second time.

🌟 The writing style uses many metaphors, similes, and analogies! Thus it required me to be in a certain mood for something as lyrical and it required much concentration from me. I noticed that at the times I read this after a long day and I was tired, I did not enjoy it as when I did with a clear mind. The book changed from an almost DNF to a book that I enjoyed. That’s why I can relate to both groups of people who were disappointed with this or those who said it is the best thing they ever read.

β€œWe are all stardust and stories.”

🌟 I don’t know what to say about the characters, I enjoyed reading about them and once again it is all related to the writing. Zachary was a good main character and there is gay romance in the book, it is very very slow and I do not think it was the main focus of the book.

🌟 The book is also slow-paced and it may be confusing with the intertwining short stories and mythology and the main story taking place in the world. There are portals to other worlds (a theme that is becoming common in books now) and there are stories within stories (I have also not many read books of the book within book trope so it was cool). This all needs patience to be able to wait to get the rest of the stories and then more patience to see how it all falls in place and finally make sense and that’s why this needs a specific kind of mood and readers!

🌟 I did not have a problem with that as I loved how well-edited this was! The timing of those stories and how each chapter started was something I just loved about the book! I am not giving it 5 because at a certain point it became a bit tiring for me and for a book so rich with metaphors one of the main metaphors was just far stretched for me.

β€œHow are you feeling? Zachary asks. β€œLike I’m losing my mind but in a slow, achingly beautiful sort of way.”

🌟 Summary: I really enjoyed this book the second time. It just needs a certain mindset going into it because the writing is so abstract and needs concentration! The world-building and characters were good too. I think it is a hit or miss kind of book that is not for all readers! But worth giving a chance!


  1. I think you’re right about Erin Morgenstern’s writing not being for everybody. She has a unique way of structuring her stories that require a lot of concentration. But, I absolutely loved this book. Great review!

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  2. I loved this but I can see where another reader wouldn’t like it. It’s not an easy read, but there is a lot there to enjoy. I’d like to give it a reread at some point soon, because I have the sense that it’s one of those books that you get more out of on multiple reads.

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  3. Really balanced review! It’s good to know about the abstract writing and how you have to be in the right mood for it, especially cos of all mythology and short stories in it. I can imagine that can be confusing- but I’m curious (and a little excited) to check it out for myself. Excellent review!

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