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Hannah B. (Portland, OR)
The Night Circus
I really enjoyed this book! The style of writing is unique in that the perspectives and point of view changes quite frequently throughout the book as each chapter is told through the voice of a different character. The author is wonderful at creating settings that become extraordinary rich and vivid in your mind while reading it. The use of words are deliciously creative...poetic almost, and the mysterious plot with magical mystical elements kept me wanting to read more....what a fun book! I feel like people of all ages would enjoy it : )
Shirley F. (Franksville, WI)
This book will be a hit! It contains everything that could be imagined to carry it on a magical, fantastic journey including a love interest, a fantastic competition, beautiful women and mysterious men. Altho it is not my favorite genre, I loved the story of the competition and the author created many beautiful, magical tents that I wanted to visit. The only problem that I had was the jumping around of dates - I had to keep returning to the chapter pages to see where we were in time. The fantasy tents were certainly wonders to behold and the author found the right words to convey the aura and magic of the Night Curcus. I'd visit in a minute!
Kristine I. (Carmel, IN)
A book to savor
I highly recommend this book to anyone one who enjoys magical tales. The story isn’t fast moving, but each scene was so vivid that I just savored every word. It was highly creative and the story was well put together. I read it every chance I could get, yet I didn’t want it to end.
Carole C. (Upper Marlboro, MD)
A Fairy Tale Under a Curtain of Stars
"Like stepping into a fairy tale under a curtain of stars (p.143). This quote from Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus captures my reaction to this unusual novel. Coming from a reader who does not list fantasy as a genre of choice, these words of praise may be more compelling. A tender love story, a dark and devious competition, and a stage for myriad actors and characters, this circular novel pulls the reader into its thrall and captures the imagination. As Morganstern slips from the third person point of view into the second throughout the book, so I invite you to don a red scarf, join the line to slip into Le Cirque des Reves, seek out the fortune teller and have her cast the stars to read the future -- one that is never set in stone.
Debbie V. (Jupiter, FL)
Fantastical journey!! Ms. Morgenstern has done an outstanding job of creating a truly magical world - sharing each and every incredible detail with the reader until we too are transported along with it's wonderful characters. .. I did not want the book to end and it has stayed with me long after I read (and reread) the last line... Thank you to Ms. Morgenstern for reminding me of why I am a reader!
Sara S. (Murfreesboro, TN)
The Night Circus is full of wonderment and intrigue. It was quite difficult to put this book down, but when I did the magic still lingered in my head. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a bit of curiosity and magic. Beautifully written... I absolutely adored this novel.
Mark O. (Wenatchee, WA)
The congealed imagination of The Night Circus
After reading The Night Circus, I too would like to be a member of the rêveurs, the society of ardent followers, tracking the circus on its unscheduled itinerary. Entering the circus is like falling asleep into someone else’s dream, a dream full of wonders but sustained at great cost. All of the old verities are here - coming of age, the cost of winning, love growing on sterile soil. But when art transcends craft, old is new. Morgenstern’s circus is a new place, one of the “100 imaginary places you must visit before you die.”
Erica M. (Chicago, IL)
A rare find!
I hated for this book to end. It was one of those delicious stories that you hate to put down to eat or sleep and look unhappily at how few pages are left as you near the end. This is an excellent first effort, which hopefully, will be the beginning of a wonderful career for Erin Morganstern. The themes of love, conflict and the ability to rise above challenges are well-developed and interestingly presented. I’m sure this is one book In which I will need to inscribe my name to assure that it is returned to me after it is repeatedly lent out.