The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

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If you want to read a really good review for The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern you can’t go wrong with this one by Heather of Froodian Slip who said everything I would want to say.

Interestingly, out in the wider webiverse opinions about this novel are polarized. Things that I enjoyed have not impressed others at all: its multi-layered and meandering nature; the lack of real conflict; the amount of space dedicated to the descriptions of places; the references to other books; all the bees, keys, swords, feathers, hearts, crowns and doorknobs. What I found absorbing, others have found frustrating. For me, The Starless Sea was a book to get utterly lost in and with its many stories within stories within stories it has heaps of rereading potential. For others, perhaps for you too, this may not be the case.

Anyway, having thought about it a bit I decided to attempt one of those flowchart thingummies to help the potential reader decide if The Starless Sea is the book for them. It might help. It will more likely hinder. But I had a lot of fun doing it and it kept my currently over-anxious brain busy for a good eight hours, which is always a plus.



BF143 Starless Sea flowchart

And if you’re still not sure, or feel in need of one more nudge in the direction of this book, may I present the following quotations as my closing argument:

“A book is an interpretation … You want a place to be like it was in the book but it’s not a place in a book it’s just words. The place in your imagination is where you want to go and that place is imaginary.”


“Strange, isn’t it? To love a book. When the words on the pages become so precious that they feel like a part of your own history because they are.”


‘Magic,’ he mutters under his breath.

‘Ezra, I’m going to ask you to believe in a lot of impossible things but I’d appreciate it if you would refrain from using the m-word.’








31 thoughts on “The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

    1. *bows with a flourish* – thank you. 🙂
      Ha!! You know, I was kind of thinking about you when I was putting it together thinking … ‘this is SO not a book for Bookstooge’! 😀

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      1. She’s only written one other book: The Night Circus, which I read a while ago. Both that and this are the kind of thing I’d happily re-read however, so I’m good. 😀

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    …I have no problems with owls unless they want to be flowers and them being owls is entirely my fault, in which case the mysterious door (not to mention the NOISES behind it AIIEEEE) is definitely losing me sleep. I’m intrigued – the polarised reviews have been keeping me at bay on The Starless Sea, but I’ve remained curious… and I do love books that are about loving books. I will get to this at some point this year!

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    1. I think (she says tentatively) that if you go in without expectations and definitely not when you’re wanting something plot-driven you will enjoy it. I think.
      I hope! Because this book needs all the love! 😀

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    1. I don’t think not liking The Night Circus will be a problem. This isn’t very much like that (which is another thing the internet doesn’t seem happy about).
      I’d be interested in your thoughts if you do give it a go. 😀

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  2. Both of her books seem to be very polarising and yet I’ve always liked the idea of the writing and the descriptions and attention to detail. I think they would work for me.
    Lynn 😀

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    1. I think you’d like them too.
      It’s interesting how divided opinion is on her two books when they are both quite gentle stories to my mind. 🙂


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