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.
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.’