The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern: 3.5/5

Sorry it’s been such a long time without an update, folks. I had a family medical emergency that had me on the road and away from all my review-making accoutrements.

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern. Book Review: In her first novel, Erin Morgenstern creates a richly detailed fantasy of the magical Le Cirque des Rêves, and the people behind its otherworldly performances and exhibits. [Image shows a woman next to a glowing tree, a man next to frozen trees, and circus tents all swirling around an inlaid figure.] The writing—switching between three stories, three time periods, and between second and third person perspective—is fascinating and skillful. But don't scrutinize the plot much, or you might realize it doesn't actually make sense. See: fig. 1, supermassive black plot hole holding everything together. [Inlaid figure is expanded and shown to be a black circle that is labeled PLOT HOLE.]

Good for: People who become so absorbed in the well-described and fascinating milieu that they can forget that the premise of the major dilemma is pretty weak.

The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern

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3 Responses to The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern: 3.5/5

  1. Alicia says:

    This book had so much advance publicity and praise so I’m disappointed to hear it was only so-so. Welcome back!

    • Audrey says:

      I totally enjoyed it while I was reading it, but about half an hour after I finished I was like, “Hey… wait a second!” I think it’s definitely worth a read; it’s just some bits of it are inexplicable, and I couldn’t look past that to give it a better rating.

  2. Whitney says:

    I’m listening to the audio book on my commute and I am absolutely LOVING it. Kind of wish I had read it instead of listening.

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