The Starless Sea

The Starless Sea

A Novel

Large Print - 2019
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A timeless love story set in a secret underground world--a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea. Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks.
Publisher: [New York] :, Random House Large Print,, [2019]
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9780593106488
0593106482
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT Morgenstern 2019
Characteristics: 752 pages (large print) ; 24 cm

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Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a rare book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplic... Read More »


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readmorebooks
Jan 17, 2020

If you liked her first book you will really enjoy this one. It takes time to read as there is so much too take in. You will never look at doors the same way. Also cats and libraries under ground. A great deal of imagination went into the writing of this wonderful story, however I think the ending was speeded up to end the story quickly after dragging it out for so long.

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njon38
Jan 04, 2020

I loved the first half of this book and found the second half to be tedious, meandering and not very satisfying. She creates a secret world of books and libraries, stories and storytelling, myths and fables, with a myriad of unique setting within this secret world i.e. the starless sea. A discussion of RPGs that gave me my first real understanding of their draw. That the fairy tales she told were wholly original i.e. the moon and the innkeeper, Time and Fate, the Owl king and his domain, is astonishing. The book is beautifully and imaginatively written but the characters were two dimensional, the love stories had no depth and the ending was too drawn out and unsatisfactory.

ontherideau Dec 31, 2019

Fantastic writing and subject matter out of this world- literally.

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dkoa
Dec 29, 2019

Couldn't get into the book because of the writing. When I switched to reading it with television's Closed Captioning voice, that was when I got into it. Not a very nice voice in my head.
I tried to like the book but I couldn't care about any of the characters.

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rapunzel454
Dec 15, 2019

Words cannot describe how wondrous this story is.

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DracAthos
Nov 27, 2019

I have waited anxiously for this second book by Morgenstern. I adored the Night Circus and when they announced Starless Sea, I was thrilled.
This book was fantastic and amazing and all sorts of good words that I can't adequately use.

Her lyrical way of writing is evident in the story that she weaves. She takes you through the speakeasies of Manhattan to an labyrinthine library as Zachary Ezra Rawlins solves a mystery as old as the universe.
It is a love story between Fate and Time and it's a fairy tale. You are drawn into the story like a bee to honey. It has everything one could want in a fantasy mystery.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Nov 25, 2019

This is a quirky book for quirky readers. Morgenstern's skill with language and layered storytelling will be familiar to fans of "The Night Circus" but her modern setting is a bit of a departure and not exactly what I was expecting.

Chapel_Hill_MegM Nov 23, 2019

This is an amazing fully immersive story. Morgenstern has created a story that weaves together prose in a way that is beautiful. Each sentence feels like its own story. I highly suggest this book to anyone who is looking for a fantastic atmospheric read.

noramw Nov 18, 2019

Once again Erin Morgenstern has created a world I want to dwell in. Fans of The Night Circus will find all of Morgenstern’s powers on full display - atmosphere to sink into, vivid set pieces that will stay in your mind long after you close the book, and characters who unfold into more than they once were.

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cnsreader
Nov 15, 2019

Oh, this is a good one folks! There’s a place in the story where it’s asked “do you believe in the mystical, the fantastical, the improbable, or the impossible? Do you believe that thing others dismiss as dreams and imagination actually exist?” If you do, this is the book for you!

I read a book so I can be drawn into that world created in the story by the author. I was drawn into this one immediately. I would put it down to do something else but before too long I had picked it up again. It is enchanting! If I came upon a door, a door that would lead me to the Starless Sea, I would open it and enter!

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