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The NIGHT CIRCUS By Erin Morgenstern September 22, 2011

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.
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     This is a book I had heard about long before it came out, and was very excited to read. Readers seem to agree to the hype for it and it is getting great reviews. It looks like the Lycan Librarian, once again, is swimming against the tide. Don’t get me wrong, I very much enjoyed the fanciful descriptions and the spots of fantastic writing and imagery. But the book was too long for the story, too slow in many places, and in other places, the dialogue often was stiff and forced.
     This reader did not appreciate the device used a number of times when something was described as “so amazing it can’t be described.” This was supposed to be a hot romance, but that part of the plot was closer to tepid. The part most highly anticipated by this reader were views of the circus in various cities all over the world. Unfortunately, the circus was simply the circus in them all and the only clue of where they were was in being told the location, so there was no experience for readers of being in these far away places. There were some characters I would have liked to know better, but they were given only numerous little cameo appearances, so that didn’t happen. The ending was underwhelming, to say the least. Sigh!
     It is a book for circus and fantasy lovers to read, but for those reasons only. The flat characters are nicely described, but this is definitely a case of imagery over plot. The book is, itself, like a circus, with bold illusions creating a platform that holds a weak and sometimes disjointed story up to heights that dazzle its audience.

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