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The Next Big Thing – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

So reads part of the publisher’s description of a new novel of magical realism called The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Called lush, imaginative, creative, wildly inventive and suspenseful (to name a few of the adjectives I saw most repeated), The Night Circus is generating a lot of buzz, and critics are wondering if it’s going to be the next Harry Potter or Twilight.

Personally, I find circuses scary enough even when not shrouded in mystery (all those clowns *shudder*), but it sounds intriguing. I look forward to reading it. I like magic.

If anyone has read it already, give us a clue in the comments of how you liked it and what it’s like.

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Beth Carswell

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5 Responses to “The Next Big Thing – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern”

  1. Somehow I was not swept away by this book, as others say they were. It’s definitely fanciful, and I found the descriptions of magic vivid and lovely – it could make a stunning movie. But neither the plot nor characters grabbed me. It reminded me a lot of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, which I couldn’t even finish. But if you liked that book, I imagine you’ll love The Night Circus.

  2. I’m with Beth – I’ll be giving this one a pass. The circus is scary enough in the cold, hard, light of day. Even Cirque de Soleil is a little to circus-y for my liking. And I hate clowns. Seriously. They freak me out.

    Heck, I couldn’t even bring myself to read Water For Elephants.

  3. Beth Carswell

    Lily, I’m not giving it a pass! I do find clowns and circuses a bit dark and creepy, but I’ve heard good things about the book and am going to gamely dive in. I will take one for the team and read it – then report to you on whether you should :)

  4. One reason why this book can never be as big as Harry Potter: it’s not for kids, it’s for adults; plus, it isn’t part of a proposed series as far as I know.
    A book you should be paying more attention to is the just-released ‘WonderStruck’ by Brian Selznick who also wrote ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’ which has been turned into an upcoming movie by Martin Scorsese. His new work is even more (in)genius! There are two simultaneous stories – half of the book is told in illustrations, the other half in words. Check it out~

  5. I would recommend this book to other readers who love a fairy-tale like story but are not looking for too much emotional involvement or character substance. I have heard that the rights to the movie version of “The Night Circus” have already been bought and I think that is fantastic! The book is so visual, that I just hope that the studio who will be responsible can do it justice.