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The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern July 2, 2012

Posted by stuffilikenet in Books, Brilliant words.
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is a tale of romance and magic and not at all the sort of thing I usually read (or listen to, as this was/is an audiobook), but I enjoyed it so thoroughly that I felt compelled to finish it, and am very glad I did.  The Night Circus has all the flaws inherent in tales of magic, notably the sheer impossibility of magic, but has lovely melodic description of the magics and the people and their reactions to magic that make the whole quite charming in spite of magic tales’ impossibility. 
The voice characterizations by the reader really make the tale come alive.  In the most compelling passage, the two main characters (magicians, naturally) find themselves growing romantically involved and the moment when their hands touch is charged with magic in such a way as to be erotic without being in the least graphic.  It is a wonderful trick, and writers of real smut should take notice.
The plot concerns the circus as a venue for a kind of duel of two schools of magic, one learned and one inherent.  But really, who cares about that?  The writing is leisurely and poetic, but moves the plot points along quickly enough that the reader doesn’t even notice s/he is hearing poetry instead of a story.

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