Walk the Plank – the starless sea (Erin Morgenstern) – unpopular opinion time!!

Ahoy there!  I enjoyed the night circus and was excited for this supposed sea yarn.  And I was bored mateys.  Bored!  I thought the set-up for the book was interesting but ultimately did not live up to its premise at all.  There was some beautiful writing in places, especially in the short inner fairy tales, but I didn’t really care for most of the characters.  And the only one I actually liked didn’t get nearly enough page time.  I struggled to finish this one and almost abandoned it about 50 times.  I would pick it up and read a chapter and put it back down.  I kept reading because I thought that if the characters didn’t move me then perhaps the world building would.  But no.  I have absolutely no urge to visit the starless sea.  Other than the cats and the Kitchen, there was no appeal.  Not much of the action even takes place on the sea.  The promised pirates and ships were lame.  The descriptions of the world were repetitive and the parts of the starless sea itself barely explored.  I also didn’t like how the story threads tied together.  I thought the plot was headed that way and hoped I was wrong.  The writing was also kinda choppy and fragmented and had short chapters that didn’t flow well.  The majority of the book just didn’t make sense.  And I basically hated the ending.  I be very glad that I got this from a local library and didn’t spend me hard-earned loot on it.  Disappointed for sure.  Arrrr!

Side note:  What in the world was the purpose of the owls?

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Erin Morgenstern – Author

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the starless sea – Book

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Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

the night circus (Captain’s Log – Fantasy)

27 thoughts on “Walk the Plank – the starless sea (Erin Morgenstern) – unpopular opinion time!!

  1. Hm… I’ve seen this one around a lot, but I’m not a fan of unlikeable characters. So I’ll probably get it from the library, if I see it there. Thank you for your lucid, punchy review, Cap. As ever, I come away with a very clear idea of what the book is about and a why it didn’t work for you.

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    1. I am glad ye thought this one was clear and understandable. Cause dang was it hard to write about. And aye, if it interests ye then the library be the way to go. I understand why people love this one. I just didn’t.
      x The Captain

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    1. I did enjoy night circus but not as much as everyone else. I am not opposed to reading another book by her. She does have a beautiful style. I would certainly start with the night circus. Thanks for visiting!
      x The Captain


  2. Yikes! I wasn’t expecting that. I’ve been curious about this one since I recently read and enjoyed The Night Circus. This is the first full review I’ve read. Sorry t was a disappointment!

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      1. I’m about 75% done with this book now (I’m taking my time with it on purpose, because I am enjoying it) but I just realized something about it that clicked as to why it might not be a book for you: the storytelling style reminds me a bit of Middlegame, which as I recall you also weren’t thrilled with.

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      2. That makes me laugh that yer thinking of me rant while reading. I am not sure if that be a good thing. I am glad that ye enjoyed it. I can see how middlegame and it could be compared in terms of ramblingness. And ye are right that I abandoned it.
        x The Captain


  3. Sorry to hear you didn’t like this one! I wasn’t a huge lover of The Night Circus – Morgenstern’s writing is lovely, but I find it very hard to care about her characters – and the reviews I’ve been seeing of The Starless Sea make me think she’s probably not an author for me, sadly.


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