Saturday, October 1, 2011

THE NIGHT CIRCUS: PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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THE NIGHT CIRCUS
BY ERIN MORGENSTERN

ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

PRAISE FOR THE NIGHT CIRCUS:
"The Night Circus made me happy. Playful and intensely imaginative, Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for and she has populated it with dueling love-struck magicians, precocious kittens, hyper-elegant displays of beauty and complicated clocks. This is a marvelous book."
-- Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife

"If this novel is just cotton candy, it's cotton candy spun from strands of edible silver...With no more lust than a late volume of Harry Potter, Morgenstern manages to conjure up a love story for adults that feels luxuriously romantic. When Celia calls their circus a 'wonder and comfort and mystery all together,' she could have been talking about this book."
--Ron Charles, The Washington Post

“Erin Morgenstern's debut novel, The Night Circus, is quietly, enchantingly perfect…reading this novel is like having a marvelous dream, in which you are asleep enough to believe everything that is happening, but awake enough to relish the experience and understand that it is magical.”
--Newsday

"Morgenstern’s Circus is the stuff that dreams are made of, and nothing short of a wild ride."
--Elle magazine

"Magical. Enchanting. Spellbinding. Mesmerizing."
--Associated Press

"[A] few pages into this story of a mysterious circus and its two stars, a young man and a woman who are both capable of real magic, and you know you are in the presence of an extraordinary storyteller."
--The Daily Beast

"[T]he world of The Night Circus is elaborately designed, fantastically imagined and instantly intoxicating -- as if the reader had downed a glass of absinthe and leapt into a hallucination."
--Rachel Syme for NPR.org

"Debut author Morgenstern doesn't miss a beat in this smashing tale of greed, fate, and love...a giant, magical story destined for bestsellerdom. This is an electric debut on par with Special Topics in Calamity Physics."
 --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Self-assured, entertaining debut that blends genres and crosses continents in quest of magic… Generous in its vision and fun to read. Likely to be a big book—and, soon, a big movie, with all the franchise trimmings."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“To enter the black-and-white-striped tents of Le Cirque des Rêves is to enter a world where objects really do turn into birds and people really do disappear…Debut novelist Morgenstern has written a 19th-century flight of fancy that is, nevertheless, completely believable. The smells, textures, sounds, and sights are almost palpable. A literary Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, this read is completely magical.Library Journal, starred review

"This big and compelling first novel ushers in a menacing tone with its first sentence: "The circus arrives without warning."...With appeal for readers not particularly geared to fantasy but who plainly enjoy an unusual and well-drawn story, this one will make a good crossover suggestion."
--Booklist, starred review

“‘Dark as soot and bright as sparks,’ The Night Circus still holds me willingly captive in a world of almost unbearable beauty. This is a love story on a grand scale: it creates, it destroys, it ultimately transcends. Take a bow, Erin Morgenstern. This is one of the best books I have ever read.”
Brunonia Barry, author of The Lace Reader
 
“A riveting debut. The Night Circus pulls you into a world as dark as it is dazzling, fully-realized but still something out of a dream. You will not want to leave it.”
Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger’s Wife
 
"Every once in awhile you find a novel so magical that there is no escaping its spell. The Night Circus is one of these rarities -- engrossing, beautifully written and utterly enchanting. If you choose to read just one novel this year, this is it."
Danielle Trussoni, author of Angelology
 
"Pure pleasure...Erin Morgenstern is a gifted, classic storyteller, a tale-teller, a spinner of the charmed and mesmerizing -- I had many other things I was supposed to be doing, but the book kept drawing me back in and I tore through it. You can be certain this riveting debut will create a group of rêveurs all its own."
—Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

"The Night Circus is a very atmospheric tale in which things are seen in the half-light of another century's lamps. Morgenstern makes much of these shadows. She also clearly savors objects such as unusual clocks, vanishing rings, flaming cauldrons and strange carousels, and will make you savor them as well."
--Los Angeles Times
 
"Puts me in mind of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes lightened up by Harry Potter. This will be big."
--Library Journal

"Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus is a standout. With echoes of Alice Hoffman (fairy tale magic), Audrey Niffenegger (teleporting) and J.K. Rowling (young wizards, here magicians), Morgenstern's debut is lifted by its poetic writing, winking literary allusions and thematic cohesion."
--The Kansas City Star

"If the preamble -- so aptly titled 'Anticipation' -- doesn't make you sit right down on the floor of your library or bookstore to see what Morgenstern conjures up next, you may not be the right reader for this novel. I'll wager, however, that you will fall quickly under her spell."
--Star Tribune

"So should you read Erin Morgenstern's debut novel, The Night Circus? The short answer: 'Yes.' The Book is engaging and magical, entrancing the reader every step of the way."
--Huffington Post

AN EXCERPT FROM THE NIGHT CIRCUS:
ANTICIPATION
 
The circus arrives without warning.

No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

The towering tents are striped in white and black, no golds and crimsons to be seen. No color at all, save for the neighboring trees and the grass of the surrounding fields. Black-and-white stripes on grey sky; countless tents of varying shapes and sizes, with an elaborate wrought-iron fence encasing them in a colorless world. Even what little ground is visible from outside is black or white, painted or powdered, or treated with some other circus trick.

But it is not open for business. Not just yet.

Within hours everyone in town has heard about it. By afternoon the news has spread several towns over. Word of mouth is a more effective method of advertisement than typeset words and exclamation points on paper pamphlets or posters. It is impressive and unusual news, the sudden appearance of a mysterious circus. People marvel at the staggering height of the tallest tents. They stare at the clock that sits just inside the gates that no one can properly describe.

And the black sign painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, the one that reads:
 
Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn
 
“What kind of circus is only open at night?” people ask. No one has a proper answer, yet as dusk approaches there is a substantial crowd of spectators gathering outside the gates.

You are amongst them, of course. TO FINISH READING THIS EXCERPT, GO TO THE RANDOM HOUSE WEBSITE HERE TO READ IT.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
ERIN MORGENSTERN is a writer and a multimedia artist, who describes all her work as "fairy tales in one way or another." She lives in Massachusetts.



MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
THE NIGHT CIRCUS is one of those books that for me, comes along only once in a while. It has captured me from page one and with all the things I want to share with you above, I will be posting my review later so watch for it. I want to try and carefully write it as this is a book that deserves the special attention. Please watch for my review that will link back to this post coming up during the giveaway period. Along with my review will be bonus entries as I am sure you will all want to win this one for sure! 
GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO LIZ AND THE GOOD FOLKS
AT RANDOM HOUSE, I HAVE TWO 
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+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FOUND INTERESTING IN THE PRAISE SECTION THAT MADE YOU WANT TO READ THE BOOK EVEN MORE. JUST NAME THE PUBLICATION OR REVIEWER YOU LIKED BEST

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It must have been really good, if you liked it that much. I enjoy circuses and this story sounds enchanting.
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I learned she has a couple of very cute cats, and she has pictures up on her site of them.
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I've read several reviews of this book and many of them are positive and some are average. I am looking forward to your review. I almost purchased this one in audio format. Thanks for the opportunity.

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I have been reading wonderful reviews about this magical book and can't wait to read it!
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Erin is truly a multi-faceted gal! Her artwork, painting and making jewelry out of keys, sounds wonderful too.
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I'd like to win like because I love the circus and it does sound interesing.
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Something I find interesting about Erin is she created The Phantomwise Tarot, a 78-card tarot deck painted entirely in black and white acrylic.
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Sue Farrell said...

With so many good reviews I feel I must read this book.
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The author's photo steam on her website has some fun pictures of her cats.
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I liked the review of Ron Charles.
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Amy said...

I am totally curious about why there's no color with ths circus since bright color, pops of it everywhere is one element I always associate with the circus...bright red, blue, green, orange yellow, hot pink, It intrigues me that the grass is even dusted black. I'm also totally curious about the strange clock that's too strange and difficult to describe. And finally, it's thrilling that the circus is on all nght, not for a few hours but from Nightfall 'till Dawn, that's a lot of hours and a strange time period. For all of the reasons elicited above as well as the terrific writing I experienced in the brief excerpt, I want to read The Night Circus

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Amy said...

Brunonia Barry's comment about the book grabbed me and made me feel even more excited and interested in reading this book. Barry calls "a love story" that "creates, destroys, transcends" and calls the world of The Night Circus "one of almost unbearable beauty". There's no way I couldn't read this book after Barry's praise because as a lover of books and stories one that can make a fellow booklover and an author feel that way is a book not to be missed!

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I'm really enjoying Erin Morgenstern's blog posts and photos of her kittens Tessa and Bucket on her website!

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Margie said...

This is a book I definitely want to read. The circus background, the love story, and the magical aspect all make it very intriguing.
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I was intrigued by the Kirkus Review.
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I found it interesting that the author is both a writer and an artist, and that most of her work involves fairy tales of some sort.
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Colleen Turner said...

This book sounds simply fantastic and fantastical! Both disturbing and exciting, I cannot wait to read it! The book trailer is also beautiful!
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I learned from the author's website that she is incredibly artistic. Not only a writer but a painter and a reader she highly emerses herself in the divine otherwordly.
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Kim said...

The premise of the book sounds quite interesting. Sort of Harry potter meets the circus.
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I liked the AP review that said the book is both magical and spellbinding.
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On Erin's website, I thought it was interesting that she's also an artist.
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Connie said...

I like the fact that two kids are raised differently and both learn magic. They are put against each to compete and fall in love. :)


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What an interesting and different-sounding story. It just draws you in.

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She has a link to her Flickr photostream pages. Although I love the pictures of her kitties, of course, I was fascinated by the peeling paint photo. I know, I am strange.

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I liked what Tea Obreht had to say about The Night Circus.

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You know what makes me want to read this book? Your own comment that it captured you right from page one. That's how every book should be and so few are.

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The last line of the book description, "Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart," makes me want to read it.

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Reading comments and reviews about the The Night Circus has made me want to read it too.
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only open at night-this book sounds good

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This one has been on my wishlist. The story sounds so magical and I would love to read it.

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I followed the link to Erin's photos. I think they are very interesting. I love the forgotten wreath.

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Your comment about how it captured you from page one

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All the excellent reviews you posted about Erin and her debut novel makes me want to read this novel!

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I love that Erin is both a writer and an artist!

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It sounds like nothing I've read before (and I love the cover)!

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I loved that you said it is a book that comes around only once in a while. I know by this comment that it is a book I'd really enjoy.
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I think the story seems to unique to me. The cover is brooding and the story seems complex. :) The best kind!

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I was surprised that this was Erin's first book. Seems really well put together for a first book!

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I love that she studied studio art at Smith.

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I love anything about a circus and this sounds like a very special one.

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I liked all the reviews but especially the Kirkus reviews where they said the author crossed genres. That interests me.

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I found it interesting that she lives in Salem which I like to think of going with the magical theme of the book.

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I really need something magical now!
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I think it's interesting that Erin Morgenstern writes AND paints.

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I liked that Publishers Weekly thought it was a debut on par with Special Topics in Calamity Physics.

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techeditor said...

The small beginning of the book that is posted here isn't enough to convince someone to read it. But your review, which you say is inadequate, is enough to interest me. I'll have to check back for your later review. What really convinces me to read this book is all the praise the book gets from reviewers of large newspapers and magazines.
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techeditor said...

some things I find interesting about Erin:

1. Her picture shocks me because she looks so young.

2. She has cats and says they're looking forward to all the boxes from their move to Boston. I've got news for her: cats HATE to move!

techeditor said...

It's difficult to name the best review because it's really the number of great reviews that makes me want to read this. But I'll pick Publishers Weekly becasuse they said the book is destined for bestsellerdom.
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I found it interesting that most of the author's paintings are about fairy tales.

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I liked the starred review by Publisher's Weekly.

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Good is everything I read and saw about The Night Circus. That's why I want to read it.

France said...

Maybe it was all the hype surrounding this book, but I expected more. I love a story rich with characters that develop over the course of the book, but that didn't happen here. What the book did have was beautiful writing. The entire story is written with such intricate descriptions that you easily be able to envision each setting. Morgenstern's imagination runs free and takes the reader along for the ride. If this circus was making the rounds - we would all flock to it to wonder at the awe of something so magical. Who knew that simply describing the workings of a clock could be so moving and make it feel so tangible?

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