I was really starting to worry. It’s been months since I’ve found a book I was able to finish reading. I was beginning to think that maybe I wouldn’t ever find another book I could get lost in again. Even books from my favorite authors weren’t working for me anymore.
One of my favorite things to do is going to the library and look at the shelves they have dedicated to new releases and pick books that appeal to me. There’s a certain amount of anticipation and mystery. Will I like the book? Will I find a new author to follow? Ultimately, will I find a story that will sweep me off my feet?
I’m not talking about romance novels. I’m talking about the stories that make you forget where you are or what you should be doing instead of reading. It’s been quite a while since I’ve read something like that. So I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
There was mystery. There were good guys (and girls). There were villains that you could also root for. And, yes, there was a little romance, but it was a side note to the story as a whole. But most importantly there was magic.
This story allowed me to believe again. My inner child was grinning from ear to ear the whole time I was reading it. Sure there were points Ms. Morgenstern made, but I never felt bludgeoned by them. They were subtle and all the more important once I got them.
The story validated my desire to tell my own stories. It validated the need to create and live in my own worlds. It validated my hope that someday soon other people will feel about my stories the way I did about this one.
One of my favorite parts is a conversation between two characters, Widget and Mr. A. H.
“You tell stories?” the man asks, the piquing of his interest almost palpable.
“Stories, tales, bardic chronicles,” Widget says. “Whatever you care to call them. The things we were discussing earlier that are more complicated than they used to be. I take pieces of the past that I see and I combine them into narratives. It’s not that important, and this isn’t why I’m here —-”
“It is important,” the man in the grey suit interrupts. “Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, become their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that. There are many kinds of magic, after all.”
Bravo, Ms. Morgenstern!
Thank you for giving this indie author just a bit more motivation to keep going.
Reconciliation – Book 3 Fallacy Trilogy will be released on April 25th!!