Dreaming in Black and White

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern
Doubleday, 2011, $26.95, 384 pages

Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus is the best first novel I’ve read since William Gibson’s Neuromancer. And although it’s a dark metaphysical fantasy set on the cusp of the 1900s, while Gibson’s book was near-future science fiction that foretold the rise (and mixed results) of a commercialized Internet, they share an intensely evocative and visual style of writing that makes the imaginary worlds they create unforgettably vivid and provocative. Continue reading “Dreaming in Black and White”