Stardust is an enchanting and enthralling novel from Sunday Times bestseller and master storyteller Neil Gaiman. 'Charming in every sense of the word, and deeply satisfying' (Time Out), it will delight fans of Terry Pratchett and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, as well as those who loved the feature film starring Robert De Niro, Claire Danes, Rupert Everett and Michelle Pfeiffer among others. Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall - named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy ...
Stardust is an enchanting and enthralling novel from Sunday Times bestseller and master storyteller Neil Gaiman. 'Charming in every sense of the word, and deeply satisfying' (Time Out), it will delight fans of Terry Pratchett and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, as well as those who loved the feature film starring Robert De Niro, Claire Danes, Rupert Everett and Michelle Pfeiffer among others. Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall - named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy meadow. Here, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester and for the coveted prize of her hand, Tristran vows to retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends him over the ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining ...Includes extra material exclusive to this Headline edition.
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Anything Gaiman merits a read and most of the time, rereading over and over and recommendation to friends. This fantasy knits together seamlessly with villagers and royalty and faerie co-existing in a place of reader immersion.
Oct 10, 2013
Cute, short fantasy tale
This was a quick read and I thought it was very fun as well. I wish that it had been a little more involved, but overall a nice short story.
Aug 26, 2010
better than the movie
This book was really interesting, and Gailman does a great job of creating his own mythology. The story that he tells is compelling and simple at the same time; I read this book in one day because I couldn't put it down. Also it's only slightly similar to its movie counterpart, and the book is ten times better. It's definitely an intelligent, funny read.
Jun 19, 2008
Neil Gaimans best work
I have read almost every word of every book Neil Gaiman has put out and by far Stardust is at the top of my lists of books that I would read over and over again. I read the book before the movie came out and let me tell you this--The movie did the book no justice. If you like fantasy, adventure, romance and rich descriptions then you should read this book that is filled with many interesting characters and fantastic imiages.
Feb 7, 2008
Inventive, but tiresome...
The concept was good, but the story itself was boring. There was no real climax, it was all just one long narrative about this tactless boy's journey to find a fallen star for his "True Love". When he finally gets this star, he hauls her around with a broken leg on a chain. Real romantic. Then, there's the witches, right? Well, in all good fairy tales, the witch must be eliminated somehow (burned, melted, exploded, turned into something unnatural by her own backfiring magic, etc.) right? Wrong. It lacks true faerie tale feel. They don't exactly live happy ever after and the bad guy is still left at large. All in all, very boring and slightly perverted at times.
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