From multi award-winning creator of "The Sandman", Neil Gaiman, comes the incredible work that broke new ground in graphic novel storytelling, re-issued in a deluxe hardback edition with a new cover and eight additional pages of bonus material. Together with acclaimed artist Charles Vess, Gaiman returns to the realm of Faerie for a lavishly ...
From multi award-winning creator of "The Sandman", Neil Gaiman, comes the incredible work that broke new ground in graphic novel storytelling, re-issued in a deluxe hardback edition with a new cover and eight additional pages of bonus material. Together with acclaimed artist Charles Vess, Gaiman returns to the realm of Faerie for a lavishly illustrated tale of an ancient world where magic and humanity mingle in extraordinary ways. Gaiman's exquisitely crafted text and Vess' breathtaking illustrations combine to create a novel with pictures, an adult fairy tale that plunges the reader into the very heart of an enchanting magical land. Tying in with the release of the film, this is your chance to own a piece of "Stardust"!
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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.
Oct 4, 2007
Better than the Movie
I really enjoyed this book - there was 'fun' all the way through. Much better than the movie.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-11-06 Tristran Thorn falls in love with the prettiest girl in town and makes her a foolish promise: he says that he'll go find the falling star they both watched streak across the night sky. She says she'll marry him if he finds it, so he sets off, leaving his home of Wall, and heads out into the perilous land of faerie, where not everything is what it appears. Gaiman is known for his fanciful wit, sterling prose and wildly imaginative plots, and Stardust is no exception. Gaiman's silver-tongued narration vividly brings this production to life. Like the bards of old, Gaiman is equally proficient at telling tales as he is at writing them, and his pleasant British accent feels like a perfect match to the material. Gaiman's performance is an extraordinary achievement-if only all authors could read their own work so well. The audiobook also includes a brief, informative and enjoyable interview with Gaiman about the writing of the novel and his work in the audiobook studio. Available as Harper Perennial (Reviews, Nov. 23, 1998). (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1998-11-23 Wallace Stevens believed that in order to see the actual world, it helps to visualize a fantastic one. For more than a decade, Gaiman has been helping readers grapple with reality by offering fantastic worlds in visionary graphic novels like The Sandman, occasional short stories and his bestselling first prose novel, Neverwhere. Here, Gaiman extends his range by offering a novel-length fairy tale, one that abounds in wonder and lessons. The story begins in the Victorian-era English village of Wall, a place that touches the world of Faerie. There, every nine years, a fair is held where the magic folk commingle, occasionally in intimate ways, with those who live in the mundane world. From such a union is born Tristan Thorn. Raised without knowledge of his fairy blood, Tristan falls in love with a local beauty, Victoria Forester. When a star falls from the sky, a disdainful Victoria promises Tristan his heart's desire if he will bring her that star. Tristan sets out on his quest, entering the realm of Faerie, and soon encounters a variety of fantastical denizens, both good and evil. Tristan is not the sole seeker of the star; a powerful witch-queen and the dark Lords of Stronghold also have their designs upon the fallen celestial body. This novel is at once a magical adventure, a charming love story and a fable about attaining one's heart's desireśwhich, in Gaiman's world, is seldom what one thinks it to be. Grounding his narrative in mythic tradition, Gaiman employs exquisitely rich language, natural wisdom, good humor and a dash of darkness to conjure up a fairy tale in the grand tradition. Major ad/promo; author tour. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2007-07-09 Tristan, a Faerie/Human half-breed, sets out to bring back a fallen star for the girl he loves in this "magical adventure, charming love story and fable about attaining one's heart's desire," that "employs exquisitely rich language, natural wisdom, good humor and a dash of darkness to conjure up a fairy tale in the grand tradition," wrote PW in a starred review. Ages 12-up. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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