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Stardust is an utterly charming fairy tale in the tradition of The Princess Bride and The Neverending Story. Neil Gaiman, creator of the darkly elegant Sandman comics and author of The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, tells the story of young Tristran Thorn and his adventures in the land of Faerie. One fateful night, Tristran promises his beloved that he will retrieve a fallen star for her from beyond the Wall that stands between their rural English town (called, appropriately, Wall) and the Faerie realm. No one ever ventures beyond the Wall except to attend an enchanted flea market that is held every nine years (and during which, unbeknownst to him, Tristran was conceived). But Tristran bravely sets out to fetch the fallen star and thus win the hand of his love. His adventures in the magical land will keep you turning pages as fast as you can--he and the star escape evil old witches, deadly clutching trees, goblin press-gangs, and the scheming sons of the dead Lord of Stormhold. The story is by turns thrillingly scary and very funny. You'll love goofy, earnest Tristran and the talking animals, gnomes, magic trees, and other irresistible denizens of Faerie that he encounters in his travels. Stardust is a perfect read-aloud book, a brand-new fairy tale you'll want to share with a kid, or maybe hoard for yourself. (If you read it to kids, watch out for a couple of spicy sex bits and one epithet.) --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Starred Review. 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 achievementif 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.
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A true delight to read. It's the epitome of whimsical and silly and I loved it! Highly recommended if you're a lover of fantasy.Published 2 days ago by Hailey Krueger
Sadly, the kindle version misspelled the protagonist's name as "Tristran." His name is "Tristan." That was annoying. However, the book itself is GREAT.Published 5 days ago by Arnoldo Geronimo Rivas
Stardust has a surprise around every corner and delightful characters that leap off the page. The film version is one of the rare movies that I love as much as the novel. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Laura Guerard
This story is great! Strange case of the movie being more developed than the book. The book is quiet and lovely. The movies is flashy, but has more dynamics.Published 6 days ago by bigawkwardgirl
I have a feeling that if this book had been written by an indie/ self-pubbed author, it would have been trashed and slashed by more than a few! Read morePublished 9 days ago by noorilhuda
I was not expecting this kind of story! I was imagining the book would be somewhat darker like another of Gaiman's works, Coraline. Read morePublished 14 days ago by ABC
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has the feel of a fairytale but it's one I'm unfamiliar with. Perhaps it's a fairytale for adults in the modern world. Well worth the read.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer