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American Gods Paperback – 2001
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Gaiman breaks all kinds of rules in Stardust. (As an "emerging" novelist myself, I've been studying these rules). The story starts with the hero's very conception! That's something so David-Copperfield-antiquated that a modern writer rarely attempts it. Stardust also has quite a bit of summary, a.k.a. telling instead of showing--eek!.
However, it also has a lot of tried and true storytelling elements: a great hook, some fabulously nasty villains and a "quest" plot where the hero goes in search of an object to help him win true love. The hero gets what he wants but not in the way you might expect--all good stuff.
But by far the greatest reason Stardust is such fun to read--and I'm beginning to suspect this is true for most of Gaiman's books--is the quality and originality of its imagined world. So much fantasy these days just rips off a page from Tolkien's world or a traditional fairy tale, but Gaiman manages to make Stardust's magical world feel familiar while at the same time creating characters and situations that are quite different.
So check Stardust out. I highly recommend it. Oh and the movie adaptation isn't bad either...
(This review and others can also be found on my blog at sarazaske.wordpress.com)
How is this a TV show?
I have read several book by Neil Gaiman and this is by far one of the best if not the Best Novel he has ever written. Such a great story and for those romantics out there you will really love this book, as it shows that anyone can find love in even the most remote of places and really teach what love is, etc. Enjoy!
Fantastic imagery, great book, good humour, wonderful fantasy.
This book is... it's fantastic by all the definition of the word. It's about what happens in the lands where fairytales come from. About how the people from our world vaguely interact with them. About how our lullabies are songs of great power or wisdom in 'that' world. It's a story about betraying princes and lost heirs to the Throne. About immortal love. About secret wars.
I'm not exaggerating. It's all in there.
This book also has that "that" which made The Lord of The Rings, epic. There are lots of charactes that come in and out of the story. Characters with backgrounds you can almost glimpse, before they flee into the background once more. You can almost feel that world, behind the main story. A living, breathing world.
Written in perfect victorian style, it's a story you won't be able to put aside, so I recommend the reader to be ready. Don't start this book if you won't be able to finish it immediatly. For every minute you pass not knowing what became of young Tristran Thorn, will be a minute of wishing you didn't stopped reading.
Does not know why he was born
And a foolish oath has sworn
Trews and coat and shirt are torn
So he sits here all forlorn
Soon to face his true love's scorn