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Stardust Paperback – December 23, 2008
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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 the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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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Apparently, it turns out that America is not a great place for the old "Gods" for shortly after immigrants arrive in the "new world" they forget about their old Gods and lose their fervor for worshipping them, replacing them with whatever is the new flavor of the week.
There are some terrifically funny moments in the book such as the questionable tough guys that kidnap the disgruntled God Wednesday's employee, Shadow. At this point you're not sure if these guys who are calling themselves CIA are good or bad guys but their names are kind of a hint. They are Mr. Wood and Mr. Stone and they pretty much assault Shadow as if they are hitting him with two by fours and big rocks, beating him very badly. Before the beating though there is an exchange of dialogue that pretty much matches things wood and stone would say. You have to read it in context to see just how clever the writing is and there are many instances of this tongue-in -cheek making fun of itself in a very smart way.
This is a very long book and there was quite a bit going on. I enjoyed several of the parts of the book that almost could have been novels on their own so I was sad to see them come to an end like Shadow's time at Ibis' and Jaquels Mortuary. There was a fascinating little intimate encounter with Bast while he's there though he is not fully aware of just what has happened and then she has "her kind" keeping an eye on Shadow from then on. Hilarious.
So many stories within stories, sad and then some funny. Some just out right outrageous like the Queen of Sheba turned hooker in Las Vegas, but a very high class hooker.....that envelopes her worshipping lovers in their entirety through her vagina as they engage in copulation.
I definitely recommend this book for a highly engaging, entertaining read. It will make you stop and go "hmmmm" and it may even make you re-evaluate your religious beliefs but maybe not. I'd be interested to see if anybody really religious would read this kind of book. Well anyway, it's sad and funny and enlightening and definitely worth reading.
"Oh yeah, Wednesday? You mean Odin? Sort of a douche, but pretty cool" - me, in an imaginary conversation in which I am asked how good of a dude Wednesday is
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I have had this in my wish list for awhile, and finally got into it. I have not seen the tv series.Read more