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Stardust Paperback – December 23, 2008
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Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.
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In every review I have made of his novels I comment on the amazing worlds that he is able to vividly birth with his writing. Nowhere, perhaps with American Gods as the only exception, is this more apparent than in Stardust.
The fantastical creatures and events that are depicted in this book, are truly a pleasure to behold. The way the story is narrated in particular, makes the reader feel as if events are being guided by some higher power like fate, though it's obviously the author, and this lends itself greatly to the classical fantasy feel of the book.
Its also interesting to note that this struck me as being one of the lighter fantasy worlds that Gaiman has crafted. I quite enjoyed this when juxtaposed to the London Underground of Neverwhere.
I greatly enjoyed this book and its call back to the classic fairy tales of days past. I can't help but wish there was more.
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!
I don't usually like Gaiman as a story teller; that said strangely I do enjoy his stories. Besides if Terry Pratchett liked him enough to collaborate occasionally then I'm obviously missing something so I keep reading his work trying to find out. Secretly, I believe it is because he is clever, humorous, and has a killer vocabulary and I just don’t see it… no accounting for taste
I did like this book mostly because it a bit different from the film which I recommend over this book… But that’s me, what can I say? However, if you like Mr. Neil’s works then buy and enjoy.
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