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Stardust Mass Market Paperback – September 27, 2016
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“Beautiful, memorable . . . A book full of marvels.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
“A twisting, wondrous tale full of magic that only Neil Gaiman could have written.” (Chicago Tribune)
“Strange...marvelous...Stardust takes us back to a time when the world was more magical, and, real or not, that world is a charming place.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
“The multitalented author of The Sandman graphic novels and last year’s Neverwhere charms again, with a deftly written fantasy adventure tale set in Victorian England and enriched by familiar folk materials.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred))
“A wonderful novel . . . A pleasure to read.” (Denver Post)
“Thrilling . . . Stardust reads like a mix between L. Frank Baum, the Brothers Grimm, and a Tim Burton movie script.” (Dallas Morning News)
“Sparkling, fresh, and charming. Superb.” (Booklist)
“Marvelous adventures . . . magical and fun.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
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From the Back Cover
You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.
Tristran Thorn promises to bring back a fallen star for his beloved, the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester--and crosses the wall that divides his English country town from another, more dangerous world of lords and witches, all of them in search of the star. Rich with adventure and magic, Stardust is one of master storyteller Neil Gaiman's most beloved tales.
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Every reviewer has a favorite in the book. Some like "Snow, Glass, Apples"; some like "The Goldfish Pool..." or "Troll Bridge". I'm partial to "Chivalry". But there is a lot of fill here. Many of the best stories have appeared elsewhere. Also an overlong introduction and a rather indulgent piece that reads like a collection of blog entries on each story tend to dampen one's enthusiasm.
For what it's worth, some of the best stories, ("Troll Bridge", "Chivalry", etc.), were reprinted ten years after this book was released in the collection titled "M is For Magic". That book, also available on Amazon, has a much better selection than this one does, so if you can only swing one Gaiman short story collection, you might want to consider that.
The missing stars are not for the content.
(Kindle version) On many stories the formatting is horrible. (I've checked on different devices including an official Kindle in portrait mode with only one column with default typeface) the effect is like what you get when you copy an e-mail to a word processing document and end up with a bunch of bizarre returns in the middle of sentences. It makes Mr. Gaiman's sometimes interesting sentence construction close to completely incomprehensible and only a little better after I figured out what was going on. Unless you're reading a free book, OCR scanned from multiple sources and never edited, I don't think there is any excuse for really bad formatting these days.
Dont get me wrong I LOVED the characters and the story line. I couldn't put the book down, finished it in 5 days.
Dunstan Thorn meets a beautiful, enslaved woman at the fair and nine months later a baby is delivered to his doorstep.
Dunstan's son, Tristran, grows up not knowing his heritage. When he falls in love, he rashly promises his beloved that he will do anything for her. Not really taking him seriously, she asks him to bring her back a falling star.
Tristran sets off into the land of faerie in search of the fallen star, only to discover that the star is a sharp-tongued young girl. Their journey exposes them to great danger from a witch and the surviving Stormhelm brothers, who all are willing to harm the star for their own benefit. Along the way, Tristran's good heart leads to help which comes from unexpected places.
The writing is witty and lyrical. A couple of sex scenes make this more appropriate for mature readers.
The audio version is especially delightful as Neil Gaiman reads it himself.