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Catch a fallen star...

Tristan Thorn promised to bring back a fallen star. So he sets out on a journey to fulfill the request of his beloved, the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester - and stumbles into the enchanted realm that lies beyond the wall of his English country town. Rich with adventure and magic, Stardust is one of master storyteller Neil Gaiman's most beloved
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Paperback, 248 pages
Published December 23rd 2008 by HarperCollins (first published 1999)
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*flora* The book is written more like a classic fairy tale or folk tale whereas the film is definitely "Hollywood" lovely - same basic story but quite a few…moreThe book is written more like a classic fairy tale or folk tale whereas the film is definitely "Hollywood" lovely - same basic story but quite a few differences.
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L.h.
Apr 08, 2012 L.h. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dreamers
Dear Mr. Gaiman,

Damn you. Damn you straight to hell. You've written beautiful faerie stories in your plainspoken postmodern prose, and left my own projected frontiers woefully trodden. It has nothing to do with your brilliance. Had I been born before you I would most likely be the one writing clever novels about fallen stars and sly gods. I would've, I swear!

But instead, I was born forty years too late, and your Faerie, Neil, -do you mind if I call you Neil? Your Faerie, like all of your creatio
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Ariel
Dec 23, 2014 Ariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Inevitably I was reading this against the movie, and I'm here to say that I think the movie and the book are both brilliant. So ha!

I love the movie. It's absolutely wonderful. And I loved the book. .. But they are quite different. The novel definitely feels more adult. Not because it has "adult themes" just in the overall tone and language. The movie is definitely more "family friendly." The movie is wittier and funnier and sillier and faster paced, and the book is slower and more whimsical and
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Jen
Feb 06, 2008 Jen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die-hard Neil Gaimon Fans
Shelves: fantasy
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Emily May
Jul 12, 2013 Emily May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2013
The more Gaiman I read, the more I understand why people are so caught up in the magic he wields. Because that is basically what he does. He's not an author, he's a magician, painting magic pictures of rich, exciting worlds that come to life so quickly. Worlds that somehow seem complexly developed after just two chapters of Gaiman's writing. Gaiman is simply a master storyteller. He creates moods that permeate entire novels and, whether you happen to be reading his adult or young adult works, he ...more
Kirstine
This is the one case, the ONLY case (so far. Edit: not anymore, Bridget Jones gets the honor too), where I prefer the movie to the book. I know it's a sacrilege and you can all burn me at the stake, but it is nonetheless the truth. It's also one of the few times I watched the movie before reading the book, simply because I had no idea the book existed. And I loved the movie. I mean, really, really loved it.

So of course when I discovered it was based on a book, I rushed to get it. Now, please do
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Lola  Reviewer
*3.5 of 5 shooting stars*

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‘‘For a kiss, and the pledge of your hand,’’ said Tristran, grandiloquently, ‘‘I would bring you that fallen star.’’ He shivered. His coat was thin, and it was obvious that he would not get the kiss, which he found puzzling.


The main heroes of the penny dreadfuls and shilling novels never had these problems getting kissed.

‘‘Go on, then,’’ said Victoria. ‘‘And if you do, I will.’’

‘‘What?’’ said Tristran.

‘‘If you bring me that star,’’ said Victoria, ‘‘The one that just
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Will Byrnes
Sep 28, 2016 Will Byrnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was once a young man who wished to gain his Heart’s Desire.
This is a charming journey of self-discovery by a character who has a dual nature, human and fairy. He makes it work, with the assistance of sundry others. Beginning his journey seeking his heart’s desire, he finds by the time he returns home that what he truly values has changed. The characters are…well..fairy tale characters and we should not be looking for great depth here. There is darkness, evil, and real risk for our nicer
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Bookworm Sean
I hate Tristan Thorn, though I do suppose that everybody has been in his shoes at one point in their life. Everybody was young once and everybody has been naively in love with someone they barely know. I can’t blame Tristan for his natural puppyish passions, he is only seventeen after all, but I can hate him for it nonetheless; he is completely unbearable at the beginning as his love-sick foolishness knows no bounds. Indeed, when Victoria Forester, the woman he thinks he in love with, agrees to ...more
Kathryn
Feb 15, 2008 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I saw the movie before I read the book, I must preface my review with that fact since a comparison between the two was inevitable and, moreover, greatly influenced my opinion of the book. I loved the movie! I liked the book. Unlike most book-to-film adaptations, however, I felt that the movie had more character development and more details; and, indeed, more heart and more humor. I cannot objectively consider the merits of the book because I missed so many aspects of the movie-story as I ...more
Kat Kennedy
Quick question: how many Daleks does it take to conquer Neil Gaiman?

Answer: I don't know - since I am a blasphemous wench and have never seen a Doctor Who episode. Nor do I actually know what a Dalek is and what it does.

To add to my nefarious ways, I'm also not a Gaiman fan (though not for lack of trying!)

Clearly, whilst I am a scifi fan - I'm not the RIGHT kind of scifi fan!

It's rather like two Star Trek fans meeting on the street:

"So which episode of Enterprise is your favourite?" The first T
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Maureen
Jul 16, 2016 Maureen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
3.5/5

I really enjoyed this book! Even if I enjoyed the movie more than the book.
I love that this is an adult fairytale & I love the comedy aspects of it, but part of it felt like a not totally complete story, whereas the movie really did bring things around.
Regardless, I LOVE Neil Gaiman's writing style and storytelling. He truly is a master story teller! The audiobook was narrated by him and it made the story that much better because of it.
Savanna
Dec 12, 2012 Savanna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My high expectations for this book (the first I've read of Gaiman's) were badly disappointed. The writing was poor, the story cliché and shallow, and the content problematic. I've read that Gaiman is better with graphic novels, and that seems likely. He obviously has some talent, so I'm hoping this book is just a miss.

One issue I had with Stardust was the writing itself. Gaiman tries to write an "adult fairy tale" with what I think are terrible results. The tone is light-hearted and sarcastic, b
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Maciek
Oct 04, 2010 Maciek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
To tell the truth, I didn't believe it was possible. My copy of "Stardust" promises so much just by images on the cover - and the volume is so slim, barely reaching 200 pages. How will all these events and characters fit in such slim space? - I asked myself, and started reading on the evening of October, 2nd. By 4AM, October 3rd, I learned that not only it is possible, but also that Neil Gaiman is a talented, gifted writer with gorgeous imagination and invaluable, rare talent for recreating the ...more
Connor
Jan 25, 2016 Connor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Everything about this one just worked for me. I loved it. The characters, the writing style, the plot, the romance, the magic. It was brilliant. This edition had a forward explaining that it was written as a fairy tale for adults that would have live in the 1920's, and it hit the mark so well. One of my favorite Gaiman books so far that I've read.
Anne
What a beautiful way to end my reading year!
And that ending -


THE PLOT
The stars were laid out like worlds or like ideas, uncountable as the trees in a forest or the leaves on a tree

A whimsical and atmospheric story which follows the adventures of an eighteen year old, Tristran Thorn, as he ventures out into the magical world of faerie-a world which borders his own little town, Wall. And why you ask did he undertake such a journey? Well, it's very simple. He did it for love. Stupid, blind, na
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Neil Gaiman and I have a love-hate relationship, and I hope that bothers him as much as it bothers me. He's a gifted writer and I keep thinking that I ought to love everything he writes, but so far his books have struck me either as:

• so bizarre and off-putting that I couldn't get into it <---American Gods,
• hauntingly beautiful but kind of confusing <---The Ocean at the End of the Lane, or
• having a marvelous setting but being a little on the predictable side <---Neverwhere.

Stardust f
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Franco  Santos
Every lover is, in his heart, a madman, and, in his head, a minstrel.
¡Qué libro! El quinto que leo de Gaiman y, como siempre, me deslumbró con su habilidad para mezclar una atmósfera oscura con una infantil y, hasta cierto punto, tierna. El universo de realidades que crea es de lo mejor que leo en el género.

Al principio se me hizo un poco pesado y, aunque me duela decirlo, aburrido, pero conforme iba avanzando, me atrapaba más y más. También no saber bien qué era lo que sucedía fue una manera
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Negativni
Jan 11, 2016 Negativni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zvjezdana prašina ima priču koju mi jedino Gaiman može učiniti zanimljivom, jer nisam baš veliki fan fantastičnih romana, a još manje tih bajki za odrasle.

No, kod Gaimana je to samo površina, platno u koje je upleo mnoge male mudrosti koje je ili shvatio ili prepisao odnekud. Kako god one su tu i uvijek na pravom mjestu, nikada ne guše samu radnju i uvijek ih izgovore pravi likovi ili budu u samom opisu. Napisane su sa dozom odličnog humora i nepretenciozno.

Kod njega se čini da mu ideje i pisanj
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Fabian
Oct 17, 2016 Fabian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's more to this "Adult Fairy Tale" than meets the eye. This beloved new classic is a tight little package for the consideration of any jaded or unbelieving adult out there. A fast read, it is pleasurable, readable, crazy with fusing real "drama" with that of a new world. Or alternate dimension.
Cait • A Page with a View
This might be one of the few times I ever say this, but I honestly thought the movie was better...
Jean Menzies
Feb 06, 2015 Jean Menzies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was my favourite read of Neil Gaiman's so far! Not that I didn't love the two I had previously read but this was also the first adult book of his that I've read and that definitely made a difference. There was no holding back and I loved the mixture of magic, adventure, intrigue and romance that surrounded this novel. Neil Gaiman is ever the clever and witty writer and this came out in a whole new way for me in this adult novel.

Tristran lives in the town of Wall that borders the land o
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Robin (Bridge Four)
Very cute adult fairytale.

I think this is one of the few times that I preferred the movie to the book. That isn’t to say that I didn’t like the book but I think the movie expanded on a few of the ideas and the ending was very different. I might have liked the movie more only because I loved it and I saw it first.
Algernon
Jun 30, 2016 Algernon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I was familiar with the story from the movie adaptation, and I had some issues with the treatment a la Hollywood blockbuster - special effects fest . I'm glad I gave the illustrated book format a try, as it has worked much better for me this way.
Neil Gaiman's quirky, subversive fairy tale is addressed to a more mature audience, or more exactly to the wide eyed child that lurks behind our grown up visage. The story flows effortlessly through the magical faerie landscape, alternating between roman
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Stuart
Stardust: Book vs. movie: Both charming, but film shines with supporting cast (reposting after listening to the audiobook)
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
Stardust (Novel): Stardust began as a graphic novel illustrated by Charles Vess in 1997. It was then published as a standard book without illustrations in 1999. The novel is a charming fairytale about a young man who ventures into the land of Faerie beyond the Wall to fetch a shooting star to impress a girl. He has many adventures on the
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☾Hayley
Sep 08, 2016 ☾Hayley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*WARNING: This review probably makes no sense*
Buddy read with Asha!

I've been putting off this review because I'm not 100% sure how to rate Stardust..

So, you know how the Grandpa reads The Princess Bride to his sick grandchild? Stardust is that book for me.
Neil Gaiman's writing is pure magic. Before I read Stardust I thought that I had read a fairytale but I was wrong. I've read lots of fantasies but never a fairytale. There is something so different about them and I just can't quite put my fin
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Jason Koivu
Jun 16, 2012 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A magically good read!

Stardust has been the most fanciful Neil Gaiman book I've read so far. This farcical fantasy might be a tad silly, but he makes it work. I felt drawn to the main characters, repulsed by the villains and enchanted by the story and imagery. It has a bit of an everything-in-the-fantasy-genre-and-the-kitchen-sink feel to it and some might say that many of the elements are not unique. But in my eyes, this is a Gaiman original masterpiece, regardless of what ingredients he used.
tyranus
Jun 15, 2016 tyranus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* Merakımı af buyurun ama evinde timsah, piton, aslan gibi tehlikeli ve henüz evcilleştirilmemiş hayvan besleyeniniz var mı acaba?

** Alzeimer, parkinson, MS, epilepsi, ALS gibi birçok nörolojik hastalığın tedavisi yok maalesef. Kullanılan ilaçlar da bu hastalıkların şiddetinde ve tekrarlama sıklığında azalmaya sebep olsa da çözüm değil yine de; ama bu alanda araştırma yapan biliminsanları evde alınabilecek birkaç basit tedbirle bu hastalıklardan kurtulabileceğimizi ya da bu hastalıkları uzun b
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Jonathan

Stardust follows the adventure of one Tristran Thorn from his unusual birth through to his eventual marriage. Well this is a modern fairytale for older audiences after all. He desires to win the love of one girl called Victoria whom he names the most beautiful of all. And to win her love he must hunt down a star fallen from the sky who has ended up deep within Faerie. And so begins a most unusual adventure at once reminiscent of The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland an
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Ben
Sep 22, 2009 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can only do fantasy novels every so often; I much prefer literature. Still, I find it important to read these things on occasion, because they provide such an excellent escape: that leap into worlds that are nothing like ours; the way they enable our going beyond ourselves and render us capable of expanding our consciousness; the way they can temporarily alter us in ways non-fantasy novels are incapable. We could all use that kind of escape once in a while.

And Stardust was great for just that.
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