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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 ...more
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 ...more
So of course when I discovered it was based on a book, I rushed to get it. Now, please do ...more
‘‘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
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 ...more
DNF. ALRIGHT. At the risk of sounding like a complete moron, here's my story. Truth is, this is my second time trying to read Stardust. When I watched the movie some years ago, I loved it. Absolutely adored every one of these characters, from ill-advised Tristan (sorry guy, but really) (view spoiler)[such a cute mouse, though (hide spoiler)] to sarcastic Yvaine...
YOU TELL HIM.
... Not to mention Captain Shakespeare and Bernard! Bernard was fun - and the somewhat simple but magical plot enchanted ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
And that ending -
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 ...more
• 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 ...more
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 ...more
Neil Gaiman is so praised by my peers that I wanted to finally give him a try. I'll be honest; the first part of this story instantly hooked me, but the middle portion left a lot to be desired. I was feeling negative, and was pretty sure I was going to give this two stars, while forcing myself to finish it. Then, as soon as Tristran and Yvanie's paths crossed with Madame Semele, everything picke ...more
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.
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 ...more
Tristran lives in the town of Wall that borders the land o ...more
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 ...more
Stardust touched my heart. I never thought I'd be interested in it because it seemed like it would be a boring romance. Now I am upset at myself for not having read it sooner. I've been on something of a Gaiman kick and with each book I read by him I come to like him even more. (Coraline is still my favorite, though). Stardust is very light and happy. Sure, there are a couple mishaps, but nothing so dark as what occurs in The Ocean at the End of the Lane or Neverwhere.
Like any good book, it has...more
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 ...more
** 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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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