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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 retriev...more
Paperback, 194 pages
Published 2005 by Headline Review (first published February 1st 1999)
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L.h.
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...more
Jen
Feb 06, 2008 Jen rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die-hard Neil Gaimon Fans
Shelves: fantasy
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Kirstine
This is the one case, the ONLY case (so far), 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 don't get me wrong, it's a good book. It's a very very...more
Emily May
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
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...more
Kathryn
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 r...more
Maciek
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
Savanna
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...more
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...more
Ben
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....more
Tatiana
Many will want to read this book after watching great movie adaptation of the story, just like me. I would like to warn these people that while movie follows the book very closely, the feel of the book is completely different.

Neil Gaiman presents us with a haunting, dark fairy tale. The book doesn’t have that sunny feel and Happily-Ever-After-For-Everybody the movie had. Ending leaves you a little sad. That’s probably why the book stayed with me much longer than the movie.

I would also recommend...more
Jason Koivu

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....more
Seak (Bryce L.)
I've always considered myself a Neil Gaiman fan, but then I realized how can that be? Yes, I watched the movie Stardust and I DID read Good Omens...but wait. I never actually read a book solely by Neil Gaiman.

What kind of fan does that make me? A terrible one (if you were wondering about the answer).

But now, all that's changed...kinda. I'm still a crappy fan, but a fan nonetheless, one who's actually read a book solely written by the author. This will also not be the last. I loved Stardust.

The...more
Kim

"There was once a young man who wished to gain his Heart's Desire."

So it begins. Fine. Yep. These are the stuff fairy tales are made from-blahblahblah. Sure thing. What else you got?

I really don’t get the point of this novella. I mean, yes, I see that there once was a man who made a journey to capture the uncapturable (a fallen star) for the woman that he loves. Wait. Does he really love her? Do I really care? I spent half the book thinking his name was Tristan not Tristran, so I guess the answ...more
Kevin
I am becoming something of a Neil Gaiman fan. It started, as much has these days, with my Kindle. I was browsing for some inexpensive books that I could read and stumbled upon Stardust. And just to prove how clueless I can be, I didn't realize this had been made into a movie until after I had finished reading it. I was vaguely aware that the movie had come out but I just never made the connection between the book and movie in my mind (more about my reaction to the movie later.)

I enjoyed American...more
Haley
It is my experience that the movie versions of books are usually not as good as the book itself. So after watching the movie, I thought I was in for a real treat.
but I was wrong.

In Gaiman's defence, this book was written in the style of an old adventure story or Grimm brother's tale- not so much description or character development. But while that sort of writing may work for a short story, It gets old in a full-length book. (though I'm glad it was a book- otherwise we wouldn't have the movie!)...more
Farah
Dear Neil Gaiman,
Anda ganteng.
Terima kasih sudah menulis kisah luar biasa ini.
Dengan jalan cerita yang begitu indah, mendebarkan, cerdas, serta manis jalinannya.

Anda benar. Orang dewasa terkadang membutuhkan dongengnya sendiri.
Saya, yang saat ini berumur 27 tahun, masih belum sepenuhnya berani mengklaim diri saya sebagai orang dewasa.

Ada kalanya saya merasa terperangkap di dalam tubuh berusia 27 tahun, sedangkan jiwa saya masih irresponsible dan childish layaknya anak berusia 14 tahun.
Iya, saya...more
John Beeler
I saw the movie first, and read the book second.

Gaiman does a great job of convincing readers that the world of Fairie could and does exist. And like all good fantasy, it's clear that the borders don't stop with his pages. Indeed, that the movie expands on aspects like the three witches and the lightning pirates, where the book spends barely any time at all, shows that there's many more stories to tell in the world of Fairie.

Gaiman is out to make an adult fairy tale, and I suppose he does, but...more
Brenda
The town of Wall was set amidst a small forest a long drive from London – to the east of Wall was built, many years ago, a high rock wall (which was how Wall was named), each end of which entered the woods. Midway along was the one and only break in the wall, which was guarded day and night to stop anyone, but children in particular, from passing through the wall and entering Faerie, a magical place where they would likely never return. Once every nine years, on May Day, a fair would be held jus...more
Will Byrnes
This is a charming journey of self-discovery on the part of a character who has a dual nature, human and fairy. He makes it work for himself, with the assistance of sundry others. He begins his journey seeking his heart’s desire, only to find 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 types, and bad guys who are really, real...more
Dini
Finally finished this book after six days and an array of distractions.

It was an enjoyable read! A true fairy tale with all the wonder, adventure and magical creatures--and a lot of humor as well. The story tells about the faerie world which is only separated by a wall from the human world. The young, innocent hero Tristran Thorn decides to venture to the other side of the wall in search of a falling star to win the heart of his loved one. But little did he know that some others are also after t...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Now I love fairy tales, and I love fantasy, but Stardust I did not love. With all of the hype over this book and the movie - which I've yet to see - I expected to like Stardust instantly but that didn’t happen, and after the first fifty pages I was looking for the ending - an unusual thing for me.

Despite being all of 200 pages it has taken me three days to read from beginning to end, with only the last 70 pages flowing easily. The language appears to be written for children but then there are s...more
Nikki
I just finished rereading Stardust, this time in the illustrated edition. The art is all by Charles Vess, and it's gorgeous. He has his own style, but the art is all accessible and pretty. I particularly liked the illustration of Tristan and Yvaine kissing, on page 202, and the design of Lady Una. I like the way he's portrayed all of the characters, really. It brings them to life in a lovely way, and the art is arranged nicely -- not distracting from the story, but adding to it.

I've always loved...more
Angela
'Stardust': My first Neil Gaiman experience did not disappoint. No words are wasted in this short novel as the reader follows the hero from his own conception all the way to the happily-ever-after.

Tristran Thorn is love struck by the beautiful Victoria and promises her a witnessed falling star in exchange for her hand in marriage. This star, however, did not fall in his hometown of Wall but instead across the border and within the land of Faerie. After much cunning and paternal assistance, Trist...more
Madeline
"The town of Wall stands today as it has stood for six hundred years, on a high jut of granite amidst a small forest woodland. The houses of Wall are square and old, built of grey stone, with dark slate roofs and high chimneys; taking advantage of every inch of space on the rock, the houses lean into each other, are built one upon the next, with here and there a bush or tree growing out of the side of a building.
...Immediately to the eat of Wall is a high grey rock wall, from which the town take...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
Wow, a Neil Gaiman book that doesn't try to be deep and dark, but is just a good straightforward fantasy. Okay, there are a few dangerous elements here, but not like in American Gods. This is more like The Princess Bride, fun, romantic, with a little danger, but you know it's going to end up okay.
A young man vows to bring back a fallen star in hopes of winning the girl he loves. His search takes him into the world of fairies and magic, on the other side of the gateway his village lies next to....more
Helen
Another beautiful book from Neil Gaiman. A modern, wholly unique fairy tale with modern sensibilities but old fashioned charm. I didn't like it quite as much as Neverwhere, my personal favorite Gaiman, but I loved it all the same. I had previously seen the movie and would recommend both without reservation.
Steven
I absolutely adored this book! It was different enough from the film (one of my absolute favorites) to say I loved them equally and similar enough to help me imagine the world more easily.

I will definitely read more Neil Gaiman novels. I regret that it has taken me this long. :)
Mike (the Paladin)
I'm going out on a proverbial limb here in a way and giving this a five star rating. I don't give many, I purposely want to give fairly few so they mean something. I considered the 4 with a note that it should be 4.5+ but decided it was just this good.

Having read this version I need also to give a nod to the artist (Charles Vess) here ...this is one exceptional book (but it's not a child's book).

I am not by definition a Gaiman fan, but this book is special and it needs to be recognized as such,...more
Anne Nikoline
Jul 07, 2013 Anne Nikoline rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of fary tales
Recommended to Anne Nikoline by: no one
Stardust by Neil Gaiman is a dark fairy tale for adults. It has parallel worlds, falling stars and kingdoms just across the human world. It has detailed love scenes, bloody fights and duels and is over all a very enjoyable and modern fairy tale. To begin with the story seemed to confuse me a little because it stars off with Dunstan Thorn, whom I thought was the main character but is actually the father of the main character. Anyway, when Tristan Torn is born the actual story begins with a typica...more
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