I'm resisting the urge to give this one three stars, but giving it more than a 2.5 wouldn't be fair because I would give it that scoreScore: 2.5 stars
I'm resisting the urge to give this one three stars, but giving it more than a 2.5 wouldn't be fair because I would give it that score solely based on the originality of this incredible concept Marr tried explore here with Graveminder.
I say tried, because for me, she didn't manage to fully explore the theme of Graveminder and instead placed the focus of the book on the characters, which kind of came back to bite her in the neck because the protagonists were flat and uninteresting and their romance worked better for me than sleeping pills. Their history together was not a strong enough foundation to give support to the complicated relationship Marr wanted to focus the story on. All of their interactions went exactly like this:
Byron: "I know you don't want to hear me say it, but I love you." Rebekkah (really? With two Ks and an h at the end? Really?): "I don't love you. You are my friend. I don't deserve you." Byron: "I know you love me. You know you love me. You love me." Rebekkah: "I can't. I have commitment issues. I don't like staying in one place. Want to have sex so this conversation comes to an end?" Byron: "No. You love me." Someone leaves the room and it all happens again when they see each other.
Also, Byron's ready acceptance to his role as Undertaker surprised me, and his little speeches about his role and the honor with it and how he would do just about anything for Rebekkah also bothered me, especially because those scenes dragged on and were re-runs of the same thing over and over.
For such a short book with a begging that rapidly set in motion the rest of the story (a rather good start, actually, that the rest of the book didn't manage to keep up with), the rest of the story was actually pretty boring.
There were so many interesting things Marr could've done with the characters, the setting and the horror part of the story, and they all ended up falling flat. The mystery and "bad" character were entirely predictable and left me unsatisfied.
I'm glad this is a stand-alone, because my interest in this concept would've made me buy the next one and I don't think I would've liked to go through the same painful boredom twice. ...more
Okay, so I really, really, really like Gaiman. I am slowly making my way through his works, but I already love him. From the first book of hi3.5 stars
Okay, so I really, really, really like Gaiman. I am slowly making my way through his works, but I already love him. From the first book of his that I picked up, - The Graveyard Book - , I just knew Gaiman was not only one of the best writers out there, but that he was also the type of writer that would take permanent residence in my head, heart and imagination. What all this is supposed to mean is that, even when something he does (or doesn't do as it is the case wit Stardust) with the plot or the characters which would usually result in a reduction in the stars I would give it here in Goodreads, I would still manage to look past that because Gaiman is a master in the creation of each and every single part of his novels.
So, in Stardust, the easy resolution and the shallow characters are its weaknesses, and I debated for quite a while if I should give it 3 stars for that. But then the whole idea behind the novel, the undeniably beautiful tapestry he weaved in the fantastical world he gives us in Stardust, the palpable magic of every page and the magnificent quality of his writing completely overthrew any disappointment I had on the abrupt and anticlimactic resolution, the lack of believable development in the romance and the blandness of some of the main characters. I had a lot of fun reading this book and, since I believe I am sadly entering a bit of a reading slump where I hate everything, stumbling upon a book that makes me want to keep on reading no matter what means quite a lot to me right now.
I don't think I've ever claimed a movie to be better than the book it is based on. I never thought the day would come when I would say it, but I do believe the way the plot was handled, the romance built and the characters constructed and developed was superior in the movie adaptation than in the novel. Still, I really enjoyed this one, in spite of everything else. ...more
What a delightful little surprise this turned out to be! This book is so much fun and the chemistry between the characters is off the chart. Can't waiWhat a delightful little surprise this turned out to be! This book is so much fun and the chemistry between the characters is off the chart. Can't wait to get into the next one. ...more