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Stardust by Neil Gaiman
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May 02, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy

Stardust was quite a different read when compared to The Graveyard Book! The tone is much lighter, and the book is much more so follows the classic fairy tale line. The book follows Yvaine, a fallen star who lands in the land of Fairie, just beyond the human world of Wall. Tristran Thorne, a half-Fairie man, sets out to fetch the fallen star for his lady love. However, he is not the only one who is after her – a witch looking for eternal beauty and a trio of brothers who need the star to claim the ruling of their father’s kingdom are also after her. Yvaine is immortal while she remains in the land of Fairie, but the minute she steps through the gap in the stone wall between Wall and Fairie, she would cease to exist, but Tristran doesn’t know this. He finds her and ties her up, although she escapes and has encounters with both the three brothers and the witch, although the book does have a happy (or at least justified) ending for everyone involved. I won’t spell it all out, because this is one of those books that is made or broken by the details) but sure to say that if it doesn’t make you feel all warm and fairy-tale-y inside, perhaps you really are dead inside.

Gaiman, again, manages to incorporate both the adult and the child, bringing aspects of both to the story that adds a number of layers to both understanding and appreciation. I fould Yvaine to be a bit of a flat character, but she could be the perfect heroine for a younger reader. Along the same lines, there was a bit of graphic violence and sex that would definitely not be appropriate for younger readers, but is just a bit of the normal for adult fiction. I don’t want to say that the blend made the book better, as the book would have been great had it been an all-adult or all-child book, but it was definitely interesting to see the mixture of the two work so well together! Rumor has it there is also a movie of this book out there, but I’d rather keep this one strictly to the pages.

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