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Stardust by Neil Gaiman
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Apr 17, 12

it was ok
Read from April 15 to 17, 2012

Yet another book on my list that leaves me simply feeling 'Eeeeeeeehh.'

Stardust follows Tristran Thorn, a young man madly in love with Victoria Forester. In an attempt to win her love, he vows to retrieve a recently-fallen shooting star by crossing the wall for which his village is named. Travelling through Faerie, he soon discovers the star is actually a young woman, who is none too happy about falling from the sky and being saddled with Tristran.

While utterly charming and whimsical in all the ways a fantasy tale ought to be, Stardust also feels very hasty. As though Mr. Gaiman's incredible imagination knew what it wanted, but didn't know how to put it on paper. The writing is very sketchy at times; full of gaps in the details, and throwaway passages. The best example of which is Tristran and Yvaine's stay on the ship in the sky. It's supposedly among the best times of Tristran's life, and yet the entire stay is summed up in little more than two pages.

Had the blanks been filled in a bit, the characters more fleshed out, and the story expanded, this could easily be a four or five star book, and thus a much richer and more memorable reading experience. However, while fantastical, it's simply unsatisfying and feels incomplete.
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Eivind Good observation. You're not the first to make it; the good folks making a movie of the book apparently felt the same way and (for example) substantially fleshed out the ship-sequence.

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