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Stardust by Neil Gaiman
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Jan 08, 09

it was ok
bookshelves: young-adult, adult-fiction
Recommended to Steph by: YA book group
Read in July, 2008

My only experience of Neil Gaiman prior to reading this was his SANDMAN series. This, his young adult and children's stories show his versatility as a writer, but I think I prefer his SANDMAN take on life. I intend to check out his children's titles to see if my opinion changes.

As part of a Goodreads book group, I've still to read another Gaiman title, his young adult CORALINE. I think it will be fine, but I'm not particularly excited about it. We'll see.

I guess my main complaint about the story is insertion of showy, self-conscious humor and the touches of modernizing a fantasy world. The world had rules--not everything was possible--but sometimes for the sake of convenience it seemed, anything could happen and coincidence ruled. I realize that Mr. Gaiman used coincidence and irony to add to the humor, but it just didn't fly to me.

A much better suited audience for this book would be a shy teenage boy with a trumped up vocabulary.

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