A breathtaking and magical novel from master storyteller Neil Gaiman.
Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall - named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy meadow. Here, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester and for the coveted prize of her hand, Tristran vows to retrieve a fallen star...more
I think I preferred the book :-) (less)
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 ...more
Notes: The ending's flat and it doesn't have a climax, but it's still a great homage to the tradition of dark, folkloric fairy tales.
I love the movie. It's absolutely wonderful. And I loved the book. .. But they are quite different. The novel definitely feels more adult. Not because it has "adult themes" just in the overall tone and language. The movie is definitely more "family friendly." The movie is wittier and funnier and sillier and faster paced, and the book is slower and more whimsical and ...more
He wondered how it could have taken him so long to realize he cared for her, and he told her so, and she called him an idiot, and he declared that it was the finest thing that ever a man had been called.There's the wonder, there's the intrigue, there's the titch of magic interspersed with ethereal.
Neil Gaiman has finally caught me on a story.
We have Tristian, a product of his father's wandering gaze and a fairy lass, who ...more
Neil Gaiman - image from coqdiddles.com
There was once a young man who wished to gain his Hearts Desire.This is a charming journey of self-discovery by a character who has a dual nature, human and fairy. He makes it work, with the assistance of sundry others. Beginning his journey seeking his hearts desire, he finds by the time he returns home that what he truly values has changed. The characters arewell..fairy tale characters and we should not be looking for great depth here. There is ...more
So of course when I discovered it was based on a book, I rushed to get it. Now, please ...more
My first Neil Gaiman book was a disappointment. I didn't like this very much. It wasn't a bad book exactly, but it was also far from being a good one. The characters didn't have much depth, the plot was unrealistic and completely predictable. For me, this is one highly overrated novel and I don't get what the fuss is all about. I still haven't watched the movie but I feel like this could be one of those rare cases when the screen adaption is ...more
so bizarre and off-putting that I couldn't get into it <---American Gods,
hauntingly beautiful but kind of confusing <---The Ocean at the End of the Lane, or
having a marvelous setting but being a little on the predictable side <---Neverwhere.
For a kiss, and the pledge of your hand, said Tristran, grandiloquently, I would bring you that fallen star. He shivered. His coat was thin, and it was obvious that he would not get the kiss, which he found puzzling.
The main heroes of the penny dreadfuls and shilling novels never had these problems getting kissed.
Go on, then, said Victoria. And if you do, I will.
What? said Tristran.
If you bring me that star, said Victoria, The one that just fell, not
I watched the movie a couple of years ago and I remember that I really enjoyed it. I don't plan to read the book but within a readathon I had to read it because it was the group read.
I started to read a Kindle format, and then I found the BBC4 audio drama version. It was wonderful! There were sound effects, beautiful background noise, and a full cast of narrations. Believe me, it was phenomenal. If I don't listen to it, I probably DNF the whole novel.
I adored the idea, but the execution was ...more
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, ...more
Actually it is a Faerie tale, since Gaiman depicts a journey into that magical world and the village of Wall, which is a boundary between the two worlds. Though the author pays homage to nineteenth century storylines, he eschews the flowery language and opts for more post-modern ...more
Stardust is a fantasy novel by British writer Neil Gaiman.
It is concerned with the adventures of a young man from the village of Wall, which borders the magical land of Faerie. Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wallnamed after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy meadow.
Here, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester and for the coveted prize of her hand, Tristran vows to retrieve a fallen star ...more
I have a 2.97 average rating, you guys. This isn't something I'm "good at."
Anyway here is what I know:
- I love Neil Gaiman
- like seriously he is consistently just cranking out sh*t I like
- okay I mean sure I didn't love American Gods and I didn't love Fortunately the Milk and I didn't love The Sleeper and the Spindle but do any of them even count??
- sure American Gods probably ...more
You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.Man, oh man, what a story! The illustrations brought it to a whole new level.
We have Tristan, half fairy thanks to his father's infidelity.
In a fit of youthful passion Tristian promises the beautiful Victoria to bring her back a star.
But to do that, he has to cross the Wall. Since he's young, dumb and full of love for his sweet, he takes off with nary a thought.
And thus begins his harrowing journey. t
He crosses the gap in the Wall ...more
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 ...more
I really enjoyed this book! Even if I enjoyed the movie more than the book.
I love that this is an adult fairytale & I love the comedy aspects of it, but part of it felt like a not totally complete story, whereas the movie really did bring things around.
Regardless, I LOVE Neil Gaiman's writing style and storytelling. He truly is a master story teller! The audiobook was narrated by him and it made the story that much better because of it.
Let me tell you, that wasn't what happened. How they got that film from this book I will never know.
All the interesting characters you meet in the film are almost an afterthought in the book, there and gone in a flash.
I am so disappointed by this book. It's been almost ten ...more
And while that is, as beginnings go, not entirely novel (for every tale about every young man that ever was or will be could start in a similar manner) there was much about this young man and what happened to him that was unusual, although even he never knew the whole of it.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wallnamed after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy ...more
|Hoyt's Huns: October 2020 -- Stardust -- no spoilers||4||8||Oct 15, 2020 05:47PM|
|The hopeful reade...: Buddy Read: Stardust||85||8||May 16, 2020 08:43AM|
|21st Century Lite...: Stardust - Whole Book (spoilers ok)||37||45||Feb 21, 2020 09:59AM|
|21st Century Lite...: Stardust - Background (no spoilers)||24||40||Feb 14, 2020 01:46PM|