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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

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Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published September 30th 2010 by Review Publishing (first published October 1st 1998)
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*Flora* The book is written more like a classic fairy tale or folk tale whereas the film is definitely "Hollywood" lovely - same basic story but quite a few…moreThe book is written more like a classic fairy tale or folk tale whereas the film is definitely "Hollywood" lovely - same basic story but quite a few differences.
I think I preferred the book :-) (less)
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L.h.
Aug 13, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dreamers
Dear Mr. Gaiman,

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
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Jayson
(B+) 77% | Good
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.
Ariel
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Inevitably I was reading this against the movie, and I'm here to say that I think the movie and the book are both brilliant. So ha!

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
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Miranda Reads
The world-building, the characters, the story - all absolutely amazing!
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
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Jen
Jan 03, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die-hard Neil Gaimon Fans
Shelves: fantasy
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Emily May
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2013
The more Gaiman I read, the more I understand why people are so caught up in the magic he wields. Because that is basically what he does. He's not an author, he's a magician, painting magic pictures of rich, exciting worlds that come to life so quickly. Worlds that somehow seem complexly developed after just two chapters of Gaiman's writing. Gaiman is simply a master storyteller. He creates moods that permeate entire novels and, whether you happen to be reading his adult or young adult works, he ...more
Kirstine
This is the one case, the ONLY case (so far. Edit: not anymore, Bridget Jones gets the honor too), where I prefer the movie to the book. I know it's a sacrilege and you can all burn me at the stake, but it is nonetheless the truth. It's also one of the few times I watched the movie before reading the book, simply because I had no idea the book existed. And I loved the movie. I mean, really, really loved it.

So of course when I discovered it was based on a book, I rushed to get it. Now, please
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Kai
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overrated, owned
“You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.”

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
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars. Neil Gaiman and I have a love-hate relationship, and I hope that bothers him as much as it bothers me. He's a gifted writer and I keep thinking that I ought to love everything he writes, but so far his books have struck me either as:

• 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
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Will Byrnes
Oct 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
There was once a young man who wished to gain his Heart’s 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 heart’s desire, he finds by the time he returns home that what he truly values has changed. The characters are…well..fairy tale characters and we should not be looking for great depth here. There is darkness, evil, and real risk for our nicer
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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
I hate Tristan Thorn, though I do suppose that everybody has been in his shoes at one point in their life. Everybody was young once and everybody has been naively in love with someone they barely know. I can’t blame Tristan for his natural puppyish passions, he is only seventeen after all, but I can hate him for it nonetheless; he is completely unbearable at the beginning as his love-sick foolishness knows no bounds. Indeed, when Victoria Forester, the woman he thinks he in love with, agrees to ...more
Fabian
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's more to this Adult Fairy Tale than meets the eye. This beloved new classic is a tight little package for the consideration of any jaded or unbelieving adult out there. A fast read, it is pleasurable, readable, crazy with the fusing of real "drama" with that of a New World (or alternate dimension).
Lola
*3.5 of 5 shooting stars*

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‘‘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
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I love when Neil Gaiman reads his own books!!

Mel
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Barbie
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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
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Lyn
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have heard Stardust by Neil Gaiman described as a fairy tale told for adults, and I think Gaiman himself said something of the kind. That is as succinct a description as comes close to this very entertaining novel.

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
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Savanna
Nov 24, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My high expectations for this book (the first I've read of Gaiman's) were badly disappointed. The writing was poor, the story cliché and shallow, and the content problematic. I've read that Gaiman is better with graphic novels, and that seems likely. He obviously has some talent, so I'm hoping this book is just a miss.

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,
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emma
Okay so I'm four starring this right now but honestly it might be higher. I DON'T KNOW. I FORGET HOW TO LIKE BOOKS.

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
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Kathryn
Jan 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I saw the movie before I read the book, I must preface my review with that fact since a comparison between the two was inevitable and, moreover, greatly influenced my opinion of the book. I loved the movie! I liked the book. Unlike most book-to-film adaptations, however, I felt that the movie had more character development and more details; and, indeed, more heart and more humor. I cannot objectively consider the merits of the book because I missed so many aspects of the movie-story as I ...more
Miranda Reads
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
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Aishu Rehman
I'm new to Neil Gaiman's literature, having come from a background of mainly Science Fiction and older Fantasy novels. I'm hooked. His writing style is completely engaging, and while I wouldn't quite put him at the level of Dan Simmons or Iain Banks, he's damn close while being a lot more accessible. I'm looking forward to exploring everything else he has written, as he is now one of my "go to" authors. Do yourself a favor and read Stardust.
Kat Kennedy
Quick question: how many Daleks does it take to conquer Neil Gaiman?

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
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Candace Robinson
This is my second Gaiman book, and it's my favorite so far! First, I must say Stardust is one of my favorite movies ever, so I wasn't sure about reading the book! But alas, the time came! There were some different aspects to the book than the movie, and I really liked seeing the differences. I still like the movie better, but Gaiman's writing is so extraordinary. It sucks me in and doesn't let go! Tristran was a bit of an idiot, but he was also one in the movie, too! But I really loved Yvaine, ...more
Maciek
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
To tell the truth, I didn't believe it was possible. My copy of "Stardust" promises so much just by images on the cover - and the volume is so slim, barely reaching 200 pages. How will all these events and characters fit in such slim space? - I asked myself, and started reading on the evening of October, 2nd. By 4AM, October 3rd, I learned that not only it is possible, but also that Neil Gaiman is a talented, gifted writer with gorgeous imagination and invaluable, rare talent for recreating the ...more
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Wonderful storytelling but..... I didn't really enjoy anything else ...more
Maureen
Apr 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
3.5/5

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.
Connor
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Everything about this one just worked for me. I loved it. The characters, the writing style, the plot, the romance, the magic. It was brilliant. This edition had a forward explaining that it was written as a fairy tale for adults that would have live in the 1920's, and it hit the mark so well. One of my favorite Gaiman books so far that I've read.
Gemma ♕ Books_McCoy
I will never understand how this book is so highly rated. Never. I read this after I saw the film because I thought, "hey, I'd love to see that explored more and see what parts they left out because that film was great!"

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
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Ashley Daviau
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet again, Neil Gaiman does not disappoint! With every book of his I read, I fall more and more in love with him as an author and that was no different with this book. I think my favourite part of Stardust was the way it was written. I really adored how it felt like I was reading a classic fairytale, it drew me into the story more than if it had been written in Gaiman's usual style. And I'm really just a sucker for fairytales in general! Another thing I really loved about Stardust was the ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: There was once a young man who wished to gain his heart's desire.

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 Wall—named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a
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