Morgan Williams's Reviews > Stardust
Stardust is one of those books that is not merely a fantasy, but the essence of fantasy. It reads like it ought to be one of those stories from the dawn of storytelling, up there with epic works like Beowulf, though it is much more lovely than Beowulf could ever hope to be. Maybe it's because it incorporates so many classic elements of fantasy, including the mysterious portal that leads from the real world into one more mysterious than our own. Though Gaiman's portal is more believable than falling through the back of a dusty old wardrobe, and his witches, though evil, have the merit of being more interesting than most fantasy antagonists. Even more importantly, he manages to end the book without the climactic showdown between good and evil that is normally expected in these sorts of stories. And he does it in a way that is much more satisfying than any fight could have been. The only regret I have is that it took me so long to get around to reading Gaiman's books.
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