Stardust (original 1998; edition 1999)
|Info:||William Morrow (1999), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 256 pages|
|Collections:||Your library, SF & fantasy|
|Rating:||Tags:||fiction, fantasy, American fiction, North American fiction, 20th century, fairy tales, romance|340The Princess Bride by William Goldman (norabelle414)
norabelle414: Both are hilarious, imaginative fairy tales.
101The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente (aarti, Jannes)
Jannes: Gaiman might be inspired by Dunsany and Mirrlees while Valente leans slightly more toward Carroll and Baum, but both of them are modern authors tackling the classic fairytale, both are great stylists, and both books are highly enjoyable.
112The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (aslikeanarnian, MyriadBooks)
MyriadBooks: For, "There is no immortality but a tree's love."
92Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (GreenVelvet, GreenVelvet, GreenVelvet)
GreenVelvet: Both Stardust and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell are detailed, well-written and riveting explorations of the world of fairie.
81The King of Elfland's Daughter by Lord Dunsany (elwen, Haltiamieli, wisemetis)
Haltiamieli: "Perhaps this book should come with a warning: it is not a reassuring, by-the-numbers fantasy novel, like most of the books with elves, princes, trolls, and unicorns 'between their covers.' This is the real thing." – Neil Gaiman
60The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly (flissp) 61Lud-In-The-Mist by Hope Mirrlees (twilightnocturne, moonstormer, isabelx)
isabelx: Villages on the borders of Faerie.
51The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander (Medicinos) 107Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (keristars)
keristars: Though Alice is less of a traditional fairy tale type than Stardust, it shares a style and many narrative and plot elements.
30Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones (infiniteletters) 21Peter & Max: A Fables Novel by Bill Willingham (WildMaggie)
WildMaggie: Stardust is not as dark, but these book share a similar feel and tone.
00The City in the Lake by Rachel Neumeier (MyriadBooks)
MyriadBooks: For stories both darker and lighter than they appear; for original works that feel like a fairy tale.
00Sparrowdance by Anne Lewis (TeaWren)
TeaWren: Quite different really, but along similar general lines. There's a quest, and fairy tales aren't quite what they seem, and it's funny and sad and rather clever.
00Song in the Silence by Elizabeth Kerner (infiniteletters) 00Enchantment by Orson Scott Card (VictoriaPL) 22Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett (norabelle414) 01Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier (quigui) 511The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis (Medicinos)
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Go and catch a falling star,
Get with child a mandrake root,
Tell me where all past years are,
Or who cleft the devil's foot,
Teach me to hear mermaids singing,
Or to keep off envy's stinging,
Serves to advance an honest mind.
If thou be'st born to strange sights,
Things invisible to see,
Ride ten thousand days and nights,
Till age snow white hairs on thee,
Thou, when thou return'st, wilt tell me,
All strange wonders that befell thee,
Lives a woman true and fair.
If thou find'st one, let me know,
Such a pilgrimage were sweet;
Yet do not, I would not go,
Though at next door we might meet,
Though she were true, when you met her,
And last, till you write your letter,
False, ere I come, to two, or three.
- John Donne, 1572-1631
For Gene and Rosemary Wolfe
There was once a young man who wished to gain his Heart’s Desire.
There was once a young man who wished to win his Heart's Desire.
The illustrated and unillustrated versions of Stardust are, in fact, substantially the same text. The most notable differences are that some single paragraphs in the illustrated version are separated into two or three in the unillustrated version.
The only reason to consider the two versions to be separate works (though it is not a bad one) is that Charles Vess's copious and magnificent illustrations are a substantial part of the original version.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0061142026, Paperback)
is an utterly charming fairy tale in the tradition of The Princess Bride
and The Neverending Story
. Neil Gaiman, creator of the darkly elegant Sandman comics and author of The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
, tells the story of young Tristran Thorn and his adventures in the land of Faerie. One fateful night, Tristran promises his beloved that he will retrieve a fallen star for her from beyond the Wall that stands between their rural English town (called, appropriately, Wall) and the Faerie realm. No one ever ventures beyond the Wall except to attend an enchanted flea market that is held every nine years (and during which, unbeknownst to him, Tristran was conceived). But Tristran bravely sets out to fetch the fallen star and thus win the hand of his love. His adventures in the magical land will keep you turning pages as fast as you can--he and the star escape evil old witches, deadly clutching trees, goblin press-gangs, and the scheming sons of the dead Lord of Stormhold. The story is by turns thrillingly scary and very funny. You'll love goofy, earnest Tristran and the talking animals, gnomes, magic trees, and other irresistible denizens of Faerie that he encounters in his travels. Stardust
is a perfect read-aloud book, a brand-new fairy tale you'll want to share with a kid, or maybe hoard for yourself. (If you read it to kids, watch out for a couple of spicy sex bits and one epithet.) --Therese Littleton
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In the quiet English hamlet of Wall, Tristran Thorn embarks on a remarkable journey through the world of Faerie to recover a fallen star for his lover, the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester.
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