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Stardust (original 1998; edition 1999)

by Neil Gaiman

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Title:Stardust
Authors:Neil Gaiman
Info:William Morrow (1999), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 256 pages
Collections:Your library, SF & fantasy
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Tags:fiction, fantasy, American fiction, North American fiction, 20th century, fairy tales, romance

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Stardust by Neil Gaiman (1998)

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    The Princess Bride by William Goldman (norabelle414)
    norabelle414: Both are hilarious, imaginative fairy tales.
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    The 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.
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    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
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    GreenVelvet: Both Stardust and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell are detailed, well-written and riveting explorations of the world of fairie.
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Neil Gaiman’s Stardust is a short coming-of-age fantasy novel centering on Tristan Thorn, a boy whose mother is from Faerie and whose father is from a British village called Wall. When the girl Tristan likes promises him anything he wishes if he retrieves for her a falling star, Tristan sets off through the gap between the human realm and Faerie to find her star. In Faerie, however, he is not the only person searching. The dying king released the power of Stormhold-- a stone in the necklace that knocked the star from the sky. The first of royal blood to retrieve the stone will become Stormhold’s next ruler. Beyond that, in Faerie there is little as precious as the heart of a star, which can restore both youth and power. The oldest witches, long thought dead, noted the star as it fell and sent one of their number to catch the star and cut out its heart for them to eat. As Tristan grows from a boy to a man first catching and later traveling with and helping the star Yvaine, he finds himself caught up in adventures from sailing on a merchant sky vessel to battling witches to becoming a traveling companion to one of the princes and eventually learning the truth of his heritage and birthright.
The novel is fun and fast; in some ways it includes a world with more depth and explanations than that of the movie of the same name. It should be noted, however, that while both film and novel follow Tristan’s journey to bring back a fallen star, they are very different stories with some of the principle characters changing between the two and with different character interactions, growth, and choices. ( )
  Ailinel | May 1, 2015 |
I watched Stardust the movie years ago and I had no idea it was based on a book. Excuse my ignorance.

I am quite a Neil Gaiman newbie, having read only The Ocean at the End of the Lane, but after reading Stardust I am starting to realize that I want to read absolutely everything written by him.

Since the story has a fairy-tale-like character, it seems very logical that a boy would go look for a fallen star for a girl that is obviously just playing with him, knowing that he won't succeed. But everything happens for a reason, as we later find out. I liked the encounter between Tristran and Victoria in the last chapter - they both seemed grown up, and they both knew that they did not want to be with each other.

Having seen the movie, my favorite character was the Captain of the ship, who, to my great disappointment, did not play any important role in the book, except bringing Tristran closer to home.

I loved the happy ending. Not your usual fairy-tale ending about how they lived happily ever after, but a happy ending nonetheless, as Tristran found his true love, got to see the world and have adventures, and then took his rightful place as the heir of the Stormhold. Not your usual happy ending because it talks about Tristran's death and lets the reader know that the star will go on living forever, missing her real home. ( )
  v_allery | Apr 19, 2015 |
Just wonder-ful. Gaiiman is hit-and-miss for me, but this one worked. I think it did so because it's sweeter and simpler than American Gods and Anansi Boys. I was able to enjoy this as a fairy-tale for the young and young-at-heart. The conceit of the girl that is a star isn't unique, but it is rare, and so is refreshing. The unicorn didn't ring true to me (I think of them as based on goats, not horses, because of that famous tapestry, etc.) but otherwise everything was just true magic and I was able to immerse myself in it. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
A fairy tale! I love fairy (faerie) tales! Can't wait to discuss at book club tonight and then see the movie, which is never heard of before. I would never have picked this up to read if not for it being a book club pick and I try to finish (eventually) all the selections chosen. ( )
  sandra.k.heinzman | Apr 2, 2015 |
A fairy tale! I love fairy (faerie) tales! Can't wait to discuss at book club tonight and then see the movie, which is never heard of before. I would never have picked this up to read if not for it being a book club pick and I try to finish (eventually) all the selections chosen. ( )
  sandra.k.heinzman | Apr 2, 2015 |
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While the bones of the story (the hero, the quest, the maiden) are traditional, Gaiman offers a tale that is fresh and original. Though the plot begins with disparate threads, by the end they are all tied together and the picture is complete. The resolution is satisfying and complex, proving that there is more to fairy tales than "happily ever after."
added by Shortride | editSchool Library Journal, Susan Salpini
 
This is a refreshingly creative story with appealing characters that manages to put a new twist on traditional fairy-tale themes.
added by Shortride | editLibrary Journal, Laurel Bliss
 
Gaiman gently borrows from many fine fantasists--for starters, from Andersen, Tolkien, Macdonald, and, for the framing device, Christina Rossetti in her "Goblin Market" --but produces something sparkling, fresh, and charming, if not exactly new under the sun. Superb.
added by Shortride | editBooklist, Ray Olson
 
a comic romance, reminiscent of James Thurber's fables, in which even throwaway minutiae radiate good-natured inventiveness. There are dozens of fantasy writers around reshaping traditional stories, but none with anything like Gaiman's distinctive wit, warmth, and narrative energy. Wonderful stuff, for kids of all ages.
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Gaiman, Neilprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vess, CharlesIllustratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bartocci, MaurizioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kivimäki, MikaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pék, ZoltánTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spångberg, YlvaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
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,
And find
What wind
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,
And swear,
No where
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,
Yet she
Will be
False, ere I come, to two, or three.
- John Donne, 1572-1631
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For Gene and Rosemary Wolfe
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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.
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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 many illustrations are a substantial part of the original version.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0061142026, Paperback)

Stardust 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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