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Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Stardust (original 1998; edition 2005)

by Neil Gaiman

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Authors:Neil Gaiman
Info:Headline Review (2005), Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:Read in 2013 (inactive), Your library
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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 Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (aslikeanarnian, MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For, "There is no immortality but a tree's love."
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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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    The king of Elfland's daughter by Lord Dunsany (ghilbrae, 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
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    Jonathan 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.
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    keristars: Though Alice is less of a traditional fairy tale type than Stardust, it shares a style and many narrative and plot elements.
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    Peter & Max: A Fables Novel by Bill Willingham (WildMaggie)
    WildMaggie: Stardust is not as dark, but these book share a similar feel and tone.
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    MyriadBooks: For stories both darker and lighter than they appear; for original works that feel like a fairy tale.
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    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.
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A fairy tale for grownups. Tristran Thorne sets out on a quest into the land of faerie to fetch a fallen star for his beloved. The star turns out to be a person and they have many adventures on their way back to our world. I really enjoyed this book. The ending wasn't such a surprise but the pleasure is more in the telling than in a great reveal. The writing style is very much like a children's book, with a sort of "gather round" feeling, but the story itself is a little darker and more satisfying for grownups. ( )
  eclecticdodo | Nov 9, 2015 |
Very well written book, I am impressed by how vivid images I got from reading this book. 4.5 out of 5 ( )
  Gustavo_Penha | Aug 19, 2015 |
Stardust follows the love-struck Tristran on his mission to find a fallen star in the land of the fairies and bring it back to his true love. During his mission he meets many new and interesting people, has many adventures, and finds out that the star may not be what he expected. Tristran grows as a character on this journey, but manages to still be true to himself and what he believes, even if this makes him seem naive to others. I enjoyed reading about Tristran's adventures in this other world, and was disappointed when some of his journeys with his star were condensed, solely because I love Gaiman's imagination and I wanted to keep reading about the wonderful world he had created.
  GretchenLynn | Aug 11, 2015 |
I don't understand what the hype is all about for this book. It's got a great rating, the blurb and reviews looked promising but it was a great disappointment.

This IMO is the biggest weak point of the book. There are loads and loads of unnecessary details that just hampered my progress through the story. It's true that details add a "flavor" to a story and make the world come alive. But that's not what happened with the details here. It feels tedious to read about a character description when something is happening.

The characters feel weak. They dont really make a tough decision in any place. It's like you wake up in the morning and go to freshen yourself up. There. That's a character sketch. How deep does it feel?

This is the place where the book is extremely well made. It tells of an imaginative world of faerys with a lot of details. The author must have put a tremendous effort into this. For this part alone I cannot give the book a 1 rating that I wanted to.

I didn't ever feel a thrill / suspense in the story. It's like something is happening.. .. you're not really anxious of what will happen next. And there is a lot of details in the storyline too which adds serveral pages but doesnt connect with the plot or hold any meaning. I won't give any spoilers here but just say that after I finished the story I felt that a lot of things could have been done without.

Let me explain it this way - "I'll tell you a story about when I got embarassed in the supermarket and what I did. So.. I woke up in the morning. I took a shower and changed my clothes. And was about to leave for the supermarket. Just then my phone rang. I looked at my phone and then I saw two cats crossing the road. Then I saw that the cloud was white. Then I spoke to my mom and asked her how her day was. She started speaking.

My black panther got wounded. (Notice how annoying the sudden context switch is here? Suddenly you have no idea what I'm talking about and whatever you were reading is all in the background. And the suspense wasn't even build up yet). It lied down and went off to sleep.

Then I walked till the supermarket and started putting items in my cart. After I reached the counter to make the payment I realized that I had forgotten my wallet. I looked at the cashier and asked her whether I could take the items now and make the payment later on. An old man entered the supermarket. He put his glasses in his pocket and started searching for milk. I put down my items and told the cashier that I can't pay for it. She told me to move on because I was holding the line.

I felt embarassed. Then I came back home."

In the above passage did you feel thrilled? Did you feel that there were several things without a purpose? What about the cat? what about the panther? What did my mother say? Did I finally get the items? etc etc. That's how it feels in the story too.

I've given my review but if you're still interested in the plot it's still worth a shot. You never know you might like it. Check out the whole bunch of reviews here that have given it a 5 star. However, know this that this book isn't thrilling but it's got a magic land and is quite imaginative. Go for it if you're willing to forego everything else besides the magicland. ( )
  MugenHere | Jul 12, 2015 |
Star Dust by Neil Gaiman; (3 1/2*)

My first Gaiman, this story was a delightful fairytale. It is perfect for older readers and also appropriate for younger ones. I think it good for anyone looking for a good story full of fantasy and magic but compelling enough to keep older readers hooked. It's hard to find good fairytales that aren't either slow paced or childish.
I found it charming with some scary parts and can say that from my POV Stardust is an very enjoyable read.Stardust is a very enjoyable read. ( )
  rainpebble | Jul 8, 2015 |
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Tristran Thorn is zeventien wanneer hij de wondermooie Victoria Forester, in het Victoriaanse stadje Wall, dat een eigenaardige scheidingsmuur bezit, belooft dat hij haar de vallende ster zal brengen die ze net samen gezien hebben. Thorn klimt de muur over en komt in Elfenland terecht, maar er zijn nog andere wezens die op de gevallen ster azen. De Engelse fantasyschrijver Neil Gaiman schreef eerder onder andere 'American Gods' en 'Coraline'. 'Ster' heeft alles van een ouderwets sprookje, zowel de goede dingen - fantasierijke verhaalwendingen, fabelachtige wezens, nobele gevoelens - als de slechte - kinderlijke stijl, verregaande vereenvoudiging van personages, effectbejag - en bekoort uiteindelijk door het ontwapenend gebrek aan literair cynisme. Voor lezers van sprookjesverhalen die zich niet storen aan een gebrek aan literaire kwaliteit.
added by Liyanna | editBiblion, B. van Laerhoven
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.
added by Shortride | editKirkus Reviews

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
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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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
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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