The Compulsive Reader: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Tristran Thorn would do absolutely anything to win pretty Victoria Forrester's heart. Even venture across The Wall into mysterious Faerie in search of a fallen star. But once he enters Faerie, mysterious things happen. Tristran knows the location of every place in the land. He meets a strange, small man who gives him a candle that allows him to travel great distances. And when he finally finds the fallen star, Tristran discovers that it is not a lump of rock like he thought, but a young woman, who has quite the mind of her own. But Tristran isn't the only one looking for the star. The witch queen and a group of three brothers all want something of the star. For these brothers, it's the power she possesses. For the witch, it's her heart.

Stardust was completely entrancing, and charming and a surprisingly quick read. The star's spunk and Tristran's humanity are both to be admired in this adventurous tale that will make you laugh outloud and break into tears. Stardust is not to be missed.


Em said...

I saw the movie and loved it. Then I bought a copy of the book but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. Have you seen the movie? How did it compare to the book? I've heard good things about both.

Anonymous said...

I second Em's comment. Exactly. Loved the movie, own the book, want to know how they compare! After seeing and loving the movie, I'm a little afraid to read the book. Maybe it'll turn out like Lord of the Rings--great movies, terribly dull books (and I know many people would disagree with me on this!).

Chelsea said...

I haven't seen the movie OR read the book yet, but I want to do both. I'd like to read it first, though.