Young Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria even fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall that gives their tiny village its name. Beyond that old stone wall, Tristran learns, lies Faerie where nothing, not even a fallen star, is what he imagined.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman comes a remarkable quest into the dark and miraculous in pursuit of love and the utterly impossible. "
1 Reader Reviews
An unforgettable, hilarious adventure.
“Anyone who believes what a cat tells him deserves all he gets.”
Stardust by Neil Gaiman is absolutely hilarious. It’s a very short and witty book that I would highly recommend to, well, anyone and everyone. It’s not children’s fiction (and I’ll explain why in a second) but the jesting nature of his writing certainly reads like it. It’s like an even funnier (and Australian) version of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles. There’s an absolutely perfect description of this book printed on the front of my edition:
"In prose that dances and dazzles, Gaiman describes the indescribable: the eerie colours, ravishing scents and dangerous laughter of faerie.” ~ Susanna Clarke
Asked why he would kill a certain beloved, mythical creature, Gaiman simply responded that he had to remind his reader’s somehow that this was not children’s fiction where almost all characters are safe. That, and the one rude word written in tiny font. Which was highly entertaining and tastefully used.
“Adventures are all very well in their place, but there's a lot to be said for regular meals and freedom from pain.”
Stardust is an adventure story with a heavy dose of the fantastical. Tristran (whose name I read wrong as ‘TrisTAN’ for a good long while) is a young-ish boy who is half fae/human and has gone in search of a fallen star to win the heart of a certain Victoria Forester. Silly boy. The journey is greatly entertaining and several other perspectives are interwoven along the way to make up the bigger picture. For the most part, Tristran is blissfully unaware of almost everything else that is happening around him which allows for the story to progress swiftly (in a laugh-out-loud manner). There are witches, small, furry creatures, lords, ghosts, and talking trees – what more could you possibly want?
For me, all of the characters were likeable and my favourite character has to be the star because of how stand-offish she is (not to mention her luck with not dying). It’s a perfect sort of fairy tale that bumbles along beautifully and will undoubtedly have you chuckling along, too.
I definitely recommend this to you if you’re reading this! I know I’m going to go and buy the rest of his books now because his writing style is so funny. 4.5 stars because this is a perfect taste of some light-hearted fun!
“There was once a young man who wished to gain his Heart’s Desire.”