Catch a fallen star . . .
Tristran thorn promised to bring back a fallen star. So he sets out on a journey to fulfill the request of his beloved, the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester—and stumbles into the enchanted realm that lies beyond the wall of his English country town. Rich with adventure and magic, Stardust is one of master storyteller Neil Gaiman's most beloved tales, and the inspiration for the hit movie.
1 Reader Reviews
EVERY WORD IS PRICELESS!
IN THE HANDS of a lesser writer, this book could have fallen flat. The generic tale of a boy whose heart has been stolen by the girl of his dreams, only to be promised redemption and bliss by the thief in return for the completion of an impossible quest comes alive in a way that only Neil Gaiman can manage. This book is set in the world of faerie, where nothing makes sense, where nothing is real (except for everything that is) and where everything is turned upside down.
This book sparkles, it zings, it floats above the ground like tendrils of fog caught in a soft breeze.
The plot is an interesting one, too, despite the apparent tiny size of the fable. My edition is just 196 pages long but treasure this book, you must. 196 pages accounts to approximately 196 plot twists in Gaiman-speak. The opening chapter is so well written and emotionally engaging that you may well find yourself touched and moved when you realise the central characters in the book’s opening salvo are essentially just curtain raisers to what is to follow. But the quality of the book does not drop off a single iota and you soon find yourself totally in love with the new set of characters you find yourself blessed with from chapter two onwards.
There are good guys (obviously), bad guys (equally obviously), talking rabbits, whispering trees and lots and lots of magic. There’s love, too, but also plenty of hatred, and dislike, and murder most foul and even threats of patricide. The land of Faerie, one could put forth, is an essential character of this story in its own right and it is one that adds volumes to the amazing reading experience that is STARDUST.
The book feels like a classic fantasy tale, trimmed down for economy’s sake. Indeed, one must ask oneself how the world has coped without Mr Gaiman gifting mankind with a full sized fantasy epic. But then you shake your head and realise the folly of such a thought. In a Gaiman book, every word is priceless. Every word is treasured. Every sentence is beautifully crafted perfection.
And that makes the book you are holding a fallen star in its own right.