December 23, 2011

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Title:  Stardust
Author:  Neil Gaiman
Format: PB
Pages:  333
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher: Harper, 2007
ISBN-13: 978-0061240485
Series: Stand Alone

Favorite Quotes:  But Faerie is bigger than England, as it is bigger than the world (for, since the dawn of time, each land that has been forced off the map by explorers and the brave going out and proving it wasn't there has taken refuge in Faerie; so it is now, by the time that we come to write of it, a most huge place indeed, containing every manner of landscape and terrain).

He wondered how it could have taken him so long to realize how much he cared for her, and he told her so, and she called him an idiot, and he declared that it was the finest thing that ever a man had been called.

Synopsis (Back Flap):  What happens when you make a promise to bring back a fallen star?  Teenager Tristran Thorn is about to find out, as he ventures beyond the wall of his English countryside town.  After falling in love with the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester, he sets out on a quest to fulfill his promise to his beloved -- and stumbles into the magical realm that lies beyond.

Review:  The movie made from this book is one of my all-time favorites.  I was afraid to read the book to be honest, but it is a great story and I am so glad now that I did read it, although they did change some parts for the film version.  My only complaint is that the wonderful role done by Robert De Niro in the film actually was almost non-existent in the book and he really was one of my favorite characters.  But, that being said, I actually rather liked the original and thought the ending, while not as exciting as the film, was really well-written and tied things up nicely.  It did not detract from my enjoyment that I mostly already knew what would happen either.  Taken totally on its own, this is a really great piece of Fantasy literature.

Rating:  8.5 / 10

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