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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Starred Review. Tristran Thorn falls in love with the prettiest girl in town and makes her a foolish promise: he says that he'll go find the falling star they both watched streak across the night sky. She says she'll marry him if he finds it, so he sets off, leaving his home of Wall, and heads out into the perilous land of faerie, where not everything is what it appears. Gaiman is known for his fanciful wit, sterling prose and wildly imaginative plots, and Stardust is no exception. Gaiman's silver-tongued narration vividly brings this production to life. Like the bards of old, Gaiman is equally proficient at telling tales as he is at writing them, and his pleasant British accent feels like a perfect match to the material. Gaiman's performance is an extraordinary achievementif only all authors could read their own work so well. The audiobook also includes a brief, informative and enjoyable interview with Gaiman about the writing of the novel and his work in the audiobook studio.
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I loved it, but felt it could have easily been a long novel. It felt like there was so much in this world unexplored.Published 3 months ago by Mick Sylvestre
This book was really cool. It felt like it was for teenagers at times, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the adventure.Published 3 months ago by Jay M
I really wanted to like this book/fairytale but I can not tell a lie, I thought that it was very predictable and totally bored me. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Cindy Beverly
This book was not my usual read, but I did enjoy it. This was my first time reading anything by this author and I think I'll look into his other books now.Published 19 months ago by Linda Skibsted
I saw the movie first, then wanted to read the book. Very good book. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors.Published 19 months ago by Lorna Tacchi
Picked me up and whisked me away rather beautifully. I shall be back for more of Gaimans wondrous writings. Soon.Published 22 months ago by Lori Vermeulen
Really liked the prose of the book. The story is very close to the movie but near the end. Good kid book.Published 22 months ago by Jean-François Lévesque