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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shimmering Stardust June 15 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Fairy tales tend to lose their sparkle when they're made into books for adults.

But Neil Gaiman creates his own sparkling fairy tale in "Stardust," an entrancing fantasy tale that never loses its magic. With beautiful prose, likable characters, and a mesh of the grotesque and the ethereal, this is Gaiman's reworking of fairy tales -- with a slight wink to the readers.

Years ago, Dunstan Thorn fell in love with a beautiful slave from across the Wall. Nine months later, he got a baby boy on his doorstep. His son Tristan grows up unaware of his heritage, and longs for the beautiful, frosty Victoria Forester. When she rejects him, he makes a rash promise -- he'll pursue a fallen star over the Wall and bring it back to her, if she gives him her hand.

But when he finds the star, he learns that it is a beautiful young girl, a daughter of the moon named Yvaine. The dying Lord of Stormheld threw a gem to the distance and accidently knocked her from the sky. Now his sons are trying to get the gem back, since the one who gets the gem will be the next Lord. What is more, an ancient witch is pursuing the star, determined to cut out her heart so she and her sisters can be young again. To protect the lovely star, Tristan is called on to be a hero, and to learn who he really is...

Few fantasy stories are as well-done as "Stardust." Gaiman mixes humor, romance, grisly realism and airy-fairiness in a tight little plot. It only really picks up two-thirds of the way into the book, but what a trip it is. It slides rather than explodes to a conclusion, where everything slips into place and all the loose ends are neatly tied together, in a way that makes perfect sense.

His writing is a mix of beautiful details and fast-moving plot.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I would be one of those people who checked out Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess' "Stardust: Being a Romance Within the Realms of Faerie" because they really enjoyed the movie "Stardust." When I went to my local comic book store to pick up this week's comics I notice they had this elegant hardback edition of "Stardust," which I took to be a sign that I should pick it up instead of trying to track down all of the issues on eBay. So each night since seeing the movie I have been reading a couple of chapters of the book before turning out the lights, because it seemed the sort of thing that should be read in bed (actually, it seems like it should be read to somebody, but then the narrative flow of Gaiman's text would be broken up every time you had to show the person who was being read to the illustrations by Vess).

One of the nice things about reading the book after seeing the movie, instead of the other way around, is that instead of bemoaning what has been altered, added or deleted you get to enjoy seeing the entire world of Faerie envisioned by Gaiman and illustrated by Vess. As soon as you start reading Chapter 1, "In Which We Learn of the Village of Wall, and of the Curious Thing That Occurs There Every Nine Years," you are aware of the differences, because Dunstan Thorn does not have to sneak past the two guards (not one) that guard the gap in the wall in order to meet the personal slave of the witch-woman who owns the stall where flowers are sold. So there are myriad differences between the book and the movie revealed in each and every chapter.

In fact, many of the things that I liked most about the movie are not in the book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shimmering Stardust June 19 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Fairy tales tend to lose their sparkle when they're made into books for adults.

But Neil Gaiman creates his own sparkling fairy tale in "Stardust," an entrancing fantasy tale that never loses its magic. With beautiful prose, likable characters, and a mesh of the grotesque and the ethereal, this is Gaiman's reworking of fairy tales -- with a slight wink to the readers.

Years ago, Dunstan Thorn fell in love with a beautiful slave from across the Wall. Nine months later, he got a baby boy on his doorstep. His son Tristan grows up unaware of his heritage, and longs for the beautiful, frosty Victoria Forester. When she rejects him, he makes a rash promise -- he'll pursue a fallen star over the Wall and bring it back to her, if she gives him her hand.

But when he finds the star, he learns that it is a beautiful young girl, a daughter of the moon named Yvaine. The dying Lord of Stormheld threw a gem to the distance and accidently knocked her from the sky. Now his sons are trying to get the gem back, since the one who gets the gem will be the next Lord. What is more, an ancient witch is pursuing the star, determined to cut out her heart so she and her sisters can be young again. To protect the lovely star, Tristan is called on to be a hero, and to learn who he really is...

Few fantasy stories are as well-done as "Stardust." Gaiman mixes humor, romance, grisly realism and airy-fairiness in a tight little plot. It only really picks up two-thirds of the way into the book, but what a trip it is. It slides rather than explodes to a conclusion, where everything slips into place and all the loose ends are neatly tied together, in a way that makes perfect sense.

His writing is a mix of beautiful details and fast-moving plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great read. See the movie.
Published 23 hours ago by J.L. Scharf
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
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 4 months ago by Linda Skibsted
4.0 out of 5 stars Stardust
I saw the movie first, then wanted to read the book. Very good book. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors.
Published 5 months ago by Lorna Tacchi
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful.
Picked me up and whisked me away rather beautifully. I shall be back for more of Gaimans wondrous writings. Soon.
Published 7 months ago by Lori Vermeulen
4.0 out of 5 stars Stardust review
Really liked the prose of the book. The story is very close to the movie but near the end. Good kid book.
Published 8 months ago by Jean-François Lévesque
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
A wondrous adventure in fantasy land
Interesting read and a vivid imagination that keeps you wondering what will happen next
Well worth reading
Published 9 months ago by JOOLS
5.0 out of 5 stars Jon Contino
great Jon Contino cover, thats the reason I bought this book. Neil Gaiman is also one of the best fantasy writers today.
Published 19 months ago by sarah taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Beautiful
I am a new Neil Gaiman fan and had tried to read this sometime a few years ago. I started this book the other day and it was lovely, the artwork complements Gaiman's writing and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Josie Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars great Adult Fairy Tale
Tristran Thorn is a young man who lives on a farm in the English countryside. He is besotted with Victoria Forester who promises to marry him if he brings her a falling star. Read more
Published on June 3 2012 by AceofHearts
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love imagination as I do............
Did you, as a child, hold your breath when Jack reached the top of the bean stalk?....or when Snow White opened the door to the witch's cottage?.... Read more
Published on July 23 2010 by Ronald W. Maron
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