Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Stardust - Neil Gaiman


Rating : 4.0/5
Number of Pages : 224
Reason for Reading : tl;dr Challenge, Book Awards Challenge II, because I like Gaiman's writing mostly

Tristran Thorn lives in Wall and is in love with the beautiful Victoria Forester. She says she will give him whatever he wants if he brings backthe star that has just fallen from the sky. To retrieve the star is no easy natter however. First he has to cross the Wall into the unknown magical realm beyond. Turns out the star is a woman who does not want to be given to some random lady as a token of Tristran's love.

Also after the star is a wicked witch who wants to cut out her heart to share with her sisters to regain their youth. There are also two remaining princes who need the necklace she wears to prove they are the next King of the realm. Secrets are revealed about Tristram's past and a true adventure is underway where Tristram discovers way more than he bargained for.

A brilliant story that was adapted well into a film of the same name. The book had a different ending albeit getting to the same point as the film and I enjoyed both versions. One of my favourite Gaiman novels so far, I look forward to seeing what he writes next.

8 comments:

Ladytink_534 said...

This is another book on my ever growing TBR list... I haven't seen the movie yet either.

Alice Teh said...

Hi Rhinoa, I think this is the first book I read by Neil Gaiman and I loved it. Then I watched the movie and like you said, it was adapted well. :)

Debi said...

I still haven't read this one. Not sure why, because I have a feeling it's going to charm the heck out of me! Plus, I have the DVD which I refuse to watch until I've read the book. Oh, that darn "too little time" thing!

Nymeth said...

The ending of the book is one of my favourite things about it! I was a bit sad that they changed it for the movie, though I also understand why it was done.

Stephanie said...

I loved this book!! And even though it was different, I loved the movie too! I'm glad you did too!

Literary Feline said...

I was really taken by this one too. It seems like such a simple story on the surface, in particular because of Gaiman's writing style, and yet it is also rather complex. Great review!

margotreehugger said...

I really enjoyed this one too Katie.

samantha.1020 said...

I've never read anything by this author but I'm going to soon. Great review!