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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (19 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780755322824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755322824
  • ASIN: 0755322827
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.4 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,279 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The versatile Neil Gaiman is best known for scripting upmarket graphic novels, most famously the lengthy Sandman cycle. Stardust was a joint project with artist Charles Vess, a short novel of fairyland enriched by at least one sumptuous painting on every page. This edition contains only the (slightly rewritten) text, alas. Gaiman's story looks back to days before commercial genre fantasy, to Lord Dunsany's and Hope Mirrlees's visions of Faerie as a misty country which is at the same time temptingly close and "over the hills and far away". The simple tale is new but has a twice-told familiarity, crafted like a mosaic from many traditional elements. Hopelessly crossed in love, a boy of half-fairy parentage leaves his mundane Victorian-English village on a quest for a fallen star in the magical realm. The star proves to be an attractive woman with a hot temper, who plunges with our hero into adventures featuring witches, the lion and the unicorn, plotting elf-lords, ships that sail the sky, magical transformations, curses whose effects rebound, binding conditions with hidden loopholes and all the rest. Stardust is by turns knowing, poetic, comic and grisly and exudes considerable charm. If only we had those full-colour Vess paintings too. --David Langford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In prose that dances and dazzles, Gaiman describes the indescribable: the eerie colours, ravishing scents and dangerous laughter of Faerie (Susanna Clarke)

A new fairy tale about a young man's hunt for his heart's desire, told in clear, rolling prose (Guardian)

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A falling star gets knocked out the sky by a family heirloom and Tristian decides that he is going to brave crossing the wall into the forbidden fairy land to retrieve it. 'It' turns out to be a 'she'. In this way he can prove his love to his 'intended'. On the journey he runs into all sorts of characters good and bad.

I have never been too bothered by Neil Gaiman books (i'm in the minority, I know), and this one doesn't really improve my opinion. It was an ok book, but struck me as a very formulaic fairy story. Nothing really jumped out and surprised me, nothing stunned me with its originality, it was just a little bland for me. That being said it has everything that should make it a great book, a noble quest, witches, magic, tension between the main characters, a whole host of colourful side characters.........
It just didn't excite me, but was a nice enough way to pass a few hours reading time.
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Beautiful fantasy adventure by the master author, Neil Gaiman. Although many people have told me the movie is even better than the book, when it comes to this story, I was still enchanted. This is the tale of Tristan Thorn, the young man who went searching for a fallen star in order to win his hearts desire. It's the stuff fairy tales, as Gaiman effortlessly weaves his imagination with some of the most loved nursery rhymes of our past.
I can't wait for my daughter to read this. It's a great book to share and suitable for young, mature readers.

Now I'm off to watch the movie.
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By Farefax TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Feb. 2015
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Where fairy tale meets fantasy, sword and sorcery, and a smidgen of sci-fi, all perfectly engineered as only Neil Gaiman can - as we embark in the company of young Tristran Thorn as he journeys from the frontier town of Wall and out into the mysterious lands of Faerie, in pursuit of the fallen star that he has rashly promised his beloved...

A grittier odyssey than the film (the murders, the sex scenes, and the toilet humour guarantee it!), this is an adventure of pure imagination and excitement; and for fans of Mr Gaiman - a must!
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An enjoyable enough story but a little unsatisfying, especially considering the author. Could've done with more on the adventures of Tristran.
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By Home on 10 April 2017
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Love it love it love it. I had read this eons ago I just didn't remember what or who by. Nice addition to the sci fi book collection.
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A good fantasy read, full of intrigue and mystery. The separate stories all coming together in a satisfying conclusion. Once you start it is difficult to put down. Based on a promise made by the hero to find a fallen star for the girl he worshipped that they watched fall to earth. I saw the film a while ago and it was just as good.
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Sadly watched the film first, and have to say the film was more exciting. I did enjoy the book, but lacked something.
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Not many books offer the ability to easily pick up where you left off even with long intervals and engage with the story so quickly and yet capture your interest as much as it had before. Very pleasant and imaginative story with abstract characters and mythical content. Thank you.
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