Stardust Paperback – 19 Sep 2005
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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.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A really enjoyable, well written and amusing book. Reminds me a little of Lewis Carroll in light of its brilliant nonsense.Published 1 month ago by Phil A
Watched the film all the time as a kid and finally read the novel. Of course it was different, but that prose. Neil Gaiman is such a beautiful writer.Published 1 month ago by Fiona
Loved it. Will encourage me to read more of his books.
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This has to be one of my favourite books of the last few years. At just under 200 pages it’s not very long but it is hugely enjoyable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Neil Griffiths
Gaiman is the CS Lewis of our time. Poetic and deep in so many ways. I finished this book wishing it was twice as long.Published 2 months ago by Netbooker