- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; New edition edition (15 Oct. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1840230525
- ISBN-13: 978-1840230529
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 25.9 x 1.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,287 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,019,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Stardust Paperback – 15 Oct 1999
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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
I've always wanted to read Stardust ever since I first saw the movie (all those years ago). It's the one Gaiman book I was really looking forward to reading. However, I actually found Stardust completely different to what I expected and, oddly, I think I actually prefer the movie. This book is definitely not for kids, unlike the movie!
I do think Stardust does stand apart from the rest when it comes to originality and I did enjoy the story somewhat. Of course, a lot of memories watching the movie came back to me whilst reading this. However, I just did not find Stardust as fun as the film and, in all honesty, it felt like a real slog just to read it. I only wanted to finish it because it's such an iconic book (in my opinion). For being quite a short book I actually spent over two weeks trying to finish it.
The characters were okay, but Tristran definitely has a knack of annoying me and Yvaine came across a bit helpless a lot of the time. I just really could not connect with them.
Stardust is also told from various points of view and they didn't always occur in parallel to each other (from how I picked them up anyway). There was a lot of backwards and forwards. The point of view also changes without much warning so it was sometimes tricky to keep up and, I must admit, I was confused at times. Especially when it switched between the witches.
The plot also dragged a bit for me. From what I gather, Stardust occurs over a few months to years - I'm not too sure - so there were whole periods of time where nothing happened and it was just hard to imagine the time passing.
I also found some parts of the story very strange, even for a fantasy.Read more ›
I'm a huge Neil Gaiman fan, and to date, there hasn't been a single book of his that had disappointed me, and this one was no exception.
As with most Gaiman books, it begins with a collision of the normal and the fantastical. In this instance, it's the village of Wall, which for centuries, had guarded the entrance of the land of Faerie. Tristan, a young lad from the village, is hopelessly in love with Victoria - so much so that, when he sees a shooting star fall to the ground, somewhere far away in faerie land, he vows to go and retrieve it and give it to his beloved.
There's a problem with that plan, though. The star is a girl called Yvaine, she's got a broken leg, and what's more, she doesn't want to go with Tristan. Even worse, a few other people (including a very nasty witch) are after her too.
I don't spoil the plot too much, but Gaiman fans can expect the usual - clever, twisty-turny plots, lots of fabulously creative characters and plenty of pace. It's gripping, wildly inventive and occasionally amusing - just the sort of writing that I find a joy to read - escapism at its best! (less)
Yes, as with all adaptations, there are changes between the two, but unlike some adaptations, the movie merely substituted a few things which were possible cinematically, where following the book would have been visually confusing. The structure, characters, locations, and story are all very similar to each other.
As with all things Neil Gaiman, the story is brilliant, and set in a semi-magical corner of our world, which is connected to a magical land where anything's possible. A young boy who lives on the periphery of magic sees a star fall from the heavens and decides to go find it, to present it to his true love. From these soppy beginnings grows a fantastic tale of wizards, witches, bizarre creatures, and anthropomorphisations of physical objects which are in the very best vein of fantasy authors.
This book is very entertaining to read, and is a great little story to boot.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In my opinion, this man can do no wrong. Especially as he is a former collaborator of my hero Sir Terry Pratchett! And Stardust is no exception. Read morePublished 1 day ago by S M Stuart
Absolutely loved this book! Such a lovely happy read, the film was based so closely to the book. Definitely worth a read, short but amazing. Read morePublished 3 days ago by A Dyer
Gaiman has a simple style of prose that captures the innocence of reading fairy tales as a child. Nothing better to take with you in the barrel over nostalgia falls!Published 4 days ago by Juice Free
Stardust is without doubt another well written and entertaining fantasy read, but it reads a bit slow and all in all I didn't find it as good as some of my Neil Gaiman favorites. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Yvo @ It's All About Books
A beautiful written story, I love Neil Gaiman so knew I would love this! My daughter is currently reading it now.Published 24 days ago by kellybean
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... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr W J Sanderson
A really enjoyable, well written and amusing book. Reminds me a little of Lewis Carroll in light of its brilliant nonsense.Published 2 months ago by Phil A