Stardust reminded me of the story in The Princess Bride: it’s got magic, adventure, and romance. In short, it has everything. The comparison is even more apt because I read it while sick. It’s a short, easy read and I felt just like that kid in The Princess Bride, reading The.Best.Story.Ever (only no cool grandpa to read it to me).
I seriously need to read MORE Neil Gaiman. So far I’ve read Coraline, The Graveyard Book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and now this one.
Stardust is the story of Tristran, a young man in a village who promises his beloved that he will catch a falling star and bring it back for her. He leaves his town and enters the world of Faerie, not realizing he has Faerie blood himself.
This book will remind you of a lot of fairy tales and fantasy stories you heard as a child, but it’s all rolled together in such a clever package. Everything about this book is fun, even when it’s dark – and magic is always dark.
If you’ve read other Gaiman novels, what should I read next? I’m also curious if the movie version was any good?
There’s not much more to tell. This book just made me happy.
It’s such weird timing that this review popped up just now, because I just started The Ocean at the End of the Lane this afternoon. I’m already sucked in and it’s just the beginning. I’ve only previously read The Graveyard Book by Gaiman, but loved that as well!
Stardust is my favorite Gaiman book for the reasons you just described. What to read next? If you like short stories, his are magnificent. I would start with Smoke and Mirrors. I loved American Gods and Neverwhere, both are darker than Stardust but some of his best work.
I really enjoyed the movie. While it did differ from the book (as most do) it was well done and the casting was spot on. It is the perfect Friday night movie. Enjoy!
Personally, I really enjoyed the film but I hadn’t read the book beforehand so I don’t know how it is in comparison. I know they’re apparently making a TV show based on American Gods by Gaiman so I really want to read that before it comes out. Also, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is on my TBR so I’m looking forward to reading that. 🙂
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I love this book and all things Gaiman. I completely agree with you about it being like a lot of fairy tales. One of my favourite Gaiman novels is Anansi Boys, since it mixes a lot of different genres.
I LOVE Neil Gaiman and this is one of my all time favorites..check out Neverwhere, that one is really fun!
Glad the book made you happy! 🙂 That is certainly a good thing!