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Stardust

Gaiman, Neil (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In the quiet English hamlet of Wall, Tristran Thorn embarks on a remarkable journey through the world of Faerie to recover a fallen star for his lover, the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester.
Authors: Gaiman, Neil
Title: Stardust
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Harper Perennial, 2006
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial ed
Characteristics: 250, 16 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Neil Gaiman
Summary: In the quiet English hamlet of Wall, Tristran Thorn embarks on a remarkable journey through the world of Faerie to recover a fallen star for his lover, the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester.
ISBN: 0061142026
9780061142024
Branch Call Number: FICTION GAIMAN 2006
Subject Headings: England Fiction Young men Fiction
Genre/Form: Adventure fiction
Fantasy fiction
Love stories
Topical Term: Young men
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A young man crosses over the forbidden stone wall at the edge of his village into another world, having told his lady love that he'll retrieve a falling star for her. In the other world, he finds that he is not alone in his quest for the star. As of 08/14, it's also available on audiobook CD.

In the quiet English hamlet of Wall, Tristran Thorn embarks on a remarkable journey through the world of Faerie to recover a fallen star for his lover, the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester.

Living in a Victorian countryside town overshadowed by an imposing stone barrier, Tristran is compelled to retrieve a fallen star for the woman he loves and crosses to the wondrous other side of the barrier, where he encounters dangerous rivals for the star.

In the sleepy English countryside of decades past, a lovelorn young man steps through a gap in a high stone wall, and into the most unforgettable adventure of his life. (Adult novel.)


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Jul 12, 2014
  • sfogs rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Love it, love it, love it!
And the movie too, though they are both so different.

Nov 21, 2013
  • LaPhenixa rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Some great writing in the book, but the pacing threw me off--particularly around the time Tristan meets the hairy stranger. There were a lot of elements that I really enjoyed about the book, but I never felt sucked in or got to the point where I forgot I was reading.

Jun 27, 2013
  • Death_0f_Rats rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I think both the book and the movie are magical. There are subtle differences between the two. I like that it's simply magical or magically simple. I loved both.

May 29, 2013
  • rstein112 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed it, but it didn't really have a climax which was odd. I would have thought that would bother me more than it did.

May 20, 2013
  • hellokitty124 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

It sounds bad, but the movie is sooo much better. While it's not horrible, the book just seemed "hollow", like Gaiman was more concerned over trying to tell a dull fairytale instead of showing it to the reader. I usually love stories that read like traditional fairytales, this one just did not work. The characters are never developed, the plot is unfocused and the love story is disappointing. Watch the movie instead.

Feb 06, 2013
  • randomword rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I had watched the movie when I hadn't even heard of the story and so I read the book. I was not disappointed. It is a really lovely story and full of magic. I highly recommend it.

Feb 03, 2013
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A sweet fable, although being used to reading fantasy with long descriptions, the lack of detail about the trip was a bit disappointing. Still, I recommend it to fantasy fans for it's wonderful writing, and lessons.

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fun twist on a traditional fairytale fantasy story with added bits of sex and gore and snark. Quite different from the movie. It kind of peters out at the end. No big battles or confrontations; it's more a story about heart-- metaphorically and literally.

Aug 16, 2012
  • sonjaherndon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love Neil Gaiman!! And I loved this book, it was so sweet and very enjoyable.

Aug 03, 2012
  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved it from the opening paragraph. Neil Gaiman has taken fantasy down to it's simplest form - the fairy tale. This book is short and sweet and will be enjoyed by any adult who appreciates the artistry of a well written fairy tale.

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Aug 03, 2012
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Tristran Thorn falls in love with the prettiest girl in town. She says she'll marry him if he finds find the falling star they both watched streak across the night sky, so he heads out into the perilous land of faerie, where not everything is what it appears.

Tristran Thorn makes a promise to bring back a fallen star and lands himself in an adventure involving a magic ruby, witches and the quest for the throne of a magic kingdom.

The 2007 film based on this novel stars Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro.

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May 22, 2014
  • jane1817 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.”
― Neil Gaiman, Stardust

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"They have said that the Lilim were dead before now, but they have always lied. The squirrel has not yet found the acorn that will grow into the oak that will be cut to form the cradle of the babe who will grow to slay me."

Nov 23, 2009
  • gligaya rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"Because," announced Tristran, "every lover is in his heart a madman, and in his head a minstrel."

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