Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Maturity Level: 3
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Young Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria—even fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall that gives their tiny village its name. Beyond that old stone wall, Tristran learns, lies Faerie—where nothing, not even a fallen star, is what he imagined.
I originally bought Stardust because I knew I needed to read some Neil Gaiman, I didn’t really know where to start, and I am in love with the movie. I figured if the book was even half as good as the movie I would be in raptures. And I wasn’t disappointed.
Stardust was a perfect blend of hilarity and adventure. Gaiman’s writing was at times a perfect replica of a classic Victorian novel, and at other times unmistakably a modern fairy tale. I flew right through it and loved every character and situation.
However, I was a little disappointed by the ending. It was quite abrupt, particularly the romance between Tristan and Yvaine, and a little anti-climactic. Even without a movie to compare it to I would have expected some kind of final show-down with the witch. I was more than a little surprised and disappointed when she simply spoke to Yvaine and didn’t even TRY to get her heart from her. The ending is the only reason I didn’t rate this book a 5, because I loved everything else about it, and I will undoubtedly read it again and again.