Review: Stardust by Neil Gaiman


3 stars

Read from January 05 to 10, 2015 — I own a copy

Synopsis: 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.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman comes a remarkable quest into the dark and miraculous—in pursuit of love and the utterly impossible.

Bookish Things: 368 pages. The cover has been redone several times, and since I read it on kindle I can’t tell you which one I had. This cover is the one on Amazon… meh.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $10.18 or various other formats.

My Review: 

Stardust’s bubble was burst by the movie adaption as far as I’m concerned.

I liked the book, but I didn’t think it added anything that the movie didn’t have, so, either it’s one of the first movies in history to actually be better than the book, or the book was just average but perhaps better suited for the silver screen.

If you’ve seen Claire Danes’ rendition of Yvaine, that’s about as three dimensional as the character gets. She’s a sulky, petulant sook.

The character of Tristan was a blur in my mind. I can only remember the female characters, so I was looking forward to reacquainting myself with him. Alas, he was the same fuzzy, ill-shaped character. Nothing exciting to report about any of the characters I’m afraid.

The writing style was full of fantasy, whimsy and wonder. The different characters Tristan met along the way was varied and amusing.

I don’t think the book is worth visiting if you’ve seen the movie recently, but if you’ve not seen it for a while, perhaps reading the book will make you want to see the movie again.

Have you seen the movie? Have you read the book? What did you think of them?


2 thoughts on “Review: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

  1. I’ve only read one Gaiman, a collection of short stories. They were very variable quality, much as it sounds like this one is…

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