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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Stardust (Gift Edition)
by Neil Gaiman
by William Morrow (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 978-0-06-220039-6
Buy from Indigo

Description: This special gift edition is beautifully packaged in a smaller trim size with a one-piece fine cloth case, a gold-stamped cover, and a whimsical interior design, featuring a frontispiece illustration and line chapter opener ornamentation by noted artist Charles Vess. It also contains an introductory note by Neil Gaiman.

Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria Forester?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 stone barrier, Tristran learns, lies Faerie . . . and the most exhilarating adventure of the young man''s life.

The Good Stuff
  • A truly delightful and fun adventurous fairy tale (not for young kids though)
  • Wickedly funny
  • Fast paced
  • Kicking myself for never having read Gaiman before (Gasp - I know) - ok and I have never seen the movie either so yes I will be scouring the internet tomorrow to pick up a copy
  • love the format of this gift edition - looks beautiful on my bookshelf -- hmm wonder when he will come to visit Calgary so I can get it signed
  • Characters are unique & wonderfully odd
  • The wit is dry and cutting
  • Fabulous book for losing yourself in  - will be saving this one for Jake and Jesse (There be a wee bit of sex in it) to read in a couple of years
  • The opening paragraph hooked me in right away & it was extremely difficult to put down
  • The witty banter between Tristan and "the star" is snarky yet sweet
  • Usually not a huge fan of Fairies -- but like these fairies 
  • Yvaine (the star) is a truly intriguing character
 The Not So Good Stuff
  • Could have been longer and fleshed out more
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"She made a face to indicate just how old five-and-forty is, when you happen to be seventeen."

"They certainly were fine new clothes. While clothes do not, as the saying would sometimes have it, make the man, and fine feathers do not make fine birds, sometimes they can add a certain spice to a recipe. And Tristan Thorn in crimson and canary was not the same man that Tristan Thorn in his overcoat and Sunday suit had been.  There was a swagger in his steps, a jauntiness to his movements, that had not been there before."

"There is something about riding a unicorn, for those people who still can, which is unlike any other experience: exhilarating and intoxicating and fine."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read

  •  A truly perfect gift for a Gaiman fan or quite frankly any lover of adventure and fairy tales
  • Fans of The Princess Bride will thoroughly enjoy

4.75 Dewey's

I received this from William Morrow in exchange for an honest review


  1. I love The Princess Bride! Im guilty of not having read this author either, but now I will pick up this book because your review has made it so tempting.

    1. Hope you enjoy Laura - absolutely delightful. Going to read The Graveyard Book over the holidays by him

  2. I loved this movie! I really should grab this book, too :)

    1. Excellent plan - it is truly delightful

  3. Paula , previously from Chapters.December 29, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    This is one of my favorite books (also love the Graveyard book)! The movie is great too, but as always with adaptions somewhat different than the book. The movie is more kid friendly than the book. Your boys will love it. Call me if you want to borrow it ;)

    1. I bought the Graveyard book and just have to finish 3 review books before I can read it. I love his style of reading. Will def take you up on the offer of the movie. When are you coming to visit usÉ Any way we can get you back -- hey I am willing to do anything to get you back!!!