Thursday, May 21, 2015

Book Review: Stardust

Author| Neil Gaiman
Edition| Kindle eBook
Genre| Fairy Tale
Publisher| Harper Collins
Rating| 4.5 Stars
What a book!  And what I shame I saw the movie first.  It skewed my expectations for the story, particularly the ending.

Stardust follows Tristran Thorn, who crosses the Wall to faerie in order to find a fallen star to bring back to his one true love.  When he meets the Star he must keep a hold of her and also protect her from a variety of dangers that want her for their own power plays.  Especially a witch who hunts for immortality and a pair of princes who want their kingdom.

If you're interested, the movie version is on Netflix, and it's good, but the book is superior.  The movie simplifies things, and ties them together in a different way.  I like the movie enough, but because I was so familiar with it I expected certain events with certain characters.  Read the book first, please, but don't disregard the movie either, because it's not complete trash.

This isn't exactly a character driven book.  It's really a fairy-tale- a completely original one.  I loved it in that aspect.  It was everything you could expect from a fairy-tale and then some.  It has enchanting writing (the writing being the absolutely best part thanks to Mr. Gaiman's never ending talent) and an even more enchanting premise.  It's also rather anti-climatic, but that's not really important, because you don't need tons of action to enjoy this one.

Stardust is a very pleasant book, to narrow it all down.  The ending is bittersweet but not disappointing.  Everything wraps up nicely, and there are even a few surprises that could totally blind side you if you'r not paying careful attention.

I can promise you that this book is a ride you'll enjoy.  It's certainly very light, too, so if you're in the mood for something easy and relaxing.  I don't know what else I can say to convince you to pick this one up, so I'll leave it here.  But this one's a keeper for sure.


  1. I've never read this but I've -cough- seen the movie (which is hilarious btw). I don't really remember how it ends. I mostly remember Robert DeNiro in a tutu lol.

    I'll definitely put this on my massive TBR stack.

    1. The movie is certainly funnier than the book. Partly because DeNiro's character actually exists in the movie. The most disappointing thing in reading Stardust was missing Captain Shakespeare, who makes a less than a page, if that, appearance. Still a good read, though.

  2. I loved the movie but I have not read the book!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. Definitely worth a read, though if you're a fan of the movie it can be a little disappointing.

      Thanks for stopping by!


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