Hello Avid Readers. Welcome to another book review. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Stardust by Neil Gaiman. A standalone fantasy romance novel – a new classic fairytale.
What’s Stardust about?
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Title: Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Series: Standalone Novel
on 29 August, 2006
Genres: Romance, Action & Adventure, Fiction, Fantasy, Literary, Young Adult (YA)
Narrator: BBC Radio 4 Cast, Neil Gaiman
Length: 2 hours 32 minutes, 6 hours 21 minutes
No. of Pages: 288
At the dawn of the Victorian era, life moves leisurely in the sleepy village of Wall.
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.
Review Format: Audiobook, eBook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Book Depository* ¦ Waterstones*
What did I think about it?
I loved this story! I’ve watched and loved the film (2007) with Clare Danes and Charlie Fox playing Yvaine and Tristan. However, I think this original book is better – not so “Hollywood”.
The adventure story was well-paced, with not as much romance as the film, and lots of action. The book is written in a style that reminds me of the original classic faerie tales and folk tales that I used to read. (English, Greek, Welsh, Celtic, etc.)
I loved the snippets of English folklore woven into the story. For example, the pub in Wall being called Seventh Magpie. In the English folk song and children’s nursery rhyme seven magpies foretell of “a secret never told“. Very apt, Neil, clever boy. 😉
I also enjoyed the skilfully written interdependent magic that linked Tristran and Yvaine’s adventure to the other characters in the tale, e.g. the cursed squirrel, Una, etc.
Stardust is a brilliant modern classic, one I am sure that when I read again I will notice more “hidden” gems…
While searching for links to add to this review, I discovered that there are two audiobook versions available. The first is a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation. The other is read solely by Neil Gaiman himself. Now, the question is, which version should I buy? Answers on a postcard, please. Lol!
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts. I hope I’ve sparked your interest and that you add Stardust to your groaning TBR piles. Have you read any books by Neil Gaiman? Which ones would you recommend? Drop the titles in the comments.
Of course, I’ve now added Neil Gaiman to my favourite authors’ page. Before you go, check out which other amazing authors are on my list. 😉
Bye for now,