Stardust

Stardust

Book - 2006
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Catch a fallen star . . .

Tristran thorn promised to bring back a fallen star. So he sets out on a journey to fulfill the request of his beloved, the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester--and stumbles into the enchanted realm that lies beyond the wall of his English country town. Rich with adventure and magic, Stardust is one of master storyteller Neil Gaiman's most beloved tales, and the inspiration for the hit movie.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : HarperCollins Pub., 2006, c1999
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial ed. --
ISBN: 9780061142024
0061142026
Branch Call Number: FIC Gaima 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 250, 16 p. :,ill

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rtalps Oct 11, 2017

My favorite Neil Gaiman book so far. A timeless tale of love and magic, Gaiman creates such a fantastic world filled with great creatures and villians. Highly recommend the audio as well -- Gaiman reads it!

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vanravenstein
Oct 02, 2017

The movie is much better than the book. I found the latter anti-climatic and rushed.

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jezicuhh
Aug 07, 2017

Truly a delightful and fun read! I can't wait to watch the movie!

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ May 21, 2017

While the narrative mostly follows Tristran, I found myself feeling bad for fallen star Yvaine most of the time! The book follows vivid and strange characters as they travel through a vivid and strange world.

laurauk May 04, 2017

13+ Set in an enchanted England, Stardust is a beautifully written magical tale of love and adventure.

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jimmyreed23
Jan 09, 2017

This is one of those rare times where I would not recommend a Neil Gaiman book. I had no idea there was a movie, but you might want to check out that instead. The book was just okay. I don't really recommend it unless you want to read every Gaiman book ever. I do, which made me read this. However, there weren't enough surprises for me (especially considering the author) to exceed my average expectations. It was a nice effort and if it were anybody else writing it I would have probably been more lenient. But as is, it just blends in with the crowd.

PimaLib_CinthiaT May 11, 2016

This is a book my 8th grade Language Arts class read together in class. After we read the book I let them watch the DVD. They enjoyed the fiction tremendously,... a great break from all the non-fiction required now with Common Core.

midnightvupecula Oct 09, 2015

Having watched the movie before reading this book, there were some similarities with certain scenes from the book. However the book covers some of the background elements that doesn't feature in the film, which is interesting. In the long run, I prefer the movie (even though the plot is predictable, the outcome and execution is important and fun). The book itself is like a childlike fairy tale with adult elements. I recommend reading it just for the difference and for curiosity.

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adam1999
Jul 24, 2015

I watched the movie before reading the book (didn't know the movie was based on a book). Although the movie may have been a bit over-the-top in parts, overall I think I preferred it over the book. As others have said, there really isn't a climax at the end, the book just...ends.

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TheFlyingPig
May 22, 2015

This book is beautiful. Strikingly different from the Neil Gaiman norm, Stardust is bright and lyrical. The plot all ties together with no detail left untouched. I have read this book four times and still connect new phenomena each time. Everything about this book is magical and perfect.

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arkygirl72
Jul 09, 2015

"She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars."

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jane1817
May 22, 2014

“She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.”
― Neil Gaiman, Stardust

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LazyNeko
Aug 31, 2011

"They have said that the Lilim were dead before now, but they have always lied. The squirrel has not yet found the acorn that will grow into the oak that will be cut to form the cradle of the babe who will grow to slay me."

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gligaya
Nov 23, 2009

"Because," announced Tristran, "every lover is in his heart a madman, and in his head a minstrel."

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EPLPicks_Teen Mar 22, 2010

Tristran Thorn falls in love with the prettiest girl in town. She says she'll marry him if he finds find the falling star they both watched streak across the night sky, so he heads out into the perilous land of faerie, where not everything is what it appears.

FavouriteFiction Oct 29, 2009

Tristran Thorn makes a promise to bring back a fallen star and lands himself in an adventure involving a magic ruby, witches and the quest for the throne of a magic kingdom.

The 2007 film based on this novel stars Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro.

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