I’ve been working on this book for a while now (since last year when I didn’t read that often) and I finally finished it. Stardust by Neil Gaiman is a fantasy book that follows Tristan Thorn, a boy who lives in a town called Wall adjacent to Faerie, and his journey to retrieve a fallen star from the Faerie land to prove his love to Victoria Forester. Along the way he encounters many creatures and beings that he would have never imagined in his life.
Pages (Paperback)- 248
As far as plot goes, there isn’t one. There is no particular plotline but is more of a goal oriented tale. Tristan must get the Star and present it to Victoria Forester to prove his love to her and maybe get her hand in marriage. Neil Gaiman’s unique, rambling yet funny style of writing is evident which was thoroughly enjoyable. The characters were absolutely brilliant and the idea behind each character’s journey was fairly well charted out. The world building was simple but provided you with the exactly right amount of information needed to imagine it in your head.
The story progresses at a decent pace. It might feel slow at times but that’s just how he writes. It keeps you engaged in just the right amount so chances of getting bored or tired are very little. I loved Faerie, especially the storyline of the Lords of Stormhold who must watch their own backs for fear of being stabbed by one of their brothers and search for the amulet that holds the Power of Stormhold. I also loved the unicorn that Neil Gaiman threw in and the moon that communicated with Tristan. Very fantastical in nature and something not everyone can pull off with an adequate amount of humor and adventure.
Finally, I loved this book. I have seen the movie and there is a large number of changes from the book (such as the ending) but doesn’t make it less enjoyable. This is a great intro to Neil Gaiman because most of his books are complicated, rambling and rather crazy but this is the least crazy and more fairytale-esque in nature. I can’t talk more about this because each incident feels like a major spoiler so just go on and buy it! I promise you wont regret it. I gave this book a 4/5 stars.
Until next time!