Stardust by Neil Gaiman

When one of the book clubs I follow posted they were going to be reading Stardust for December, I immediately put it on my monthly reading list. I don’t normally go out of my way to read sci-fi or fantasy novels but ever since I first read Neverwhere and loved it I am determined to read as many as Gaiman’s other novels as I can. Besides, you can’t participate in the discussion if you haven’t read the book. Though I will be in getting back from Vermont the day they are meeting. *Sigh*

I absolutely loved this book and would say that it falls as a close second behind Neverwhere. The magic and mystery in this book was exactly what I expected.

img_0751From Goodreads: Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall—named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy meadow. Here, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester and for the coveted prize of her hand, Tristran vows to retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends him over the ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining.

Gaiman is quickly becoming one of those authors who I would love to sit down with and pick his brain. His ability to weave a world – specifically Fairie – that exists in parallel to the human world and make it feel as though it is a real place is beyond my admiration. Every detail has been thought of from the variety of creatures that roam said world to even the plants and trees and food that you can find. Of course, unicorns are not abnormal. Who knew that they had a purpose to protect another creature.

What I think I loved about this book is that even with all the intricate details, Gaiman’s writing is simple and to the point, which makes it more vivid for the reader’s imagination. The reader doesn’t have to do work, they merely have to jump on the wagon and enjoy the journey.

I also loved the layout of the plot and the way Gaiman weaves the past into the present and how all the characters are connected by a single thread that, in some instances, is not clearly visible at first.

If there was any criticism I had regarding this book is that what could have been the climactic scene between good and evil was a little anticlimactic. However, Gaiman saves it with a different twist that the reader doesn’t expect, nor would have even thought of. Thus making this a great book all around.

Now I want to watch the movie to compare how different it is from the book. If the reviews are any indication, I won’t be disappointed.

Have you read Stardust? What did you think? What other Gaiman books have you read? Let’s discuss!

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