Winner of the American Library Award, Mythopoeic Award and World Fantasy Award for Best Artist It is here in Wall that young Tristran Thorn loses his heart to the town beauty a woman who is as cold and distant as the star she and Tristran see fall from the sky on a crisp October evening To gain the hand of his beloved, Tristran rashly vows to fetch the fallen star and embarks upon a lover s quest that will carry him over the ancient wall and into a world beyond his wildest imagingingsNEIL GAIMAN AND CHARLES VESS S STARDUST features the New York Times best selling author THE SANDMAN and one of the industry s best illustrators at the height of their creative powers....
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Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess' Stardust Reviews
Neil Gaiman is the Grimm brothers for the 21st century. And this, lady's and gentlemen, is his fairey tale. It is whimsical. It is crisp; it never drags. It follows the adage of "why use 20 words with 2 will do?" It is has moments of dry humor, yet never forgets that this is at heart a serious quest, one for love itself. Indeed, its plot is simple at its core. Yet despite that, the story itself is twisty and full of adventure. The setting, as most of Gaiman's settings are, has no comparison. The characters are enjoyable. They are not overly complex in and of themselves, but they are extremely varied and certainly have some growth. Gaiman always writes each character like a different individual, and does it well. None of them are an extension of himself.
If you like Neil Gaiman, you will like Stardust, which I would describe as a fun adult fairy tale. It's not as dark as his other work (though still definitely written for an adult audience), and is a relatively fast read. I bought this edition specifically because I had heard that Charles Vess' illustrations were impressive. I'm glad that I did. I'm not a fan of graphic novels, but that's not what this is. Instead, the illustrations are interspersed through the text and add color to the plot without directing it - essentially, the two aspects work together in a way that is really unique in adult fiction. Would definitely recommend this book to anyone who could use a little mental vacation from the real world.
I listened to the audio-book version of this and loved it. I watched the movie version of this and became confused. And then, at the end of the audio-book there is an interview with the author, and in it he explained that there were indeed many versions of the book, starting with a graphic-novel. It's really fascinating how the concept and story line evolved and how the story grew. How he found mistakes, (the obsidian blade), and how he anticipates changing the story as time passes. Buy this, but also listen to the audio book and interview.
This book was so enjoyable to read. It took me far away from reality and into a place I haven't gone since I was a child, and I'm so glad I took the journey. I didn't want the story to end by the time I finished the novel. The illustrations were lovely and well worth the extra cost. The only complaint I can give is that since I read along with an audiobook, the text in the book was different than the audiobook sometimes. I thought the audiobook's version of narration was often times better, but that's ok; They were small discrepancies.
"Stardust" won the Mythpoeic Award for best adult fairy tale. After all, fairy tales are not just for kids. And they're not for wimpy adults, either. Just read "The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales" by Maria Tatar if you don't believe me. "Stardust" has some pretty Grimm stuff in it too, however the only people who might not enjoy it are those who take Unicorns very very seriously. Or are extremely fond of billy goats.
When I first heard of Stardust as a novel, it was many years after I had seen the film adaptation. I loved the film and very dearly wanted to read the book not to intentionally compare; but to see what the original story was.