Stardust by Neil Gaiman

 

 

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[Hey look, a scene that is only in like… 5 pages of the book!]

In the sleepy English countryside of decades past, there is a town that has stood on a jut of granite for six hundred years. And immediately to the east stands a high stone wall, for which the village is named. Here in the town of Wall, Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he’ll retrieve that star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran through the only gap in the wall, across the meadow, and into the most unforgettable adventure of his life.
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Ah, yes. So we meet again, Mr. Gaiman. Also technically this is a re-read that I’m posting about, but I re-read it because I had like one tiny memory of reading it before. I believe the memories of it were lost in a haze of underage drinking and wine. [shhhh]

So! I decided to read it both sober AND an adult, in which hopefully my brainmeats won’t forget anytime soon.

One thing that I’m curious about is how Gaiman is able to pack such awesome stories in tiny little books. The book is very small and rather short, but still quite enough story to obviously have inspired a movie about it.  [Which I also don’t really remember watching – so may have to try watching it again at some point] I was able to polish it off in about two days on my breaks and before/after work.

The story starts off with the father of the main character of the book, and essentially how he came to be with some interspecies human-fae action going on and thus was born. There’s two main words: The boring, human side of things, and then there’s the exciting, fae-side of things with elves, magic, unicorns, witches, etc.

The main character, Tristran, is in love with the town beauty, Victoria. Victoria really wants nothing to do with Tristran and has her own plans, but one night as they’re walking together and a star falls, she promises that she will both marry him and give him his heart’s desire if he were to go retrieve that falling star.

Except that as he goes off, thinking she’s serious, many others have their own reasons to also go to the falling star.  In the fae lands, a falling star isn’t merely a thing, but a she. A shining daughter of the Moon, named Yvaine.

The story centers around all those who want the star/Yvaine to themselves, and how Tristran has to fight for her. The entire time he has it in his head that he doing this is all for Victoria, except he eventually develops feelings for the celestial being.

As with a lot of Gaimain’s other stories, I liked it. It was a quick little fairytale that everyone can enjoy, both young and old. It was cool to keep an eye out for his themes [three fates, the Hempstock family], but my main complaint is that it went by a little -too- fast.  I felt like the actual romance that develops was sort of thrown in there at the last minute and there was little to no signs that anything was blooming there until boop, ‘oh hey, just kidding, we’ve loved each other for awhile now!’ But there’s no signs of this until the end.

Highly suggest for a good, quick fantasy read, though.

 


 

I give Stardust 4/5 Living Falling Stars

Rating:

“I damned well hope so,” said the late eighty-first master of Stormhold to his four dead sons. But his three sons that were not dead yet heard nothing at all.

 

 

 

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