Stardust by Neil Gaiman

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28 Critic Reviews

Neil Gaiman supposedly would like to go back and revisit the village of Wall at some point and I would definitely be up for another trip there, too.
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Synopsis

Young Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria—even fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall that gives their tiny village its name. Beyond that old stone wall, Tristran learns, lies Faerie—where nothing, not even a fallen star, is what he imagined.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman comes a remarkable quest into the dark and miraculous—in pursuit of love and the utterly impossible.

 

About Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman is the nationally bestselling author of The Graveyard Book, the only book ever to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie Medals. He lives near Minneapolis, MN. You can visit him online at www.mousecircus.com.Michael Reaves is an Emmy Award-winning television writer and novelist who has written, story-edited, or produced nearly four hundred teleplays for various series. He lives in California. You can visit him online at www.michaelreaves.com.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by William Morrow. 368 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Comics & Graphic Novels, Romance, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Children's Books, Arts & Photography, Crime, Education & Reference. Fiction
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All: 28 | Positive: 26 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
on May 20 2010

Gaiman blends these beguiling particulars skillfully in a comic romance, reminiscent of James Thurber’s fables...There are dozens of fantasy writers around reshaping traditional stories, but none with anything like Gaiman’s distinctive wit, warmth, and narrative energy. Wonderful stuff, for kids of all ages.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jan 08 2016

Grounding his narrative in mythic tradition, Gaiman employs exquisitely rich language, natural wisdom, good humor and a dash of darkness to conjure up a fairy tale in the grand tradition.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by xoxoxoe on Jan 14 2011

Neil Gaiman supposedly would like to go back and revisit the village of Wall at some point and I would definitely be up for another trip there, too.

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Reviewed by xoxoxoe on Jan 14 2011

Neil Gaiman’s Stardust is a lovely little fairy tale. It’s one of those books that as soon as you finish it, it sort of drifts away like fairy dust, but you will still want to pick it up again and re-read it sometime.

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Reviewed by Katie T. Buglet on Mar 10 2008

So read the book and see the movie, in which ever order you like. If you haven’t already read the book but loved the movie I hope it inspires you to dip into Gaiman’s unforgettable fairy tale. I’m not going to say it’s better but just as wonderful in another way.

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Reviewed by Fleiger on Aug 05 2007

Overall, Stardust is quite an interesting tale set in an interesting realm, with talking trees, intriguing inhabitants, flying ships, evil witches. Not to mention likeable characters...

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Reviewed by Fleiger on Aug 05 2007

Stardust by Neil Gaiman is a story which gives the term “star-crossed lover” quite a new meaning...Overall, Stardust is quite an interesting tale set in an interesting realm, with talking trees, intriguing inhabitants, flying ships, evil witches. Not to mention likeable characters including a lovesick hero...

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Good
Reviewed by Matt Switliski on Feb 16 2007

As much as I hate to admit it, Stardust isn’t for everyone. As a love story full of magic, it can seem saccharine. And though it has more texture than a typical fairy tale, it’s not as deep as other, character-heavy stories. Still, it’s a spellbinding jewel of craftsmanship...

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Reviewed by Richard Marcus on Sep 27 2006

There are no major intellectual breakthroughs in his books, no difficult emotional barriers to overcome, just the easing of the toils of the mind and the heart for a short while, which in itself is a wonder all its own.

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Reviewed by Richard Marcus on Sep 27 2006

A person is more apt to wonder about something than to feel wonder in the everyday course of their life these days. That's where Mr. Gaiman comes to our rescue – he can genuinely create a world where wonder is an everyday occurrence and we can experience it simply by reading his words.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Kelly Atwood on Oct 25 2011

Dunstan Thorne discovers the Faerie Market and there he meets a imprisoned princess with who he falls in love with. Nine months later, a baby boy arrives at his doorstep. That baby, named Tristran, grows up to seek the affection of Victoria and will do anything for her in order to marry her. He makes a promise to bring back a falling star to her.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Patrick Hughes on Jan 23 2011

Check out STARDUST. Some of you will pick it up because you love Neil Gaiman and his work in the comic industry. Others will like it because it's a fantasy novel. But, overall, STARDUST is just an entertaining book that's well-written to boot.

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USA Today

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Reviewed by Jocelyn McClurg on Oct 14 2009

Joseph Kanon, who toiled in the publishing industry before he began writing World War II-era thrillers, knows his way around a good story. He's back in familiar territory with Stardust...The well-intentioned Stardust feels like it should be a hit, but generic characters and flabby dialogue make it more of a miss.

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Common Sense Media

Above average
Reviewed by Matt Berman on Apr 09 2008

Written in the style of a novel-length fairytale, it has both the advantages and disadvantages of that genre: Teens will appreciate the vivid magical setting and sense of surprise and wonder, but will find the lack of any character development makes it difficult for them to feel emotionally attached.

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About.com Bestsellers

Good
Reviewed by Mike Sullivan on Jan 27 2016

His characterization and plotting is wry and witty with a hint of the dark British humor that makes you feel like you’re learning something a bit more adult.

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Portland Book Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Andrew Keyser on Nov 24 2012

There are no problems with this book. From the superb writing inside, to the beautiful binding outside, Stardust is great.

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Kidz World

Excellent
Reviewed by KidzWorld on Jul 19 2007

If you're a fan of fantasy (and how could you not be?), Stardust is a must-read. With whimsical landscapes, vicious villains and an epic tale of finding your heart's desire, Neil Gaiman weaves a story that will please readers for generations to come.

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Geek Speak

Good
Reviewed by Sara Paige on Jan 08 2016

No matter how old I become, fairy tales still have the power to capture my imagination and sense of wonder. In this respect, I urge anyone who hasn’t yet read Stardust to check it out. It does not disappoint.

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Luxury Reading

Good
Reviewed by Marcus Hammond on Dec 04 2012

Gaiman’s fairy tale is at times violent and twisted, but ultimately shines as it develops into a heartwarming tale of true love.

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The Book Stop

Good
Reviewed by curlygeek04 on Aug 22 2014

This book will remind you of a lot of fairy tales and fantasy stories you heard as a child, but it’s all rolled together in such a clever package. Everything about this book is fun, even when it’s dark – and magic is always dark.

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Iris on Books

Good
on Jan 22 2016

I am probably one of the few who had never read Gaiman before. Stardust was a wonderful place to start. Having seen the movie before I read the book (sacrilege, I know, especially since so many fans of the book seem to dislike the movie), I actually anticipated that I might like the book less than the movie. Boy,w as I wrong.

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My Books. My Life.

Excellent
Reviewed by Michelle on Aug 05 2010

Absolutely adored it. I figured I would like it because it’s Neil Gaiman and he is basically a genius but I did not expect to fall in love with it like I did.

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Reviewed by Nadine on Dec 22 2007

It sounds like a pretty typical fairy tale, doesn't it? But this is by Neil Gaiman... which immediately suggests a kind of grim originality behind the slightly formulaic premise; Stardust delivers exactly that...One of those lovely books that had me lapping up every word, and sometimes reading passages twice because they were just so good...

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Reviewed by Debbie Skolnik on Oct 04 2015

It has been a l-o-n-g time since a book has so thoroughly transported me back to the world I used to live in as a child. That world, at its best, contained lots of fairy tales...Neil Gaiman's newest book, Stardust that accomplished what so many other books have failed to do...It touched places in my soul I had forgotten were there.

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I Was Angelized 1st

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Reviewed by ANGELIZED_1ST on Sep 22 2014

Set in Victorian England, a young man sets out to find his heart’s desire, and gets exactly what he wished for, if not in the way he intended. Charming, engaging, and fun, Stardust was quite the page-turner I hoped it would be.

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Good
on Jan 22 2016

In Stardust, the once upon a time beginning does not necessarily lead to happily ever after as Gaiman holds a mirror to the reality of the complex relationships found between friends, lovers, and parents.

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Belle's Bookshelf

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Reviewed by bellesbookshelf on Oct 21 2013

...I actually really liked the bittersweet ending of Stardust. This fairy tale is for adults, after all, and we know that as wonderful as things can be, there is always pain and sadness and loss. So the ending was quite fitting and still happy in its own way. Everyone who loves magic (and frankly who doesn't?) will enjoy this book.

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Above average
Reviewed by Mark L. Olson on Jan 22 2016

Stardust is an interesting story told in the classic fairytale manner, but with a few modern twists...This is a fun modern fairy tale.

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