Stardust {Read-A-Thon Book Review}


Published Date: August 29, 2006
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Author: Neil Gaiman
Pages: 250
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction Fantasy

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. – Summary from Goodreads

This is one of my Treesofreverie Read-A-Thon picks and let me just say that I’m sorry I waited so long to read this one. Neil Gaiman knocked my socks off with Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch and made me think with The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Now he’s made me a big pile of mushy goodness with Stardust.

With this fairy tale, we follow Tristan Thorne who, upon seeing a star fall from the sky, promises to retrieve said star for his mega-crush {the untouchable, one of a kind Victoria Forester} in return for his deepest desires to be granted. She agrees to his silliness and he leaves his home of Wall, ventures out into the forbidden meadow into Faerie. Faerie is a mystical, magical land where anything can and does happen. Along the way, Tristan meets an array of characters. He also finds out that he is not the only one seeking the star, thus making his adventure even more exciting and often scary. Like most fairy tales, this does end the way you always hoped it would.

I give this book 5/5 stars! Gaiman is genius. The prose took me a little while to get used to but once I did, it was lyrical. The twists and turns and discoveries were delightful. I loved it mucho much. I’m certain I’m the last of all of my Goodreads/Wordpress friends to read and review this. I’m sorry it took me so long but I’m glad I finally showed up to the Stardust party! I’ll leave by sharing my favorite sorry-we-missed-you-note. I fully plan on using this for the rest of my life once I’m married to my person:

“Have been unavoidably detained by the world. Expect us when you see us.”

If you’re looking for a fairy tale story with all of the elements and feels, then this is your book! Do it. You will not be sorry.

Buy Stardust on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and The Book Depository.


16 thoughts on “Stardust {Read-A-Thon Book Review}

  1. Stardust is a beautiful, beautiful book! There is no other word to describe it. I highly, HIGHLY recommend my favourite Gaiman work “Neverwhere” !

  2. Don’t worry – I haven’t read it, either. I’m always hesitant to read books from renowned authors, especially Gaiman. I guess I should hurry up and take the dive, though – this book sounds like it may the worth the gamble.

    • High five! You totally need to read it. I know what you mean as I get hesitant to read books from renowned authors as well. I never want to be let down if there’s a lot of hype. But this book is just awesome. Gaiman doesn’t disappoint and it’s thoroughly entertaining:) I’ll be watching for your thoughts on it!

  3. I love that you loved it!! It is so whimsical isn’t it? I loved how sassy some of the characters are. It seems Gaiman can never write a novel without a little bit of sass.

    Neverwhere is seriously so wonderful. Once you’ve read it, if you get a chance to listen to the radio-play it is fabulous. James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and Benedict Cumberbatch are in it (just to name a few!).

    • Yay!!! I loved the characters! Such sass and you’re right, he always throws it in his novels! Neverwhere is my next Gaiman novel to read! It has been moved up in like. But I have to get it first haha 🙂 I’ll look into the radio play. That cast is badass! Thanks for the heads up!!

  4. I’ve wanted to read this for a while! I have his first in the Sandman collection/graphic maybe I should start there. Great review Booski!

  5. Thanks for sharing! I really have to read this! Have you by chance read American Gods? I’ve not read myself, but heard it was really wonderful as well.

    • You’re welcome. It was a lovely read! I’m going to watch the movie this weekend 🙂 I haven’t read American Gods but it’s been on my list forever it seems. I think I’m going to go to the store tomorrow and get Neverwhere and American Gods. Good Omens was the first of his novels that I read and it was hilarious. I was hooked after that.

      • You’ll have to let us know how you like them! I was just talking with someone about this author a few hours ago, so I feel like the universe is telling me I need to read his books too. 🙂

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