Book Review: Stardust
Author: Neil Gaiman
Length: 292 Pages
Genre: Adult Fairy Tale
My Rating: ★★★★★
Every once in awhile you come across a book that just makes you feel so happy and good about the world. For me, Stardust was one such book. It was my first experience with Neil Gaiman's writing and it was a great one. For anyone out there that hasn't read any Gaiman before, I highly recommend starting with Stardust.
The story is about Tristran, a boy who is half faerie and half human, living in a village near a wall that separates it from the land of the fae. Once every nine years the people are allowed to cross the wall to attend the faerie market. We find out that Tristran is in love with a girl named Victoria and she promises to kiss him and perhaps marry him, if he goes to catch a fallen star for her. Eager little Tristran says OK! and sets off on his journey.
Throughout the journey, we meet so many different types of creatures and magical beings, from unicorns to deadly trees to goats that used to be men. This tale is extremely imaginative and there is no end to the wonder and dangers that Tristran can encounter. As he continues on, he finds what he is looking for and so much more than he imagined. His journey changes who he is, and he evolves as a character as he learns about the mystery that is the half of his heritage.
The writing of Neil Gaiman feels like a warm hug and had me grinning way more times than I care to admit. I thought the ending was perfection and I loved how every component of the story was linked and wrapped up in the end. While there were some parts that were somewhat predictable, I honestly did not care. It was a beautiful story and one that I will definitely come back and re-read many times.
For anyone that is a fan of audiobooks, Neil Gaiman narrates this himself (as he does most of his books) and his rhythm and intonation definitely adds to the mystical feeling of the story. It's extremely well done and I highly recommend it.
Needless to say, I absolutely loved Stardust and I gave it 5 out of 5 stars. I'm so excited to read more Neil Gaiman books and in fact, I've already started The Sandman comic series, which I talked about in my recent Comic Book Parade post about series I wanted to start soon. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It's also a great one to read if you are feeling slumpy, because it's short and will genuinely make you feel happy. Check it out!
Have you read Stardust? What Neil Gaiman books do you think I should check out next?