Friday, November 28, 2014

Book review: Stardust

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Description from Goodreads (below) can be found here along with other reviews. Add me on Goodreads!

Hopelessly crossed in love, a boy of half-fairy parentage leaves his mundane Victorian-English village on a quest for a fallen star in the magical realm. The star proves to be an attractive woman with a hot temper, who plunges with our hero into adventures featuring witches, the lion and the unicorn, plotting elf-lords, ships that sail the sky, magical transformations, curses whose effects rebound, binding conditions with hidden loopholes and all the rest.

Either at the very end of high school or the very beginning of college, I watched a movie called Stardust with two of my best friends from high school. We knew little about the movie except that it was a fairy tale for grown ups. I think we didn't love it initially, but then we watched the bloopers, and then we loved it.

Fast forward many years and I discovered Stardust the movie was based off Stardust the book, which was written by Neil Gaiman, an author I'd heard loads about but whose work I'd never read.

Gaiman does an amazing job leading you through a world where you slowly notice more and more magic. The book truly feels mystical and magical and brings you into its world.

I loved Stardust the book. The movie followed the storyline of the book pretty well, so there weren't a lot of surprises (until the end, at least -- it's a bit different), but the book was (as most books are) so much more emotional and heartfelt. I loved it. 

If you're interested in trying audio, the author narrates this one himself and it is exceptionally well done. Highly recommended! I gave it four stars.

Have any of you read (or watched) Stardust? What did you think?


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Anonymous said...

I had no idea it was a book too! I love the movie, my college roommate and I used to watch it all the time.

Miss Nutralicious said...

I had no idea that there was a movie! I borrowed this book from my sister a few years ago and remember really loving it. I'm in a "re-read" book mode, so I think I might need to read it again and then watch the movie pronto!

Amy said...

AHHHH i didn't know this was a book!
I LOVE (& own) the movie.
EEP yay adding this to my list!

Tamara said...

I read this book a looong time ago and I really liked it. Then I watched the movie and I think this was one of the first times I liked the movie adaptation better than the book. I think because it seemed like there was more action in the movie (which duh, it's a movie).


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