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Stardust (novel)

A fantasy for adults written by Neil Gaiman and with illustrations by Charles Vess, published as both a novel and a graphic novel.

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Entertaining, but not what I expected...

  • Feb 15, 2010
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I'm one of those folks who saw the movie first.

I was quite surprised Neil Gaiman would write such a 'light' story as was presented in the movie. I'd read his 'American Gods' before because it was touted 'as good as Stephen King' or my money back.

It was as good, in my opinion, but that also meant his writing was on the dark side.

When I picked up Stardust I expected something that was more of a YA fantasy read, but it's definitely not that.

A literary-type fantasy tale geared toward the adult reader (and maybe the oldest YA readers), this story was interesting, but took some work to get through.

Normally I don't bother to criticize choice of character name, but Tristran tripped me up in my mind and aloud as I read this book...and I did read it both ways.

The characters weren't as well developed as I'd have liked, but as a cast they worked well.

Having watched the movie first definitely ruined me for this book as there were things I was waiting to see play out that never did...I was disappointed by that.

Some of the 'missing' bits made me think the book story was much weaker for it. More like a lengthy short story than a novel.

Overall, it was a decent time-passing read, but nothing that thrilled me.

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review by . June 01, 2003
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review by . April 08, 2001
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Stardust (1998) is the first solo prose novel by Neil Gaiman. It is usually published as a novel with illustrations by Charles Vess. Stardust has a different tone and style from most of Gaiman's prose fiction, being consciously written in the tradition of pre-Tolkien English fantasy, following in the footsteps of authors such as Lord Dunsany and Hope Mirrlees. It is concerned with the adventures of a young man from the village of Wall, which borders the magical land of Faerie.
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Author: Neil Gaiman, Charles Vess
Genre: Fantasy, Comics & Graphic Novels
Publisher: Vertigo, DC Comics, HarperCollins
Date Published: 1998
Format: Novel & Graphic novel
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