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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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  • Apr 9, 2011
If you've only seen the film, Stardust the book (widely available as both a graphic novel and a novel) is quite different in tone. The story is a creatively dark fantasy adventure for adults (there is some gruesome violence, a couple instances of sex, and brief strong language) that tells a fairly bittersweet story of romance and love. The main characters all experience a great deal of hardship and tragedy and while lessons are learned and they ultimately are better people for it, they aren't at any point guaranteed a happy ending.
As is to be expected, Neil Gaiman weaves the story with all of the skills he possesses as a storyteller, allowing the book to shift in tone and style from humorous and fun to stark and tragic. Charles Vess' illustrations (particularly the full page ones which were featured on the individual covers of the comics) are quite nice, though personally for me they never quite capture the world of Faerie as Gaiman describes it.
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April 10, 2011

Nice one! I liked the film too.
too bad the director quit Thor...

April 10, 2011
Hard to say. Matthew Vaughn has done two comic book adaptations so far ("Stardust" and "Kick-Ass") and with both of those films he focused more on humor than on the violence and dark themes of the stories. Having said that, I really liked both of those films, but I don't think he'd have done "Thor" justice. But then again, Kenneth Branagh seems like a very odd choice to do a comic book film. Marvel Studios needs to rethink their entire approach to these movies.
 
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review by . February 15, 2010
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 …
review by . July 23, 2009
When Tristran Thorn is sent on a quest to find a falling star by his ladylove Victoria Forrester, little did he know of the magical adventure that would ensue.    After falling in love with the film, and being acquainted with other Gaiman works over the past year, I had high expectations for this novel. But sadly, I must confess, I actually liked the film better - which was quite a surprise to me. Don't take me wrong, I enjoyed this book immensely, but the film just left out …
review by . July 23, 2008
Tristran Thorn would do absolutely anything to win pretty Victoria Forrester's heart. Even venture across The Wall into mysterious Faerie in search of a fallen star. But once he enters Faerie, mysterious things happen. Tristran knows the location of every place in the land. He meets a strange, small man who gives him a candle that allows him to travel great distances. And when he finally finds the fallen star, Tristran discovers that it is not a lump of rock like he thought, but a young woman, who …
review by . August 04, 2007
Stardust is a delightful little story of a boy who, in order to win the hand of the girl he loves, goes on a quest to recover a fallen star. He's promised the girl that he will return with the particular star they saw together to prove his love, and she promises his heart's desire if he returns with the item. Seems like a fairly straightforward task, right? Of course it's not! Because the star has fallen into Faerie, the land beyond the gap in the wall of the town of Wall, and no one's gone through …
review by . June 01, 2003
"Stardust" won the Mythpoeic Award for best adult fairy tale. After all, fairy tales are not just for kids. And they're not for wimpy adults, either. Just read "The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales" by Maria Tatar if you don't believe me. "Stardust" has some pretty Grimm stuff in it too, however the only people who might not enjoy it are those who take Unicorns very very seriously. Or are extremely fond of billy goats.Gaiman's story begins and ends with a fair that will remind you of Christina …
review by . April 08, 2001
"Stardust" won the Mythpoeic Award for best adult fairy tale. After all, fairy tales are not just for kids. And they're not for wimpy adults, either. Just read "The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales" by Maria Tatar if you don't believe me. "Stardust" has some pretty Grimm stuff in it too, however the only people who might not enjoy it are those who take Unicorns very very seriously. Or are extremely fond of billy goats.Gaiman's story begins and ends with a fair that will remind you of Christina …
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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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