title: Stardust

author: Neil Gaiman

genre: Fiction, fantasy, falling stars

dates read: May 28th – May 30th

review: 5 of 5 stars

summary: Tristran Thorn lives an unremarkable life in the small town of Wall, so named for the wall that separates the town from Faerie land on the other side.  Lovestruck and wanting to prove himself, he goes on a journey into Faerie land to find a fallen star, which he promised to bring back to the woman he loves.  On this journey he finds that the star is actually a person name Yvaine.  Together they begin the journey (she less willingly) back to Wall.  Unbeknownst to them, Tristran was not the only one seeking her out. . .

personal thoughts: Beautiful, imaginative, and witty.  I love the movie and feel like it followed the book quite well.  Of course, the books are often better than their movie counterparts and this was no different.  I loved the different characters and the intertwining stories.  The world of fantasy that Gaiman created is dynamic, a place that I would want to visit, maybe even live.  Well done, sir.

favorite quotes:
“It was chilly that April, with the awkward changeability of English spring.” p. 8

“Tristran Thorn. . .was half the way between a boy and a man, and was equally uncomfortable in either role. . .” p. 37

“Tristran could smell the distant winter on the air – a mixture of night-mist and crisp darkness and the tang of fallen leaves.” p. 41


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