Gaiman, Neil

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The story of young Tristran Thorn and his adventures in the land of Faerie. He has fallen in love with beautiful Victoria Forester and in order to win her hand, he must retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to her.

Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, [2009], c1999
ISBN: 9780061689246
Branch Call Number: FIC G
Characteristics: 250 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.


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It is 1856, and beyond the rural English village of Wall is the enchanted kingdom of Stormhold that no one ever ventures into except to attend a Faerie market every nine years. One fateful night, Tristan Thorn ventures over the wall to retrieve a fallen star for the beautiful Victoria who has pro... Read More »

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Oct 16, 2014
  • jjfry rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely lovely. This author is usually too scary for me - not this time.

Jul 12, 2014
  • sfogs rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Love it, love it, love it!
And the movie too, though they are both so different.

Nov 21, 2013
  • LaPhenixa rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Some great writing in the book, but the pacing threw me off--particularly around the time Tristan meets the hairy stranger. There were a lot of elements that I really enjoyed about the book, but I never felt sucked in or got to the point where I forgot I was reading.

Jun 27, 2013
  • Death_0f_Rats rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I think both the book and the movie are magical. There are subtle differences between the two. I like that it's simply magical or magically simple. I loved both.

May 29, 2013
  • rstein112 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed it, but it didn't really have a climax which was odd. I would have thought that would bother me more than it did.

May 20, 2013
  • hellokitty124 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

It sounds bad, but the movie is sooo much better. While it's not horrible, the book just seemed "hollow", like Gaiman was more concerned over trying to tell a dull fairytale instead of showing it to the reader. I usually love stories that read like traditional fairytales, this one just did not work. The characters are never developed, the plot is unfocused and the love story is disappointing. Watch the movie instead.

Feb 06, 2013
  • randomword rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I had watched the movie when I hadn't even heard of the story and so I read the book. I was not disappointed. It is a really lovely story and full of magic. I highly recommend it.

Feb 03, 2013
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A sweet fable, although being used to reading fantasy with long descriptions, the lack of detail about the trip was a bit disappointing. Still, I recommend it to fantasy fans for it's wonderful writing, and lessons.

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fun twist on a traditional fairytale fantasy story with added bits of sex and gore and snark. Quite different from the movie. It kind of peters out at the end. No big battles or confrontations; it's more a story about heart-- metaphorically and literally.

Sep 04, 2012
  • danielestes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Reading a Neil Gaiman novel is always a pleasure for me. Just when I think I know where the plot is going, or even a single scene, he surprises me with some clever twist or imaginative phrasing. Stardust is a quick read, but that in no way diminishes the details Gaiman gives his well-crafted world.

The otherwise ordinary village of Wall contains a pathway, a literal breach in a wall, to a magical faerie realm. It is through this realm that Tristan Thorne must travel to capture a fallen star. And he will do this all for love.

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May 22, 2014
  • jane1817 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.”
― Neil Gaiman, Stardust

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"They have said that the Lilim were dead before now, but they have always lied. The squirrel has not yet found the acorn that will grow into the oak that will be cut to form the cradle of the babe who will grow to slay me."

Nov 23, 2009
  • gligaya rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"Because," announced Tristran, "every lover is in his heart a madman, and in his head a minstrel."


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Mar 22, 2010

Tristran Thorn falls in love with the prettiest girl in town. She says she'll marry him if he finds find the falling star they both watched streak across the night sky, so he heads out into the perilous land of faerie, where not everything is what it appears.

Oct 29, 2009

Tristran Thorn makes a promise to bring back a fallen star and lands himself in an adventure involving a magic ruby, witches and the quest for the throne of a magic kingdom.

The 2007 film based on this novel stars Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro.


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