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Subject: Stardust by Neil Gaiman (spoilers)
Date Posted: 9/14/2007 10:11 PM ET
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I just finished this book. I enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed the movie, which is unusual. Anyone else read it or want to talk about it?

 

I think that  Tristian knowing who his mother was before he went to Faerie in the movie really changed the story, because he had a better sense of who he was. I also like that in the book Lady Una got to be Queen for a while, especially because when I saw the movie I was rooting for that to happen :)

 

Date Posted: 9/15/2007 2:09 PM ET
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I read this a few months ago and found it enchanting. Didn't know about the movie.

 

Date Posted: 10/2/2007 2:26 PM ET
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I grabbed the book after seeing the movie. Enjoyed both very much - though there's as much difference between them as there is between the book and film versions of The Princess Bride.

Actually, when the DVD comes out, it'll probably end up next to The Princess Bride in my DVD collection...

Date Posted: 10/10/2007 5:00 PM ET
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I saw the movie, then got the book, which I'm almost done with now.  I really enjoyed the movie.  It was a lot of fun.  I don't particularly care for the simplistic writing style of the book though.  It makes for quick reading, but really short-changes character development.   I'd give the book a rating of 6 out of 10, and the movie 8 out of 10.

I'd have to say this is one of those rare cases where I enjoyed the movie more than the book.  I really got a kick out of the pirates (the captain especially) in the movie.  This part was much different than in the book, and was a much smaller part of it as well.

 

Date Posted: 10/11/2007 6:13 PM ET
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Stardust is one of my favorite books, but I haven't seen the movie yet. 

Date Posted: 10/12/2007 9:51 AM ET
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Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite writers and I really enjoyed this book. A real easy read though.

The movie is really great as well, adds another dimension to the humor in the book.

Date Posted: 11/2/2007 1:56 PM ET
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I have seen the movie (loved it!) but haven't had the chance to read the book yet.  Is it a novel or a graphic novel?  Hopefully I can find someone who posted it here.

Date Posted: 11/13/2007 11:33 AM ET
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Stardust has not been made into a graphic novel.

Date Posted: 11/13/2007 2:10 PM ET
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I just finished the book today and will be seeing the movie. Really missed out not taking the time to see the movie while it was on the 'big ' screen. Two of my favorite parts of the story were when Tristan and Yvaine were traveling on the sky-ship and Gaiman's description of them sitting on the cloud.

Date Posted: 5/4/2008 2:10 PM ET
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I can't find this book anywhere! I loved the movie, and I desperately want the book but I can't find it even in stores. Is anyone tossing out their copy? PM if you have a spare! Thanks ^-^

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Subject: Stardust audiobook
Date Posted: 5/7/2008 12:42 AM ET
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I very recently listened to Stardust in audiobook format. It was read by Neil Gaiman himself, and I thought it was excellent! There's an interview with him at the end of the book, too. I've reviewed the audiobook here, along with 2 other FanLit.net reviewers (you'll see that we don't all share the same opinions all of the time!):

http://www.fantasyliterature.net/gaimanneil.html

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 12:01 PM ET
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Lia, here it is at Amazon.

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 1:33 AM ET
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Actually, Stardust started out as a comic, or else it started out as a graphic novel, then went to novel, then movie.  I've found the GN at Border's.

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 2:48 PM ET
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My reading friends here in Minnesota told me that I HAD to read a Neil Gaiman book - as this is where he lives now.   So I picked Stardust as my first Neil Gaiman last month.  For the most part, I listened to the audio version, but I have the book also and read parts of it.

This book was pure fantasy, and it's a little hard for me to get into pure fantasy.  But once I did, then I loved the story.  Now I'm eager to see the movie.  I'm glad that they expanded the pirate scenes in the movie, since I thought they were a great group that we didn't get to see much of in the book.

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 5:40 PM ET
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I just read Stardust last month after I finished American Gods also by Gaiman.  I loved it.  Great book by a great writer.  I would have liked to see the end a little bit more expanded.  For example there is no dialog with Tristran and his parents when he returns from his long trip.  I would have liked to see more with that.  It felt rushed.

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 10:27 PM ET
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It started as a storybook-like, heavily illustrated novel - I wouldn't call it a graphic novel because it's all told in prose, with lots of accompanying color illustrations by Charles Vess but no panels or word balloons or what I would consider graphic storytelling  - but it was published by Vertigo, as a four-issue miniseries and then as a graphic novel-sized trade paperback, and Gaiman and Vess are both known for their work in comics, so I can see why it does get referred to as a graphic novel.

Anyway, it's a really charming book and I'd definitely recommend reading it in the illustrated version. Here it is on amazon with some preview pages:

www.amazon.com/Stardust-Romance-Within-Realms-Faerie/dp/156389470X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2

 

Subject: saw the movie first
Date Posted: 6/29/2008 9:28 AM ET
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A lot of people I know who read the book first, didn't like the movie.  But I saw the movie (twice) before reading it, and did like the book.

Seeing the movie first did set my plot expectations and limited my ability to revisualize events in any way other than as portrayed in the movie. But there were enough differences to hold my interest, and to maintain some suspense regarding the ending. I had previously read American Gods and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, and in comparison, this is pretty light-weight. Except for a few sexual scenes, it would be a children's story - and I guess that's part of the fun. These are adult characters in a fable-like plot who might say a little bad word when they break their ankle.