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Author: Neil Gaiman
In the sleepy English countryside at the dawn of the Victorian Era, life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall--a secluded hamlet so named for an imposing stone barrier that surrounds a fertile grassland. Armed sentries guard the sole gap in the bulwark to keep the inquisitive from wandering through, relaxing their vigil only once e...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061689246
ISBN-10: 0061689246
Publication Date: 1/1/2009
Pages: 288
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 106 ratings
Publisher: HarperTeen
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 6
I read this when it first came out 10 years ago and just reread it in preparation for the motion picture. I think its even better the second time around.. truely feels like a fairy tale. Every paragraph is well written and magical. This is chiefly the tale of a young man setting out on a foolish quest for a fallen star and finding more than he expected. The ending was more bittersweet than I initially remembered too, but maybe thats me getting soft.
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Helpful Score: 5
It's billed as an adult fairy tale, but it is very much like any child's/young adult fantasy journey, except there is one mild sex scene and one use of the F word. It was the type of story that would have appealed to me as a tween, but seems to be written too "young" for something geared toward adults.
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Helpful Score: 3
This book is a great quick read. I love the story (though the movie is pretty true to the book) and the characters do feel well-developed to me. I love how much of the past connects to the present in this story.
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Helpful Score: 2
I am now thinking that I should have read this book before seeing the movie. It is one of the few cases in which the movie actually surpassed the book.

This book is in desperate need of characterization. Everyone seems so flat and unfocused. I understand this could be a result of the shortness of the work, or perhaps it was intentional through the prose. Sadly though because of it I have no care for any of the characters. I am not worried for their safety, their success, or their futures. Thus, I feel like I skimmed huge chunks of the book.

This book could also greatly benefit from a more exciting ending. Talk about anti-climactic. The main villain just gives up, his mother ends up being a haughty creature, you never discover anything further about the fellowship, Tristan just writes off the whole reason for his travels in the first place as if he never really cared to begin with.

I had wanted to read this book the moment I finished watching the movie, and now I wish I hadn't.
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Helpful Score: 2
You don't have to be a Gaiman fan to enjoy this book. It's a quick read, and though it doesn't delve too far past subverting cliches of the fairy tale story, it's a well-written satire on the genre. Guiltless fluff is how I would describe it.
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I had actually seen the movie before reading this book and I'm glad that I did. It gave me a better visual of what happens in the book as sometimes I did feel that the author wasn't descriptive enough. The story is quite good, but as previously mentioned, it could have been more detailed. The blank pages between chapters in order to make is seem a larger book than it actually is was also a bit annoying.
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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, strange things begin to 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 has quite the mind of her own.

Tristran, though, isn't the only one looking for the star. The witch queen and a group of three brothers all want something of it. For these brothers, it's the power she possesses. For the witch, it's her heart.

STARDUST was completely entrancing, charming, and a surprisingly quick read. The star's spunk and Tristran's humanity are both to be admired in this adventurous tale that will make you laugh out loud and break into tears. This is one book not to be missed.

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