Published by HarperTeen on February 1, 1999
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Catch a fallen star...
Tristan Thorn promised to bring back a fallen star. So he sets out on a journey to fulfill the request of his beloved, the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester - and stumbles into the enchanted realm that lies beyond the wall of his English country town. Rich with adventure and magic, Stardust is one of master storyteller Neil Gaiman's most beloved tales, and the inspiration for the hit movie.
To start with a bit of a disclaimer: I am not a fan of fantasy books, but this was our February book club pick and that’s why I read it. Given how fantasy like it is it is not a book I would have picked up on my own (which is the point of all the book club picks).
In the book Tristan goes chasing after a fallen star which he finds out to be a girl. I thought this was a cool and different idea and made things a bit more fun than just searching for a fallen star would be.
However this is where things went downhill for me. I was pretty lost and confused throughout the whole book. There were so many things that just didn’t make sense and it didn’t seem to flow very well either. We jumped from one thing to another and only half the things were explained. It was like Gaiman took a whole bunch of things, threw them in a pot and stirred it up without any thought of whether or not they would go together.
Tristan’s journey was just ok for me, probably because I was lost half the time. There were some funny things that happened to him, but mostly I just thought it was weird.
- Tristan: the main character, the man on a quest. I didn’t like him, but I didn’t dislike him either. He wasn’t the brightest character and could be quite rude at times. His obsession with finding the star was also a bit annoying.
- The Fallen Star: Tristan is looking for the fallen star to bring back to the girl he loves to prove his love. The Fallen star plays a large part in the story but I can’t really say what happens because of spoilers.
- All the secondary characters: There are so many! Tristan meets a lot of people on his way. It was kind of Wizard of Oz-ish this way, except a way different group of people that he meets. Most of these people were very strange, but it shouldn’t be that surprising given that he was in an enchanted world and not his own.
Neil Gaiman narrates Stardust himself, which is pretty cool. I’m sure that not every author has the voice for it, but he definitely did. It was easy to tell the different characters apart and his voice is quite melodic.
The movie was a million times better. Most of the girls in book club who saw the movie did not have the same issues with the book that I did. Once I watched the movie it all came together and even though fantasy is still not my cup of tea, I did really enjoy the movie. The movie also had a different ending, which I also liked a lot better.
The Best Quote
“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.”
If you like fantasy I feel that you’ll definitely like Stardust. If you aren’t a fantasy fan than proceed with caution. And maybe watch the movie first so you know what’s going on!