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Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess' Stardust: Being a Romance Within The Realms of Faerieby Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess
"Gaiman's all-text version is sure to delight, but as a Charles Vess fan, I prefer to read the illustrated version....To my surprise, Stardust has held up beautifully; if anything, it has eclipsed my memories and gotten better with age." Chris Bolton, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)
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In a Victorian-era tale of magic and romance, young Tristran Thorn falls in love with the town beauty and must go on an incredible coming-of-age journey in order to capture her heart. Living in the small countryside town of Wall, one night Tristran vows to his beloved to retrieve a fallen star that they witnessed crashing down from the heavens. Now to gain his love's hand, he must leave behind his home and embark on a journey that will define the meaning of true love. Told through breathtaking painted illustrations by award-winning artist Charles Vess, this fairytale for adults is a true masterpiece in storytelling.
"Gaiman knows how to make this kind of storytelling look easy. Stardust avoids sounding too precious or knowing, and the prose strikes just the right notes of humor and romance. Vess' generously detailed paintings perfectly capture the beauty, oddness, and terror of Faerie." San Francisco Book Review
"[A]bounds in wonder and lessons....Grounding his narrative in mythic tradition, Gaiman employs exquisitely rich language, natural wisdom, good humor and a dash of darkness to conjure up a fairy tale in the grand tradition." Publishers Weekly
"Eminently readable — a charming piece of work." Washington Post Book World
"Gaiman gently borrows from many fine fantasists...but produces something sparkling, fresh, and charming, if not exactly new under the sun. Superb." Booklist
"[D]eftly written....There are dozens of fantasy writers around reshaping traditional stories, but none with anything like Gaiman's distinctive wit, warmth, and narrative energy. Wonderful stuff, for kids of all ages." Kirkus Reviews
"[O]riginal and well-written....This is a refreshingly creative story with appealing characters that manages to put a new twist on traditional fairy-tale themes." Library Journal
"While the bones of the story...are traditional, Gaiman offers a tale that is fresh and original. Though the plot begins with disparate threads, by the end they are all tied together and the picture is complete." School Library Journal
In the 18-century village of Wall dwells young Tristran Thorn, whose parentage is both human and faerie. This is the tale of Tristran's quest for a fallen star, his crossing into a world beyond the wall, and the discovery of his faerie bloodline. Created in exquisitely crafted prose and fully-painted illustrations by the World Fantasy Award-winning team behind "A Midsummer-Night's Dream," from The Sandman Library.
Neil Gaiman is the NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author of AMERICAN GODS and CORALINE. His other books include the novels ANANSI BOYS, NEVERWHERE and STARDUST (winner of the American Library Association's Alex Awards as one of 2000's top ten adult novels for young adults) and the short fiction collections M IS FOR MAGIC, FRAGILE THINGS and SMOKE AND MIRRORS. With Roger Avary, he is the screenwriter of the motion picture BEOWULF (Paramount, November 2007), directed by Robert Zemeckis. His illustrated novel STARDUST was released as a major motion picture Summer 2007 starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro. With Terry Pratchett, he is the author of the novel GOOD OMENS. He is also the author of the children's books THE WOLVES IN THE WALLS and THE DAY I TRADED MY DAD FOR TWO GOLDFISH. Among his many awards are the Eisner, Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy and the Bram Stoker. Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in the United States.
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Winner of the American Library Award, Mythopoeic Award and World Fantasy Award for Best Artist!
It is here in Wall that young Tristran Thorn loses his heart to the town beauty--a woman who is as cold and distant as the star she and Tristran see fall from the sky on a crisp October evening. To gain the hand of his beloved, Tristran rashly vows to fetch the fallen star and embarks upon a lover's quest that will carry him over the ancient wall and into a world beyond his wildest imagingings...
Now a major motion picture, starring Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeifer, NEIL GAIMAN AND CHARLES VESS'S STARDUST features the New York Times best-selling author (THE SANDMAN) and one of the industry's best illustrators at the height of their creative powers.
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