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"A beautiful, memorable work." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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"His finest work yet...prose as smooth as twelve-year-old scotch." St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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"Strange...marvelous...magical." Philadelphia Inquirer

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"A twisting, wondrous tale full of magic." Chicago Tribune

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"[Gaiman] charms again...deftly 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

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"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

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"Gaiman gently borrows from many fine fantasists...but produces something sparkling, fresh, and charming, if not exactly new under the sun. Superb." Booklist

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"Eminently readable — a charming piece of work." Washington Post Book World

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"Stardust is a beautifully written fairy tale for adults (and precocious children) which will refresh even the most deflated sense of wonder. It's a shimmering, shining, iridescent treasure for readers to cherish." Paula Guran, Event Horizon

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"[A]n original and well-written fairy tale....This is a refreshingly creative story with appealing characters that manages to put a new twist on traditional fairy-tale themes." Library Journal

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"[F]resh and original. Though the plot begins with disparate threads, by the end they are all tied together and the picture is complete. The resolution is satisfying and complex, proving that there is more to fairy tales than 'happily ever after.'" School Library Journal

Synopsis:

In the tranquil fields and meadows of long-ago England, there is a small hamlet that has stood on a jut of granite for 600 years. Just to the east stands a high stone wall, for which the village is named. Here, in the hamlet of Wall, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. And here, one crisp October eve, Tristran makes his love a promise — an impetuous vow that will send him through the only breach in the wall, across the pasture...and into the most exhilarating adventure of his life.

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In the sleepy English countryside of decades past, a lovelorn young man steps through a gap in a high stone wall, and into the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

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From the extraordinary imagination of Neil Gaiman — bestselling author of Neverwhere — comes a haunting fable of love, duty and magical lands.

About the Author

Neil Gaiman wrote the award-winning graphic novel series The Sandman, and with Terry Pratchett, the award-winning novel Good Omens. His first book for children, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, illustrated by Dave McKean, hasn't yet won any awards, but was one of Newsweek's Best Children's Books of 1997. Angels & Visitations, a small press story collection, was nominated for a World Fantasy Award and won the International Horror Critics Guild Award for Best Collection, despite not having any horror in it. Well, hardly any. Born in England, he now makes his home in America, in a big dark house of uncertain location where he grows exotic pumpkins and accumulates computers and cats. He is currently at work turning his first novel, Neverwhere, into a film for Jim Henson films.

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nrlymrtl, April 26, 2013 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
Each time I tink Neil Gaiman is going to follow a well traveled story arc, he deviates here and there until you end up with something original and magical all on it’s own. He doesn’t disappoint with this book. In some ways, it is a coming of age book, both Tristran and the star growing and changing by the end. There’s trickery, ships of the sky, and a unicorn. The tale is also sprinkled with every day stuff, such as Tristran taking a shovel with him into the woods to make a little deposit. Such little things help to make the characters, and the experience, real.

As much as I love Gaiman’s work, I do have 2 small issues with this book. Obviously, they don’t break the book for me as I have read it multiple times. It’s good to love some flawed things in your life �" aunties, vases, yourself, and books. So much growing up happens between the lines, and much of it within 6 pages where it isn’t really described. So, while I get to know Tristran as a young man bumbling through life, and then I see him as a young man having made up his mind about several things and gained the confidence to follow through, the in between stuff was left out. The second point is a mild SPOILER: the star goes from being captured by Tristran, to being obligated to be by his side for an unforeseeable amount of time to loving him. I never really got the sense that she fell, totally, utterly, head over heels in love with him. Rather, what started as an intolerable obligation later became a tolerable arrangement. END SPOILER
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onlyoreio, April 17, 2013 (view all comments by onlyoreio)
This by far is my favorite book of all time.
A wonderful telling of a young man's heart's desire that transcends the sane and reality, and explores the bounds of fantasy and nostalgia. A good read on days when you once again need to believe the unbelievable and to tread the path of the imagination. Read it and relive your fairy tale story all over again.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060934712
Author:
Gaiman, Neil
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
England
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Perennial
Publication Date:
June 19, 2001
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.14x5.34x.64 in. .47 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Perennial - English 9780060934712 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A beautiful, memorable work."
"Review" by , "His finest work yet...prose as smooth as twelve-year-old scotch."
"Review" by , "Strange...marvelous...magical."
"Review" by , "A twisting, wondrous tale full of magic."
"Review" by , "[Gaiman] charms again...deftly 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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Gaiman gently borrows from many fine fantasists...but produces something sparkling, fresh, and charming, if not exactly new under the sun. Superb."
"Review" by , "Eminently readable — a charming piece of work."
"Review" by , "Stardust is a beautifully written fairy tale for adults (and precocious children) which will refresh even the most deflated sense of wonder. It's a shimmering, shining, iridescent treasure for readers to cherish."
"Review" by , "[A]n original and well-written fairy tale....This is a refreshingly creative story with appealing characters that manages to put a new twist on traditional fairy-tale themes."
"Review" by , "[F]resh and original. Though the plot begins with disparate threads, by the end they are all tied together and the picture is complete. The resolution is satisfying and complex, proving that there is more to fairy tales than 'happily ever after.'"
"Synopsis" by , In the tranquil fields and meadows of long-ago England, there is a small hamlet that has stood on a jut of granite for 600 years. Just to the east stands a high stone wall, for which the village is named. Here, in the hamlet of Wall, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. And here, one crisp October eve, Tristran makes his love a promise — an impetuous vow that will send him through the only breach in the wall, across the pasture...and into the most exhilarating adventure of his life.
"Synopsis" by , In the sleepy English countryside of decades past, a lovelorn young man steps through a gap in a high stone wall, and into the most unforgettable adventure of his life.
"Synopsis" by , From the extraordinary imagination of Neil Gaiman — bestselling author of Neverwhere — comes a haunting fable of love, duty and magical lands.
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