Davey929, July 7, 2008 (view all comments by Davey929)
As always with Neil Gaiman, he takes an old idea, changes one or two pieces, and makes it utterly his own. Even if you've seen the movie (which, I was surprised to find, was just as good as the book), read Neil Gaiman's story. You'll see everything in a completely new way in this picture book for adults.
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pebbeb, November 15, 2007 (view all comments by pebbeb)
As with everything he does, Neil Gaiman gives a new twist to folklore and myth in this wonderful story. He takes what could easily be a typical story that deals with Faerie but with his cleverness and humor he makes his tale entirely original. To top the whole book off are the vividly imaginative illustrations by Charles Vess, who is a modern day Rackham. The whole thing would make Lord Dunsany proud.
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"Review A Day"
by Chris Bolton, Powells.com,
"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." (read the entire Powells.com review)
by San Francisco Book Review,
"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."
by Publishers Weekly,
"[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."
by Washington Post Book World,
"Eminently readable — a charming piece of work."
"Gaiman gently borrows from many fine fantasists...but produces something sparkling, fresh, and charming, if not exactly new under the sun. Superb."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"[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."
by Library Journal,
"[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."
by School 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."
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.
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