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Overview Living in a Victorian countryside town overshadowed by an imposing stone barrier, Tristran is compelled to retrieve a fallen star for the woman he loves and crosses to the wondrous other side of the barrier, where he encounters dangerous rivals for the star.
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NEIL GAIMAN is the bestselling author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio, theatre and films for children and adults alike. His work received many international awards, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals, as well as Hugos, two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, four Bram Stoker Awards, six Locus Awards, and countless other honors. He is a pillar of modern fantasy writing. He has said that the story of Hansel and Gretel is what made him want to be a writer. LORENZO MATTOTTI is an Italian comics and graphic artist living in Paris. A frequent contributor of covers for The New Yorker, he's recognized as one of the most outstanding international exponents of comics art. Mattotti won an Eisner Award for his graphic novel Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. He collaborated with Lou Reed in re-imaging Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven.
Neil Gaiman currently resides in the state of Minnesota.
Reviews - What do customers think about STARDUST (Roca Editorial Novela)?
An odd little book Aug 2, 2008
Much less dark than Gaiman's first full-novel, Neverwhere: A Novel, Stardust is essentially a satirical take on classic fairy tales.
Starting in the village of Wall, which is seperated from the world of Fairie by a simple row of stacked stone, the young hero crosses into the fantastic and forbidden realm in search of a fallen star to give to his love. Along the way he will learn the secret of his family history, encoutner creatures and people who seem to ahve stepped out of the imagination.
I didn't like this book as much as I liked Neverwhere, but it moves along quickly and is a lot of fun. Perhaps its greatest flaw is that it never builds a head of momentum like Neverwhere does, so the ending comes rather abruptly, which, in retrospect, might be the point. I highly recommend the Stardust: Being A Romance Within the Realms of Faerie, as images add a life to the prose that seems rather pedestrian compared to some of Gaiman's more epic works.
The Compulsive Reader's Reviews Jul 23, 2008
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, mysterious things 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. But Tristran isn't the only one looking for the star. The witch queen and a group of three brothers all want something of the star. For these brothers, it's the power she possesses. For the witch, it's her heart.
Stardust was completely entrancing, and 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 outloud and break into tears. Stardust is not to be missed.
Loved this book Jul 14, 2008
Loved this book. Very well written and not something you'll be disappointed with by the end. Read the book about 2 days after I saw the movie for the first time. Have to say though, I actually liked the movie a bit better. There were some things changed and added for the movie (like captain Shakespeare) that would have been nice if they had actually been in the book. But keep in mind that when I say I liked the movie better, it's only by a little bit. This book is still a great read especially if you're like me and you still love fairy tales.
Showing that not every story has completely been told. Jun 25, 2008
The movie was wonderful, so naturally... the next logical thing to do was read the book. While I felt the movie had some parts that were better... the book told more of the story, and felt like a more grand adventure, than just a crazy weekend.
You'll Get Lost In This Fantastic Tale! Jun 19, 2008
This was a fabulous fairytale that immediately brought to mind The Princess Bride by William Goldman because it's a very quirky tale with something for everyone. It's got fantasy, adventure, mystery, romance, swordplay, fighting, witches, and more. The main character Tristran Thorn is an extremely likable nice guy who has got a bit of luck on his side.
I listened to the audio book which was read by the author himself and thought he did a marvelous job. He's got this soft lilting British accent which is perfect for the story.
Younger readers may be warned of a few dirty bits but otherwise it is a tale that young and old would enjoy.