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Stardust – Neil Gaiman

Title: Stardust

Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Fantasy

Plot: In England, there is a city called Wall. Named that because the city lies next to a wall. The wall divides England from Faire (a land of magical creatures). The story follows Dunstan and Tristran Thorn, father and son. At a market happens every 9 years, Dunstan meets a pretty servant girl. They have a night of passion that leads to the birth of Tristran. The story changes view points to follow Tristran. His heart pines for Victoria. He promises that he will get her a fallen star. He grows up knowing little of his heritage. Victoria grants him his heart’s desire. Off Tristran goes on an adventure in the land of Faire. There he meets many people and creatures that help or hinder him on his quest to find the fallen star. Others are seeking the star as well. But upon finding the star, he sees that the star is actually a person, Yvanne. The hardest part is bringing her back to the village of Wall. They meet more people who wish them harm and others who want to help them. Will Tristran and Yvanne make it back to Wall? What will happen to Yvanne if she crosses the wall? What is Tristran’s true heritage? Who is his mother?

Rating: 3.4 – a quick, easy, fun read

Opinion: This was a fun read. It took me a few pages to get into Neil Gaiman’s writing style. I do enjoy his style and plan on reading more of his books. It was a fun book to read. It was an easy read, but good. Neil Gaiman’s style of writing is unique and interesting. I enjoyed his style. Stardust was made into a movie. I watched the movie first. The movie used some of the exact quotes from the books, which made me happy. The movie also follows the book fairly well. But it Hollywood’s the ending. The book has a more realistic ending. I probably would’ve enjoyed the ending more if I had read the book first. One of my favorite parts of the movie is cut short in the book. But if you’re looking for a fun, quick read, and a great fantasy, I’d highly recommend this book.

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