Friday, February 12, 2010

Big Book Read #4

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Pages 333

Stardust is the story of Tristran Thorn and his adventures from the small town of Wall through the land of Faerie and back again. Tristan left on a quest to recover a fallen star for his true love but didn’t quite get what he had expected. Gaiman has turned the traditional fairy tale on its head with a word and what follows is something both familiar yet entirely unique.

For any one familiar with Gaiman’s work you will know that he’s a writer with seemingly limitless imagination and a great sense of humor. This story doesn’t disappoint. Tristran’s journey through Faerie is full of adventure, danger and fun. Along the way he meets his fallen star, a unicorn, an evil witch and a sky captain who fishes for lightening, just to name a few. Ultimately, this story is about the pursuit of love. It is a fairy tale for grown-ups and its well...magical!

This book could easily be finished in one sitting and I recommend you do. I found that as soon as I picked it up I was hesitant to put it back down again. The characters are so well done that you feel as if you can hear them speaking to you from the pages and Gaiman has created the world of Faerie in such a way that you can smell the air and feel the wind on your face. You are completely drawn into the world he has created.

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