Hopelessly crossed in love, a boy of half-fairy parentage leaves his mundane Victorian-English village on a quest for a fallen star in the magical realm. The star proves to be an attractive woman with a hot temper, who plunges with our hero into adventures featuring witches, the lion and the unicorn, plotting elf-lords, ships that sail the sky, magical transformations, curses whose effects rebound, binding conditions with hidden loopholes and all the rest. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
This is the second Neil Gaiman book that I have read and I was really hoping I’d love it since I enjoyed the movie quite a bit and he seems to be such a well-loved author. I would say 90% of the time even if I see the movie first, I like the book better, but this was not one of those times. I couldn’t really get into it.
The book felt like it was “The Princess Bride” (particularly with the consciously-chosen clichés) from an alternate universe with more explicit sex scenes and violence. I almost want to recommend the book for a younger audience, but it wouldn’t quite be appropriate so it’s a bit of an odd situation. I can see how this could be a light “fun” read for adults if the fantasy genre wasn’t so well-developed, but I feel like there are a lot of better options out there. Much like “American Gods”, I felt like Gaiman was trying to provide some deeper meanings, but it didn’t come through as well in “Stardust”. Perhaps Gaiman is just not for me!
Warning: Contains sexual content and violence.
Rating: 3 stars!
Who should read it? MEH. I liked the movie better. *gasp*