Stardust – Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman has spent his adult life making things up and writing them down. He lives more in America than he does anywhere else. He has written books and films and children’s books and television. He has a blog over at http://www.neilgaiman.com. He’s won more than his fair share of literary awards, was voted twenty-first equal on a recent poll of Great British Authors, and has no idea where he put his keys.

The book in one sentence: A star has fallen and many are desperate to get ahold of her, but her true love beat the odds!

Who would you recommend it to: Adults who would like to read an adult fairy tale. Err, adult fairy tale does not necessarily mean it contains sexy bits… there are a little bit of that, though. 😉

OK bits: The way Gaiman writes his prose is enchanting.

Boring bits: Some parts where it differed from the movie – Captain Shakespeare is for sure more entertaining than Captain Alderic. Didn’t really like the ending too, but it’s purely my personal taste that fairy tales should have happy endings.

Random review quote:

“Gaiman is, simply put, a treasure-house of story and we are lucky to have him” — Stephen King

Verdict: I watched the movie first before reading the book, and I tend to like the version that I encounter first when it comes to book-versus-film. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading this. I definitely prefer the movie, but this book is pretty good stuff too!

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. wvbocere
    Dec 29, 2007 @ 07:52:36

    Wow,that is so funny that you had this review up!

    This book is required in a course I am taking next semester and I thought it looked interesting!

    Thanks for your comments on my blog!

    nylusmilk: what a coincidence then. 🙂 you’re going to enjoy the course with this book as part of the syllabus! i’m jealous. 😛

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  2. Alabaster Crippens
    Dec 29, 2007 @ 16:39:08

    For the record, I’m with you one whichever coming first being the better one. But I read the book first.

    Anyway, I seriously reccomend you seek out the illustrated edition with Charles Vess, it brings out a couple of the cool things in the book that were missed in the movie. Plus I like sad endings, especially the one in this book, because it ain’t really sad, it’s just…..right.

    Very tao.

    Neil Gaiman went on record saying that some of the stuff he put in there was just because he wanted to see how Vess would draw it. The fight between the Lion and the Unicorn being critical, and one of the best bits missing from the film (because it would be unfilmable…of course).

    Anyway, just thought I’d mention it.

    Peas.

    nylusmilk: i’d love to read the illustrated book but it’ll cost me a bomb! 😦 i might try going to the bookshop to read it though. well, it’s obvious i love happy endings, which is why i prefer the movie. that, and the cute actor… *drools* 😛

    uh, why would it be unfilmable? i’m probably being quite dense here.

    carrots. 😉

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  3. thepocket
    Dec 30, 2007 @ 08:05:40

    I loved the movie, it was fairytale enough for children but also had elements that made it enjoyable for adults.

    There are certain books where the movie is as good if not better than the story but I don’t like comparing them. With a book you have to find the emotions within and believe what you are reading, whereas a movie tells you what you are meant to feel and the story is just handed to you.

    I really like your blog.

    nylusmilk: i agree about the fairy tale bit! i think it’s inevitable that book and movie will be compared when the movie is based on the book. of course there will be differences because a book is a vision of the author, and a movie a vision of the director. i especially like the movie because gaiman himself altered the script from the book in a way that pleases the target audience and reveal the extent of his creativity and flexibility!

    thank you for the compliment! 🙂

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  4. Alabaster Crippens
    Dec 31, 2007 @ 07:43:03

    Not quite unfilmable, just impossible to make look right (I imagine). I mean, how do you show an action sequence that’s a lion and unicorn ripping each other to bits. Just dress up a horse and let him stab a lion in the heart?

    Erm…I didn’t just say that. But I don’t think even Computer graphics could make it look right (plus it would be pretty horrible…and people like lions).

    Anyway,I seem to remember picking up a paperback illustrated edition for not much, but that was before the film piqued interest, so it might be harder now.

    Happy hunting anyway.

    nylusmilk: i don’t know, i still think it doesn’t sound that controversial! but that’s just me i guess. 😛

    not so much hunting as hoping to stumble. :mrgreen:

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