Monday, 14 March 2016

Review: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Title: Stardust
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Headline Review
Pages: 214
Genres: Fantasy

Stardust

Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall - named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy meadow. Here, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester and for the coveted prize of her hand, Tristran vows to retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends him over the ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining...
The story in Stardust is very strange. Tristran Thorn sets off through a gap in a wall to the land of faerie, to obtain a fallen star in which to impress his crush with the hopes that she will marry him. There is a lot of adventure, mythical creatures, witches and murder. Tristran is unlikeable at times and I felt like the side characters had a lot more interest and substance to them.

At its heart, this is a dark fairy-tale written for adults but the ending is very anti-climatic and felt weak. I loved how all the different threads of the story converged, I really liked the gore, and the strangeness of the faerie world. The ending though, I was left feeling so underwhelmed and in fact, the latter half of the book felt rushed. There was a certain death that I felt really upset by and absolutely hated!

All in all, Stardust was full of lots of tantalising detail that was never expanded upon and the ending felt rushed and anti-climatic. I really enjoyed the dark and adult nature of the story though - some of the characters really leaped off of the page. I hate to say this but, I strongly preferred the movie version.


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