The book club chose Stardust by Neil Gaiman as a book of the month selection for the month of November. I was able to complete the book before the end of the year. YAY! I say Yay, because lately it’s been quite the challenge to find time to read and make it through a book. This book happened to be one of my favorites from our 2015 list.
Here’s a brief synopsis, courtesy of Goodreads.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
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.
My Review (minor spoilers included)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author takes you into a wonderful journey of the imagination; one filled with unicorns and lion kings, fairies and stars. He weaves the details of the land seamlessly into the story without bogging the reader down with details. Both his characters and his settings are rich in color and life. I love the moods that come with each scene, particularly those showcasing good and evil.
Tristran Thorn was my favorite character. Hands down. From the get-go he exuded goodness and kindness. I couldn’t help but smile at his youthful devotion to young Victoria and the naiveness as he ventured beyond the wall. Young love – often blind or misguided – but honest and fervent. I love the reality woven into that innocent devotion.
His kindness continued on throughout the story and helped him maneuver through each situation. The story, while having fairytale qualities, also had a dark side. Seeing our hero work his way through the dark allowed him to grow as a character. I truly enjoyed going on that journey with him.
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More about the author, Neil Gaiman
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