Neil Gaiman is a pro at creating interesting worlds in his books that make them hard to put down. American Gods and Anansi Boys are some of my all-time favorites, so I wanted to venture into some of his other work. I finally grabbed Stardust knowing very little besides that it was made into a movie met with decent reviews. Overall I found the book to just be mediocre but see why some would absolutely love Stardust. I believe it still has the Neil Gaiman touch of humor and dialogue, I just don’t have much of an affinity for this genre.
Stardust boils down to a love story about a “man” named Tristan who falls in love with the prettiest girl in his town of Wall. While speaking to her for the first time, Tristan proposes to Victoria who rejects the offer and will not kiss him (obviously.) While walking home, they both notice a shooting star which Victoria proclaims to Tristan to find said shooting star and she will do whatever he pleases. He of course accepts and goes on a journey to find the star. Now obviously a series of events happen that I did find interesting. The book is short but packed with plot points that keep it moving along and never falters or becomes boring. Plenty of interesting characters are also present and help flesh out the narrative.
Stardust is a good book, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It’s a short read which makes it even more of a recommendation from me as I’m someone who prefers shorter books due to time I have set aside for reading.
I give Stardust 3 dead brother ghosts out of 5.
“I just want you to know,’ said the girl, coldly, ‘that whoever you are and whatever you intend with me, I shall give you no aid of any kind, nor shall I assist you, and I shall do whatever is in my power to frustrate your plans and devices.’ And then she added, with feeling, ‘Idiot.”