‘Stardust’ Book Review


Author: Neil Gaiman

Plot: When a young man in the village of Wall makes a promise to his beloved that he will retrieve for her a fallen star he travels to the world of Faire and begins an unusual adventure.

Review: Neil Gaiman has a short but rich bibliography that encompasses novels for different ages, short stories, comics and picture books. ‘Stardust’ is a novel aimed at younger readers than most of his novels, but that isn’t to say that people of all ages won’t find something to enjoy about it. Tristan Thorne is the protagonist and a whirlwind of other characters and creatures follow their own paths, all in some way influenced by the star, and only occasionally crossing paths with Thorne. For the reader this means that the pace is always quick as the author flits between multiple characters and locales.

Gaiman possesses a rare talent in creating oddball worlds and characters. More removed from reality than ‘American Gods’ or ‘Sandman’, the world of Faire feels more like Wonderland than anything else. It exists with rules that almost feel as though they bend to the whim of the characters without every completely feeling like chaos. The Matthew Vaughn directed adaptation is also worth a look if you don’t mind that they’ve taken some liberties.

Older readers may suffer from flashbacks to time in their school library, but whilst most fantasy books aimed at a younger reader can be best described as trite this is a rich, well imagined story will plenty of heart. It’s an excellent opportunity to lose yourself in this story for a few hours, especially if you remember reading ‘Narnia’ as a youngling.

If you haven’t yet read anything by Gaiman you’re something of a fool. Go pick one up. Right now. Now.

It also features a lion kicking the snot out of a unicorn, in case you needed further recommendation.