Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Review: Stardust

Old fashioned books were never really a favorite.

Summary Of The Book(No spoilers, of course!):
In the sleepy English countryside at the dawn of the Victorian Era, life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall--a secluded hamlet so named for an imposing stone barrier that surrounds a fertile grassland. Armed sentries guard the sole gap in the bulwark to keep the inquisitive from wandering through, relaxing their vigil only once every nine years, when a market fair unlike any other in the world of men comes to the meadow. Here in Wall, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to beautiful Victoria Forester. But Victoria is cold and distant--as distant, in fact, as the star she and Tristran see fall from the sky on a crisp October evening. For the coveted prize of Victoria's hand, Tristran vows to retrieve the fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends the lovelorn swain over the ancient wall, and propels him into a world that is strange beyond imagining. But Tristran is not the only one seeking the heavenly jewel. There are those for whom it promises youth and beauty, the key to a kingdom, and the rejuvenation of dark, dormant magics. And a lad compelled by love will have to keep his wits about him to succeed and survive in this secret place where fallen stars come in many guises--and where quests have a way of branching off in unexpected directions, even turning back upon themselves in space and in time. Neil Gaiman works his unique literary magic in new and dazzling ways in Stardust, a novel that will shine in the heart and memory far beyond the turning of its final page.

REVIEW(No spoilers)
Classic, old-fashioned, whatever you wanna call it, I'm not interested. Yes, most people find them fascinating. But I can't really get into them. Maybe when I'm older, I'll re-read this one again, but I think I like the movie better than the book. The book was ok and I could figure out what was going on but I barely finished it. I have another classic I'm going to try, Animal Farm. Many of you might know this one :) I should finish it by next week, no promises!! Anyway, I like Trystan, but I was thinking maybe Gaiman should have wrote a prequel(you know, those books telling what happened before what happens in the stories you read today) for Stardust. One explaining Trystan's growing up from a young boy, to now. At the beginning of the story, he didn't really give a long enough prequel to satisfy me. I'm going to try a couple more of his books, so far I've read Stardust(dislike) and Coraline(like), to see what else I can find on whether I like him or not. I have Neverwhere right now, but can't get myself to start reading it. It's driving me insane!! What are your thoughts on his books?
If you liked Stardust, you just might like The Princess Bride by William Goldman

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