Pointless, really…”Do the stars gaze back?” Now that’s a question.”
How in the world did it take me so long to pick this up? Believe it or not, this is the first book from Neil Gaiman I have read at all. I know, I know. I have no answer for how that is possible. And I now regret every single minute I spent not knowing how brilliant he is. Needless to say, Stardust as well as Mr. Gaiman himself, have become quick favorites.
The story follows young Tristan Thorn, who lives in a small village named Wall. The special thing about Wall, and where it happened to get it’s name, is that the charge of the men in the town is the stand post at a gap in a small stone wall that acts as the border between their world, and the world of faerie. The only time that the two worlds meet is at a market, every nine years. It was at one of the markets that Dunstan Thorn, Tristan’s father, met a faerie woman and made some rash decisions which consequently left him with a son nine months later.
Tristan, however, is unaware of the story of his birth even though it seems that everyone else seems to know. Maybe they though he did and was embarrassed about it so they never brought it up? I don’t know. Tristan falls in love with a girl named Victoria, who promises him whatever his little heart desires if he travels across the wall to obtain a falling star that they both witnessed and bring it back to her. Thus begins Tristan’s adventure into the whimsical world of Faerie in search of a star and finds out the truth of himself along the way.
First off, the way in which Gaiman writes is beautiful. It is ridiculous, nonsensical at times, and absolutely brilliant. I picked up Stardust on Audible as something to listen to as I went to bed, and ended up listening to it in the car, and at work, and at the gym. I was addicted. The best part was that it was read by Gaiman, who I could listen to read the dictionary and be entertained. I highly recommend purchasing this as an audiobook, just for his hilarious voices.
The world that he created as Faerie makes no sense, and perfect sense at the same time. Everything is so ridiculous, but it is written as if it is the most normal thing in the world. It is hard to describe, but by the end of the first chapter you will know exactly what I am talking about!
The secondary characters in Stardust were also wonderful. Yvaine is snarky and sassy and I fully support that. The brothers were also hilarious, especially after they were dead. I also really enjoyed the little hairy man. There was a lot of truth in those ridiculous things that he said and did, and he really held a lot of the story together.
I highly recommend reading this book, as well as anything written by Neil Gaiman. Yeah, I do realize that I myself have only read this one book from him so far, but I fell 100 percent confident in recommending everything he has ever written… ever.
I have already picked up Neverwhere, and look forward to becoming addicted to it as well!