At long last I finally had a chance to get introduced to Neil Gaiman. For quite a while I wanted to read Stardust, after having found out the movie of the same name was based on a book.
As is always the case, the film world took some creative liberties, embellishing some parts and reworking others. But this is about the book, not the movie.
Uncertain of what to expect, I still found myself thinking the book seemed almost more suited for children, with the exception of a couple adult scenes. That didn’t bother me, in fact, it was a little reminiscent of some classics (I’m thinking C.S. Lewis, whom Gaiman actually mentions in his acknowledgments). However, while reading it, I must say, there were several adventures Tristran Thorn had that felt a little glossed over. The book could easily have been a hundred or even two hundred pages longer. But, perhaps Gaiman was intentionally writing a quick read.
As I said, the book is reminiscent of some of the classics, complete with talking trees and a few talking animals, witches and magic. It’s also a classic story of a quest to win a lady’s heart, wherein the hero realizes perhaps his love isn’t actually his true love.
Tristran Thorn sets out from his town of Wall in search of a fallen star that landed in the magical land of Faerie. What he finds, however, is not what he bargained for, and his quick trip takes quite a bit longer than he anticipated. In the course of his journeying, Tristran finds himself, in keeping with the style of many adventure stories.
I thoroughly enjoyed my introduction to Gaiman’s work, and I am interested in reading some of his others. If they are written in a similar style, it will be a quick and interesting way to squeeze in an extra book now and again.