Stardust and the Rest of the Year’s Best


I finished reading Neil Gaiman’s Stardust just in time for the end of the year.  After finishing this book, I can say I read 23 books this year, which is nearly 2 a month — not too shabby.

Stardust is the story of Tristran Thorn, the child of a Dunstan Thorn of Wall, a Victorian village in England that just happens to border the realm of Faerie, where Tristran journeys to retrieve a falling star to win the love of Victoria Forrester.  Along the way, he meets many other interesting characters, some of whom are in search of the star for less noble purposes.  The star, who is called Yvaine, has a stone which can determine who will be the next Lord of Stormhold and a heart that will provide the Lilim, three witch sisters, with enough years to help them survive into the next age.

I enjoyed this book, but it has some fairly significant differences from the movie, which I also liked.  For one thing, the ending was much more dramatic in the movie, although I liked the last conversation between Yvaine and the Witch Queen in the book; I don’t believe this conversation takes place in the movie.  I really do like Gaiman’s writing style, which is humorous and whimsical and reminds me very much of J.K. Rowling’s style, which I hope he would consider to be a compliment.

I posted a list of the books I have read and linked them to my reviews in a previous post.  Of those books, the ones I enjoyed most were the following:

My first book of the new year will be The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.


6 thoughts on “Stardust and the Rest of the Year’s Best

  1. I hope you find some more time in 2009 for your reading, and please make Orwell's Coming Up for Air one of the ones you write up on here. All the best for the New Year!

  2. And on a more practical note, your Spam Karma plugin was throwing up some odd errors whilst posting the previous comment.

    1. Thanks for letting me know about that. I'll disable it and see how it works out. I will eventually finish Coming Up for Air and review it. I tend to review almost every book I read here.

  3. You are inspiration! After reading your previous blog on your 2009 reads, I thought…"I should do this"…so I did. Now have a new blog Thanks to you!

    Happy New Year…and keep inspiring all of us!

  4. Hello. I was just looking up Twilight reviews and ran into your site. I liked your comparison between Twilight and junk food.

    I enjoyed Stardust, though the movie was better in my opinion. I love the illustrations and the humor, but I didn't like the characters very much in the book. Captain Shakespeare also made the movie much more fun.

    I've enjoyed your reviews, and I will probably be back for reading suggestions. Thanks!

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