2008: 3. Stardust


"There was once a young man who wished to gain his Heart's Desire.

And while that is, as beginnings go, not entirely novel (for every tale about every young man there ever was or will be could start in a similar manner) there was much about this young man and what happened to him that was unusual, although he never knew the whole of it."

Stardust, Neil Gaiman

This is a charming little fairy tale, by a man who sometimes writes complex and scary fairy tales.  And the problem is that when I totally enjoyed this novel for the light play on the genre that it is, subsequent to reading this I read two masterpieces by Gaiman, and so, even though on January 7, I would have probably raved about this sweet tale, on retrospect it seems a little thin, given that I know what Gaiman can do.*  Well, this is a long way of saying that I loved, loved, reading Sandman (watch this space).  But it is a little unfair to Stardust, because Stardust is a sweet little story.  It's not as sharply written as either the Sandman comics or American Gods - but I could say the same of Neverwhere - these were his first novels, I think, and maybe that shows a bit.  And even if the writing isn’t perfect (or rather, isn’t as good as what comes after), the imagination, the plotting, the ideas can’t be beat - the mind of Neil Gaiman is a crazy charming lovely place, and I’d read about anything he writes.  And this is a sweet little book - a fairy tale with a modern sensibility.  And after you read it, you can go see the equally sweet movie, which is fun too.  And, then you can go read the Sandman, and American Gods and be wowed.

Recommended for: People who love fairy tales, and modern versions and imaginative stories and sweet stories

* Which is silly, cause I already knew that when I read this, and it didn't bother me.  See e.g., American Gods.

Date/Place Completed: 1/7/08; D.C.

Categories: Fiction

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