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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

Publisher: New York : Spike, 1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780380977284
Characteristics: 238 p. ; 25 cm


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WPL_Erin Mar 04, 2021

One of my favourites! Wonderfully magical.

Feb 16, 2020

The book was okay but the movie is a lot better.

ArapahoeTina Aug 01, 2019

This charming and whimsical book has a few dark edges, but is mostly a fantastic journey led by the expert guide of all things weird and fanciful, Mr. Neil Gaiman. If you love a modern fairy tale and aren't afraid when thing get a little macabre, give this a go.

Dec 22, 2018

Review Bias Warning:

I actually love the movie much more - so much more. I mean truly and it's because the love story is much more prominent in the movie. It's turned into much more of a romantic fantasy adventure. I also watched the movie first.

However, I loved that the details about Christian's mother (the princess) were so much richer and fuller in the book. Each character got their own individual back story, yet somehow the characters seemed weak. The world building though - wow - fantastic - and I should have known it would be that way because Mr. Gaiman is excellent on the world-building front.

Spoiler: Listen, though. I really love the love in the movie, the star ended up all alone in this and on top of that I think they fell out of love in the end - it the most depressing passing of time way. Like they just got bored with each other - what's up with that.

Third time was a charm! What a wonderful book! I’d read American Gods and I didn’t get it, and the first Sandman graphic novel was too scary for me. Stardust was just right, beautifully written. Lovely novel about a boy seeking a fallen star in the name of love. There is a movie too, but I think I’ll stick with the book. (submitted by JF)

Dec 23, 2017

I was actually able to finish this book in one sitting!! It may have seemed mighty, and it was, but it sure was interesting right from beginning to the end. I was borrowing this book off a friend who was adamant on getting me to read it, and I guess I'm pretty glad I did. Through the ups and downs and plot twists all around, there were many underlying morals that I am sure readers of any age can learn from. I was a tiny bit confused at times but in the end, everything made sense and I marvel at how the author was able to twist everything together.
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

rtalps Oct 11, 2017

My favorite Neil Gaiman book so far. A timeless tale of love and magic, Gaiman creates such a fantastic world filled with great creatures and villians. Highly recommend the audio as well -- Gaiman reads it!

Oct 02, 2017

The movie is much better than the book. I found the latter anti-climatic and rushed.

Aug 07, 2017

Truly a delightful and fun read! I can't wait to watch the movie!

May 21, 2017

While the narrative mostly follows Tristran, I found myself feeling bad for fallen star Yvaine most of the time! The book follows vivid and strange characters as they travel through a vivid and strange world.

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ArapahoeTina Nov 21, 2019

“Anyone who believes what a cat tells him deserves all he gets.”

ArapahoeTina Nov 21, 2019

“Every lover is, in his heart, a madman, and, in his head, a minstrel.”

ArapahoeTina Nov 21, 2019

“Have been unavoidably detained by the world. Expect us when you see us.”

May 22, 2014

“She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.”
― Neil Gaiman, Stardust

Aug 31, 2011

"They have said that the Lilim were dead before now, but they have always lied. The squirrel has not yet found the acorn that will grow into the oak that will be cut to form the cradle of the babe who will grow to slay me."

Nov 23, 2009

"Because," announced Tristran, "every lover is in his heart a madman, and in his head a minstrel."


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EPLPicks_Teen Mar 22, 2010

Tristran Thorn falls in love with the prettiest girl in town. She says she'll marry him if he finds find the falling star they both watched streak across the night sky, so he heads out into the perilous land of faerie, where not everything is what it appears.

FavouriteFiction Oct 29, 2009

Tristran Thorn makes a promise to bring back a fallen star and lands himself in an adventure involving a magic ruby, witches and the quest for the throne of a magic kingdom.

The 2007 film based on this novel stars Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro.


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Feb 07, 2018

Sexual Content: Somewhat detailed sexual acts occur a couple times in the book

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