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In the sleepy English countryside, at the dawn of the Victorian era, the pursuit of a fallen star sends a lovelorn young man over the city wall and into another reality.
Publisher: New York : HarperEntertainment, [c2007]
ISBN: 9780061240485
Characteristics: 336, 16 p., [8] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 19 cm.
Alternative Title: Star dust


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Dec 22, 2018

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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.

laurauk May 04, 2017

13+ Set in an enchanted England, Stardust is a beautifully written magical tale of love and adventure.

Jan 09, 2017

This is one of those rare times where I would not recommend a Neil Gaiman book. I had no idea there was a movie, but you might want to check out that instead. The book was just okay. I don't really recommend it unless you want to read every Gaiman book ever. I do, which made me read this. However, there weren't enough surprises for me (especially considering the author) to exceed my average expectations. It was a nice effort and if it were anybody else writing it I would have probably been more lenient. But as is, it just blends in with the crowd.

May 11, 2016

This is a book my 8th grade Language Arts class read together in class. After we read the book I let them watch the DVD. They enjoyed the fiction tremendously,... a great break from all the non-fiction required now with Common Core.

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Nov 26, 2014

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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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