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Most Helpful Favorable Review

37 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

Enthralling

I was given this book as a gift and had it for two years before I actually read it. I fell in love with it. The book is what spurred me on to see the movie. Although, I enjoyed the movie; had I not read the book first I would not have been able to follow the movie ne...
I was given this book as a gift and had it for two years before I actually read it. I fell in love with it. The book is what spurred me on to see the movie. Although, I enjoyed the movie; had I not read the book first I would not have been able to follow the movie nearly as well as I did. Even after seeing the movie, I have to say that I much prefer the book. I don't care to have a movie make my choices for me. I'd rather stretch my imagination. The book will take any one with an active and appreciative imagination on a wild ride. I find Neil Gaiman to be a top notch author who knows how to intrigue the discerning reader. There is no need for hot steamy sexual encounters to guage the romantic levels of a story - it's all in the mind. Mr. Gaiman knows how to engage the mind. Just as in real life, in this story; the romance is there if you as a reader know how to find it. This book was a refreshing change from the "in-your-face" blatant sexuality of today's romance novels and the bloody gore of today's murder mysteries. Don't get me wrong; in an entertainment venue I enjoy sex and violence just like the rest of the general populace. But sometimes it's fun to take a step back and enjoy some innocent fun. Mr. Gaiman delivers it all and more.

posted by An_Avid_Fan on September 15, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Fell Short :/

I saw the movie Stardust, starring Claire Danes and Robert De Niro before I realized this was a book. Once I discovered this movie came from a written story I decided I had to read it, because I loved the movie so much! Sadly, the story fell short for me. I managed to g...
I saw the movie Stardust, starring Claire Danes and Robert De Niro before I realized this was a book. Once I discovered this movie came from a written story I decided I had to read it, because I loved the movie so much! Sadly, the story fell short for me. I managed to get about 3/4 of the way through before I decided I already knew the ending and could bare to put it down to start something new. I have a hefty library, and I'm attempting to get through most of the books I have so it wasn't a hard decision. The book just seemed to drag on forever. I got about half-way through before Tristan ever found the star and from then on the story just seemed to move slower. I found it hard to concentrate on the book and managed to find many other things to distract myself with instead of finishing the story. It was almost as if I were forcing myself through a school required book. Don't get me wrong, the writing is beautiful, intelligent and almost poetic, but the pace of the plot does no justice to the writer's excellent vocabulary and descriptive nature. In the long run, watching the movie will do more justice to this story than reading the book.

posted by anna-b on August 8, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    goof Good

    It was good, but not the best story i have evrr read. The movie was definitly better, but this is a cute short story.

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  • Posted December 2, 2008

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    Terrific Fairy Tale

    terrific Story, better than the Movie by far !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2007

    a good story

    i had a good inside story in it but a little slow overall it was a good book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2007

    Good - not great

    I guess I was expecting a little more after seeing the movie, and for that I was disappointed. But then I read the book for what it was, and it was still very good. Worth reading, but it might disappoint some movie-goers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2005

    awesome

    I'd bought this book via internet last January with a gift card and had been meaning to read it but i got very distarcted with all those other books out there. I was very sad i had waited. Stardust is an awesome book, and took sveral twists i didn't think would happen. There is something very unusuall about this book that kept me interested. It wasn't his writing but the way he wove the story so it seemed like a regualr faeiry tale, but different. Igf you haven't read it. You should. And don't wait months and months like i did. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2005

    Good but a problem

    I had a wonderful time reading this book. I only had one tiny problem with it. The characters seemed a bit under developed. There were many characters and it seemed as though they were all trying to fight for the spotlight. Other than that the book was great. The plot was complex and interesting and I never guessed the end until I reached it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2004

    I loved this story...

    I read this book in about a day and a half! I loved the beautifully described characters and the idea of a fairy world just beyond our own. I found myself wanting to go to the fairy market, and to sit on a cloud with Tristan and the star. A very fun book for anyone who enjoys a journey into the mystic...

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