I'm a bit late for Weekly Geeks this week and that is because I wanted to do Stardust as part of my post. I'll explain in a moment.
This WG is all about reviewing. I think I laid out my reviewing format in this post I did: How To Write a Review.
The next part of WG was to write a review using another blogger's format. I've been reading books for Dewey's Reading Challenge and Stardust by Neil Gaiman was my last book. I decided to review it in Dewey's format. Dewey's review is pretty funny. She didn't think too much of Clare Danes. I have to agree with her about Tristran's name. I found it hard to concentrate when I had no idea what it should sound like. Anyway, here's my review of Stardust:
Title and author of book? Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Fiction or non-fiction? Genre? Fantasy. Definitely a fairy tale for grown-ups.
What led you to pick up this book? I chose it for Dewey's Reading Challenge. It was one of the books that Dewey read that interested me.
Summarize the plot, but don’t give away the ending. In the village of Wall, there is a, well, a wall that separates the real world from Faerie. It's closely guarded by the villagers but once every 9 years, a fair occurs and people can come and go on both sides. A young man has a tryst with an enchanted girl. She leaves the result of that encounter, a baby named Tristran, with his mortal father. 17 years later Tristran who is in love with a spoiled girl sees a falling star and promises to find it for her. He takes a long journey over the wall and finds that the star is really a girl named Yvaine and together they have many adventures. The End... well, not really, lots of stuff happens.
What did you like most about the book? I loved how imaginative it was. It was really quite magical, like stories children read but with more adult themes.
What did you like least? I found some of the endings to the plotlines a bit too tidy.
What did you think of the writing style? Enjoyable. I felt like he was telling a story around the campfire.
What did you think of the main character? Like Dewey, I thought Tristran was dopey, but he was brave and optimistic. He had a good heart.
Any other particularly interesting characters? The Hairy Man pops up through out the story. He's quite funny. Yvaine, the star, was both vulnerable and strong. I liked her magical quality.
If this book has been made into a movie, and if you’ve seen the movie,compare the book to the movie. I saw the movie first and the there is quite a bit more action at the end. Both Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro characters stole the movie. Michelle was especially good as the evil witch. She looked like she loved that playing that part. It's rather difficult to compare the book to the movie.
Share a favorite scene from the book: Any scene with the Hairy Man was entertaining, especially when Tristran first meets him. He complains that Tristran is dreaming too loudly.
What did you think of the ending? Like I said, some of the ends were too tidy. Still, it ended like a Fairy Tale should (and not like a Hans Christian Anderson story where everybody dies) Happily Ever After.