May 8, 2009

Stardust by Neil Gaiman: Review & Weekly Geeks

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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.

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12 comments :

  1. I really enjoyed stardust. It is one of those feel good fairy tales that make you smile when you read it. There's a lot of cliche in it, but came across me more of a satire on the typical fairy tale. But still a good read. I don't know why....but Semptimus was my favourite character. And in the movie my favourite line was about "going to arctic and cutting of a polar bears' head. Now that's love ;)

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  2. I really enjoyed the book but I loved the movie. Maybe that's because I saw the movie first and didn't have any idea of what was going to happen (usually I prefer the book). I was kind of sad that Robert De Niro's character in the book really didn't play that big of a role. Maybe only a few pages? And I agree about the tidy endings, although do we expect that with a fairy tale?

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  3. I loved Stardust. Liked the movie but loved the book. Although I prefer the movie ending.
    Happy Weekly Geeks :)

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  4. I am re-reading Stardust for Dewey's Challenge (which I have yet to start!) because I wasn't a Neil Gaiman fan when I first read it. I enjoyed the book tremendously but now want to go back and appreciate with a better understanding of the author and his other works.

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  5. I liked the book a lot, but I really liked the movie as well. I think Captain Shakespeare really made the movie for me!

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  6. This is rare for me, but I saw the movie first and then read the book, and I liked the movie MORE!

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  7. I've heard good things about this one. I started watching the movie and couldn't get into it, though.

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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  8. It's been quite a while since I read the book or watched the movie. I think I remember the movie better than the book because it was more recent. I really should reread it and refresh my memory, but I am terrible at rereading!

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  9. I so miss Dewey.

    Nice review! I've had Stardust on my TBR shelves for ages, got to watch the movie first!

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  10. Jules- He was one determined guy.

    Trish- I saw the movie first too. I was disappointed to find things not in the book.

    Maree- I'm going to have to watch it again.

    Puss- I haven't read much from him but so far so good.

    Marg- He was funny!

    Deb- I really enjoyed the movie too.

    Anna- Maybe you might try it again sometime.

    Kailana- I have too many unread books to reread anything now.

    Carrie- The thing about reading her review was like she was still here :)

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  11. I enjoyed this story too! I actually liked the movie more than the book, I thought it did a good job of condensing it and keeping the overall tone. So far I've read Stardust and Coraline by Gaiman, I keep meaning to read more of his. I keep hearing good things about The Graveyard Book, but have no clue what it's about. Have you read that one yet?

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  12. I've read as much as you have! I have heard of a lot of good things about Graveyard Book too.

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