Monday, December 31, 2007

Book Review: "Stardust"

Stardust is the first of Neil Gaiman's solo works I've picked up to read (I've read Good Omens, his wonderful and wickedly funny collaboration with Terry Pratchett, several times). What a delightful capstone this was to my 2007 reading. It's a graceful and deliciously-crafted fairy tale which introduces us to the world of Faerie - a place of witches and fairies and magic and talking badgers and small, furry man in funny hats - and to Wall, a human town which sits adjacent to the crossing into Faerie.

Gaiman's prose is simply delicious; it sizzles and dances with wit and liveliness. As Susanna Clarke (no mediocre storyteller herself) blurbs on the front cover of my copy, "We daren't ask how he knows so much about [Faerie's] woods and paths and high, lonely places. We're just grateful that he does."

Pure magic.


Francesca Thomas said...

I just saw the movie of Stardust on DVD last week. I really enjoyed the movie. But I seldom read graphic novels. The only other Gaiman book I have seen was the excellent Neverwhere Miniseries on TV a few years ago.

JBD said...

I've yet to see the movie, but it's in my queue. Also, this isn't a graphic novel ... there are several illustrated editions out there, but the one I read had no illustrations, and Gaiman didn't design it as a graphic novel.