Stardust (Hardback)

Author: Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess
Titan Books
RRP: 29.99, US $39.99, Cdn $48.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 84576 466 1
ISBN-10: 1 84576 466 8
Available 24 August 2007

From multi award-winning creator of
The Sandman, Neil Gaiman, comes the incredible work that broke new ground in graphic novel storytelling, reissued in a deluxe hardback edition with a new cover and eight additional pages of bonus material. Together with acclaimed artist Charles Vess, Gaiman returns to the realm of Faerie for a lavishly illustrated tale of an ancient world where magic and humanity mingle in extraordinary ways. Gaiman's exquisitely crafted text and Vess' breathtaking illustrations combine to create a novel with pictures, an adult fairy tale that plunges the reader into the very heart of an enchanting magical land...

Stardust is a fairy tale from Neil Gaiman, creator of the Sandman comics. The story revolves around the adventures of Tristran Thorn in the land of Faerie.

The adventure starts when Tristran promises the prettiest girl in town that he will retrieve a fallen star for her - after she says that she will marry him if he succeeds. This means that he will have to travel beyond the human realm and into the Faerie world. No one ever makes this trip from one realm to the other - except every nine years when an enchanted flea market is held.

Tristran sets off on his adventures as he attempts to find the star and bring it back to his true love. Along the way he encounters evil old witches, deadly clutching trees... hmm no Scarecrow, Tin Man or Cowardly Lion though. That's the main problem with this book - Faerie realms have been done to death, and much better I might add.

While the character development is interesting and the story well told, who really wants to read yet another tale in this well worn genre? Not me, that's for sure. There are few, if any surprises and, at the end of the day, this is a fairly average affair.

Pete Boomer

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