December 20th, 2012 marks the 200th Anniversary of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. For those real fans you know these are not tales for the light-hearted. It has been a great Fall for reading books honoring or inspired by the anniversary. To salute this special day here is one of those books that would be a nice stocking stuffer if you are still holiday shopping.
Neil Gaiman in conjunction with William Morrow recently published a special edition of STARDUST. This book is so striking that everyone will covet a copy, this was one of those rare books that upon its arrival my hubby could not keep his hands off of. As neither one of us has every read anything by Gaiman it seemed like a great opportunity to do so. Well I can report he beat me to the punch and wanted to share these thoughts:
Let me start with my conclusion – this book was great! This was my first Neil Gaiman
book, and I intend to read more of them.
I’ve read a lot of science fiction, but not a lot of fantasy (except for Tolkien). However, I do
enjoy the traditional fairy tale. Gaiman has written a wonderful fairy tale for adults. As with many such tales the writing at times appears simple, but this book provides many beautiful details in a story that moves along quickly and never slows down. I read it over a 2-day period, and I enjoyed being part of this world.
Our protagonist, Tristran Thorn, is from “Wall” – a little town on the border between England and Faerie. He sets off from home to the land of Faerie in search of a falling star. The book takes you along on Tristran’s adventures where many things (including the star) are not what they appear. I found parts of the book to be reminiscent of Ray Bradbury, and I thought the ending to be perfect.
As to the book itself, this is a high quality hardcover edition of a story that was first published over 12 years ago. The illustrations in the book, although limited in number, are a nice addition. In the postscript to the book Gaiman comments that Stardust was the sequel to a novel that he has never written. Let’s hope he returns to this world!
(Special thank you to William Morrow for providing a copy for our new bookshelves.)