Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Young Tristran Thorn is head-over-heels in love with the beautiful Victoria Forester. One night, as he professes his undying love to her, they see a far off star fall to Earth. In a moment of love-induced stupidity, Tristran vows to bring the fallen star back to Victoria to prove his love to her. In return, Victoria promises to marry him. So--naturally--Tristran sets off. Unfortunately, the shooting star they saw has landed in the faerie realm on the other side of the wall around his home town. And a star that lands in the faerie realm is much more than a hunk of rock.

Once over the wall, Tristran quickly finds himself mixed up with dangerous and magical individuals who are also searching for the fallen star. Our unwitting hero soon winds up involved in a feud for the throne of Stormhold (a kingdom of the faerie realm) and fighting a sisterhood of witches who quest for eternal beauty. It seems that getting the star back to his beloved Victoria is going to be much harder than Tristran thought.

I love this book. It is mildly dark, but funny and extremely moving. It is so much more than the basic coming-of-age story it appears to be. Stardust is a romantic, sweet, and poignant tale of a young man who goes on a quest for something he wants and instead finds something he didn't know he was missing.

If you love the book, check out Stardust the movie. It stays wonderfully true to the original story but diverges enough to stand on its own in a charming and unique way. Or if you’re looking for more beautiful love stories, read The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman. These wonderful titles and more can be found at the Virginia Beach Public Library.

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