Finishing a book and wanting there to be more is always a good sign, right? Well, that's how I felt about this book; easily 4 out of 5 stars (no pun intended) from me.
I won't lead you astray here, it does differ from the film (which was partly filmed in Norwich by the way) so if you do decide to give this novel your time there are going to be things from the silver screen version you're gonna miss, and vice versa (not unusual with adaptations I find). But what does that matter, when Gaiman casts such a spell on the reader? His prose is effortless, and flows like poetry; he conjures up a faerie where nothing is unexpected, and everything is unexpected ~ quite frankly Gaiman could've said anything and it wouldn't have been out of place, because you're very much stepping into his world, and his story.
If the fantasy novel is something you enjoy reading - my tastes are quite eclectic anyway, and I do like to read across genres (mostly) - then I'm sure you'll love this offering too. It's the kind of book where you want to explore more, if only to study what gets taken for granted, or appreciate in greater depth what is fleeting, or mentioned in passing; like the sky ships and that harbour-tree! Now this isn't a criticism, but more of a testimony of Gaiman's ability to make the unreal real and fantasy seem natural.
Normally, I like to read the novel first, so the film doesn't taint the book, but with Stardust I had no idea it was based on a novel until it was mentioned in the credits. However, having left it a good while before I read the book, I was quite swept along by Gaiman's characters and, I'm glad to say, it holds it's own.
So, Stardust, book or film? Have you read it? Have you seen it? Would love to know what you think.
Here's to reading more books
and watching the adaptations