The Barbarian Book Club: Book of the Month (September, 2020): Stardust – Neil Gaiman

Greetings Barbarians! Long days and pleasant nights!

Where do I even begin? I missed last month’s book of the month so might as well start early this September. I got a lot to catch up with you, and I planned a lot of exciting write-ups for this month.

For this month, I want to revisit an old favorite of mine. I love Neil Gaiman’s writing from his beginning from comic books to his best-selling novels.

Stardust, with its Tolkien-like plot and the elegant prose captivated my imagination. It was so influential to me as a creative that I gave my copy of the book to my daughter to introduce her to a world of fantasy.

Published in 1997 by DC Comics, Stardust is written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Charles Vess. It was a recipient of the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature in 1999 as well as a nominee for the Locus Award the same year.

The story revolves around Tristran Thorn, a half-human, half-faerie in his quest to retrieve a falling star to impress a girl. On his journey, he met the beautiful Yvaine, the falling star personified. With this realization, Tristan vows to bring Yvaine to Victoria, the girl he is trying to impress. Together, they are pursued by Lilim and the remaining princes of Stormhold.

The Lilim is a group of three ancient witches who seek to devour Yvaine’s heart to grant them ages of youth and beauty. While the surviving princes of Stormhold seek Yvaine to succeed to the throne, unbeknownst to everyone, are Tristran’s uncles.

Together, they embark on a journey all across Stormhold, avoiding their pursuers. They meet various characters such as Lady Una (Tristran’s mother), Ditchwater Sal, and a band of sky pirates.

Both the book and the movie are excellent, but I prefer the book’s darker ending as reminiscent of old pre-Disney fairy tales. The prose is simple yet effective and brilliant. It is a charming story filled with adventure, intrigue, and ethereal. If you haven’t read anything from Gaiman, then Stardust is a great place to start.

Who should read this book? Anyone, if you ask me. If you like Tolkien adventure and Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales or looking for an easy read, then Stardust is for you. It is a fantastic read for all ages.

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  2. I remember there being a lot of fuss in the media about talk show host Jonathan Ross’ wife ‘writing’ the story when the film came out. I had to tell people that she had written a screen play adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s beautiful book. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Now I understand why writers/directors/studios of original material prefix the title with their name! 😁

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