stardust

Since I’m just starting off in this direction where, mind instead of just reading a book and going onto the next, viagra I’m actually writing something about the books I’ve read, diagnosis I hope that everyone will bear along with me. I’m not sure what direction I’ll be wanting to take with this. I don’t want to be another version of Wikipedia and I don’t want to give the story away. I do, however want to be the one to convince you that you should read these books… or maybe even why you shouldn’t. So… I guess I’ll start here.

Of course, you can see the title of the book I just read, along with the Author’s name.

Neil Gaiman is a name that has been mentioned to me and literally thrown in my face over and over again by my younger sister and my cousin and her soon to be husband. These three people are great booksnobs, so you’d think that their ravings about Gaiman’s work would have penetrated my skull and created some sort of wonder about his books. Sadly, I’m fairly stuck in my ways of focusing on classics and whatever I really want to read at the time and it took my sister leaving Stardust on the table in my room upstairs to finally force me to read it!

I’m thankful that she did, because it was just as amazing as she said.

 

A Little Bit About the Book

Genre: Fantasy (Sort of a fairy tale for young adults and older)

Major Themes I Found: selfless true love, keeping promises, and persistence

Published: February 1, 1999

Characters You’ll Meet:

  • Tristan Thorn– the Protagonist
  • Yvaine– The damsel in distress
  • Victoria Forester– The protagonist’s great desire
  • Dunstan Thorn– Protagonist’s Father
  • The lords of Stormhold– each trying to kill (or by law, having to avenge the blood of) each other to get their father’s throne
  • Madame Semele/Ditchwater Sal- Maker of glass flowers/witch and captor of the colorful bird
  • The colorful bird– a beautiful faerie under a bewitching spell chained in servitude to Madame Semele
  • The Lilim- 3 haggard queens in search of youth. The one you hear of most, the eldest, goes by “Morwanneg” when she takes an alias


My Favorite Quotes

 

“There,” murmured Dunstan’s lodger. “My debt to you is settled, and my rent is paid in full.” Dunstan shook his head, as if to clear it of a dream, and turned back to the young lady.

“And if I brought you the fallen star?” asked Tristan lightly. “What would you give me? A kiss? Your hand in marriage?” “Anything you desire,” said Victoria, amused.

“I knowed a man in Paphlagonia who’d swallow a live snake every morning, when he got up. He used to say, he was certain of one thing, that nothing worse could happen to him all day. ‘Course the made him eat a bowlful of hairy centipedes before they hung him, so maybe that claim was a bit presumptive.”

“Your boy will break it, or waste it, or lose it. They all do.” “Nonetheless,” said the star, “he has my heart.”

It was addressed to her, and after the salutations, it read: “Have been unavoidably detained by the world.”


New Words I Learned

 

I love learning new words. I tend to highlight them so that I can remember them for later… It’s always to cool to use something new in your writing or speaking.

trea·cle
noun ?tr?-k?l 1 British term for molasses. 2 [figurative] cloying sentimentality or flattery 3> [Middle English] (originally denoting an antidote against venom) from the French word triacle

lu·gu·bri·ous
adjective lu?-?gü-br?-?s also-?gyü- 1 looking or sounding sad or dismal 2> Early 17th century: From the Latin lugubris (from lugere ‘mourn’)


Why You Should Read It

Stardust by Neil Gaiman is an expertly woven story. Each of the characters comes from different places and meet up with each other at some point. I’m sure that looking up at the list of characters, you are wondering how each character works his or her way into the story. Each character is on a quest to find something, but for different reasons and you can see each person’s heart by what they desire to accomplish when they done seeking what they have desired to find.

If you are the type of person that likes stories such as C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books or Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings, this would be a great book for you depending on what you love about them. If you are a big fan of Tolkein’s immense detailing in his books, you’ll find it lacking in Stardust. If you are looking for a true fantasy, while not wanting to deal with so many details that you feel like your mind is bogged down, this will be a desirable book for you.

This story will make you feel an out of body type happiness and sadness… It’s hard to describe. I felt the emotions, but only like I skimmed the top of them. You’ll also feel wonder and compassion for the people that you’d thought you’d feel anger and hatred towards.

Just trust me that it is worth a read.

Megan A.K.A. “Booksnob”