Stardust by Neil Gaiman
This is the first book I’ve read that was culled from our Little Free (Monster) Library out front of our house.
Looking it up on Amazon just now, I see that it’s a movie from 2007 with a bunch of movie stars in it… Robert DeNiro, Claire Danes, bunch of others. I had never heard of it, but the visuals look pretty spectacular.
But, the book.
The book is a very Neil Gaimenesque wonky tale with plenty of eccentricity. If Gaimen does anything well, it’s invent new fantasy elements.
In fact, my only issue with this book is that it feels like a clever bunch of fantasy elements strung together on a thin plot. The ideas are entertaining and stick with you… perhaps that’s enough to call it a good book.
An ordinary town called Wall is near a wall between the fairy land and the regular old world. A boy is with a parent from each side is raised on the dull side, then begins a quest for a girl’s love through the never traveled fairy land. And fantasy elements ensue.
It’s a good read, and I’m passing it on to my son, so he can read it before we watch the movie.