Stardust by Neil Gaiman

This was the first time I’d read a book by Neil Gaiman.

This is more of a fairy tale than say Terry Pratchett’s books.

In Stardust we have the story of Tristan Thorn who lives in the earthly village of Wall, which is well named as it’s right by an ancient barrier that separates it from the magical lands of Faerie. Every nine years people from Wall are allowed to pass through a hole in the barrier to attend a market on the other side.

During the market Tristan and the girl he loves called Victoria Forester witness a star fall to earth on the far side of the barrier. In order to win her heart, Tristan resolves to bring the fallen star back for Victoria.

This book is mainly about Tristan’s adventures in the land of Faerie. He meets the star, witches, a unicorn, potential heir(s) to the Lordship of Stormhold, and the crew of a sky ship. Just so you’re aware not all the characters survive, in fact there are some real pyschopaths on the loose in Faerie, but there’s a happy ending of a kind when two Mondays come together in the same week.

Published by Julian Worker

Julian was born in Leicester, attended school in Yorkshire, and university in Liverpool. He has been to 94 countries and territories and intends to make the 100 when travel is easier. He writes travel books, murder / mysteries and absurd fiction. His sense of humour is distilled from The Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. His latest book is about a Buddhist cat who tries to help his squirrel friend fly further from a children's slide.

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