Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Most people would be fairly familiar with the contents of this as even though they might not have read the book they probably would have seen the film as it was quite popular.

The story is broadly the same as the film, Tristan sets off over the Wall to faerie to find a shooting star for his love Victoria. Things don’t quite go as planned and he has a series of adventures with feuding princes and witches.

I’ll be honest I love this film as have seen it numerous times but for some reason I never got around to reading the book. I kept comparing it to the film and sacrilegious as it may seem I think I prefer the film. I’ve read a couple of Neil Gaiman books before and enjoyed them but I think this lacked some of the agency and tension of the film. It all felt rather too easy and the end was rather anti-climatic. It still had a sense of wonder but just felt a little flat in places, particularly between Tristan and Evaine. 

This was also the first audio book I’ve ever listened to and it was great. It had a full cast and sound effects so that made it very enjoyable to listen to. Still not totally convinced on audio-books in that you can’t fully immerse yourself in them but it was still made a nice change to the commute to work!

3 stars out of 5

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