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I'm a long time reader - since way back when I was seven. That makes it over three quarters of my life that I will be a reader for. But it is worth it. When I'm not reading or wasting my time online on here or Goodreads I'll be off playing video games, studying teaching and messing around with friends and pop culture. Or reading some more.
Stardust - Neil Gaiman
Stardust follows the adventure of one Tristran Thorn from his unusual birth through to his eventual marriage. Well this is a modern fairytale for older audiences after all. He desires to win the love of one girl called Victoria whom he names the most beautiful of all. And to win her love he must hunt down a star fallen from the sky who has ended up deep within Faerie. And so begins a most unusual adventure at once reminiscent of [b:The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales|22917|The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales (Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)|Jacob Grimm|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1369540060s/22917.jpg|1855987], [b:Peter Pan|34268|Peter Pan|J.M. Barrie|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1337714526s/34268.jpg|1358908], [b:Alice in Wonderland|13023|Alice in Wonderland|Lewis Carroll|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1166512952s/13023.jpg|2933712] and [b:The Chronicles of Narnia|11127|The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia #1-7)|C.S. Lewis|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1348864262s/11127.jpg|781271] and yet in its own way something entirely different. It was a charming book that I would highly recommend to anyone over the age of say twelve who still appreciates fairytale stories. There is a little mature content which would certainly go over the heads of young children.

Gaiman's prose is very British in its tone - which I love. I certainly can never find fault with his writing ability, the unique mix of quirkiness, wit and fantasy which is his trademark. He did pen one of my favourite Doctor Who episodes of Series Six and I must say that all I have read of his I have enjoyed. Yet something about his work prevents me from fully loving it as I would love another similar fairytale fantasy. Either way this is a book all who have ever invested their time in fable, fairytale or mythology. It certainly is a clever, well knit book with few faults and yet for some reason hard to love. Is it simply that I find it dry and therefore it lacks that simplest of things: a full emotional resonation?