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One delightful read, not really for kids...
am 5. September 2002
Since now I have not read any of Gaimans Sandman grphical novels. My first book of him was "American Gods", which I found amusing, but a little bit too long.
I ordered "Stardust" and "Coraline" together, and read "Stardust" first. It is a kind of fairytale, in which a young lad sets out in a fairyland in order to seek a fallen star, which should help him gain the love of a young girl back home. But everything does not work out quite as planned, and his life is shifted towards a destiny which he never thought of.
I really swept though this book; it took me only two and a half hours to complete it (I am a german reader). It is beautifully written, with some nice twists, situations, of which some will make you laugh and others will get you close to tears. I can recommend it to everyone, also for kids, but an adult should read it before, maybe circumscribing two sexual encounters which are not really kid-like (but are not too graphical, either).
The only drawback is, that Gaiman does not bring any new ideas for fairytales, but rarely now does an author come up with something entirely new (like Clive Barker keeps reusing some Faustian themes throughout his stories... and Gaiman is often compared to Barker...)
All romatic readers, grab a copy...!!