In una fredda sera di ottobre una stella cadente attraversa il cielo e il giovane Tristan, per conquistare la bellissima Victoria, promette di andarla a prendere. Dovrà così oltrepassare il varco proibito nel muro di pietra a est del villaggio e avventurarsi nel bosco dove ogni nove anni si raccoglie un incredibile mercato di oggetti magici. È solo in quell'occasione che agli umani è concesso inoltrarsi nel mondo di Faerie. Tristan non sa di essere stato concepito proprio lì da una bellissima fata dagli occhi viola e da un giovane umano e non sa neppure che i malvagi figli del Signore degli Alti Dirupi sono anche loro a caccia della stella...
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Dear Mr. Gaiman, Damn you. Damn you straight to hell. You've written beautiful faerie stories in your plainspoken postmodern prose, and left my own projected frontiers woefully trodden. It has nothing to do with your brilliance. Had I been born before you I would most likely be the one writing clever Leggi tutto
Inevitably I was reading this against the movie, and I'm here to say that I think the movie and the book are both brilliant. So ha! I love the movie. It's absolutely wonderful. And I loved the book. .. But they are quite different. The novel definitely feels more adult . Not because it has "adult them Leggi tutto
(B+) 77% | Good Notes: The ending's flat and it doesn't have a climax, but it's still a great homage to the tradition of dark, folkloric fairy tales.
The world-building, the characters, the story - all absolutely amazing! He wondered how it could have taken him so long to realize he cared for her, and he told her so, and she called him an idiot, and he declared that it was the finest thing that ever a man had been called. There's the wonder,
The more Gaiman I read, the more I understand why people are so caught up in the magic he wields. Because that is basically what he does. He's not an author, he's a magician, painting magic pictures of rich, exciting worlds that come to life so quickly. Worlds that somehow seem complexly developed a Leggi tutto
A friend gave me this book and I decided to read it before going to see the movie, since I'd heard so many rave reviews of the film. If the movie hadn't been my carrot, though, I never would have made it through the first chapter, let alone the entire story. Let me say that I adore the fantasy genre Leggi tutto
This is the one case, the ONLY case (so far. Edit: not anymore, Bridget Jones gets the honor too), where I prefer the movie to the book. I know it's a sacrilege and you can all burn me at the stake, but it is nonetheless the truth. It's also one of the few times I watched the movie before reading th Leggi tutto
“You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.” My first Neil Gaiman book was a disappointment. I didn't like this very much. It wasn't a bad book exactly, but it was also far from being a good one. The characters didn't have much depth, the plot was unrealistic and completely predictable. Fo Leggi tutto
That is all.
3.5 stars. Neil Gaiman and I have a love-hate relationship, and I hope that bothers him as much as it bothers me. He's a gifted writer and I keep thinking that I ought to love everything he writes, but so far his books have struck me either as: • so bizarre and off-putting that I couldn't get into i Leggi tutto
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