Book Review: Stardust by Neil Gaiman (Five Stars)

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

(Five out of five stars)

“Fairy tales are for adults too.” And Gaiman delivers. This fully realized fairy tale is as fresh and red-blooded as ancient mythology. Wow.

That said, this book might have been rated only four stars had it not been for the inclusion of his speech “Writing and the Imagination” (2000). Comparable to J. R. R. Tolkiens’ “On Fairy Stories” (1939). Gaiman’s speech reminds us that mythology and fairy tales are important “because they have power.” Not just as children’s stories but for all of us. He paraphrases G. K. Chesterton, “Fairy tales more than true. Not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be defeated.”

Excellent read.


One thought on “Book Review: Stardust by Neil Gaiman (Five Stars)

  1. I remember reading Stardust a few years ago. I liked it but wasn’t as enthused as you are. I don’t recall his words about writing. Yet the book cover above isn’t the one on my book. Perhaps it’s a later edition? Of course I agree with Neil about fairy tales.

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