Stardust - Neil Gaiman 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 after just two chapters of Gaiman's writing. Gaiman is simply a master storyteller. He creates moods that permeate entire novels and, whether you happen to be reading his adult or young adult works, he makes you feel like a child wandering through a wardrobe into a world of possibility, or perhaps slipping through the invisible barrier of platform 9 3/4 and discovering the world is more than you could ever have imagined. What Gaiman does with his magic, is build timeless fairytales that speak to people of all ages.

[b:Stardust|16793|Stardust|Neil Gaiman||3166179] is just one example of Gaiman's creativity. It is nothing like the hauntingly nostalgic [b:The Ocean at the End of the Lane|15783514|The Ocean at the End of the Lane|Neil Gaiman||21500681] or the eerily fantastical subterranean London of [b:Neverwhere|14497|Neverwhere|Neil Gaiman||16534] or the ghostly coming of age story in [b:The Graveyard Book|2213661|The Graveyard Book|Neil Gaiman||2219449], but it has the stamp of Gaiman all over it. His style is present from the very first chapter when a young man falls madly in lust with a Faerie girl and his passion results in the birth of Tristran Thorn. The tale only gets wilder, more exciting and more adventurous from there. A grown Tristran attempts to win the hand of his love by crossing the wall into the land of Faerie to retrieve a fallen star. But, as these things go, it doesn't turn out to be a simple task and, if Tristran even makes it back alive, he is certain to be a very different man to the one who left.

However, as myself and others have done, it is very easy to feel the need to compare Gaiman's books to popular children's classics (I started the first paragraph by doing so) but [b:Stardust|16793|Stardust|Neil Gaiman||3166179] is not a children's book. At a stretch, it could be called a young adult book but I'm tempted to play on the safe side and call it "adult". There's a sex scene in chapter one that is quite graphic. Not fifty shades of faerie, but still quite graphic. Plus there's some violence and gore that may put you off if you are looking for a light, fluffy fantasy read. In fact, I've read a bunch of GR reviews where the reader hated it because they'd read the blurb comparing it to [b:The Princess Bride|21787|The Princess Bride |William Goldman||992628] and [b:The Neverending Story|27712|The Neverending Story|Michael Ende||1122661] and seemed struck down in horror by the sex and violence. So, I'm warning you.

The only thing more I can say about Gaiman is that I'm becoming a crazy fangirl and he needs to write more things and faster because soon I will have caught up with everything he's written. If you haven't yet, take a chance on him.