Stardust by Neil Gaiman

“There was once a young man who wished to gain his Heart’s Desire.”

The hero of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, Tristran Thorn, promises to bring the prettiest girl in town, Victoria, a fallen star in exchange for a kiss (or even her hand in marriage) – his supposed heart’s desire. Tristran naively crosses the wall separating his normal, country town, Wall, from the magical world of Faerie and thus begins his quest. Unfortunately for Tristran, he is not the only one searching for the star. This grown-up fairy tale filled with unicorns, fairies, candles, witches and little furry men is is beautifully detailed, equipped with humor, and reads quickly. Stardust is the perfect escape for a hot, summer day.

Once you’re finished reading the book, be sure to check out the movie adaptation released last year, directed by Matthew Vaughn. The movie follows Gaiman’s book fairly closely (except for, you know, changing the lead character’s name: Tristran -> Tristan), and brings the adventure to life. Trist(r)an Thron is played by actor Charlie Cox. 127 min. PG-13  –aubreydawn