Stardust: First impressions
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Is the "illustrated text version" the original graphic novel, or the text adaptation with illustrations? I hadn't heard of that version before.
It's the text version with illustrations... best of both worlds.
1. Originally published as four single issues.
2. All four issues published together in one volume.
3. Text-only version and the audiobook of it. As far as I can tell the text is the same as in the graphic novel.
4. A hardcover edition with Vess's illustrations containing bonus material.
An exhaustive list of different editions can be found here.
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Which edition did you read?
Thoughts on the title?
Multiple character perspectives
My general impression is a reconfirmation of my priors so far. Gaiman's capable, and has a number of great ideas. (Some of his short stories in particular are marvelous; I mention A Study in Emerald as a particular favorite.) He also has a wonderful slant on the world—he gets the genres, styles, aesthetics and even ideas of earlier times, and can recapitulate them with just enough spin to achieve both ironic distance and a certain reinvention of their magic, especially to people for whom the original is no longer accessible. But even while I appreciate what he's doing, and no passage is boring, I find the overall effect rather boring.
My opinion hasn't changed much in a year. I was well entertained by the book, but I wouldn't read it again. The twists and turns were part of what made it entertaining for me, and once I knew them, there wasn't enough to warrant a re-read... I return to a book for the language, or to be immersed in a world, or because I fall in love with the characters. This isn't to say these things were lacking in Stardust, but they were just elements I liked but did not fall in love with.
As a writer myself, I also admire how Gaimon made me feel I was reading an epic story without actually writing an epic Game of Thrones style fantasy novel. When I finished I felt full on what was in comparison with the latter, fewer words.