Stardust

by Neil Gaiman | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0060934719 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingSqueakyChuwing of Rockville, Maryland USA on 2/13/2005
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22 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Sunday, February 13, 2005
I bought this trade paperback (Perennial, 1999) from the Friends of the Library Used book store in Wheaton, Maryland.

From the back of the book:
"In the tranquil fields and meadows of long-ago England, there is a small hamlet that stood on a jut of granite for 600 years. Just to the east stands a high stone wall, for which a village is named. Here, in the hamlet of Wall, young Tristan Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. And here, one crisp October eve, Tristan makes his love a promise--an impetuous vow that will send him through the only breach in the wall, across the pasture...and into the most exhilarating adventure of his life."

Begin international bookray (03/12/05)
SqueakyChu (Maryland) done
affinity4books (Texas) done
Maurean (Florida) done
awakeagain (New Jersey) done
time-traveler (New York) done
Kyrissaean (New Hampshire) done
CheriePie (Massachusetts) done
juicy-comrade (Canada) done
blaisezabini12 (Romania) done
flambard (UK) done -- Stop # 10
russp (UK) done
kizmiaz (Portugal) done
Olifant (Netherlands) done
phoenixfeather (Germany) done
yogie (Sweden) done
Panzeranzi (Sweden) done
the last-unicorn (Italy) done
avidon (Israel) done -- 1 year of travel
catsalive (Australia) done
lisagt (Australia) done -- Stop # 20
Begin International Bookring (08/19/06)
Pitangus (Argentina) done
Juliet982 (Venezuela) done
End International Bookring (11/17/07)

This bookring was ended after 2 1/2 years because the book was lost in the mail en route to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. During its travels, it had 22 stops and was in 12 countries and 7 different USA states. All remaining people on the list were notified by PM that this bookring ended.

Too bad this book was lost. I was hoping it would make its way into BC's top 100 most traveled books.

Journal Entry 2 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Wednesday, March 30, 2005
This story is kind of cute and whimsical. I preferred Neil Gaiman's other novels (American Gods, Neverwhere) more. It's fine for a quick, light read...probably more so if you love to read fantasy...which I usually do not.

This book is off in the mail now to affinity4books.

Journal Entry 3 by affinity4books from Bryan, Texas USA on Saturday, April 09, 2005
received today~ I'm looking forward to another Gaiman novel! :) I have one bookring ahead of this, but should start this one within the week. Thanks SqueakyChu.

Journal Entry 4 by affinity4books from Bryan, Texas USA on Friday, April 22, 2005
This was very different than the only other Gaiman I've read, American Gods. It was less dense and a quicker read, with a more traditional quest-story fantasy feel. It reminded me of A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony (recommended for fantasy lovers) and Enchantment by Orson Scott Card (which was my favorite of the three). It was a light, sweet story and an enjoyable read with a satisfying, tied together ending, but don't expect all the layers and subplots that were in American Gods.

packed up and ready to mail

Journal Entry 5 by affinity4books at Bookray in By Mail, BookCrosser -- Controlled Releases on Monday, April 25, 2005

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mailed to the next participant

Journal Entry 6 by Maurean from Atlantic Beach, Florida USA on Monday, May 02, 2005
Arrived in today's mail, anlong with a few others; I'm currently in the midst of two books currently, but I read fast, and I'll get to this one asap! (You can see my progress on my shelf)

Will journal again once its read (Thanks for sharing this, SqueakyChu!)

Journal Entry 7 by Maurean from Atlantic Beach, Florida USA on Monday, May 09, 2005
I just love Gaiman!!

While this was not the typical "Gaiman" I am used to (I read "American Gods" two years ago, and am STILL raving about it!), the writing most certianly is; lyrical...magical...fabulous!!

Thanks for sharing this, SqueakyChu, and I will send it along to awakeagain, as soon as I receive an addy. *mailed 5/14

Journal Entry 8 by awakeagain from Port Murray, New Jersey USA on Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Rec'd as a bookring. Next to be read.

Journal Entry 9 by awakeagain from Port Murray, New Jersey USA on Monday, May 23, 2005
This was very unlike the other Neil Gaiman books I've read and, even after finishing it, I'm not quite sure how I feel about it. It seemed similar although shorter than the Gregory Maquire books, which were retellings of popular fairy tales, often from an unusual point of view.

It wasn't quite what I expected but overall I liked it.

On it's way to time-traveler.

Journal Entry 10 by wingtime-travelerwing from Peekskill, New York USA on Wednesday, May 25, 2005
This book arrived safely today. By coincidence, I am in the middle of American Gods right now. I will read this as soon as I'm finished with it ~ probably in a week. I love the cover!

Journal Entry 11 by wingtime-travelerwing from Peekskill, New York USA on Monday, June 06, 2005
I just finished reading this and I absolutely loved it, most likely because I was in the mood for something light and different and magical. I loved how all the main characters were connected in some way and were destined to meet up. Witches' spells, Faerie Markets, a falling star with a personality...what an imagination Gaiman has. It was so totally different from American Gods that I could hardly believe it was the same author. I hope to read Neverwhere sometime soon.

Thanks for starting a bookray with this, SqueakyChu ~ I'll be mailing this tomorrow to Kyrissaean in NH.

Journal Entry 12 by Kyrissaean from Littleton, New Hampshire USA on Friday, June 10, 2005
It's here! Not a typical Gaiman novel, huh? Well, since it will be my first, I guess it will just be any other Gaiman books that seem different to me! This sounds like a lovely story -- thank you!

Journal Entry 13 by Kyrissaean from Littleton, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, July 07, 2005
This was very much a fairy tale for grown-ups! The writing was beautiful and fit the story perfectly. The whole thing seemed like such a perfect bedtime story that I just left it by my bedside to read before drifting off for the night!

This is ready to head out to CheriePie in the morning. Thanks for including me in this ring!

Journal Entry 14 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Received in the mail today. I've still got some other rings and rays ahead of it, but I'll get to it as soon as possible. :)

Journal Entry 15 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Tuesday, August 09, 2005
This was a great fantasy book, and very different from the type of book I'm used to from Gaiman. It's more of a fantasy with faeries, pixies, gnomes, and the like instead of the dark and freaky stuff that he usually writes (although I really haven't read enough of his work to claim to be an expert). This would make a suitable story for both young and old.

I've PMed juicy-comrade for an address and will put it in the post shortly.

**Mailed to juicy-comrade in British Columbia, Canada on 11-Aug-2005 via Airmail Letter Post.

Journal Entry 16 by juicy-comrade from Victoria, British Columbia Canada on Monday, August 22, 2005
It came in the mail today.

Journal Entry 17 by juicy-comrade from Victoria, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, August 31, 2005
I really liked this book. Even when it was being predictable or silly, the writing was excellent and the plot was well thought out. If I'd read this book back when I went through my adventure phase in junior high, I don't know if I would have liked as many of the other books from the genre, because this one was just that much better.

Journal Entry 18 by blaisezabini12 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Picked up today from the post office. Thank you SqueakyChu for organising the ray and thank you juicy-comrade for sending the book to Romania:)


WARNING: my journal entry contains SPOILERS!!!!

8 October 05: for me this book was like a fairy tale - it had Unicorns, witches, humans transformed into animals/birds, magical items. The hero of the story had to travel through the faerie land and this journey was an initiatory one for him. I also liked the fact that the "girl" (the Star:)) had such a strong personality!
But in a way it was an atypical fairy tale - some of the scenes were really frightening and I didn't expect to witness the death of the unicorn!

I will pm the next reader on the list.

12 october 05: mailed yesterday

Journal Entry 19 by Flambard from Horsham, West Sussex United Kingdom on Saturday, October 22, 2005
Just arrived with me from the lovely Madalina!

Journal Entry 20 by Flambard from Horsham, West Sussex United Kingdom on Sunday, November 06, 2005
Fantastical, dark and magical. In the tradition of the Grimm fairytales (not for wimps!). I loved it and whizzed through it - it ended too soon. If you enjoy this one, I recommend Smoke and Mirrors.

Ready for russp!

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To russp! It's on its way!

Journal Entry 22 by russp from Tiverton, Devon United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 15, 2005
received this in the post today , many thanks , ive just got to finish the book in reading hopefully that will be today and then im on to this one

Journal Entry 23 by russp from Tiverton, Devon United Kingdom on Monday, November 21, 2005
a light but none the less enjoyable read , shame it wasnt a bit longer , would have been great to meet some more of the folks of faireie.
tried to reach hellie but no joy so im sending it off to kizmiaz in portugal

Journal Entry 24 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, November 28, 2005
Just received it. Will finish the one I'm currently reading before starting on this one, probably next week.

Journal Entry 25 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Wednesday, December 07, 2005
I had the most enjoyable time reading this book. It’s been awhile since I've read a fairy tale and this one really hit the spot.
It does feel short after it’s over, and we do want to know what adventures Tristran and Yvaine stumbled into on their way to Stormhold , but that is not meant to be and maybe that was a wise choice by Gaiman, it’s better to be left wanting than to be bored to death by too much.
I’ll definitely recommend this one to all my friends who like fairy tales, I suspect everyone does but some just don’t really know it yet.
I read most of it listening to Love and Rockets "Express" album and it worked like a charm for me.
Sent to The Netherlands today (12.12.2005).

Journal Entry 26 by Olifant from Porthmadog, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, December 15, 2005
I'm looking forward to this one, but will have to wait a while for I'm still reading another ringbook. Thanks for sending and raying.

Journal Entry 27 by Olifant from Porthmadog, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, December 26, 2005
More Gaiman, more! Read it in one stretch and loved it. Thanks for sharing. Book is off to phoenixfeather. If you like this book, you'll probably also like Diana Wynne Jones' Fire and Hemlock.

Other work Neverwhere.

Journal Entry 28 by phoenixfeather from München, Bayern Germany on Tuesday, January 03, 2006
... book arrived savely... looks really nice! :-)

Journal Entry 29 by phoenixfeather from München, Bayern Germany on Monday, January 09, 2006
Now this was wonderful... the more Gaiman books I read the more I love this guy! Perfect! Off to Sweden.... :-)

Journal Entry 30 by wingyogiewing from Stockholm, Stockholm Sweden on Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Received today in the mail. I have heard a lot of positive things about this book, and can't wait to start reading it. In fact, I think I'll start right now :)
Thanks phoenixfeather for sending it to me, and thanks SqueakyChu for letting me participate in this ray :)

Journal Entry 31 by wingyogiewing from Stockholm, Stockholm Sweden on Monday, January 23, 2006
I've finished reading it today, and I LOVED it! :)
My first thought was how much his language and tone reminded me of J.K. Rowling. When I realised he'd created a world parallell to ours with just a wall between us and them, I got a really warm feeling inside. It was beautiful. From page one to the last page, it was absolutely wonderful!
I particulary liked the star. She was a wonderful creation. A star that shimmers by night and is actually a living creature. Oh, I'm in love! :)

Sent off to panzeranzi on Jan 26th!

Journal Entry 32 by Panzeranzi from Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on Sunday, January 29, 2006
I got this a couple of days ago and I'm already half through the book. I love this fairy tale! Will write more when I'm done!

Journal Entry 33 by Panzeranzi from Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on Monday, January 30, 2006
I really, really like this fairytale! I've only read Coraline by Gaiman before - and I think this novel is similar to that for the exception of Coraline being darker, more "Alice-in-Wonderlandy". I love the story of Tristran and Yvaine - it's a naive and beautiful story with the right ingredients of suspense and intrigue - though it is fairly easy to decipher.

I wrote down a quote I like, that is perfect for BC:

"It's not hard to own something. Or everything. You just have to know that it's yours and then be willing to let it go."
The tree to Tristran Thorn

I will send this on to the next person in the list as soon as possible!

Journal Entry 34 by last-unicorn from Kaltern / Caldaro, Trentino Alto Adige / Südtirol Italy on Monday, February 06, 2006
Received this book today. I have to finish another book (just a few pages ^_~) and then I’ll start with this one. It’s the first Gaiman novel I’m going to read (shame on me ^///^) and I’m really looking forward to it! ^_^

Journal Entry 35 by last-unicorn from Kaltern / Caldaro, Trentino Alto Adige / Südtirol Italy on Wednesday, February 15, 2006
It was clear quite from the beginning, where the story was going, but that’s ok, I liked it anyway (well, I did not like the part with the unicorn :P). A fine reading, dark and sweet at the same time… now I want more, I can’t wait go get the other Gaiman rings I’m in!

Mailed to avidon

Journal Entry 36 by Avidon on Friday, March 03, 2006
Got the book, thanks for the bookmark :)
I'll get right on this, then!

Journal Entry 37 by Avidon on Friday, June 23, 2006
This was a nice book, predicted though. I really love Gaiman's style.

Sent to catsalive in Australia today.

Journal Entry 38 by wingcatsalivewing from Rooty Hill, New South Wales Australia on Monday, July 03, 2006
Book receive, thanks Avidon.

Journal Entry 39 by wingcatsalivewing from Rooty Hill, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, July 23, 2006
What a lovely fairy tale. A good story without being too sickly sweet, and not a perfect, they-lived-happily-ever-after ending. I love Gaiman's writing.

Thanks, SqueakyChu, I'll get this off to Lisagt ASAP, and thanks for the lovely postcard Avidon. Posted 25/7/6.

Journal Entry 40 by Lisagt from Holsworthy, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Received in the mail today. I too have only read Gaiman's YA novel Coraline but I've heard such rave reviews about his other books that I am really looking forward to finding out what's so special!

Journal Entry 41 by Lisagt from Holsworthy, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, September 05, 2006
This story really grew on me! There is a wonderful cast of characters and once the story moved to the land of Faerie (beyond Wall) I was hooked! The style of storytelling was in the classic tradition which I loved - Gaiman really is a wonderful storyteller. Thank you for letting me take this journey SqueakyChu.
Contacting Pitangus for the next stage of the Bookring.

Journal Entry 42 by Lisagt from Holsworthy, New South Wales Australia on Friday, September 15, 2006
Finally got this book posted off to Pitangus today. I hope you enjoy it too!

Journal Entry 43 by Pitangus from Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Province Argentina on Wednesday, September 27, 2006
It arrived!! Thank you!! I shall begin reading at once :)

Journal Entry 44 by Pitangus from Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Province Argentina on Saturday, October 07, 2006
This kind of story is what I just needed to read at this moment :) I liked more "Neverwhere" but I think Gaiman did a great job in narrating the book, as just one gets the impression of reading a fairy tale all along! and the ending is perfect :)
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Contacting next bcer!

Journal Entry 45 by Pitangus from Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Province Argentina on Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Sent today to Juliet982!

Journal Entry 46 by Juliet982 on Friday, November 17, 2006
It arrived safely. Thanks for sending it Pitangus! I'm looking forward to read it.

Journal Entry 47 by Juliet982 on Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Great read! I really enjoyed it and I'm glad for the opportunity to discover an author I never read before. Thank you!

On its way to KarinAlyssa. Enjoy it!

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