25 December 2006

The 12 Days of Bookmas Countdown - #1

Stardust - Once again, inspired by an upcoming fantasy film, I picked up Stardust by Neil Gaiman without knowing what to expect. This book is about several people all trying to capture a fallen star for their own selfish reasons. There is Tritran who got a girl's promise to marry him if he brings her the star, some witches who want the star to give them youth, and some crusty old dudes who want the star to settle their right of succession to their family throne. Though set in a fantastic world, this novel avoids the clichés of all the Lord of the Rings rip-offs and is unique and excellent. This was such a good book, I read it in just a couple of days. The closest thing to it is probably The Princess Bride, but without the Fred Savage cut aways.

Complete Countdown

#1 - Stardust
#2 - The Earthsea Cycle: The Tombs of Atuan
#3 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy
#4 - Ender's Game
#5 - Disney War
#6 - His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass
#7 - The Earthsea Cycle: The Farthest Shore
#8 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew
#9 - The Earthsea Cycle: A Wizard of Earthsea
#10 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone
#11 - The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
#12 - The Restaurant at the End of the Universe


j said...

What else has Neil Gaiman written. His name sounds familiar.

Toddm326 said...

If you have not read them, I'd recommend Naomi Novik's Temeraire series (His Majestey's Dragon, Throne of Jade, and Black Powder War).

Chip Chief said...

j, i havent read anything else by gaiman, but he wrote a pretty popular commic series called Sandman. He also wrote a book called Neverwhere and a childrens book (also being developed as a stop motion film) called Coraline

toddm326, i have not read the Temeraire series, but it is on my list of books to read anlong with George Martn's Song of Fire and Ice series. Have you read those? If so, which series do you prefer?