By Neil Gaiman
Place: Publisher, Year: New York : Spike, 1999
Genres: Fantasy, faerie tale
Intended audience: Adult
Number of pages: 238
Setting: Wall, England and Faerieland
Time period: Victorian era
Plot summary: Tristan Thorn begins his adventure through Faerieland with a promise to Victoria Forester, the young woman he wishes to marry. He promises to bring her the fallen star she witnesses as he attempts to charm a kiss from her. To fulfill his promise, he must cross the stone barrier in his village of Wall and cross into unknown lands, where magic is common. He has many adventures and learns many things, including his heart’s desire, which turns out to be quite different than what he imagined at the start of his journey.
Pacing: Slower pace at the beginning of the story to introduce the many various characters and the otherness of the setting. The pace increases considerable once Tristan begins his journey on the other side of the wall.
Characterization: Told in third person. Many characters are involved in the story, but are given much less description and attention than the two main characters- Tristan and Yvaine.
Frame: The frame of Faerie(land) is essential to the story. Faerie is a wondrous and magical place, but also very dangerous.
StoryLine: A fun (but at times, grim) tale about finding true love under unusual circumstances.
Young men — England — Fiction.
England — Fiction.
England — Social life and customs — 19th century — Fiction.
Fairies — England — Fiction
From What Do I Read Next?:
An Abundance of Katherines–John Green
Spirits in the Wires–Charles de Lint
Other Info: This story first appeared as a graphic novel with Charles Vess as the illustrator. It was also made into a movie which was released in 2007.
Personal notes: [Annotated 10/08/2008]