Author: Neil Gaiman
Length: 248 pages
Plot Basics: Tristran Thorn makes -- like young men who are in love do -- a rash promise to the girl of his dreams, the very beautiful Victoria Forester. To win a kiss, or may her hand in marriage or maybe his heart's desire, Tristran agrees to go retrieve a star that they saw fall. Tristran's journey takes him deep into the world of Faerie and he's not the only one looking for the star. Additionally, a witch-queen, a murderous heir-to-a-throne and his ghostly brothers seek, the star as well. And the star? Angry, hurt and insolent, she's not so thrilled about Tristran's plan either.
Banter Points: This was the first Gaiman book Word Nerd ever read (sometime after it came out in the late 90s) and loved it.
Bummer Points: Word Nerd thinks this book is too short. Seriously. Ther could have been plenty more story here about Tristran's adventures and it wouldn't have gotten old to Word Nerd.
Word Nerd recommendation: Since there's a movie coming out of this book, if you at all inclined to see the movie, read the book first. Gaiman has had quite the hand in working on the film, but it's just never quite the same, going from a book to a movie.