Stardust [Book v. Movie]

Time to reprise this feature. I actually listened to the audio of this one so perhaps it doesn’t quite fit the Book v. Movie feature but it’s my blog and I can make the rules.

Book: Absolutely adored it. I figured I would like it because it’s Neil Gaiman and he is basically a genius but I did not expect to fall in love with it like I did. Stardust is a fairy tale for adults, full of witches, faeries, kings, love, and magic. Tristran Thorne, half-faerie, goes in search of a fallen star to bring back to the girl he wants to marry. When he reaches the star, he encounters an unexpected surprise and the journey back to his village is full of adventure, passion, and deceit. This was the fantasy novel I was hoping The Eye of the World would be (plus it’s significantly shorter). The writing was beautiful and the language flowed. I was absolutely enchanted.

Movie: I really enjoyed the movie as well. There were some changes, as there usually are, but I think they worked. I loved the addition of the Captain Shakespeare storyline. I thought the casting was great and I loved being back in the land of Faerie. The book was definitely better, but I’d certainly recommend the movie as well.

Book: 5/5
Movie: 4/5

The Eye of The World [Book Review]

Title: The Eye of the World
Author: Robert Jordan
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN: 0812511816
Pages: 832 (31 hours on audio)
Year: 1990
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Source: Personal Collection
Rating: 2.5/5

My thoughts: This book was given to me by my best friend in law school, Susan of Chocolate-Covered Books, upon our graduation. She insisted that I give fantasy a try. It lingered on my shelf for some time and then Heather from Age 30+…A Lifetime of Books chose it as her That’s How I Blog book. This inspired me to take The Eye of the World off the shelf and crack it open.

Shortly after my first attempt at reading it, I realized that this book was going to be a struggle for me, so I went and got the audio CDs from the library. My goal was to listen until I got into the story and then start reading.

Now I need a time passing montage to play. You know, the ones where the suns quickly rise and set and the seasons pass.

I began this book in January. When Heather’s show aired in February, I was no where near done. It was not until May (after many starts and stops) that I finally finished listening to this book.

The Eye of the World is the story of Rand who, along with 2 of his friends and a handful of other characters, is pulled from his sheep-herding village life and forced to travel far from home after his village is attacked. He encounters many obstacles and meets others along the way, some good and some evil, while he himself tries to keep the Dark One from pulling him in. (That’s really the best I can do to sum up an 800 page book).

I understand why fantasy fans would like it. But alas, I am not a fantasy reader and this book did not convert me. I found it overly descriptive and kept wishing the story would move a little faster. I had a hard time just accepting everything that happened because we weren’t given many reasons. While the characters annoyed me in the same way that teenage characters in books I love often annoy me – I want to shake them until they make the smarter choices – I thought the characters were well-developed and easy to understand.

This is the first in a VERY long series and I will not be reading the rest. I will probably call Susan sometime and have her give me the cliff’s notes version of the remaining books. But I’m really in no rush.

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