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  1. Alexander, Lloyd — The Black Cauldron
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  3. Cooper, Susan — Over Sea, Under Stone
  4. Proulx, Annie — Close Range: Wyoming Stories
  5. Kincaid, Jamaica — Lucy
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  7. Dick, Philip K. — Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  8. Cooper, Susan — The Dark Is Rising
  9. Cooper, Susan — Greenwitch
  10. Shaffer, Peter — Amadeus
  11. Anonymous — Go Ask Alice
  12. Cooper, Susan — The Grey King
  13. Martin, Steve — Shopgirl
  14. Cooper, Susan — Silver on the Tree
  15. Gaiman, Neil — Stardust

What a beautiful book! I think I quite possible enjoyed Stardust more than American Gods. The former has none of the complexity or scholarship of the latter—and I did enjoy American Gods quite a bit. Stardust is simply a delightful adult faerie tale full of magic and love (without shying away from sex and death and all that adult stuff).

I took a day trip to Windsor on Thursday and decided to take reading material for the train ride and in case I wanted to sit and read in the park. I looked at the voluminous Merton and decided I didn't want to carry it around. Besides, the blurb on the back of Stardust ("In the tranquil fields and meadows of long-ago England&hellip") gave the impression that it was more evocative of what I sought in Windsor. Windsor was a bit of a disappointment, but the book certainly was not.

Those of you who have read it will understand when I say I hope that Katie was my Victoria and that I'll find her fallen star during my travels. Those who haven't read it, go out and find a copy. If you want, you can have my copy when I get back to Boston in May (unless a London local claims it first). It won't take you more than a day or two to read, and you'll be happy you did.

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(Anonymous)
Apr. 9th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
You have read Gaiman's Neverwhere, right? An excellent London book, and also an excellent modern fairy tale.
sirreality
Apr. 9th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
Whoops -- that was me.
spwebdesign
Apr. 9th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
Alas, Neverwhere did not make the final cut, as I brought fewer books with me to London than originally expected. It's sitting in a box in Medford and *will* be one of the books I bring back with me in May.

(So the answer is no. The only other Gaiman I had read was American Gods. I definitely want to read more of his stuff, so I think Neverwhere is next.)
ayelle
Apr. 10th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
Out of curiousity, was that my former copy of Stardust? I can't remember what became of that one. (Not that I want it back. I've got the Charles Vess illustrated version.)
sunstealer
Apr. 10th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
You might find this interesting too-
Stardust:the Movie

Looks tentatively promising.
spwebdesign
Apr. 10th, 2006 06:50 am (UTC)
Who's this Captain Shakespeare they have De Niro playing? Was he in the original graphic version? I hate it when new characters are added for a movie. There are, after all, so many other rich and interesting characters already.
spwebdesign
Apr. 10th, 2006 06:38 am (UTC)
It may have been. I don't remember where I acquired it, but that's quite possible. (I only took stuff from the areas you specified, and only a very few books at that.)

I'd love to look through the Vess version sometime.
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