This morning, I took myself out on to the balcony with my robe and a glass of water (like I did yesterday morning, except with tea instead of water) and finished Stardust by Neil Gaiman, and a full two days ahead of schedule!
I enjoyed the book. I mean, there was nothing about it not to enjoy. It was a fun romp through a fantasy world of magic and adventure, and it wasn't tired or trite like The Book of Lost Things was, a little. There was even a touch of ducal succession, just for me!
The entire thing was very original and well-conceived.
Was the ending quite wrapped up in a bow? Yes it was, but I felt it was suitable.
I thought that, at times, characters were a bit too non-chalant about discovering what should have been ground-breaking bits of information, such as when Victoria casually mentioned that Tristran was a child of Faerie, and the narrator supplied no reaction on Tristran's part until pages later. For a moment I was confused and thought, did he already find that out and I missed it?
On that topic, everyone in Faerie seems to know things without being told them. The sons of Stormhold always knew in which direction to go to find the topaz stone, and to find each other (though this was explained as them having "locating" abilities). Tristran, upon entering Faerie, instantly knew the names and directions of places in the Lands Beyond. The Witch could feel Yvaine's heart and knew how to get to it.
It was a delightful book and I definitely recommend it. The book club meeting is still three weeks away, so if you'd like to join us on 9/7 for the movie and discussion, there's plenty of time!
I have Atonement next on my list, but I don't know if I'm in the mood. The next book is Was, which sounds a little fantasy-esque, and I'm a bit on fantasy overload right now, so maybe I'll take the rest of the day to breathe.