Hopelessly crossed in love, a boy of half-fairy parentage leaves his mundane Victorian-English village on a quest for a fallen star in the magical realm. The star proves to be an attractive woman with a hot temper, who plunges with our hero into adventures featuring witches, the lion and the unicorn, plotting elf-lords, ships that sail the sky, magical transformations, curses whose effects rebound, binding conditions with hidden loopholes and all the rest.
If you’ve seen the movie, you really don’t need to read the book. THAT SAID, there are differences and the differences are interesting. Not in a bad way, but interesting in the sense that I didn’t think you could tell the same story, but not and still make them both good. The movie does follow the book, but, again, there are distinct differences.
Gaiman is an amazing writer, odd, but amazing. I love his stories and how you can tell there’s more going on in the world than he’s letting on. However, this was the biggest beef I had about the book. There were things he mentions, but never elaborates. I feel that if there was more to it, I’d feel more for the world.
The book also doesn’t have the same action packed ending as the movie. Though that isn’t a bad thing. Honestly, I liked both endings (though my more actiony self would prefer the movie version, the original book ending is still good). You could say the book ended with a nice bow, but Gaiman hints more about the world that just makes you want more. It is a shame there isn’t a sequel, but then again, he’s more of a short story writer. Maybe he has some set in the Faerie world.