STARDUSE by Neil Gaiman

Stardust  Awwwww.   It’s about fairies and witches and enchantments and magic meadows, and fallen stars.  It’s a fairy tale for adults because there is some goo and gore in it, which would be a little too much for young readers (or listeners).

A young man, Tristan by name, is half fairy and half human.  He falls in love with the most beautiful girl in his little village, but she won’t let him kiss her or marry her until he fulfills a quest of finding a fallen star which they both witness.  This entails his tromping off into fairy land and lots of nifty adventures.   At one point, a character says to a witch:

If you touch me, lay but a finger on me, you will regret it forevermore.

If ever you get to be my age, said the old woman, you will know all there is to know about regrets, and you will know that one more, here or there, will make no difference in the long run.

A fun read which has all the proper fairytale ingredients, including the fey, the ugly and the happy ending.

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