This gem of a novella is about a young man, Tristran Thorn, who promises a fair maiden that he will fetch a fallen star for her from beyond a wall that is crossed only once every nine years during a magical flea market. The wall (which resides in a rural English town named Wall) separates our world from the land of Faerie. During his travels, Tristran encounters witches, goblins, upset trees, feuding brothers, and farting hair-balls. Eventually, he uncovers his true heart's desire.

Stardust is an adult fairy by Neil Gaiman, author of Neverwhere, American Gods, and other highly stylized fantasy novels. He is also the creator of the DC Comic Sandman series. I sat down and read this book in about 5 hours.