I loved the movie, so I picked up this book (the Charles Vess illustrated version) from the library and read through it. The art was so nice to look at and the writing style was impeccable. Neil Gaiman offers many clever quips about Tristran's journey - and, in effect, the journey of many characters in many fairy tales.
However, I felt as if the plot was a bit anti-climactic at times (especially the ending). Moreover, the characters were not as likable as their counterparts in the movie, or as deep. (Also...what happened to the Captain's backstory? I loved Shakespeare in the movie, and I felt as if I was missing out on something when I read to the section about the Perdita!)
I should have read this before watching the movie - I'm sure both would have been more enjoyable if I had done so. Other than that, this is a great book in its own right.