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Preludes & Nocturnes New York Times best selling author Neil Gaiman s transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative visionIn PRELUDES NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead After hisyear imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all powerful madmanThis book also includes the story The Sound of Her Wings, which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl DeathIncludes issues of the original series One of those graphic novels that are so famous and hyped up that it makes you want to read them The consequence though would be that expectations tend to rocket up I amdisappointed than entertained.I ve read 2 novels of Neil Gaiman I hated Stardust, while Ocean was a mediocre read for me I DNF did not finish American Gods and Graveyard Book because I got bored The Sandman was not that great for me I think I have to conclude soon enough that I honestly don t see what s so good about One of those graphic novels that are so famous and hyped up that it makes you want to read them The consequence though would be that expectations tend to rocket up I amdisappointed than entertained.I ve read 2 novels of Neil Gaiman I hated Stardust, while Ocean was a mediocre read for me I DNF did not finish American Gods and Graveyard Book because I got bored The Sandman was not that great for me I think I have to conclude soon enough that I honestly don t see what s so good about Gaiman I just don t get his weird writing I didn t hate this first volume, but it was not mind blowing The terrible thing about this volume would be the overwhelming amount of things happening There were too many characters both new and recycled so some ended up flat and boring The main character was not bad, but like I said, he became a bit flat and boring The only one that I really liked would be John Constantine I hated Martian Manhunter ever since I was a child, and I still hated him after reading this.The plot was also a bit overwhelming and confusing at times So many things were happening, and some ideas that you want the author to expound on got overlooked because new ideas were presented The overall story was actually interesting, so I ll see if it improves in the second volume.3 5 stars Still disappointed in Gaiman, but hopefully the second volume would be an improvement over this So here s the thingI wrote the introduction to the 30th anniversary edition of The Sandman.How absolutely stupid is that It s been half a year since I got the invitation, and months since I actually finished writing the introduction, but I still can t believe it.To celebrate, I thought I d write a review here But rather than just my usual messy gush about how I love some story, I got permission from the publisher to re print part of my introduction I wrote.Share and enjoy What follows So here s the thingI wrote the introduction to the 30th anniversary edition of The Sandman.How absolutely stupid is that It s been half a year since I got the invitation, and months since I actually finished writing the introduction, but I still can t believe it.To celebrate, I thought I d write a review here But rather than just my usual messy gush about how I love some story, I got permission from the publisher to re print part of my introduction I wrote.Share and enjoy What follows is an excerpt from the intro I ll admit, I m at a bit of a loss as to what to do here.If you ve already read Sandman, what can I tell you that you don t already know deep in the secret corners of your heart You know this story is lovely and brilliant and sweet and strange You know it is beautiful and deep and wry and wondrous You know.If you ve already read this book, you know nothing I can say is as good as what waits for you ahead So go Stop reading this and go If you haven t read this book, and are, perhaps, standing in a bookstore or a comic shop, wondering if it s worth your time, what I can say to convince you Should I wax rhapsodic Get lyrical and grandiose Reference some of the story s funnier jokes so I seemclever than I really am No I love this book too much I don t want to spoil its secrets or steal its thunder So let me tell you the simple truth No hyperbole Sandman changed my life It s not often you get to say that and mean it But it s true.If that s not enough to convince you I guess all that s left is for me to tell you a story or two Because that s what I do Stories are important, after all I came to comics late in life I can t tell you why I was a voracious reader as a kid, going through pretty much every picture book in the local library until I finally started chapter books around age 9 Then I read a novel or two a day until I finished high school Even as I slouched through college, comics simply weren t on my radar Didn t occur to me to read them Didn t occur to me they might be worth reading I had a couple thousand fantasy and sci fi novels under my belt, and my classes were exposing me to Shakespeare and Chaucer, Sanskrit theater and the Harlem Renaissance poets I read Roethke and Frost and Brooks and Baldwin But comics That was like Garfield, right And superheroes I didn t spare any thought for them, and when I did, I assumed they were and I m ashamed to write this now silly bullshit for kids.I was well into my 20 s when, at a weekend long party, I sat down in a quiet corner and idly picked up a copy of Dark Night Returns I read the whole thing straight through, completely lost in it, deaf to the riot and welter around me Hours later, I hunted down the person who had brought the book I shook it at them, angry and incredulous, demanding Is it all as good as this Oh no, he said sadly But some of it is close First he gave we Watchmen, and it floored me despite the fact that I didn t I didn t know superheroes mythology from a hole in the ground.Next came Sandman And it was unlike any story I d ever read In any genre In any medium I remember thinking, Can you do this Can you have Odin and angels and faeries and witches and just everything All at once In the same story Is this allowed It lit me up inside I wouldn t shut up about it I d give it to people and say, You have to read this It s like Shakespeare I blush a little now, remembering that It s not the best comparison It s just that back then, Shakespeare was the best thing I d ever read The truth is, Shakespeare wishes he wrote something this good But let s back up a bit I d prefer to be fully honest here I didn t feel that way about Sandman immediately Not right out of the gate I read this first graphic novel and liked it well enough Preludes and Nocturnes is lovely It introduces the world, the characters, there s a nice little plot Tension Mystery Hero s Journey Mythic underpinning Decent to the underworld Vengeance Recovery of self Got my RDA of all manner of awesome here Cool Then I kept reading, and the storytelling got looser But I was still happy Shakespeare shows up I dig that And there s faerie tales And What Are we in Africa now Wait, is someone telling a story about a story inside a story Okay That s cool I guess this series islike a bunch of different stories But they re all interesting, so who really cares if they don t really have much to do with each other Then I kept reading and there was a little plotline And a new character or two And and hold on Wait Does all this fit together Has it all fit together from the beginning Has everything been leading to an ending Oh Oh lord I never knew a story could be like this End excerpt There s , of course I do tend to go on a bit when it comes to books I love But I m guessing you get the gist of it If you read The Sandman back in the day, trust me, it s as good as you remember.If you ve never read The Sandman, this is the place to start And trust me, it s absolutely worth your time First off, let s be clear, I m a big soppy fan of Gaiman s Work Secondly, I ve read the Sandman series several times before So this isa record of my fond re reading and musing about this story rather than some sort of objective review But if you ve read any of my other reviews, that won t come as a surprise I think it s been a full ten years since the last time I ve read this series And, given that my memory is, well to put it plainly quite shit, I get to experience the series with First off, let s be clear, I m a big soppy fan of Gaiman s Work Secondly, I ve read the Sandman series several times before So this isa record of my fond re reading and musing about this story rather than some sort of objective review But if you ve read any of my other reviews, that won t come as a surprise I think it s been a full ten years since the last time I ve read this series And, given that my memory is, well to put it plainly quite shit, I get to experience the series with a fairly fresh set of eyes at this point The first thing that I notice is that the art is different that I remember I remember it being darker and grittier More real ANDsurreal at the same time But that, I m expecting, is the lens of corrective memory at play In reality, the art seemsfor lack of a better word cartoony The colors are bolder,garish than I remember Note I had the same experience recently when I re read Watchmen So I m suspecting this is an issue with me, rather than the comic Or perhaps I m remembering the later parts of the comicvividly The other thing I m surprised to see is that both John Constantine and a few members of the DC cannon show up in this first book Mostly just brief walk ons, but Martian Manhunter is there, and we see Arkham asylum and the Scarecrow These things don t detract from the story I can say that for a fact, because on my earlier reads when I hadn t read many comics, so I didn t know who many of those characters were But I have to say, reading through this time they kinda surprised me You see, I think of the Sandman series as being well kinda self contained That s not the right way of putting it really, as the story is hugely vast It s sprawling and lovely and mythically rich I guess what I m saying here is that while it seems perfectly natural that Sandman exists in the same world as Odin and Puck and Eurydice, having Batman in that cosmology, even by association, feels really odd to me And theI think of it, it s strangely off putting That said, I m fairly certain these DC cameos were early things, and weren t repeated extensively throughout the rest of the series As for this first book, it makes for both a great story in itself, and a great start to the larger series That s not a common thing Is it worth your time Absolutely I don t care if you don t read comics, you should read this series And if you do read comics, you cannot consider yourself well read until you have Sandman under your belt Seriously I thought it was time I added The Sandman It fits precisely into my systematic program of reading Hold on I can hear all you folks out there saying Your systematic program of reading Why you re one of the most eclectic readers I know I can understand why you might feel that way, but there is a little method to my madness Although it is true that some of the books I read progressive political analyzes, slim 20th century verse collections, cat books, classic spiritual treatises, or t I thought it was time I added The Sandman It fits precisely into my systematic program of reading Hold on I can hear all you folks out there saying Your systematic program of reading Why you re one of the most eclectic readers I know I can understand why you might feel that way, but there is a little method to my madness Although it is true that some of the books I read progressive political analyzes, slim 20th century verse collections, cat books, classic spiritual treatises, or the occasional literary novel do not fit within my grand plan, most of them do.About ten years ago, I realized that many books I liked were from emerging, belittled or despised forms or genres the Elizabethan popular stage play, the budding 18th century novel, the gothic romance, the Victorian bourgeois novel published in serial form, the novel of sensation, the decadent experiment, the adventure tale, the sea story, the spy story, the ghost story, the pulps both mystery and terror , the space opera and other science fiction and fantasy of the 50 s, the detective novel, and the modern horror tale Whereas the writers of literary fiction are often too concerned with critical opinion, judiciously curbing their personal obsessions and producing unreadable writerly prose, the humble genre writer islikely to give his inner crazy free rein, and either tell his eccentric story in no nonsense fashion or on occasion let his plots and prose burgeon untrammeled, like a blooming meadow garden At worst, the result is amusing, or odd at best, it is something original, something new.Not long ago, it occurred to me that being too much a creature of words I had neglected an obvious example of an emerging genre the comic book of the late 80 s, on its way to becoming the graphic novel Since I m already in love with Gaiman s American Gods, I decided to begin with The Sandman.I am glad I did The first eight numbers of Gaiman s series are, on the surface, a traditional quest story Morpheus Lord of the Dreamworld, imprisoned for years by a sorcerer, goes searching for the objects of power his helmet, his jewel, his pouch of dream dust so that he may once again exercise full power over his realm But the stories it tells, and the genres in touches, range widely, from an Edwardian tale of an Aleister Crowley type sorcerer, a pulp EC Horror Cain and Abel anecdote, a contemporary British horror story of drug abuse, through a mythic descent into hell featuring an epic duel with demons, until it climaxes in a ghastly ordeal of modern horror with a little meta fiction thrown in in which an escaped madman in a diner, in possession of the Dream Lord s mind manipulating jewel, brutalizes the restaurant s clientele for hours The final number The Sound of Her Wings perhaps the most elegant of the eight is however, a kind of whimsical coda, introducing us to Dream s sister, the irreverent and down to earth Death.I thought everything about this saga story, dialogue, art was well executedexcept for one small detail Gaiman chooses to make a reference to the DC universe the Justice League of America, to be precise in a way that breaks the spell of what otherwise would be a completely self contained, transcendent and mythic journey But that s the kind of thing that s bound to happen in emerging genres People take risks.Anyway, I m hooked On to Sandman, Volume 2 The Doll s House

  • Hardcover
  • 233 pages
  • Preludes & Nocturnes
  • Neil Gaiman
  • English
  • 23 April 2018
  • 1563892278

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