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The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 3 Hardcover – June 17, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; Box Slp edition (June 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401210848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401210847
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 9 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I make things up and write them down. Which takes us from comics (like SANDMAN) to novels (like ANANSI BOYS and AMERICAN GODS) to short stories (some are collected in SMOKE AND MIRRORS) and to occasionally movies (like Dave McKean's MIRRORMASK or the NEVERWHERE TV series, or my own short film A SHORT FILM ABOUT JOHN BOLTON).

In my spare time I read and sleep and eat and try to keep the blog at www.neilgaiman.com more or less up to date.

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Beautiful art, but the story lines!
Songbook
If you've got the Sandman books already, it is worth your money to replace them with the Absolute edition volumes.
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The book was in exceptional condition and I received it in a very timely manner.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason A. Anderson on July 24, 2008
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I have the Sandman trade paperbacks 1-6. I decided I was willing to take a gamble with the Absolute edition. It was a great choice. The Absolute edition surpassed my expectations. It is significantly larger than the trade paperbacks, which makes it instantly more fun to read, and the text being larger means it is easier on your eyes. The colors look a lot more vibrant. The paper is thick and feels good to touch. The price is the only undesirable portion of this book, but even with that being what it is, I think it is worth it.

And, just to make an attempt to justify the price, consider this:
A hardcover graphic novel that is the size of a Sandman trade paperback usually costs around $20. Absolute Sandman Volume 3 includes about 2.5 trade paperbacks (Brief Lives, Worlds End, and part of Fables & Reflections). 20 times 2.5 equals $50. And then you factor in the extras, the larger size, the higher quality coloring and paper, the impressive cover, and the slipcase...which more than justifies the other $14. So, is this really expensive? Yes. Is it unreasonably expensive? No. Is it worthy purchasing? ABSOLUTELY!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Rider on September 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When I saw the vultures start listing this gorgeous book for $200 an up, I sent Neil a tweet saying he may want to let people know it is getting rare.
He replied (and he does this more than you might think) a reprinting is coming once again confirming that he knows more about his product than I do.

I doubt there is much I could add to what I consider the finest tale in any medium. Ever.
It is absolutely worth the extra cash to own the definitive versions. They are beautiful. I have now 4 different versions, but this is the one I will go back to time and again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Buksar on June 24, 2008
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This book is a joy to read, just as wonderful as the previous two. Bryan Talbot's pencil details pop out the in larger scale volume and McKean's covers shine. "Ramadan" is in this addition with P.Craig Russell's beautiful illustrations as well as the "Brief Lives" run, the "Death Gallery" stand-alone issue, "Fear of Falling" and more. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Gladwin on July 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Sandman is a series so unbeatable in storytelling (maybe a little of an overstatement) and so beautiful to look at that it should be read by anyone who's a comic fan, or a great literature fan for that matter. There's more random short stories in this section, but the stories that follow the main Endless family canon are amazing.

It's just as good as the 2 preceding, with beautiful art and a story script for Ramadan as bonus material, and will keep you reading for a bit. The price Amazon asks for is very reasonable, and is about 35 bucks cheaper than I could ever get it anywhere else. Buy it, and buy it here. (Now I sound like I'm an advertisement....)

Unless you can get it cheaper somewhere else. (Does that make up for it?)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ulrik Hedin on January 18, 2009
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The Absolute Sandman editions are just so amazing. Oversized, hardcover with slipcase, great quality regarding paper and ink. This is top of the line when it comes to collections. I will not go so much into the storyline since this collections contiunues right after the privious and to have the complete collection you really need all 4, right? These looks so good in my bookshelf. More comics should be presented like this. 5 stars, no complaints!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hippipunkmom on October 16, 2008
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These, if this is your Genre, are completely amazing. The price that I got these for was phenomenal. I paid nearly half of what any comic book store charges, received them in wonderful condition. I have nothing but good things about this product and the company I received them through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Venkat Baskararajan on September 1, 2008
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Neil Gaiman's Sandman is a comic book + Literary genius + Great artwork + Stories from all over the world + much more. The absolute edition has new stories that were never before published. It's a visual and mental treat. If you are ever wondering whether to buy the TPB's or the absolute edition, I would suggest the Absolute edition - as all the original 75 stories from Sandman are collected in dust cover 4 volumes vs 12 TPB's. So price-wise it doesn't make a big difference. I have read this 3 times in the last 10 years and every time there is something new that I find. Like for example the library in the dream king's castle has books that famous authors thought but never wrote like in the sidelines if you you look for it. This book vol.3 introduces the "Inn at the world's end" a place where the currency is stories. The current series by Vertigo called "The house of Mystery" expounds on this concept. All in all a must buy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anna Savvides on July 6, 2008
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The real reason I bought it is that even though I read The Sandman first run, I have the issues scattered throughout uncounted files and boxes. Couldn't pull them out to read them without a major overhaul. This book is big and gorgeous and once shelved, will be there when I need it. Well made compendiums are for keeping and using. This one is worth its weight. All I can hope is that when I'm old and frail, I'll still be able to lift it.
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