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The Sandman Vol. 7: Brief Lives Paperback – December 13, 2011

Book 7 of 12 in the Sandman Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; New edition edition (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401232639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401232634
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This moves the story along nicely while still working as a stand alone volume.
L. Jackson
It's fun to see the author make fun of himself with some of the characters' comments on his dourness.
T. A. Daniel
I would say that BL is both the funniest and the most philosophical that the Sandman has ever been.
James B.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Over the years, the Sandman series risen to prominence as one of the best expressions of the medium. Since its initial run, the trade-paperback collections have done much to increase the fanbase of Sandman. The collection of these particular stories was originally published in 1995, and now a little over a decade and a half later, the issues that make up the BRIEF LIVES story arc are re-released as this "New Edition."

What's new about this "New Edition?" Well, not much really. The cover of the book has changed, but that seems to be the only significant art-work change. The forethought/afterword by Peter Straub is still in tact. No new annotations have been added. There are two significant changes, however:

1) The colors have been remastered. Because these stories were published in the early 90's, much of the technology of preserving and creating color on pages have been updated in our time. Unfortunately, most readers will not see much of a difference (these differences are apparent in the first few collections of Sandman though). Similar to the treatment that Watchmen received, these new updated colors better reflect the Neil Gaiman's original intent.

2) An electronic edition has been added. With the increased use of tablets/eReaders, comics are moving into the digital realm. Unfortunately (HUGE DISCLAIMER), I've been told that the New Edition of Sandman as sold here on Amazon WILL NOT push to iPad. These electronic versions are intended only for Kindle Fire.

With that said, if you have the original trade-paperback collection of BRIEF LIVES, this is not a purchase worth making.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 12, 2012
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Approximately 300 years ago, one of the Endless vanished. None of the others have seen him since, nor do they know where he went.

But it was pretty inevitable that one day, somebody would go looking for him. "The Sandman Vol. 7: Brief Lives" finally reveals what happened to the long-lost lord of Destruction, but it's as the capstone to a bittersweet saga of everyday people, immortals, fallen gods and the most dysfunctional family in the universe.

After having a small meltdown in a gay bar, Delirium decides that she wants to find her older brother Destruction. She tries to enlist Dream to help her, and he decides to accompany his acid-tripping little sister on her quest. He's already decided that her quest is hopeless, but he has nothing better to do after his latest romance failed.

But as Dream and Delirium make their way through the world, they come into contact with several people -- both mortal and supernatural, from bellgirls to goddesses. Soon Dream realizes that they are spreading mayhem to anyone who tries to help them, and that finding his brother will exact a terrible cost from him.

At first, "Sandman Vol. 7: Brief Lives" felt kind of like a lighter, quirky chapter in the Sandman saga -- it's basically Morpheus and Delirium going on a little road trip to find Destruction. It's kind of cute at first, especially since any story with Delirium is sure to be fun. Three words: tiny chocolate people.

But Gaiman's story grows darker and more bittersweet as the the story winds on, especially since he unearths the stories of immortals adrift in a mortal world (think the goddess Ishtar dancing at a strip club). It's a gritty, grimy world full of little flickers of haunting beauty, and ringed with magical realms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James B. on January 11, 2014
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Brief Lives is yet another great installment in a series already filled with great installments. I would say that BL is both the funniest and the most philosophical that the Sandman has ever been.

The humor is due in large part to the glorious return of dreams youngest sister, Delirium. She...you just can't describe it really, which is appropriate for her character. I guess I would have to say her ADD type personality leads to some laugh out loud moments. Especially when she gets together with Matthew.

The rest of the humor and the philosophy comes from Dream's long lost brother, the prodigal. For those who haven't read, I won't give away his real name. This man is the most reflective of the endless, and the reasons for abandoning his realm are finally revealed. Long time Gaiman fans may also notice the seeds being planted for his novel American Gods, released in the early 2000's.

This isn't my favorite story in the series, but it is for a lot of others that I know. Get reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John connelly on October 31, 2013
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This is one of the more linear collections in the Sandman series and a delight, through and through. Thank you, Neil Gaiman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Onion Okray on March 5, 2013
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Wonderful example of the work of Neil Gaiman. The master does very well with putting together a book that brings it all together into something wonderful. A great, classic read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katari on December 30, 2013
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Incredible series. This isn't the most memorable book in Sandman, but that doesn't say anything against its quality. I've read these twice and there is just such a wealth of stories and phenomenal characters, it can be hard to keep track of them all.
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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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