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The Sandman Library, Volume 2: The Doll's House Paperback – September 1, 1991
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The immense popularity of Neil Gaiman's Sandman series is due in large part to the development of his characters. In The Doll's House, the second book of the Sandman magnum opus, Gaiman continues to build the foundation for the larger story, introducing us to more of the Dream King's family of the Endless.
The Sandman returns to his kingdom of the Dreaming after nearly a century of imprisonment, finding several things out of place; most importantly, an anomaly called a dream vortex has manifested itself in the form of a young girl who unknowingly threatens to rip apart the Dreaming. And there's the smaller matter of a few nightmares having escaped. Among them is Gaiman's creepiest creation: the Corinthian, a serial killer with a miniature set of teeth in each eye socket. Because later volumes concentrate so much on human relationships with Gaiman's signature fair for fantasy and mythology, it is sometimes easy to forget that the Sandman series started out as a horror comic. This book grabs you and doesn't let you forget that so easily. --Jim Pascoe
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When dealing with something like dreams.. well, there's a lot you can do with it. A lot of places you can go. Gaiman is essentially only limited to his imagination, and it is clear enough now that he is in no short supply of that. I especially enjoyed the issue about the "deathless man". It reminded me of old fairy tales, similar to those that can be found in something like Howard Pyle's, Twilight Land. And as much as I enjoyed that issue, I was equally disturbed by the "cereal convention". Very disturbed, in fact. As much as these books are Fantasy, they contain horror elements as well; something I was fond of in the Dark Tower.
Overall, I really liked it. I am curious to see if the plot line in this volume will affect the story moving forward, or if each will be relatively self contained. Only one way to find out!
With regards to Volume 2, it is one of my personal favorites. The storyline concerns Morpheus discovering that while he was imprisoned a few of his creations - dream and nightmares - have escaped to the human plane. He must embark on a quest to retrieve them. At the same time a young woman, Rose Walker, threatens to unknowingly destroy the dream realm and Morpheus must make a decision with regards to her life in order to keep his kingdom intact.
As far as the volume's content on the Kindle Fire - I was hesitant to abandon the volumes in print worried that the Kindle Fire might provide a more difficult viewing experience. That hasn't turned out the be the case. The novel is easy to read, you can scan in to specific boxes, and the colors are vibrant.
But the formatting for kindle is awful. At least using the kindle for ipad app as of December 2016. I read it on portrait mode, and most pages are ok, but there are some two page spreads that would require a microscope to read. Rotate to landscape: it gets smaller! Double click to zoom panel: most of the time it doesn't work, and when it works you get the panels in some weird order. Pinch to zoom: disabled!
Here's a tip: if you want a better experience, get the comixology app. You can buy the book on amazon and read it in comixology, you just have to login to the comixology app using your amazon account. If you already have a comixology account, you can merge it with your amazon account. In the comixology app you can use landscape mode for two page spreads, and pinch to zoom works as expected.
As a comic book fan I know most people probably imagine the world of comics as being about super heroes or Sunday Funnies. But, the comic medium is worthy of so much more.
Sandman is that "much more". The story is excellent, and is wonderfully executed. You're going to want to get all of these at once, because they can't be put down.
If you're already a comic book fan, you've likely heard of Sandman. So what are you waiting for? Read this already!
If you aren't already a comic book fan, maybe it's time to give it a chance. If any story is going to change your mind about the possibilities of this art form, this is the one.
Probably one of my favorite parts in this volume has to be the "Serial Killer Convention," which is bizarre and at the time delightfully disturbing.
"The Doll's House" is probably one of the best graphic novels I've ever read. I mean I rank it up there with "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns," and "Watchmen." It is one of Neil Gaiman's masterpieces and anyone who is tired of reading the same old Superman, Batman, or The Flash comics will like this book. This series takes risks. Something I feel that comics of today are lacking.