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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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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.
Rose Walker's story is a move in the utterly real direction, despite the fact that the motives of some characters are fantastical. The whole time reading the novel, you're realizing the truth of this because people are actually as mentally unbalanced as these characters. On the other hand, Gaiman throws in a support group-like "cereal" convention which sort of plays fun with the fact that these people are tormented. Sue me, but I liked it.
Traditional roles are presented and while his wit isn't the most original, the overall plot is captivating and cool.
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.