- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Vertigo (October 19, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401229352
- ISBN-13: 978-1401229351
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Sandman, Vol. 3: Dream Country Paperback – October 19, 2010
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The third book of the Sandman collection is a series of four short comic book stories. What's remarkable here (considering the publisher and the time that this was originally published) is that the main character of the book--the Sandman, King of Dreams--serves only as a minor character in each of these otherwise unrelated stories. (Actually, he's not even in the last story.) This signaled a couple of important things in the development of what is considered one of the great comics of the second half of the century. First, it marked a distinct move away from the horror genre and into a more fantasy-rich, classical mythology-laden environment. And secondly, it solidly cemented Neil Gaiman as a storyteller. One of the stories here, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," took home the World Fantasy Award for best short story--the first time a comic was given that honor. But for my money, another story in Dream Country has it beat hands down. "A Dream of a Thousand Cats" has such hope, beauty, and good old-fashioned chills that rereading it becomes a welcome pleasure. --Jim Pascoe --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the most critically acclaimed comics writer of the 1990s and is the author of numerous books and graphic novels. He is the New York Times No. 1 best-selling author of American Gods and Anansi Boys. Kelley Jones is a regular artist on Batman for DC Comics. Past credits include Sandman, Swamp Thing, Batman & Dracula: Red Rain, Batman: Bloodstorm, and Batman: Dark Joker - The Wild. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I know you hear lots of hype but in this case it's worth it.
There's only one other series out there that can compare to this: Starman by James Robison. If you loved that series, with its well-thought-out characters, extremely intricate plots, foreshadowing and "Easter Eggs" which take years to work out, and storylines which bring you to tears and laughter, then this series is for you.
With regards to Volume 3 itself it is exceptionally good, with some clever takes on historical events. This volume consists of 4 different, unrelated short stories. While Morpheus plays a role in 3 of the 4 he is more of a minor character than the primary focus. The first story focuses on Calliope, a former lover of Morpheus, who has been imprisoned by a writer to be used for inspiration. The second story concerns a cat whose kittens were killed by humans. She seeks out Morpheus who shows her an alternate reality where cats are the dominant lifeform. The third story concerns Morpheus' involvement in Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream. This story won a World Fantasy Award, the first comic to do so. The final story is about a minor DC superhero, Element Girl, who is retired and ashamed of her appearance. She wants to die but cannot because she is invulnerable. She meets Death and asks her to speak to the sun god Ra and allow her to die.
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.
As far as the stories go in this volume they are mostly one shots and aren't continuing - much like volume 2 was with A Doll's House - so it's a nice change of pace if you are coming straight out of volume 2 into this this one. Each story has a beginning, middle, and end without having to read the entire volume to get the full story. With that said each story has its own message and meaning so be prepared to read each one twice or more to really get a handle on the art and dialogue to better understand its purpose. As such, it is this book that, in my opinion, makes it the reason why many consider the Sandman series to be the "intellectual's graphic novel". We learn a little history about Morpheus and really see him evolve as a character in this book. If you've read this volume along with the first 2 and still don't like the series then this is probably a good stopping point.
The book itself is just like the previous two; great paper quality, nice size, recolored artwork and contains a script at the end from Gaiman concerning one of stories, Calliope (if that interests you). It also contains the World Fantasy Award winning short story, A Midsummer Night's Dream.
A quick summary of the 4 issues inside:
Calloipe: A man imprisons one of the Muses and uses her to spur his creativity which attracts the scorn of Morpheus.
A Dream of a Thousand Cats: Even animals can venture into Dream's domain as we learn of the rule of cats and humans rise over them.
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Shakespeare must pay well on his debt to Dream and perform his famous play to an unnatural audience.
Facade: An immortal women wishes for death.