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The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes (New Edition) Paperback – October 19, 2010
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Sam Keith was an American author whose most notable work was the 1973 bestseller One Man's Wilderness.
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So - you haven't read comics in a long time, have you? Sure, you read it when you were a kid, like everyone else, but then you outgrew them. You went on to read real books with no pictures. But suddenly a couple of people tell you that there have been some interesting things going on in comics in the last twenty years, and you should check it out. You decide to give the ol' funnybooks a chance.
In that case, this book right here is one of the half-dozen masterworks you should start with to get a general idea of what comics are capable of, at least in the English speaking regions of the world (there are some fascinating things going on in Japan and France that I won't even begin to discuss). The Sandman, the ENTIRE Sandman saga, altogether ten books long - collected from magazine-form comics that were published regularly throughout most of the 90s - is one of the truly glorious, shining, perfect creations of, I'll say it, adult comics. That Preludes & Nocturnes, the first story-arch in the series, is the only one that can stand rightly by its own right, other than being a convenience for new readers which may make it easier for them to deal with the size of this saga, is a sure sign of the wisdom of the creator, the brilliant Mr. Neil Gaiman.Read more ›
In fact, "comic" is too small a word. So is "graphic novel," which is most often used by adults who are trying not to feel silly about reading comics. Sandman is one of those rare comics that transcend the medium. This is no mere comic book.
This is fiction, with artwork. This is visual storytelling, a modern descendent of humanity's earliest art forms. Don't let the "comic book" label fool you. This is a full-fledged book.
The entire 10 volume Sandman series centers around Morpheus, the Dream King. One of The Endless, he is one of seven eternal beings who are the embodiments of abstracts. Dream's older sister Death makes an appearance in the final chapter in this volume.
Other reviewers have criticized this volume for not being very representative of the series on the whole, and that is true. But this volume is a supremely important one becuase it lays the groundwork for everything that follows.
Not only that, it's very entertaining in it's own right. Chapters like A Hope In Hell, The Sound of Her Wings, or 24 Hours are extraordinary examples of comics at their best. Any one of those stories makes this volume worth owning, but you get all three of them, plus five more chapters as well.
If you already read comics, then by all means buy this book (and the other nine volumes, too). But if you're just getting started in comics, you should seriously think about starting somewhere else.
Because once you've read Sandman, you're going to be spending a lot of time in a mostly fruitless search for more books that are as good as this series.
Seriously. It's that good. 10 out of 10
This first book relies too much on guest appearances made by DC characters, but Gaiman does manage to move beyond that by the eighth issue, "The Sound of Her Wings". I really enjoyed that issue, which has the first appearance of Death. She's the reason I started reading the Sandman series. I'd read The High Cost of Living, and I loved the idea that Death could be a perky goth girl who you could really get to like. Mike Dringenberg, who does the pencils for the eighth issue, does an excellent version of Sandman and Death. I don't really like Sam Keith's version of Sandman that much, but his depictions of horrific things, like Hell, are wonderful. I also liked "Dream a Little Dream of Me", in which Dream has to find his bag of sand and is getting help from John Constantine, and "24 Hours", in which Doctor Destiny has Dream's Dreamstone and is driving the world mad. I consider both of those issues to be top horror. It's definitely worth it to get this book.
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One of the best stories I've read ever, let alone this year.
So, here's the thing. I'm not a huge reader of comics or graphic novels. Read more
Great storyteller. The comic is sometimes hard to see details, but otherwise it's a great set of stories that contain surprising character development and unusual scenarios. Read morePublished 22 days ago by jw
Great story and artwork! The only reason I'm giving 4 stars instead of 5 is that the 2 page spreads are difficult to read on the Kindle version. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Never read something about Gaiman and I must say this was an excelent start! The story is outstanding and very different from traditional comics of DC/Marvel or including some rare... Read morePublished 1 month ago by fan
Neil Gaiman is my favorite author, but I'm new to the Sandman experience. After reading everything, this is definitely the best in the Sandman series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bibliophiliak
Came sooner than expected and the book looked liked it had never been touched, heard this was a great series and wanted to check it out and for a good pricePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Decidedly dark, with a slightly creepy, yet surprisingly sensitive protagonist. Fantastic story, engaging characters. Mature readers only. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Josie