Sandman Volume 3: Dream Country

30 Jun

Title: Sandman Volume 3: Dream Country

Author: Neil Gaiman

Publisher: Vertigo 2010

Genre: Graphic Novel

Pages: 160

Rating:   4/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Graphic Novel; Support Your Local LIbrary

How I Got It: Library loan

The third book of the Sandman collection is a series of four short comic book stories. In each of these otherwise unrelated stories, Morpheus serves only as a minor character. Here we meet the mother of Morpheus’s son, find out what cats dream about, and discover the true origin behind Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream. The latter won a World Fantasy Award for best short story, the first time a comic book was given that honor.

This volume includes issues 17-20 of the original series and features completely new coloring, approved by the author, of issues 17 and 18.

Hmmm…  So I didn’t like this volume as much as the first two.  We get appearances by Dream, but the stories are stories of others.  I did enjoy the story featuring Death.  She is fast becoming my favorite character in the series.  Her spunk is a great contrast to her job.  I think my favorite part of the volume was actually the extras at the back.  We get an actual manuscript from Gaiman detailing the stories to be included.  They read like a play script with stage directions and character descriptions.  I find the journey from story to comic to be an interesting one.

1. Preludes and Nocturnes
2. The Doll’s House 
3. Dream Country 
4. Season of Mists
5. A Game of You
6. Fables and Reflections
7. The Brief Lives
8. World’s End
9. The Kindly Ones
10. The Wake
11. The Dream Hunters (with Amano Yoshitaka)
12. Endless Nights


Posted by on June 30, 2012 in Book Reviews


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