December 12th, 2020

Book 24 - 2019

Book 24: The Sandman: Volume 1 - Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman - 240 pages

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New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman's transcendent series THE SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision. In PRELUDES and NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman. This book also includes the story The Sound of Her Wings, which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl Death.

After reading American Gods a few years ago, and loving Good Omens so much, I decided to take on the first of Gaiman's original masterpiece, The Sandman. Graphic novels are not my usual reading choice, but I've gotten into them over the last six months after reading Saga. Sandman is a rather different style, art wise, but though its set in the real world as opposed to the alien worlds of Saga, there are some similarities in the fantastical elements. The first volume really just sets up who Sandman is, and sends him on a quest of sorts, recovering three lost tokens after many years of imprisonment. At times, the stories feel a little disjointed, and as Gaiman comments himself, there is an element of awkwardness to the overall volume. However, the ideas and characters are intriguing, and as I'm a big fan of the show Lucifer, which was born out of Sandman, I definitely intend to continue.

24 / 50 books. 48% done!

6366 / 15000 pages. 42% done!

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