The Sandman by Neil Gaiman (Preludes and Nocturnes)

Just read the first of the Sandman (actually I already read No.3 already but I don’t think this adversely affects the storyline as it was almost like a standalone).

The Sandman is really my first foray into graphic novels and I think I’m probably spoiled now!

Preludes and Nocturnes, put basically, sees Dream being captured by a bunch of demon worshippers who were aiming to ensnare Death but miscalculated and instead got Dream.  They keep him trapped in a cellar for years and years (basically as they all become victims of their own mortality).  Eventually, he escapes, his dream world is ruined and he no longer has the tools of his trade.  And, so begins his quest. to regain his throne and restore his dream realm.

This is such a perfect combination.  Gaiman, who, lets face it, can do no wrong, lets his wicked imagination run riot and his amazing stories are brought stunningly to life with the most amazing images.  Frankly I find myself taking a lot longer to read the stories than I should because I’m totally diverted by the imagery.  The graphics are brilliant and are a perfect compliment to Gainman’s wriring.  The other thing that really strikes you is that in portraying the story this way there’s probably much more violence and blood than you actually realise – some of it really quite dramatic but it seems more acceptable somehow in this format.

I love the way that we have gods and myths, even aliens, all mixed up with the darker side of human nature.  I think I’m going to like Morpheus – he’s an odd character, he’s not perfect is he?  For example, he wanted revenge when he broke free from his captors – and who wouldn’t in his circumstances – but it shows a certain side to his character, a bit human really even though he isn’t human.  He also didn’t know how to retrieve his ruby from the crazy madman who was trying to cause the end of the world.  And we also met his rather quirky sister Death who defies all the stereotypes.

All in all a brilliant start to this series of novels.  I think my favourite – and you have to pick one really (it would be rude not to) was the foray into hell.  Brilliantly depicted and with the little duelling game at the end of the story where Morpheus takes on the demon who has his mask! (That demon was freaky looking – two mouths, I thought I’d gone cross eyed for a moment there).

Definitely recommend.



6 Responses to “The Sandman by Neil Gaiman (Preludes and Nocturnes)”

  1. TBM

    Well now I need to track down a copy!

    • lynnsbooks

      Yes, you should read The Sandman – it’s Gaiman after all!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Genki Jason

    I thought this was very imaginative and disturbing. I watch a lot of horror films but the mind-control sequence in the diner, Morpheus’s revenge and the fate of the girl who took too much dream dust really creeped me out. Great to see Constantine!

    • lynnsbooks

      OMG yes the diner was definitely, without doubt, the most disturbing! I think it’s interesting that I could read this as a graphic novel but I don’t think I could read it otherwise. Even though the graphics are also a bit disturbing I just found them fascinating, not to mention the use of colours.
      Lynn 😀

  3. nrlymrtl

    I have started this series twice in my life, and for various reasons, got distracted by other shiny books. I really did enjoy Book 1 and I really should give myself time to sit and enjoy the entire series.

    • lynnsbooks

      I’m enjoying this – my first real experience with this type of reading and it’s amazing how much the graphics really add to the dark feel.
      Lynn 😀

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