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The Absolute Sandman, Volume Three (The Absolute Sandman Three)

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One of the most popular and critically acclaimed comic book titles of all time, New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman's masterpiece The Sandman set new standards for mature, lyrical fantasy and graphic narrative. Now, Vertigo and DC Comics are proud to present the third of four definitive Absolute Editions collecting this groundbreaking series in its entirety.

Slipcased Hardcover, 616 pages
Published June 17th 2008 by Vertigo (first published June 2008)
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Gaiman je definitivno previše razvukao Sandmana. Glavni likovi su već prošli sve konflikte koje su mogli imati bez zaranjanja u tešku sapunicu. Ovdje je problem i to što Gaiman pokušava iste stvari napisati na drugi način. I u prethodnom Apsolutnom Sandmanu je bilo lošijih epizoda, ali svejedno sam mu dao peticu zbog dobrog ukupnog dojma. Ovaj treći dio kolekcije mi je već od početka bio dosadan i naporan za čitanje. Ostavljao sam ga i vraćao mu se, ali na kraju sam ipak odustao.

U stripovima mi
Orbi Alter
Sep 13, 2016 Orbi Alter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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#!¿*!??? NEEE. NECU. TO. TAKO.
To je moja jedina reakcija na kraj Kraja svijeta.

Prva knjiga me osvojila na prvu zato jer je spajala sve stvari koje zivot cine lijepim i uzbudljivim, na nacin da spekulativno i kreativno intervenira u poznate price stvarajuci od njih jos divnije mitove. Sve to nose likovi u koje se lako zaljubiti. Vjecni su, ali i ljudski glupi, bezobzirni, melankolicni i cesto ocajavaju ili upropaste stvari. Njihova obitelj je standardno disfunckionalna, a scenarij unutar kojeg on
Vasilis Manias
Mar 03, 2017 Vasilis Manias rated it it was amazing
Στον πρώτο τόμο του Sandman στην πρώτη του σελίδα γράφει με έντονα γράμματα: "A Lot of things start from the letter D". Kαι είναι αλήθεια. Στην τρίτη συνέχεια λοιπόν του 5τομου έργου, η Delirium ζητάει από τις αδερφές της Desire, Death και Despair βοήθεια για να αναζητήσει τον χαμένο της αδερφό Destruction και όταν όλες της γυρίζουν την πλάτη τότε εκείνη απευθύνεται στον μεγάλο της αδερφό Dream ο οποίος και την βοηθάει να κάνει πραγματικότητα την επιθυμία της. Η πραγματική ιστορία του Ορφέα και ...more
This was wonderful. <3

Also, little Dream and Death were adorable, though they weren't there very long.

I picked this up and started reading it the moment I finished volume 2. I hardly remember what was what anymore, and since it's all really one big story it hardly matters. I have read Sandman through at least four times (I've read individual storylines or even individual issues even more than that) and I will read it at least that many times again. It seems like I give the whole thing a re-read every three years or so. What can I say, it's pure magic.
Jan 13, 2016 Darko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Svratište na kraju svijeta je najbolji dio Sandmana u ove tri knjige što sam pročitao. Baš sam oduševljen iz nekog razloga.
I didn't really care for the first arc in this book. It was nice too see a bit more of the endless, but the quest is so so. I like the Orpheus bit, but Desire is starting to give me the creeps...
Then came the tavern at the end of the worlds arc. This is another multiple PoV arc, most of the stories only connect marginally with the endless, but I need an annotated sandman to get all the references in the stories, because I spotted enough of them to know there are many more I didn't get.
This arc p
Jan 18, 2009 Jack rated it it was amazing
This sat on my shelves for about 6 months before I read it. I was saving it for when I could really enjoy it, and I'm glad I did. The "Brief Lives" storyline is significantly longer and more personal than some of the more adventure-centric fun of earlier stories. "Brief Lives" is bookended by one-shot views of how dreams effect history, mythology and the way our stories are told and remembered. There are stories-within-stories, and the context only gets thicker after that. Interestingly, the tit ...more
Matthew Hedgecock
Mar 08, 2016 Matthew Hedgecock rated it it was amazing
Immaculate. What else can you say? Is there a bad issue in this volume? I grossly doubt so! If I had one knock it'd be the book showing off all the great Sandman merchandise released in the 1990s that is now difficult to find.

I mean wow what a perfect run of stories!
Feb 10, 2016 Cathy rated it really liked it
4.5 stars, another stunning book.
Maggie Gordon
The third volume of the Absolute Sandman collection contains several short stories and one overarching tale that has serious repercussions for poor Dream.

The anthology stories in this volume are quite diverse. There's the rather famous Ramadan story with the vibrant artwork that is so different from the usual tone of the series. There's a story that reminds us that Daniel still exists, and readers are introduced to World's End, the pub where people tell stories. There we hear about Cluracan aga
Jan 09, 2016 WM13 rated it liked it
3 and 1/2
Maja Shinigami
Feb 14, 2016 Maja Shinigami rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, comics
Nov 01, 2010 Jeremy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic
The more Gaiman I read, the more I love Gaiman.
Thomas Johansson
Aug 08, 2016 Thomas Johansson rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
The first two compilations had more at stake for Dream. This one didn't and therefore lost that extra nerve. Still mighty fine stories, but not a home run.
Jul 01, 2008 Sean rated it it was amazing
The best so far. That is to say, the ratio of amazing stories to merely good stories was the highest out of the three Absolute Sandman volumes that have been released. Can't wait for Volume 4!
Jan 06, 2017 Nigel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I started being diligent about reviewing the books I read here as a form of diary. I've never been vey good at diaries but I do like writing about books, and I tend to associate books with the times and places I read them. I regret that I was a bit slow about including graphic novels, but that's neither here not there. So I'm prefacing this review with a remark almost entirely of interest to none but myself.

The reason for the gap between the review of volume one in this series and the subsequen
Jack Gattanella
Apr 21, 2014 Jack Gattanella rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny-books
This gets an overall five stars mostly due to the creeping brilliance that was Brief Lives and the Orpheus story and a few of the Worlds End stories, which are the best of the best this series had to offer. not to say the rest is at all inferior, still good, just not as great in my mind. Still, Gaiman is a born storyteller and this collection highlights not just his love for it but for its importance in the consciousness of the characters who inhabit his work.

Breaking it down just a bit:

the Stor
Dec 13, 2010 Ryan rated it it was amazing
What? A comic book? Does that even count as a "real book?" I would submit, based upon reviews and awards given through two decades, that it does. Could be even more than a real book. Many superlatives are thrown the The Sandman's way, and I see why. I was very, very impressed with the story, the writing, the art, the complexity of the plot - but at its core, it's about stories. This is Gaiman's wheelhouse - he likes a good yarn.

The Sandman is one of the Endless - seven eternal anthropomorphized
Sep 28, 2016 Jinji rated it really liked it
Absolute Sandman Vol.3!!! This tome covers issues 41-56 of Neil Gaiman's wonderful tale. Delirium was feeling particularly down, which is in itself a bad thing, and then she got the idea of looking for the Prodigal one, Destruction. Of course, you couldn't let Delirium run off alone, so she got Dream to join the ride. Leaving behind a trail of death and mayhem (Delirium's driving skill is enough to do just that), they traveled through the waking world to find someone who doesn't want to be found ...more
Oh don't worry, Sandman's still good. The series simply couldn't sustain the level that of the first 20 issues or the superb "Season of Mists" and "A Game of You" arcs found in Absolute Sandman, Vol. 2.

Collecting issues #40-56, plus the usual bonus features, the two arcs here are "Brief Lives" and "World's End", the first beginning with a separate story detailing Dream's son Orpheus' beginnings and continuing through a bizarre road trip Dream takes with Delirium, ostensibly in search of their mi
This collection is stunning. The extended Brief Lives storyline introduces the notably absent seventh sibling, Destruction, and the road that leads to his reunion with Dream and Delirium is full of every juicy thing imaginable--violence, love, discovery, lust, adventure, dethroned gods, talking animals, and a touching loss that results in some gorgeously haunting panels. This whole storyline is intricately woven and kept me unwilling to come up for air between issues until I'd read it through.
Aug 05, 2012 Alazzar rated it really liked it
After finishing volume 2 of The Absolute Sandman, I was ready to move onto something else. It’s not that Sandman was bad, it’s just that I hardly ever read a series all in one go, because I like having some variety. But I stuck the plan anyway and pushed right into Volume 3, and lemme tell ya, I’m glad I did.

Volume 3 is the best I’ve read of Sandman so far. My chief complaint in the previous volumes was that there’s just so little time devoted to Dream and the rest of the Endless (they often hav
Shannon Appelcline
Nov 09, 2012 Shannon Appelcline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, comics-indy
I didn’t expect a lot from the little ten-page “Fear of Falling”, but I forget how good Gaiman is with shorts. This has great characters and a terrific punchline [9/10]. “The Parliament of Rooks” offers a nice look at the background of Eve, Cain, and Abel. When I first read it, it might have seemed more important than it does now [7/10]. “Orpheus” is a bit more straightforward than many of the other Sandman stories, probably because it was created as the foundation of the entire back-half of the ...more
Aug 06, 2009 Nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This version of Absolute Sandman collects a few issues from Fables and Reflections, Brief Lives, and World's End. I guess Neil Gaiman heard my complaint about the plot not thickening in Absolute Sandman Vol. 2. Brief Lives and the last few pages of World's End had my eyes glued to the page.

Brief Lives gave me some much wanted insight on Delirium, which I appreciated and enjoyed. It was interesting to watch her appearance change with her mood. Delirium and Dream finally seek out the seventh Endl
Mar 30, 2012 Traummachine rated it liked it
3.5 stars:

Kind of like Volume 2, the tales in this were a bit of a mixed bag. There were a few stand-alone stories (and a couple of those were awesome!). There was a storyline about Dream and Delirium searching for their lost brother, Destruction. This was interesting, provided some good insight into the family dynamics of The Endless, and I enjoyed it. Lastly, there was a storyline about a "Reality Storm", and several travelers that this caused to become temporarily stranded together at a stran
Sep 30, 2015 Brandt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
I would argue that the greatest of all of Neil Gaiman's works is Sandman.

One of the nice things about something that is structured in an episodic format (like a TV show or a comic book) is that sometimes the most minute, insignificant details can be revealed to the audience only to have them forget them when later they end up being important to the series. That is what makes Sandman so great. By exploiting the format, Gaiman has the ability to surprise us when we least expect it. In addition, Ga
Spider the Doof Warrior
Jun 20, 2009 Spider the Doof Warrior rated it it was amazing
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Brief Lives has to be my favourite Sandman story. First of all, you have the interesting team of serious to the point of being funny Dream and random and crazy Delirium. So that is already magical enough. Lines from Delirium are enough to crack me up, but Dream's serious statements or reactions are just fantastic too.
Then you have them searching for the handsome Destruction. (let me say that Dream is hot, don't get me wrong. I like skinny goth guys, but he sent his lover to HELL. You do not want
Jan 04, 2010 Dan rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, 2010
I enjoyed the first half of this collection, which finally introduced Destruction and explained where he's been. The road trip that Dream and Delirium took to find him was fun, as well as the story about Orpheus. I found also that I was not disappointed by the famous Ramadan story from Sandman #50, which was beautiful. Unfortunately, the second half, "World's End" really had a tendency to drag on. Perhaps it will make more sense once I finish the series (as I can see what it ultimately hinted at ...more
Feb 05, 2013 Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This was pretty much perfect. Brief Lives is a prime example of excellent storytelling. I simply love the Endless, whether they are together or apart. Plus, there were the Little Endless and they were just adorable. Dream and Delirium were really cute together and I was amused by Destruction's lifestyle change due to his unbridled enthusiasm and also because of Barnabas' sarcastic remarks at Destruction's endeavors at artistic creation.

Distant Mirrors: Ramadan had beautiful artwork. If there is
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