The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (The Sandman #1)
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The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (Sandman Collection #1)

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Scarce FIRST PRINTING Hardcover edition, original FETUS cover. In 1916, Dream is captured and encased in a glass globe in a failed attempt by a fictional Edwardian magician (very much in the vein of Aleister Crowley) named Roderick Burgess to bind Death and attain immortality. Dream bides his time for decades until Burgess dies. Afterwards, his son Alexander becomes Dream'...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 1st 1998 by Vertigo (first published July 1988)
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Patrick
First off, let's be clear, I'm a big soppy fan of Gaiman's Work.

Secondly, I've read the Sandman series several times before. So this is more a record of my fond re-reading and musing about this story rather than some sort of objective qua-professional review.

But if you've read any of my other reviews, that won't come as a surprise.

I think it's been a full ten years since the last time I've read this series. And, given that my memory is, well, quite shit to put it plainly, I get to experience...more
Brad
Since joining goodreads, I’ve been baffled by the Neil Gaiman love fest. American Gods, Neverwhere, Stardust, The Graveyard Book, they appear to be universally loved, and I’ve been skeptical of this emotion that borders on worship. These books are good and all, and I recognize their general accessibility, but I don’t personally find any of them mind blowing literature. Gaiman’s prose is no match for China Mieville’s or Iain M. Banks’ or Ursula LeGuin’s (and countless others who write speculative...more
Brooke
In the foreword and the afterword, both the editor and Gaiman indicated that this isn't the strongest volume in the Sandman series; Gaiman was still finding his vision for the series, it's essentially a fetch quest, etc. I'm inclined to agree with them, although it was still enjoyable (as any video game fan will tell you, a fetch quest can still be fun, but it's not the strongest narrative device). I'm halfway through Volume 2: The Doll's House and I'm already finding the story much more interes...more
Terry
3 – 3.5 stars

Ok, so, The Sandman. Ground breaking comic series from the early days of DC’s innovative Vertigo line. One of the many comics of the era that was trying to do new (or at least different) things with the medium and even went so far as to not only NOT be primarily a superhero book, but one that had elements that hearkened back to the old days of anthology comics in addition to telling the serialized life story of the ‘hero’. I know I’m in the minority here, and I will admit that my op...more
Kirstine
"I am anti-life, the beast of judgement. I am the dark at the end of everything. The end of universes, Gods, worlds... of everything. And what will you be then, Dreamlord?"

"I am hope."

This is my favourite quote from this book, and one of my favourite quotes in general. It's beautiful. And true, thank god, so true.

I really liked this book. I've wanted to read The Sandman for a long time, and after this I'm beginning to grasp why it's become so popular. I really, really hope I can find the rest o...more
Algernon
Sandman has been on my radar for years. In a way I'm glad I've waited, because now that I've read 4 or 5 of the author's other books, I have a better idea of his style and thematic preferences and I can appreciate better how innovative and original his approach to the sequential art medium is. Urban fantasy that doesn't limits itself to crime investigations and vampires versus werewolves, superheroes that are fallible and make mistakes, adult content that doesn't drown you in bad language, nudi...more
Matt
At the height of this publication's popularity (early 90's), I picked up a couple of issues to see what all the fuss was about. At that time I was totally blown away by the artwork but found the storyline completely incomprehensibile as I had missed the first fifty issues. Things are going much better now since this title rediscovered me and I had the good sense to start from the beginning.

I still love the artwork, especially the original covers. I'm glad that they are included in these volumes....more
Seak (Bryce L.)
I can see why this is looked on so positively, it's creative, it's different, it's got a David Bowie from the Labyrinth character. But it's also extremely dark and depressing, especially the part about John Dee, which was also pretty gruesome. This series is a little much for me so I don't think I'll be going any further.

I thought it was interesting that parts take place in Gotham and Arkham and include some DC superheroes. I honestly didn't think they would be interrelated like that, but I gues...more
Stephen
4.0 stars. First omnibus collecting the outstanding Sandman series created by Neil Gaiman. One of the truly iconic fantasy figures to be created over the last 20 years. Highly Recommended!!
Ronyell
6 stars!

“In a fairy tale story, once all the children are asleep, the Sandman will come in and sprinkle magic dust in children’s eyes and give them sweet dreams.”

At least, that is the interpretation we get about the Sandman. However, in this graphic novel, we are about to enter a world where the Sandman is a magical being of the Dream world, but the world of the Sandman is much darker and more disturbing than you can ever imagine! “The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes” is a comic series written...more
Keely
Though Gaiman had already made his mark with Black Orchid, Sandman is where he really begins to fall into his style, which sometimes becomes his downfall in its predictability.

Here, he plays for perhaps the first time at mixing mythology, spirituality, and strange real events into a story beyond the ken of other fairytale rewrites and new age mysticism. There is a sense here that the characters and story are still undeveloped in his mind, which provides the reader with some welcome ambiguity, as...more
Kim
I have a confession. I… um… don’t know how to read comic books. There. I said it. Let the heckling begin. In my defense, I am a girl. Ok, no. I mean, it’s not like the mid 1970s really gave us any good comics. Uhh… Okay, I don’t know. I have no excuse. It’s never been my thing. I remember trying to read some Archie ones and some Wendy Witch ones.. meh. Plus, I um... always screwed up the reading order.

So, last night I sat down across from my sixteen year old. She had the manners to at least gla...more
Becky
I've had this sitting on my shelf for a while, after a friend gave it to me... but flipping through it when I first received it, I was a little overwhelmed. At the time, I had read only one or two graphic novels in my life, and this just seemed dense and honestly, a bit confusing, what with the overlays and all.

So I set it aside, and I'm glad that I did, because that wasn't the right time for me to read it. I would have pushed through it, and probably would have enjoyed it, but it wouldn't have...more
Teresa
Sep 18, 2013 Teresa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Teresa by: rhea
Funny thing about 3-star reviews, sometimes they seem more negative (like the one I wrote yesterday about Atwood's The Year of the Flood), sometimes more positive; but both kinds mean that I liked the book.

Each issue collected here seems to have its own style. I already knew I didn't catch most of the references in the 'super-hero' issue and now I just discovered that John Constantine is a character from another comic book. However, due to my interest in Elizabethan England, I did get the John D...more
Airiz C
Preludes and Nocturnes is not my favorite Sandman graphic novel, but I understand how it needs to plant the literary seeds so that in the next volumes, the plants of the plot would sprout out to life with well-defined story arcs. It is, after all, the prologue.

The whole volume follows the story of Dream, also known as the Sandman/Morpheus/Prince of Stories as he escapes from a mystical prison and embarks on a journey to find three talismans: a helm, a pouch, and a ruby.

• The tome kicks off with...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I have been wanting to read this one for a long time, and finally it came back in at the library. Of course I grabbed it, and this was my last finished book of 2013.

I've been reading Neil Gaiman for about two years, and I consider myself a pretty healthy fan of his work. This first installment showcases a lot of his style and thematic focus in his work.

From my experience of his writing, there seems to be an undercurrent of prevalent sadness , and this was no different. It fits the overall story...more
Paul Nelson
New to the Sandman series, initial thoughts a little weird, dark, horror or mythology - definitely both and certainly thought provoking, I feel its still with me now even after finishing it last night and first opportunity will start the next volume The Dolls House.

Dream or Morpheus or the sandman is enslaved for 70 years by some cultist or wizard, in this time people all over the world suffer, some don't wake, others can't sleep or dream at all. When finally he escapes he goes all out for reven...more
Dante
The stories were interesting, but dark and disturbing. There were also scenes which were graphic and violent (especially in "24 Hours"). This is not something I can recommend to my son when he grows up.

The volume has 8 parts:

Sleep of the Just (#1)
Imperfect Hosts (#2)
Dream a Little Dream of Me (#3)
A Hope in Hell (#4)
Passengers (#5)
24 Hours (#6)
Sound and Fury (#7)
The Sound of Her Wings (#8)

The plot (Spoilers ahead!)

The protagonist is Dream, the personification of the unconscious or subconscious mi...more
Rowena
I really enjoyed this one, although some parts were pretty grotesque and hard to take. The story was very interesting, philosophical at times, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I found it quite funny that the Dream Lord resembles Neil Gaiman so much!

Mark
Reading "Sandman" has been a long time coming for me. Some of my friends in high school were so enthralled by it that they could quote lines, or they would be drawing out images of the various characters. I should have known then that the series would be good.

The first book didn't really do it for me, but it did get me hooked. I have to say that I agree with Neil Gaiman's own thoughts, as well as that of Karen Berger, who wrote the introduction. The novel doesn't really find itself, but there a...more
Alex Ristea
Neil Gaiman's deft touch is clearly evident here. The language is simply beautiful, and I haven't been so captivated by a piece of fiction in a long time.

Fair warning: this is a dark story. If you can handle it, it is masterfully well-written. The artists did an incredible job of bringing the work to life—not only in the drawing, but in the layout and concept as well.

Graphic novels leave me feeling much more lost than most novels (save Steven Erikson), and I have to admit that I enjoy it a lot....more
Melanie
Wow pretty much sums this up for me.

I don't really read a whole lot of graphic novels - this is, in fact, only my fourth to date - but I like Neil Gaiman and I've only ever heard good things about this series so decided to give it a go.

And I'm so glad I did.

The story is darkly entrancing, and the artwork is truly beautiful. The details in even the backgrounds of the pages is amazing, and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. "24 Hours" is genuinely one of the creepiest things I've ever read, and...more
Alejandro
Magdalene... part of the name of a book of spells mentioned right in the beginning of the story. There, I knew that it was fate, I knew that I was meant to read that book. The reinterpretation of the DC character of The Sandman made by Neil Gaiman was out of this world. Right into the realms of dreams. The book is an introduction to the character and it's done in a great way. Making the classic quest that it's a good way to let the readers to get used to the character and the setting of the titl...more
Jeff
I have recently come to terms with my graphic novel obsession, and The Sandman just reiterated that point. I firmly believe it is quite difficult to review a graphic novel, especially considering I am new to the genre and still getting a feel for it. However I must say that this GN was awesome, it was dark, the illustrations beautiful and Gaiman pieced together an amazing plot line. For me personally it was a bit tough to follow at one specific section, but that is due to my inexperience with gr...more
Anthony Chavez
A very complex read, but great and well worth the read. I love how this collection has the introduction by Karen Berger where she talks about the inception of this idea.

Sad to say this is my first diving into Mr. Neil Gaiman, I hear so much about him, and have a couple books in my to-read queue. I thought this would be a good start though; however, I honestly don't know why I haven't read any of his work up until now. But after Preludes and Nocturnes, I'm hooked. His intricate way he incorporate...more
Michael
I'm a huge fan of Neil Gaiman and yet, I've never read the entire run of Sandman.

I've made several runs at over the years, but each time I come up short.
I'm very good at checking out the first volume from my local library with the best of intentions to read it, but somewhere between the library and home I feel daunted by the fact that there are so many issues I'm behind on.

Thankfully, the series is complete (though Gaiman has said he'll return next year with a prequel) and each volume isn't a...more
Flissy
Feb 18, 2009 Flissy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008
Hubs and I had a fantastic date visiting the library today. I was perusing the graphic novels section, intending to check out Persepolis but it was already out, so I picked up The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes instead.*

Well, here I am. I totally devoured it in one sitting this afternoon. I was really surprised by how much I liked it and I'm now going to have to hunt down the rest of the series ASAP.

I do enjoy graphic novels/comics, but I have a hard time finding ones that aren't blatantly dude...more
Laura
Okay. This was a good one. I read the entire sandman series-all 75 issues-- in about a week, because I pirated them in .cbr format off the web because my college library doesn't have them.
At any rate, I liked it, overall. Most of the art, particularly in the beginning, was absolutely terrible. I mean, I know it was deliberately stylized-- I know that the whispiness and the scratchiness was intentional-- but I can't say that I think such things should be done at all, even if on purpose. Furthermo...more
Susan
#1 re-read 1/6/2012 thru 1/23/2012

latest re-read 12/23/2011 - 12/30/2011

#1 Sleep of the Just -- the cabal captures Dream while trying to capture his sister, Death. Oops. They keep him entrapped for 70 years.

#2 Imperfect Hosts -- discovering WHAT happened to his tools and planning what's needed to hunt them down

#3 Dream a Little Dream of Me -- with John Constantine (The Hellblazer)'s help, Morpheus searches out his magical sand pouch

#4 A Hope in Hell -- while in Hell to reclaim his DreamHelm a pl...more
Nada Elfeituri
Holy Hell.

I should probably start off by saying I didn't start this comic well prepared. I had heard the praise, and I'm vaguely familiar with Gaiman, but I don't think anything can really prepare you.

So, it starts off awesomely enough. Personifications of abstract concepts rule our world, and one gets captured, because, yeah, humans suck. The plan obviously failed from the start, and that's how the story begins.

One thing I admired in the structure was that the usual 'invincible, all-powerful'...more
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