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

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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's new captor. Finally, in 1988, Alex's guards grow careless and ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 1st 1998 by Vertigo (first published January 1st 1991)
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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
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*


I need to admit something. I've never "gotten" Neil Gaiman's books. They confuse the hell out of me. I really never know where he is going with a story. *gasp*


This one was some freaky ass shit. Some old guy wants to perform a ceremony to capture "Death". Yeah..okay.
Anyways, he ends up capturing our guy Dream.
Dream bides his time. Then he wants his domain back. Then some more freaky ass shit goes down.



I see a whole lot of fangirls and boys on these books. Don't kill me yet. I have another on
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Will M.
One of those graphic novels that are so famous and hyped up that it makes you want to read them. The consequence though would be that expectations tend to rocket up. I am more disappointed than entertained.

I've read 2 novels of Neil Gaiman. I hated Stardust, while Ocean was a mediocre read for me. I DNF(did-not-finish) American Gods and Graveyard Book because I got bored. The Sandman was not that great for me. I think I have to conclude soon enough that I honestly don't see what's so good about
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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
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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
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Sam Quixote
I read this one some 10 years or so ago when I was slowly returning to comics and, having re-read it now, I still maintain that Preludes and Nocturnes is a poor place to start with this series - though it’s a decent book.

My first time around, I read Sandman totally out of sequence starting with Vol 3, then Vol 5, then a couple more volumes (I was just grabbing whatever was on the shelves that week!) and I read Vol 1 towards the end thinking what an unimpressive first volume it was.

I’d recommen
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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
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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
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seak
Feb 15, 2012 seak rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
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
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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.
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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
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
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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!!
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
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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
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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
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Sarah Churchill
Probably the most dark and disturbing graphic novel I've ever read. It's like Gaiman's been given free reign to really set free the dark part of his imagination that we only get glimpses of in his other works. And he really went to town.

I can't say I love the illustrations, but they do have a gritty edginess that works with the story, and it just wouldn't have been the same with 'pretty' artwork.

As with a lot of his work, Sandman is packed with references and cameos, from our main character Mo
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Anne
I liked the beginning, when Dream was captured. The mystical elements held my attention. However, the middle of it kind of grossed me out. Especially the part in with Dee in the diner. EWWWW. The end of Preludes and Nocturnes totally made up for it, though. I loved Death! How cool is she?! Whoever came up with the idea to make Death a peppy little goth girl was a genius!
Giovanna
Probabilmente non sono molte le cose da sapere su di me; sono una persona piuttosto monotona in fondo. Ma, se dovessi presentarmi a qualcuno dovrei necessariamente far presente che amo Neil Gaiman. Piacere, mi chiamo Giovanna e amo Neil Gaiman.
Le sue idee sono qualcosa di unico. Sono solo sue perché solo lui può averle. A volte arrivano a essere pazze e incasinate ma sono geniali. Si può dire lo stesso per l'idea che sta alla base di Sandman, unico motivo per cui mi sono avvicinata al fumetto, u
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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!

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
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 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
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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
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matt

Very beautifully drawn, the story was was bit on the maudlin side, which is sort of how I like it.

I remember reading this one (I think it was this one) in college. It was my birthday, and you know how sometimes on birthdays there's a lot of down time, where the afternoons are perfectly calm and empty and there's nothing much to do, feeling bittersweet maybe, and you just want to pass the time?

Well I borrowed this from a friend and hunkered down. It was good, rather bleak and devastating, but I
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Lyn
Preludes and Nocturnes is the first entry of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman series and in it he introduces the main protagonist, Dream, also known as Morpheus, and also unveils an imaginative storyline.

Written in collaboration with graphic novel artists Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, and Malcolm Jones III, the medium illuminates his creativity and expands the reader’s perceptions of his vision.

The Sandman concept promises an occult, fantastic journey into dreams, Hell, and an intimate association wit
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Ekairidium
Back in 2009, it was my second time to be a freshman in college (and my third course at that). To ensure that I stayed focused, I joined the student paper and there I met the associate editor who became my mentor in many ways than one; and he introduced me to Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series. I felt his excitement when he started to share this piece of literature with me, and I was greatly touched. I then ventured on with the knowledge that this is the first time I will ever consume the medium i ...more
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
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