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The Sandman, Vol. 3: Dream Country (The Sandman #3)

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The third volume of the Sandman collection is a series of four short comic book stories. In each of these otherwise unrelated stories, Morpheus serves only as a minor character. Here we meet the mother of Morpheus's son, find out what cats dream about, and discover the true origin behind Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream. The latter won a World Fantasy Award for best ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published February 5th 1999 by Vertigo (first published January 1st 1991)
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Patrick
Note: This is part two of a rambling multi-volume re-read of the series. It will probably make better sense in context of other reviews...

The third volume of Sandman is several short stand-alone stories. It also includes my my favorite story in the entire series. Where Shakespeare's troupe performs Midsummer's Night's Dream for the assembled host of Faerie.

Midsummer's is my favorite of Shakespeare's plays, I should mention.

I remember reading this and thinking... "What? What the serious hell?
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Anne
I quit.
Sandman is not for me. I can honestly see why so many of you love it, but...
I can't force myself to do this any longer!

I don't like the art. It reminds me of some scratchy shit that one of my kids drew. The difference is, the artist isn't one of my kids, so I don't feel the need to put this up on my refrigerator.
Sorry, I know a lot of you love this style.

There are few different stories in this one, and I didn't like any of them.
First one is about a writer who rapes a muse over and over a
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Sam Quixote
I’ve been re-reading a lot of books that I enjoyed years ago recently and it’s been very rewarding for the most part, rediscovering books I loved all over again. Unfortunately Sandman - a series I really liked the first time round - is not among them and it’s so disappointing! What I remember of Sandman was that the first two volumes weren’t that great (and that checks out) but that the series starts to take off in this third volume, Dream Country, and… it doesn’t. It’s basically stuck in the mu ...more
Stephen
3.0 stars. A good collection of four unconnected solo stories. I did not like this volume as much as Volumes 1 and 2 but it is still worth reading. My favorite story is probably "A Midsummer Night's Dream" followed closely by "A Dream of A Thousand Cats." The former story is the only comic book to ever win the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story.



Elena
Every time I read a volume of Sandman, I desperately hope I'll love it. Then I get a sinking feeling as I read and find myself bored and unimpressed, and I start to fear that someone is going to show up at my door and revoke my nerd card. Because everyone loves Sandman. You can't be a nerd without adoring this series, whether or not you like any other graphic novel series. I...do not adore this series.

It seemed like it took me ages to get through the Midsummer Night's Dream section of this book
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Anthony Chavez
Gaiman's The Sandman Vol. 3 "Dream Country" is more or less a collection of short stories that are related to the the series, but unrelated in terms of the main storyline that's been going on in the first two volumes. I hate when good storylines like that in "The Doll's House (Vol. 2)" get cut off with something unrelated like this book, but this tangent was good. I have heard Gaiman's short stories are amazing and the volumes in Dream Country are all unrelated short stories that touch on little ...more
Alex Ristea
Wow. I'm glad I started reading The Sandman again.

Dream Country is the shortest of the series (I believe), comprised of four short stories. Take note of that before you get frustrated that none of the issues are part of a larger arc, like I did.

I'm still curious where this whole series is going, but this volume fleshed out the world a bit more, and is getting me to think about what I think the author thinks I should think about.

The artwork in this volume blew me away again. A perfect combination
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Alejandro
In the first volume you get to know the main character, the Sandman. In the second volume, you get to know his world. Now, Neil Gaiman can stretch his legs and starting to make experiments. And those experiments paid up, since here it's the literature prize-winner story of his. But also, you will get many other interesting stories. What you can be sure, it's that Neil Gaiman always will amaze you with each story.
Algernon
An intermezzo between two longer story arcs, composed of four stand-alone issues. Part of the appeal for me is in the quality of work from the guest artists, Charles Vess and Kelley Jones in particular, but the main attraction remains in the creative writing of Gaiman.

17 - Calliope - is a story about a muse from ancient Greece, a prisoner of the mortal plane where she is enslaved and abused by a writer who wants fame and fortune.

18 - A Dream of a Thousand Cats - a story for cat lovers everywher
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Airiz C
The Sandman graphic novels are a myriad of styles in themselves: Preludes and Nocturnes cemented the foundation of the whole series, introducing us to Morpheus, the axis where this fictional universe rotates; The Dolls House proved how Gaiman can masterfully weave a story of mortals thrown in a mythology. In Dream Country, Gaiman gives us a quartet of stand-alone short stories—Calliope, A Dream of a Thousand Cats, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Façade. While Sandman takes a backseat again in this ...more
CuriousLibrarian
This is a volume with three brilliant stories and one mediocre one. So I give it a 4.5. The last story keeps me from giving it a 5. I know there is still plenty more Sandman to go, but this will continue to rank as one of my favorites whatever comes in the future volumes.

I don't like to do spoilery reviews, but I don't see how I could review this one without them. So I guess I'll be vague instead.

"Calliope" - The creepiest and most disturbing story I've seen Gaiman do. Not least because there's
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Evan Leach
Unlike the first two Sandman volumes, this collection contains four unrelated tales. While there is no overarching plot to bind the stories together, the quality on display is undiminished and all four issues have something to offer.

Calliope: Two men enter into a dark relationship with a Greek Muse in pursuit of fame and fortune. A very strong first issue that is vintage Sandman: dark, creative, and memorable. 4 stars.

A Dream of a Thousand Cats: My personal favorite of these four stories, featur
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Federiken Masters
Oct 27, 2010 Federiken Masters rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo.
Recommended to Federiken by: Rho, años ha.
Leída, releída y requeteleída de la vieja edición en castellano de Zinco en taco, cuya existencia parece incomprobable, salvo porque tengo el taco justo delante. Una serie de cuatro relatos aparentemente inconexos que suman muchas pistas y claves para el posterior -y anterior- desarrollo de la serie. Calíope nos habla de una de las tantas relaciones fallidas de Sandman y sobre la naturaleza de la creatividad. La pregunta que le hacen a todos los escritores: "¿De dónde sacás tus ideas?" se ve con ...more
Karyn
I'm not at all a fan of graphic novels/stories, and will probably never read one again. But. One of my creative writing students loves sci fi and is super smart and really wanted me to read this book so I could get a sense of the writing she admires. So I did. (Also, Tori Amos mentions Gainman in a song on one of her early albums, one of the two that came out when I was in high school and still worshiped her.) Dream Country is smart, creepy, complex, moving, and well-imagined. I enjoyed the play ...more
Arielle Walker
Strangely enough this was my favourite volume so far, though it was disconnected from the rest of the storylines. Essentially standalone tales, in the words of the author's website: "Dream Country is the first story arc made up entirely of different tales. We meet the mother of Morpheus's son, and find out what cats dream about. We also discover the origins of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. (The latter issue, number 19, is the only comic book ever to have won a World Fantasy Award.) Deat ...more
Brooke
Earlier, when I reviewed The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch, I said that I wished more of Gaiman's short stories could be adapted in graphic novel form. Dream Country fills that wish a bit; rather than being part of the storyline started in the first two Sandman volumes, this compilation contains four single-issue stories. All four stories demonstrated once again that Gaiman is a master of the short story, and even though I'm not a cat person, I was very fond of the dreaming ki ...more
Paul Cheney
Following on from volume 2, these are four short stories that are themed around the characters from the first two books, but with a different feel and style. The stories are Calliope, A Dream of a Thousand Cats, Midsummer Night's Dream, and Facade.

The first concerns a girl being held against her will, but she is the source of stories. made offers a gift and takes her back to his place. But she really want to be freed so pleads for help. He is visited by Morpheus, who tell him that he must free h
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Dave Johnson
so, this, of course, is the third in the Sandman series. this had a different flow and feel to it. i think it was because this graphic novel doesnt really follow the main character of the series. this is almost a book of side stories. it didnt have the brutally honest candor and dark undertones that the first two had. in that respect, i liked it better, since i could read it and not worry about debating within my own mind whether or not to continue on, reading such a dark novel. but the fact tha ...more
Dante
This is certain: Neil Gaiman has a very dark and weird imagination.

I love the artwork, but I'm not comfortable with weirdness right now.

Still, I find the stories very interesting.

This volume contains only four stories, and they are not related with each other or with the general plot of Sandman:

Calliope (#17)
A Dream of a Thousand Cats (#18)
Midsummer Night's Dream (#19)
Facade (#20)

In Calliope, a writer enslaves a muse in order to write great novels, poems, and plays.

In A Dream of a Thousand Cats,
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Ekairidium
After the multi-arc storylines present in the previous book The Dolls' House, I was not ready for this volume because it was vastly different from what I was getting accustomed to for this series. Instead of a continuation to the major plotlines, Dream Country was an anthology of short stories instead. There is not much to say about this volume because I frankly did not enjoy it in my first reading.

Gradually, I did begin to appreciate the content, especially with Gaiman's delightful take on the
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Ronyell
The more I read from Neil Gaiman’s popular “Sandman” series, the more interested I get in reading more about Dream and the other Endless characters! In the third volume of Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” series, “Dream Country,” we are introduced to more stories regarding Dream and his sister Death and we also get to read the World Fantasy Award-winning story, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

In this volume “Dream Country,” there are four stories that continue the adventures of Dream (or Morpheus) and his pr
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Jen
Feeling lazy, I will let this review serve as my review of the entire series.
If you are at ALL interested in mythology, art, literature, dreams, how literature has changed in recent years, or just generally, big ideas, this series is for you! Neil Gaiman is an amazing writer, loved by millions, and this is the series that helped him hone his writing chops.

If you're unfamiliar with the conceit of this series, allow me to fill you in. Dream, Morpheus, the Sandman (he's got several more names than
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Printable Tire
The first story was ok and I liked the last one but the middle two were too shamelessly indulgent nerdscapes of fantasy for me. I have a phobia against serious talking animal stories, especially ones in which humans are characterized as ignorant/evil, and I also dislike stories where historical figures are used as cypher-pawns to spruce up a story. These two stories stink of too much pixie dust and fey faeries and rainbows and unicorns for my temperament this evening (I like them even less now a ...more
Tim Pendry
Volume 3 of the acclaimed 'Sandman' series but stand-alone. This edition also contains the original script for the first of its four stories, 'Calliope', which might be of interest to students of illustration.

If we are to be honest, Neil Gaiman is engaged in a project to bring 'Tales from the Crypt' up the literary and artistic food chain. There is no doubt that he succeeds admirably in his task, aided by a series of excellent illustrators, but the stories, with the exception of his re-thinking
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Victor Hugo Kebbe
Dream Country is one of the best collections of stand alone tales of Sandman, all of them bringing amazing stories that everyone must read. The first, Calliope, tell us about writer's block and how the Dream changed after his captivity; A Tale of Thousand Cats, the second tale, is just AWESOME, talking about the captivity of our bodies and minds... Midnight Summer's Dream tell us about our captivity of our wishes, dreams and aspirations; the final one, Facade, about of us and the captivity of ol ...more
Crisq
4,5. Sandman: País de Sueños, es mi volumen favorito de la saga de lo que llevo leído. Son cuatro historias independientes de la trama principal y me parece una buena forma de introducirse a este universo para aquellos que estén indecisos, y encima, hacerlo con algunos de los mejores números.

El primer relato es Calíope, sobre un escritor que tiene a la más joven de las musas encerrada en el ático, de la que abusa sin piedad a cambio de inspiración y fama. Es un buen ejemplo del tono siniestro y
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El
Not as strong as the first two volumes, and I see I am not alone in feeling that the reason for this is because this one is comprised of four somewhat random short stories. Random in that they're not related (as far as I can tell) to the overall Sandman story that was built in volumes 1 & 2. Sure, Dream is there, once in a while, and Death makes an appearance, but mostly these stories just feel forgettable in comparison.

The stories themselves, if we pretend like they're not a part of the San
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Twig
Loved this Volume as much as these befor.
Caaats <3
Carol
Tercer tomo de Sandman, tal vez el más experimental hasta ahora. Se compone de cuatro historias cortas e independientes:

- Calíope, en el que un escritor sin ideas consigue apresar a Calíope, una de las nueve musas, para que le inspire y pueda conseguir su sueño de convertirse en un autor de éxito. Me ha gustado bastante; explora lo fina que puede ser la línea entre desear y ambicionar y el peligro que puede suponer vivir algunos sueños con demasiada intensidad y por el camino fácil.

- Un sueño d
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Louise
This wasn't my favourite of the Sandman series, but it was great nonetheless. It contains four short stories and then the script of one of them - which is fun to see because you see just how much work Gaimann really puts in. The cat story was my favourite.
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