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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 1991)
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Alejandro
The Twilight Zone comes into The Dreaming.


Creative Team:

Writer: Neil Gaiman

Illustrators: Kelly Jones, Malcolm Jones III, Colleen Doran & Charles Vess

Letterer: Todd Klein

Covers: Dave McKean


MUSES, CATS, PLAYWRIGHTS & ELEMENTS

This is a wonderful volumen in the The Sandman run where the great storyteller, Neil Gaiman, unleashes his imagination to the fullest giving us the pleasure of reading four stories where anything can happen...


CALLIOPE

You have changed, Oneiros. In the old days, you
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Patrick
Jan 24, 2014 Patrick rated it it was amazing
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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Brad
Mar 25, 2013 Brad rated it it was amazing
This is a fairly short volume, but each story is tight and delightful. This is where I remember the Sandman comics coming into its own, and Morpheus himself hardly had any role in them. It's all about stories. Stories about stories. Of course, I can make the same argument about the entire run of the series, but like I said, this is where it comes into its own.

A kidnapped muse gets freed by her old lover. A cat's dreaming of a new and free world. What the Fae court really felt about A Midsummer N
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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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Algernon
May 29, 2013 Algernon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
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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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
Char

The Dream Country contains 4 stand alone stories and Morpheus is mentioned only as a side character in A Midsummer Night's Dream, which won The World Fantasy Award.

Even though that story won a big award, it was not my favorite in the collection- I much preferred both Calliope and Facade. In Calliope, a man discovers and abuses his muse and in Facade we learn a lot about the faces we wear and the sister of Morpheus, Death, plays a role. How can an immortal commit suicide? If Death doesn't know,
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Bill  Kerwin


The third volume of The Sandman series is a bit of a mixed bag, since the individual stories, although all entertaining, vary in quality. And yet it also contains what may be the greatest Sandman tale of all time.

First of all, this volume is essentially half the length of the first two, consisting of four individual numbers instead of the customary eight. It is padded to something close to the normal length by the addition of an original Gaiman script (“Calliope”), which I’m sure will be of grea
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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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Sercan Vatansever
'...sonra uyanıyorum, kendimle yüzleşiyorum.

Ve hala buradayım.

...bu gerçekten korkunç.'

Kısa kısa, bağlantısız hikayelerden oluşuyor. En sonuncusu favorim. Bu kadar fantastik olup da bu kadar karamsar olmayı herkes başaramaz. Çok, çok sevdim.
Stuart
The Sandman, Vol 3: Dream Country: Four excellent stand-alone stories

Vol 3 features four stand-alone stories in the Sandman universe, “Calliope”, “A Dream of a Thousand Cats”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and “Facade”. After the introductory Vol 1, in which we learn about Morpheus and his quest to regain his position and powers as Lord of the Dreaming, and Vol 2, in which the young girl Rose Walker is at the center of a mysterious power struggle because she is a dream vortex, in Vol 3 Gaiman tre
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Kaitlin
Aug 03, 2015 Kaitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I think that this one is probably my favourite of the Sandman Volumes so far and I read this as a part of the Booktubeathon. It was a very easy read and one which I enjoyed a lot because of the storyline. I have to say that the artwork of this series (as it changes artist every now and then or art style) is a little hit and miss, but the story works nearly all the time for me.

This one focuses on a few individually self-contained stories involving either Sandman himself, or some of
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aPriL does feral sometimes
Four stories which reveal how human desires for fantasy go a bit awry in the world of the Endless. Wait. Maybe it's the other way around.....

I loved two stories very much: A Midsummer Night's Dream, and A Dream of a Thousand Cats. The tale of the writers and the Muse is horrible. The Element girl fable was meh.

Still, altogether, if you can, buy the entire Sandman comic series. It is horrible and excellent.
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
Anthony Chavez
Oct 24, 2011 Anthony Chavez rated it liked it
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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Marko
Nov 11, 2015 Marko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Midsummer's Night Dream <3
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
Mar 04, 2009 CuriousLibrarian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, best-reads-2009
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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Feather Mista
Mar 03, 2010 Feather Mista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo.
Recommended to Feather 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
Jul 18, 2008 Karyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Brooke
Jul 11, 2009 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amanda
Dec 03, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. This one wasn't my favorite but it's still good. It's 4 seemingly unrelated stories. Kind of a break in the main action. I liked Facade the best and I also really enjoyed the script thing at the end.
Yonaily
Jul 10, 2015 Yonaily rated it really liked it
(Sigo intentando convencer a mi hermana para que termine el primer volumen. La muy tonta no sabe lo que se pierde.)
David Schaafsma
This is volume three, with what everyone describes as four short stand-alone stories, including "Calliope," which involves the imprisonment of one of the nine muses by a struggling writer; "A Dream of a Thousand Cats," with yes, actual cats who were once ruling the world over humans, who were once larger and more powerful, until humans in kind of romantic Occupy fashion collectively dream to create a reversal of power; "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which deservedly won the World Fantasy Story awa ...more
Evan Leach
Apr 13, 2012 Evan Leach rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 1990-1999, dc
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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Paul
Dec 13, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2015
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
Jan 12, 2008 Dave Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Paul Nelson
Mar 20, 2013 Paul Nelson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Four seemingly unconnected stories, in the first Calliope who was Homers muse is enslaved by a writer and then passed onto another writer who has run out of ideas and subsequently becomes a huge success through the inventiveness she prompts. Raped and abused she seeks help and here we learn of a past relationship with Dream thousands of years ago and a son born to them. There is evidence that Dream has changed due to his imprisonment as he shows empathy with Calliope's situation. This was my fav ...more
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