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The Sandman, Vol. 5: A Game of You (The Sandman #5)

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Take an apartment house, mix in a drag queen, a lesbian couple, some talking animals, a talking severed head, a confused heroine, and the deadly Cuckoo. Stir vigorously with a hurricane and Morpheus himself and you get this fifth installment of the Sandman series. This story stars Barbie, who first makes an appearance in The Doll's House, who here finds herself a princess ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 10th 1999 by Vertigo (first published 1993)
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We’re back in the game!!!

Creative Team:

Writer: Neil Gaiman

Illustrators: Shawn McManus, Colleen Doran, Bryan Talbot, George Pratt & Stan Woch

Covers: Dave McKean

Letterer: Todd Klein


I am truly GLAD that my struggles in Season of Mists (the fourth volume) were left there and Neil Gaiman played with my mind a game, a wonderful game of words and images, a game where ironically you are given the rules of it until the end, but
I love Barbie. I love Wanda. I love Thessaly.

Truly, this was one hell of a tightly-woven story including inner-worlds, cuckoo birds, ancient witches, pulling down the moon, and death.

There's no way in hell that I could really boil it down to essentials. As a whole it seriously rocks and hits me in the feels. Sexual identity and childhood and babies is only a part of it. Being wise and forgiving is only a part of it.

Hell, I see that holy-bitch at Wanda's funeral and I see her just acting in her n
Jul 13, 2009 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Game of You, the 5th volume in the Sandman series, is my favorite so far. One thing I've noticed Gaiman is very good at is picking up little threads he dropped in previous stories and building on them (this was one of my favorite things about Buffy; there's nothing more rewarding for a viewer/reader than a story that doesn't forget its past). The most notable one that gets picked up in this volume is the main character, Barbie, who was a minor character in The Doll's House. In that volume, we ...more
Bill  Kerwin
I have read the first five volumes of The Sandman, and so far this is only my third favorite (after A Doll's House and Seasons of Mist). Its development is somewhat muddy, its narrative too crowded with characters, and it is somewhat removed from the central myth of Sandman and the theological and cosmic questions which surround him, themes I find the most compelling part of this series.

I admit, though, that this preference may be merely a matter of taste. What A Game of You lacks in abstract m
Jun 20, 2013 Algernon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013

The Sandman series goes from strength to strength, capable of reinventing itself with each new collection. Morpheus is mostly absent at the start of A Game of You , but that's all right, as the new characters prove interesting enough without his presence. The story takes place partly in a New York tenement, peopled with oddball characters that for some reason reminded me of Will Eisner, and partly in a fantasy realm that is lost in a far corner of Morpheus' Dreamcountry. Connecting the two is
Mar 26, 2017 Panagiotis rated it it was amazing
Στον πρώτο τόμο της σειράς ο συντάκτης και έχων το γενικό πρόσταγμα αυτού του εγχειρήματος, Karen Burger, μιλάει για την εξέλιξη αυτής του Sandman. Κανείς δεν περίμενε πόσο πετυχημένη θα γίνει. Αλλά κανείς δεν μπορούσε ούτε καν να συνειδητοποιήσει την ιδιαίτερη πορεία που θα ακολουθούσε η αφήγηση, μακριά από οτιδήποτε κλισέ έχει το μέσο, πόσο θα απογειωνόταν η φαντασία και η διήγηση θα άγγιζε επίπεδα που θα του χάριζαν όλα αυτά τα βραβεία. Το ξεκίνημα είχε ψήγματα του τι θα ακολουθούσε, αβέβαιο ...more
Anthony Chavez
Dec 10, 2011 Anthony Chavez rated it it was amazing
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Kᴇᴇ Queen
In the next ten months of reading all of its volumes or so, I didn't really think it was possible for me to fall in love with The Sandman. I knew I was already a fan since The Doll's House, but my appreciation and affection for Gaiman's work were not as intense or as consuming as I initially thought they would become sooner of later (and that happened later on once I got my hands on Gaiman's collaborative volume with Jill Thompson, but I digress).

I enjoyed what the previous volume Season of Mist
Jun 08, 2007 Imogen rated it it was ok
This came into my bookstore and I hadn't read it in a couple years, plus it's the one with the transwoman in it, and I was feeling emotionally vulnerable. So bring it on!

So... yeah. So when I was a little kid I read this and it was like, I was a baby transsexual and all I knew about it was that I'd better not talk about it or admit it to myself or to anybody else. So this book touched me in kind of a weird place and I was SUPER stoked that it treated a transwoman as a human being and, y'know, i
Sandman, Vol 5: A Game of You: Challenges our childhood fantasies

After the excellent Vol 4: Season of Mists, the Sandman once again retreats to the shadows in this unified story arc. Instead it focuses on Barbie, the vapid-seeming blonde who was married to Ken and lived in the same house as Rose Walker in Vol 2: The Doll’s House. She has since split with Ken and moved to NY. She lives in a building with several unusual characters: Wanda, a pre-operative transsexual woman; a mysterious and timid-
Es como si la gente…Bueno, que todos tenemos un mundo secreto dentro.
Pero todos, todo el mundo… No importa los grises y aburridos que parezcan.
Dentro todos tienen mundos inimaginables, magníficos, estúpidos, maravillosos… No solo un mundo, cientos de ellos, o miles.
¿No es algo muy raro?

Siempre me atrae como Gaiman juega con sus personajes, los que son secundarios pueden ganar importancia y contar su propia historia, volverse protagonistas, mientras que Morfeo el señor del sueño puede pasar
Oct 09, 2014 Cherie rated it liked it
Shelves: series
I got it! I think...
Nov 22, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These just keep getting better and better. I'm really glad I've stuck with these. I was unsure at first but now I'm absolutely loving them. This was one is probably the most straightforward one but man is it dark. It also is one story with the same characters for the whole volume. I really liked that. Bring on the next one!
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
"It's like, that people... well, that everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody, all of the people in the whole world -- no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they've all got unimaginable, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds... not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe."

This volume is pretty much a self-contained story, with no flashing to different time periods with different characters or inserting separate stories in-between another
Dec 28, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
So excellent! Being one continuous story line, this one was completely engrossing from start to finish. The Sandman series just keeps getting better and better as we see characters we were introduced to in previous stories pop up again later.
Apr 25, 2017 Dorin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing from start to finish. Perfect pacing, excellent story, interesting topics, and no time wasted. Amazing exposition and all; best story arc so far.
Mar 26, 2012 Ronyell rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sandman Fans!!
6 stars!

Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” series just keeps getting better and better every time I read them and the fifth volume “A Game of You” definitely does not disappoint me! This time, Dream (Morpheus) is dealing with a world that may look cute on the outside but on the inside, a sinister force is at work here and it is up to Dream to save the day!

In this volume, “A Game of You,” a young woman named Barbie (think of Ken and Barbie, the dolls that every little girl used to play with) who starts su
David Schaafsma
This is a great volume focused less on Dream/Morpheus himself than on dream worlds populated by Narnia-like and stuffed animal characters from Barbie's youth, "morphed" into somewhat scarier beings, this being Gaiman, and the dreams of her friends Wanda, a drag Queen, a lesbian couple, a witch named Thessaly, a "street" person who hates dogs, and a scary monster named Cuckoo… and there's a couple gruesome moments in it that just may stay with you… but what also may stay with you is the endorseme ...more
Oct 12, 2014 Chloe rated it it was ok
Example #832 as to why cis people should never ever attempt to write about trans women. Ever. Every single negative stereotype is included here, from the age-old trope of "the surgery" and depictions of trans women as frivolous and overemotional to the extreme and wrapping up with the "trans woman as tragic warning" trope that means we can only ever be killed and even then denied the very identity we died to achieve. And so much misgendering. So much. From the common "oh, Wanda's really a man" t ...more
Perhaps I'll come back and craft a more eloquent review at some future point, but for now, I have few words. This was, thus far, my favorite volume of the Sandman collection. It is still haunting me, even after a night's sleep (which it infected with some of the most intense dreaming I've ever had...). It was stunning, and I can't wait to re-read it and discover all that I've surely missed.

aPriL does feral sometimes
Barbie, who we met in volume one in the Sandman series, has left Ken. She is in another apartment and a new city, and she has been meeting new people. Some of them she trusts, like transgender Wanda, and lesbians Hazel and Foxglove, and even repressed ordinary Thessaly. But some of them are creepy, like George.

As things turn out, George IS a monster of sorts! But after Thessaly is finished with him, he is only another face on the wall, er, crowd, uh, ahem, uh, well, actually, a Greek theater mas
Mark Russell
Feb 26, 2009 Mark Russell rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
It's difficult to review the Sandman books without discussing details that will rob the reader of important surprises, but this is essentially yet another story in which the corporeal world is drawn into a war being waged on the ethereal plain. It centers on a woman (who had a bit role in A Doll's House) who is a princess in the psychic realm, and must return there in order to save a kingdom her earthly self doesn't really know anything about. As always with Gaiman, it's full of great twists and ...more
Javier Muñoz
Aug 12, 2016 Javier Muñoz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books, comic-hc
Historia de transición en la que Sandman apenas hace acto de presencia, sólo al final aparece como figura decisiva a la hora de plantear el desenlace.

en este arco argumental Gaiman experimenta con temas relacionados con la identidad, los personajes se disfrazan, tienen facetas ocultas, no son lo que parecen o intentan ocultar aspectos de su personalidad. Sutílmente utiliza la metáfora de los distintos sueños de los niños y las niñas, superhéroes y princesas, el como nos ven, el cómo es nuestro y
"―¿Sabes qué es lo que más me asusta de las pesadillas?
―¿Que piensas que te suceden de verdad?
―No, no es eso. Que en tu cabeza está pasando algo que no puedes controlar, como si hubiese mundos malos dentro de ti, pero todo es cosa tuya... Como si te traicionases a ti misma."

Cada tomo se pone mejor.
Primo S.
Jun 12, 2016 Primo S. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, comics
I think this volume is so well written, the story is dark and the art can be gory at times and I love it. Didn't even get to see Morpheus that much, but all the other characters were so compelling and definitely my favourite part of the volume. I can't say I'm a fan of the artwork though, but it wasn't bad at all, it just wasn't exactly for me.
Feb 09, 2016 Anna rated it it was amazing
Η ιστορία έχει ως κεντρική ηρωίδα τη Barbie, ένα νέο κορίτσι που ζει σε μια πολυκατοικία με τους γείτονες να είναι φίλοι της αλλά ταυτόχρονα πολυ ιδιαίτερες προσωπικότητες. Ειδικά για όσους αισθάνονται στο περιθώριο!
Caro M.
Not enough Morpheus in this one, nuh-uh, but the story still quite gripping.
I was nervous at first because this is another volume that does not involve Dream that much and focuses more on another set of characters. They're not completely from out of the blue, but still. I was also nervous about the dedication at the beginning to Jonathan Carroll and Tori Amos - two people I adore! What if this novel sucks? What will that mean?

It didn't suck. Thankfully. I picked it up today just to flip through because I had other things I needed to do and I figured I'd get back to the
Dec 26, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it
This is one of the Sandman novels I actually found the most simplistic to read even though I think it was the most disturbing. Here the focus is on Barbie and her dream world and her friends who are wanting to help save her. Its gruesome, very gruesome and had me squirming in parts and its so dark and weird it shows Gaimans surreal extreme imagination off at its best. I put this book down shocked at the level of crazy high fantasy I had read!. On with the next!
Jul 05, 2016 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was just okay... a little weird but kinda average.
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“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody — no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds... Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe.” 5578 likes
“And if there's a moral there, I don't know what it is, save maybe that we should take our goodbyes whenever we can.” 125 likes
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