The Sandman, Vol. 5: A Game of You (The Sandman #5)
Take an apartment house, add 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...more
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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...more
The theme is one of inner worlds, those inner fantasies, monologues, realities we all create and carry with us. Morpheus, as the...more
Since the vortex Rose Walker inadvertently tore down the walls between their separate dreamworlds, Barbie has left Ken...more
Otra saga de Sandman que revisito y que se gana una estrellita extra al releerla. La primera vez que la intenté disfrutar, desordenada, incompleta y apenas teniendo nociones vagas de cómo era Sandman, no me convenció mucho. Me parecía una historia fantástica genérica más, con personajes acaramelados que se esforzaban por mostrarse más humanos y falibles. Además, el hecho de no haber leído nunca Narnia...more
Este me ha tocado bastante más que los otros dos (2, 4). Copio (y tal vez sea un spoiler, si os importan ésas cosas):
"Los niños y las niñas son distintos, ¿sabes? Los niños fantasean con ser más rápidos, li...more
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...more
"A Game of You" has six chapters. The first three are gripping. In the fourth and fifth chapters, the narrative flags, probably because the protagonist's dreamworld is underdeveloped. Not that it's unimaginative. It has so much potential. But each element of the dream is introduced a...more
A Game of You is a connecting story from the first half to the second half of the Sandman arc. At another, more in-your-face level, it's a fantasy tale, set in the mind of Barbie (whom we first met in Book 2: The Doll's House). A mythical land, magical creatures and a mysterious villi...more
This was the episode of the X-Files where they decide to do a black and white homage to film noire with werewolves. It's a total departure from the main Sandman storyline, after an epic 4th installment, and the ink and color didn't seem as on point as earlier books either.
Sure, there were positive messages about acceptance, and the the Sandman saves it in the end and made it interesting, but I wouldn't have been sad to completely skip this installment....more
E mi lasciò piuttosto freddo, mi trasmise davvero poco. Lo lessi persino due volte: quel poco di interessante che sembrava esserci lo trovai costruito, calcolato, poco sentito.
Anni più tardi ho recuperato l'intera saga del Plasmatore.
L'ho letta in ordine, un volume per volta, e mi sono ritrovato col Gioco della vita in mano.
Sarà perché ho imparato (che brutta parola!) a l...more
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 suf...more
(view spoiler)[Near the start, Nuala confesses to Dream that she tried to warn Barbie about what was happening. When did she do that? I can't see any signs of that in the story (unless she helped Mart...more
Sul volume in particolare:
Il genio visionario e la fantasia illimitata ed originalissima di Gaiman qui toccano un primo picco degno di nota.
Non è da tutti, del resto, scegliere come personaggio (in questo caso, addirittura protagonista) la bambola Barbie. O meglio: una sua versione decisamente umanizzata. E' il più onirico ed il più freudiano dei volumi, come suggerisce quest'altra citazione:
"Sai, chiunque tu sia...more
Barbie's best friends are a drag queen named Wanda and two lesbians that live in her apartment building. Barbie seems to be dragging a bit because she never dreams. She remembers dreaming as a child; wonderful vivid dreams, but those times are long past. When a creature from her dreams dies in front of her on the street an...more
There are two worlds here; Barbie's gritty urban reality and that of her unique friends including drag queen Wanda and lesbian neighbors, and Barbie's dreamworld where animals speak. The two worlds collide when...more
During this reread, however, I took note of one of the main themes to the arc, which is namely about people growing up. I noted in my review for the previous volume...more