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

4.43  ·  Rating Details ·  39,019 Ratings  ·  911 Reviews
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
Paperback, 185 pages
Published September 3rd 1993 by Vertigo (first published 1993)
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Jun 08, 2007 Imogen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Estos libros tienen tanto éxito en la biblioteca que tengo que conformarme con el que queda en el estante, si es que queda alguno, y leerlos desordenados. En los primeros me molestaba que se cambiara de dibujante en cada capítulo, ahora ya le he cogido el punto, e incluso le intuyo un sentido.
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
Jul 17, 2012 Brooke rated it really liked it
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
Airiz C
In A Game of You, Gaiman goes back to pick up an ostensibly minor thread in The Doll’s House and zeroes in on it: Barbie’s story. Morpheus again lurks in the periphery of the tales in this volume yet plays a significant role in the end. A Game of You tackles several themes that reappear frequently across the whole Sandman series, but mostly the spotlight is on the power of dreams, finding your own identity, how sometimes oneself is one’s source of suffering, friendship, and sexuality.

Anthony Chavez
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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
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
Paul Nelson
Jul 07, 2013 Paul Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
A Game of You is the fifth volume of the Sandman series and features Barbie or Princess Barbara in her dream world. Barbie first appeared in volume 2 The Doll's House married to Ken (of course) and now lives in New York amongst some interesting neighbours. Her best friend is Wanda a girl with attitude who unbeknownst to Barbie is actually a man named Alvin, we also have the lesbian couple Hazel & Foxglove who are about to learn of an most unexpected pregnancy, Thessaly is a quiet unassuming ...more
Jul 15, 2013 Algernon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kee Queen
Jun 26, 2016 Kee Queen rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 02, 2014 El rated it liked it
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
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
Sep 29, 2015 Cherie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
I got it! I think...
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
May 02, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2015
In this set of stories we are re introduced to Barbie. She first appeared in The Dolls house, with Ken of course, and she dreamt of being a princess in a fairytale land. Now she is living in an apartment with a a variety of characters and friends, but no longer dreams. Martin Tenbones, a person from her previous dream to pass on a amulet. Wearing this she enters the land where she must face someone called The Cuckoo. As she dreams, the others in the apartments suffer nightmares. But one of her f ...more
Caro M.
Not enough Morpheus in this one, nuh-uh, but the story still quite gripping.
Too little Morpheus, too much Barbie
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
Jan 14, 2016 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!
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
Dec 27, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jan 13, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gr-specfic-brs, 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.
Feb 09, 2016 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
"―¿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.
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-
Primo Saktyawan Sugiharto
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.
Jul 05, 2016 Dan rated it liked it
This was just okay... a little weird but kinda average.
Sep 19, 2016 Abigail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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.

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
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
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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.” 5416 likes
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