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The Sandman: The Dream Hunters

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THE SANDMAN: THE DREAM HUNTERS is a comics adaptation of Gaiman's original prose novella by the same name illustrated by Yoshitako Amano. This graphic novel was illustrated by the legendary P. Craig Russell. A humble young monk and a magical, shape-changing fox find themselves romantically drawn together. As their love blooms, the fox learns of a devilish plot by a group o ...more
Hardcover, 126 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Vertigo (first published November 2008)
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Rosa
Even though the story is based on a tale from Gaiman's head, it completely reads like a Japanese fairy tale. The story is a beautiful unrequited romance and the illustrations are gorgeous. I also like how the ending is left a little bit open, so that the reader can hope they ended up together.
Caitlin
As a huge Sandman fan, I’m pretty easy to please, but this was wonderful.

Sandman: The Dream Hunters is an adaptation of a short story that Neil Gaiman wrote that combined both Dream from Sandman and Asian fairytale elements.

Dream Hunters is the story of a monk and a fox who go to great lengths for each other. The monk is minding his own business at his temple when both a fox and a badger try to convince him to move along and free up the nice spot. The ways in which they tried to persuade the mo
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Jayme
I read this to compare with the original illustrated narrative version of Dream Hunters. It was good, but not as good as the first. It really started to work for me in the second half of the book the though. At the point where you see the monk's dream, Russel cut out all the narrative for this part and did the entire dream with only the pictures to speak. It was really well done.

The afterword was very enlightening. Neil Gaiman admits that he never meant anyone to take the afterword of the origin
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Ignacio Senao f
Soñar despierto es posible con la saga Sandman. Vuelve a demostrarlo Gaiman.

Odio sus novelas, amo sus comics. Dicen que Moore es el mejor autor para comic, y este es el chiste que más funciona conmigo. Neil es un genio que han puesto en nuestro planeta con la obligación de acercarnos a lo que no podemos concebir con nuestra mente.

Un viaje como siempre onírico, mezclado con el cuento clásico. En el que el amor, terror y fantasía es tratado en su máxime. Finalizando todo esto con una moraleja que
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Carol
Pufff... menos mal que me quedaban más cosas de Sandman por leer más allá de la saga principal. Me cuesta, me cuesta la idea de desprenderme de este cómic, de dejar de tener material nuevo sobre el Señor del Sueño. Así que ayer leí este tomo suelto, Los cazadores de sueños, que a su vez está basado en una novela del propio Neil Gaiman ilustrada por Yoshitaka Amano (sí, sí, el de los Final Fantasy), que tiene toda la pinta de ser un trabajo delicioso (ya caerá en mis garras, ya).

Pero esta adapta
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Richard Tokebroker
Sandman is probably my favorite comic book series, and since I hadn't read this little collection before, I immediatly jumped on it when I saw it at our local library. Upon reading it to completion, I decided it was probably one of my favorites from within the series as well. Gaiman just has a way with words and myths, even if he is totally making it up as he goes along. Which is exactly what he did with The Dream Hunters.

If you ever eat your way through Sandman, look this one up. You won't be d
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Jacquline
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Unai
Este cómic de Sandman es la adaptación de un relato escrito hace bastantes años por Neil Gaiman en formato de libro ilustrado juntos a Yoshitaka Amano. El caso es que P. Craig Russell llevaba cierto tiempo detrás de poder adaptarlo a cómic, propiamente dicho y finalmente lo consiguió. Con exquisitos resultados diría yo y ahora lo reedita ECC.

Es una relato, que casi es una fabula y que ambientado en el Japón feudal, nos presenta la historia de un monje que cuida un solitario y lejano templo. Unos
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Amelia
Very enjoyable stand-alone piece. Lots of subtle little references cued throughout, enough so to make an experienced Sandman reader kind of chortle- or really just glow with contentment to see old friends again, albeit with slightly different faces.

There was apparently quite the kerfuffle about the origin of the story- it was made up by Gaiman, but due to an afterward in the original storybook apparently made up to take up pages, it was believed for a time that it was actually a retelling of a
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Laurel
A poignant story magnificently told. This beautiful book is one of the best examples of what is possible in a quality graphic novel.

As with most readers, I thought the story was based on a real Japanese myth and was astounded to learn it was all Neil Gaiman's creation. The interweaving of the characters from Gaiman's Sandman comics series was seamless and added to the overall mythical feel of the book. The reader doesn't need to be familiar with Dream's world to understand the nuances of this mo
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Msouth
Got mine in the Newbury Comics in Boston--found out it existed by finding it on the shelf there. So it's got a little extra nostalgia packed in for me, so I might be slightly prejudiced in this one's favor.

What I love about this is how much you think it must absolutely have been taken from a Japanese fairy tale. With the exception, perhaps, of the fact that (view spoiler), but even that you could just interpret as Gaiman putting his spin on
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Jostalady
This is a little different than I am used to from Gaiman, but the commentary really brought it home for me how brilliant this piece is. The art and Asian mythical style are so convincing that people still write Gaiman asking for the original source. Now that I know what he set out to achieve, and how he went about it, I can see what makes this such a special addition to any thorough Gaiman collection.
Stacey
I have both versions of this illustrated story. The text is largely similar (partially adapted for Russell's version) in both fairy stories, but with different illustrators. Both versions are equally beautiful in their own way, and the story itself is lovely and ethereal.
Sarah
Although the words are the same, Russell's comix treatment conveys a different feeling than Amano's original "illustrated novel."

I really enjoyed both---it is fascinating to compare the interpretations. Gorgeous works.
Jean
I had not read the Sandman stories so I cannot compare this adaptation--for me it stands alone.
Though I found the story sparse at times, I enjoyed it. The back matter is unusually dense, discusses the story behind the story.
CatfaceMeowmers
Neil Gaiman never ever lets me down. I was pleased as punch to discover that the shrink wrapped copy I picked up was the graphic novel and not the original illustrated story. Utterly beautiful.
Matthew Jackson
A short sweet, perfectly lovely little mythic story with gorgeous Russell art. It's also a wonderful introduction to what the Sandman is for those who have not yet delved into the series proper.
Brenda Leavy
A huge downside to my current job is that it requires absolutely no creative output on my part whatsoever. My life is built around the written word, and for the last decade fashion, and I have been feeling a big hole within. After arriving home from a very long trip to the frozen misery that is Minnesota, I once again returned to filling my bookshelves. Watching the clock I was painfully aware that I leave again tomorrow. When I reached the box labeled "Gaiman" my heart rose. Here would be a gre ...more
Pyol Starrick
As always Neil Gaiman doesn't fail to please in story line and plot. As someone of Asian descent that has read a fair amount of Asian lore I can say that it is written in a manner that remains true in style. The illustrations are beautiful and I look forward to reading the original Dream Hunter's series that promises a traditional Japanese art style. If you have read and love the original I must warn you that this one is written and drawn as a graphic novel/comic and not book accompanied by pict ...more
Luisa
The Dream Hunters by Gaiman is a graphic novel filled with intriguing characters. The gently monk, crafty fox woman and evil yin-yang, a wealthy man able to summon demons, have lives that intertwine. When the yin-yang Onmyoji needs the monk’s life in order to rid himself of fear, the fox woman intervenes. The King of Dreams influences the action in this engaging folk tale set in ancient Japan. Some of the images are disturbing with glimpses of unnecessary and unnatural nudity, but the story is b ...more
Nicole Westen
Another wonderful chapter in the Sandman universe. Although this time the focus is on the story, with the Sandman only appearing a handful of times. It was still a fantastic story and I loved seeing some old characters, like Cain and Abel. I'm pretty sure this was Morpheus's successor and not Morpheus from the original series. Either way, I loved it, and I hope there might be more to come, even if they are just stand alone stories like this one. I especially hope for ones showing the new Sandman ...more
Ann
My first comic by Neil Gaiman. However this is very unlike a comic -- it doesn't read or feel like one. It actually is an illustrated prose work with some comic elements. Which is fine by me because this is so Neil Gaiman (he has an unmistakable voice). I'd only read his prose fiction up until now and wasn't aware he could do the surreal alternate reality thing so well in this medium (for real!) ... Is this what all Sandman comics are like? Either way I'll be wanting more. Actually I think I'd c ...more
Luciana Darce
Quando terminei de ler a série Sandman pela primeira vez, senti algo como uma grande vazio, como estar à deriva, tantos pensamentos e emoções juntos que minha cabeça deu tilt... e emudeceu. Não há como quantificar gênio e não importa o quanto eu escreva, não conseguirei dizer o quanto a obra de Gaiman me marcou – importante, diferente, única, riquíssima.

Tão rica que para a alegria de seus fãs, ela nunca se esgota, podendo ser retomada por várias tangentes, aproveitando personagens secundários ou
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Rowie
Sometimes there are writers where you just know they're going to be good before even reading any of their work. This was my first encounter with Neil Gaiman (aside from seeing the Stardust and Coraline movies) and it was a really good one. I can imagine people looking for the sourcematerial, because this really seemed like a genuine Japanese folkore. The bittersweet ending really makes it more special. I think this story really shows Gaiman's skill as a writer. While obviously being influenced b ...more
Aleksandar Nikolov
Значи можело! Можело и аз да се трогнем , вече мислих че е невъзможно. Но да не говорим за мен , а за най добрия разказ на Пясъчния досега. В традиционен японски стил с много притчи и много поуки в която става дума за невъзможната любов м/у една лисица и един отшелник. Ако сте се сблъсквали с японски и китайски приказки значи не би трявало да се изненадвате от този факт. В тях те често биват описвани животните като горски духове които се превъплащават в хора. И така накратко... влюбват си се те ...more
James
Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell team up to tell a Japanese folktale that intersects with the world of dreams. A young man and a fox spirit fall in love, although they only fully discover that in crisis. There's an evil sorcerer, and what follows is a "Gift of the Magi" shell game of sacrifice, culminating in loss--and revenge.

The level of talent on hand here is impressive. Gaiman's style is well suited to crafting myths; it's solid and fully assured. Russell is great as well, evoking Japanese w
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Jacki
In this graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Yoshitako Amano’s illustrated novella, the spirit of Japanese myth lives on and intersects with Gaiman’s popular Sandman series.
A fox accepts a wager from a badger to trick a young monk out of his temple home. Although the fox tries to lure him away by changing into a seductive human woman, she loses both the wager and her heart when the monk sees through her ruse. When a demonic plot arises, both fox and monk gamble everything to save the oth
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PurplyCookie
In honor of the 20th anniversary of Gaiman’s landscape-altering series "The Sandman", one of Gaiman’s most frequent collaborators, Eisner and Harvey Award-winner P. Craig Russell inimitably adapts Gaiman’s prose story "The Sandman: The Dream Hunters" into a sequential, 4-issue comics event.

Released 10 years ago, "The Sandman: The Dream Hunters" was a prose novella accompanied by illustrations from Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano. Winning the 1999 Bram Stoker Award and the 2000 Eisner Award, it t
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Traummachine
The last 2 Sandman chapters published, these actually take place between prior chapters.

The Dream Hunters was originally released in a "prose version" with a Japanese artist. Truth be told, that's the version I was trying to buy, but I messed up. :) But I still really liked the artwork in the version I bought; I think P. Craig Russell did a great job and still kept that Far East feel to the whole thing.

Endless Nights had a different chapter for Dream and each of his siblings, each chapter in a d
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Otto Lehto
This was my first Sandman book, and I discovered not the most typical. In fact, this is a side-story, separate from the main story arc of the Vertigo comic books, illustrated by a one-off illustrator (who hasn't done Sandman before, but HAS illustrated Gaiman's novel Coraline into comic book form). As such, the story is self-contained and easy to get into, also for a novice.

I enjoyed the work. The illustrations convey the dreaminess of the tale.

The allegorical tale - really a kind of pseudo-fab
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