Well I know I can say one good thing about the upcoming movie of this book, it finally got them to release an unabridged full cast audio of it.
This isWell I know I can say one good thing about the upcoming movie of this book, it finally got them to release an unabridged full cast audio of it.
This is amazing! If you are a fan of the book and haven't listened to the audio yet then run, don't shamble, out to get this. You won't regret it. The abridged full cast audio was great, but missing just about half the book I think, this blows your mind. There are already a ton of places to go on the net to find the cast list so I won't rehash it here. Suffice it to say we get some really great actors doing each of the rolls.
This is the first time I've re-read the whole book since I read it when it came out in late 2006, so I hadn't had the pleasure of the full text in over almost 7 years. Man was it amazing. I am always taken aback at how smart and insightful this book is. I feel that not only is the premise executed wonderfully, but that the structure really drives home the humanity of the story. I know some folks find the format jarring, but I can't really see this story being told any other way and having this level of impact on me. This book wins on so many levels.
The author plays with narrative structure by presenting us a work of fiction in a non-fiction format. We are treated not one but lines of metaphorical examination: big governments response to natural disasters and the concept of danger hidden among us just waiting to erupt and kill us (i.e. terrorism). All while being entertained and constantly craving more views into the world of the zombie war. This book could be twice as long and I'm not sure I'd complain much.
To sum it up, and amazing and unique book executed as a full cast audio book perfectly. So run out right now to your bookstore and pick this up cause its dirty cheap. Support brick and mortar bookstores! ...more
I'm stunned! To tell you the truth, I never saw this coming. This is probably the most painful Sandman volume for me to read, and yet it was excellentI'm stunned! To tell you the truth, I never saw this coming. This is probably the most painful Sandman volume for me to read, and yet it was excellent in its depth and complexity of narrative....more
Well, I must say right now that this is currently my favorite Sandman book. I read Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturns and really liked it, but there is aWell, I must say right now that this is currently my favorite Sandman book. I read Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturns and really liked it, but there is a part in the middle of it that just didn't grab me. That cannot be said for "The Doll's House". I was hooked from page one, and only got more drawn into the book as it went. Even when there is a side story in the middle of the book, I was still fascinated by the tale. In fact I would say my favorite part of the book is the side story in the middle. I love getting to know Dream more and more, and seeing little bits and pieces of his fellow undying siblings. So bravo Mr. Gaiman sir, you have proven my faith in your talents yet again. I can't wait to read the next volume....more
This book is Neil Gaiman doing what he does, making superheroes look awesome and smart all at the same time. As well as making them into archetypal fiThis book is Neil Gaiman doing what he does, making superheroes look awesome and smart all at the same time. As well as making them into archetypal figures of myth, or maybe its the other way around and he is turning archetypal figures of myth (gods and old school "heroes") into awesome and smart superheroes. Either way its amazing, and John Romita Jr.'s art is impressively textured and epic as ever.
Read this, because Gaiman doesn't doe a ton of comic stuff anymore, and we should all cherish his brief returns to it....more
I've read this before and was hoping it would be released as a hardback. And here it is, and amazing deluxe edition a little larger than life and withI've read this before and was hoping it would be released as a hardback. And here it is, and amazing deluxe edition a little larger than life and with some cool script/art/creation process stuff in the back. This really is an amazingly done graphic novel. Its pretty breathtaking on all fronts. The art is amazingly detailed while the arrangement and organization add an art house film quality to the whole visual effect of the book. Amazing work by Frank Quitley. The story is probably one of my all time favorites from the highly skilled Grant Morrison. I would usually call a story about animals emotion porn (a story created to focus exclusively on eliciting superficial emotional response from the reader/viewer while all other aspects of storytelling take a backseat) but not this one. This is poignant and brutal all at the same time (much like the real nature) but has extremely relevant messages to convey about big government, human nature, and the potential "humanity" of any sentient creature.
I didn't re-read this when I got it last week mainly because I had already read it and wasn't ready to have my heart shattered again. I did bring myself to flip through it and skim/read some passages to appreciate this new format. Even that brought me to tears. Its powerful stuff and great writing. Check it out....more
Wow, this book took me awhile to get through. Its a great book, but its not light reading. This is an emotionally heavy book from start to finish. ItsWow, this book took me awhile to get through. Its a great book, but its not light reading. This is an emotionally heavy book from start to finish. Its a noir story loosely based on the Ring cycle, that is set in the far future in space. This is the 3rd book in the series, and it slows the series down a little bit, mainly because its transitioning us from the beginning of the story into the roller coaster ride toward the ending. I can't remember as of writing this review if there are two more books to go or just one. I highly recommend this series as its not quite like anything else I've ever read in the Sci-fi genre. That having been said, don't read it unless you have a strong stomach for man's inhumanity to other man(or more precisely, woman). The series, this book as well, is full of themes of betrayal, redemption, brutality, fear of loss of self, and a whole multitude of other very series human drama. All of which is set against a backdrop of mankind's future expanding into the universe, and all the technological and cultural developments that spurred that on as well as those that evolved because of it....more
What can I say about this that I didn't already say in previous reviews of Sandman books. Its genius, pure and simple. I'd be gushing to go on in thisWhat can I say about this that I didn't already say in previous reviews of Sandman books. Its genius, pure and simple. I'd be gushing to go on in this vein, so I won't.
In this book, Dream decides to correct a mistake he made a long time ago, and in the process he ends up with the key to hell. Enter many many gods and entities that want Hell (because its apparently very popular psychic property).
I can say that had I read this book when it was first out, I wouldn't have been as suprised at casting choices in one of my favorite novels "American Gods". Gods pop-up in this book that also make appearances in "American Gods" as well as the novella about Shadow (American Gods' main character) "Monarch of the Glen".
All around this is a fantastic graphic novel that I highly recommend to all who want to read good fiction, as well as to those who are fans of Gaiman's other works and haven't read his breakout work Sandman. Check it out, its great stuff....more
This is an excellent start to what I hope will continue to be a really good series. Though the opening of it is not wholey original (I think either 28This is an excellent start to what I hope will continue to be a really good series. Though the opening of it is not wholey original (I think either 28 days later ripped this story off, or vice versa. I'd have to look at the production dates), it chose a path I hadn't seen in zombie movies/books yet. Combined with real characters and the focus on the humanity that this disaster brings out in everyone, this makes for a very deep narative....more
It was just ok. I'm not sure if I'm enthused enough about this author's world or characters to try for book number two and maybe an improvement in herIt was just ok. I'm not sure if I'm enthused enough about this author's world or characters to try for book number two and maybe an improvement in her writing abilities.
Its fairly standard (at least in todays modern fantasy heavy publishing climate) "Fantasy elements in to a blender, pulse three times, then heave contents onto the pages of a book" stuff. Its got everything including the kitchen sink in here, and I think it gave me literary indigestion. Its not like I wouldn't care for most of the elements in this dish, aside from the nixing of medical science(which annoys the Sci-Fi nerd in me) and the making of Witchs and Warlocks as a hereditary thing that you still have to learn (I've never cared for spellcraft as something in your blood, prefering it to be something anyone could do to some degree or another and must hone as a skill). Its more like there were too many strong and/or conflicting flavors in this dish, and (not to be overly critical) they were not exactly expertly prepared or presented to you the reader. Its and interesting attempt, and I will say that at least it never devolved into paranormal porn as some others in this modern-fantasy sub-genre can tend to, so it is saved from my utter tripe shelf at least and gets a possible second in the series read from me....more