The first two books of the series revolved around the characters of Alyss and Redd, this book detours more into the characters of Arch and the caterpiThe first two books of the series revolved around the characters of Alyss and Redd, this book detours more into the characters of Arch and the caterpillars and I was left feeling that the ending that could-have-been would have been better if the author had stayed with Alyss and Redd.
I loved the first two books, but this one just fell flat. I never got into the character of Arch, so when he took over the plot line I sort of lost interest. I kept reading because I wanted to know that the rest of the characters were doing, but the more I read the less connected to the book I felt. The worms...well, they just drained the life out of the novel. I was curious about them, but in the end...they didn't do anything. They were flat and boring and their purpose made the ending of the book seem...flat.
Also, there was the budding romance with Alyss and Dodge...I expected it to be fleshed out in this novel, but instead it was pushed to the back burner until the very end when a bow was nicely placed around all those nagging loose ends. I loved the first two books and was hoping the third book would build on what was created, instead it tore it all apart and rebuilt it on a weak foundation. I was disappointed in this book, but I do look forward to reading the graphic novel, Hatter M....more
When I was young and naive...in my 20's...I swore I didn't like sci-fi or fantasy. A friend handed me a copy of Ender's Game and I have been hooked evWhen I was young and naive...in my 20's...I swore I didn't like sci-fi or fantasy. A friend handed me a copy of Ender's Game and I have been hooked ever since. Having learned nothing, I said something similar about graphic novels a while later and this same friend sat me down with a copy of The Sandman Vol. 01: Preludes and Nocturnes. Again, I was hooked and now I am the one who preaches the virtues of graphic novels to both friends and students. Neil Gaiman taught me one thing that day...graphic novels are wonderful! I've read much of his other writing since then and he's taught me other things, but I have to admit, even though I've seen many photos of the author, whenever I think of Neil Gaiman the image in my head is Dream.
I read the Sandman collection in the late 90's, but never owned my own copy. I worked at a library and would check them out over and over again. When I saw the Absolute collection, I had to have it! But then it sat on my shelf...I was too afraid of damaging it to open it. But then I read the The Graveyard Book and remembered how much I loved the The Sandman Vol. 01: Preludes and Nocturnes series, so I broke it open and am re-reading it...again!
Sometimes you go back to old favorites and they pale in comparison to memory...not this! I am in love with it all over again and am rationing it - one story a night.
I just finished A Midsummers Night Dream...wow! Again, wow!
I just love - love - love this series. The re-issue of the artwork is spectacular and I could just sit and stare at some of the pages for hours...but I don't...it's always about the stories to me. Mr. Gaiman, you're bloody brilliant! ...more