after such an adventures of toad and the mannor-batled with the weasels, I thought the ending was quite flat. well, it's nice to see a well-behaved toafter such an adventures of toad and the mannor-batled with the weasels, I thought the ending was quite flat. well, it's nice to see a well-behaved toad, but I missed the old-naughty him too. :)...more
A living boy who lived in a graveyard, raised by ghostly parents and guarded by a creature that was not alived nor dead.
How's that sound for a synopsA living boy who lived in a graveyard, raised by ghostly parents and guarded by a creature that was not alived nor dead.
How's that sound for a synopsys? The Master of Stories told yet another beautiful unconventional tale. I love it from the first page until the very end. The witch's tombs was touching and funny and brave. The macabre dance was lovely and unpredictable (though I don't really know the connection to the whole story). Bod's school days was fun and sort of heroic. The final fight was cunning and clever. And the ending with Scarlett was sad, but truthful. Then, the boy moved on. He'd growns. Ooohhh.........more
Let start by apologizing to all graphic novels lovers, I'm sorry I never took GN seriosly as a form of reading materials, I always thought them like aLet start by apologizing to all graphic novels lovers, I'm sorry I never took GN seriosly as a form of reading materials, I always thought them like adult childish' book ;) (eventhough I read couple GN before, not Sandman). This novel proofed me WRONG! It has the complexity of a great novel, a solid storyline, and beside that all, I LOVED the graphics. It really set the tone and nuance.
So, you know I'm a newbie here, not knowing the artist and all - I always loved Gaiman's work though - but this what I got after reading it.
1. Death and Venice It's dark and stressing. The characters were beautifully cleanly drawn. The story was kind of absurd but how shouldn't it be. Actually this is the one story that hooked me up.
2. What I've Tasted of Desire The drawing was a little to vulgar to me, but the story... LOVE it. I really like the page when there are drawings of the profile of the characters getting older and older and older.
3. The Heart of A Star So this is the main character ha.... Interesting!!! Seems like he easily got misunderstood. Can't wait to read more.
4. Fifteen Portraits of Despair How can someone describe despair so perfectly in so little words. It gave me shivers.
5. Going Inside It's my second most loved story after Death and Venice in this book. It sooo crazy-savvy-deliriusly insane.
6. On A Peninsula Also love Delirious in this chapter, not too much for Destruction. I unexpectedly do not like the graphics of this chapter (sooorryy....). I think it too shipshape too tidy too much like marvel and not like the others on the book.
It has one of my most fav (so far) of Sandman story, name Men of the Good Fortune. The story about a man that refused to die, and meet Morpheus once eIt has one of my most fav (so far) of Sandman story, name Men of the Good Fortune. The story about a man that refused to die, and meet Morpheus once every century to tell him about his life that 100 years, really reflects the existence of human, with its up and down, and love, and life and death, and dreams. ...more
A little weird (even for Sandman), but still facinating. I really like the Midsummer Nights Dream, I think it is the best way to elucidate how ShakespA little weird (even for Sandman), but still facinating. I really like the Midsummer Nights Dream, I think it is the best way to elucidate how Shakespiere got the idea to write it *_*...more
I really love the pop-coloring and the irony of the story on Ramadan, while 3 Septembers and a January is the simplest yet most profound story on grapI really love the pop-coloring and the irony of the story on Ramadan, while 3 Septembers and a January is the simplest yet most profound story on graphic novels I ever read....more
Reading this collection of brief stories is like enjoying little snacks before the main entree, which (I assumed) is The Kindly Ones. No actual sightReading this collection of brief stories is like enjoying little snacks before the main entree, which (I assumed) is The Kindly Ones. No actual sight of Lord Morpheus himself, but we heard about him here and there. The ending has a big glimpse to the unsuspected unpredictable future....more
I thought Sandman was a collection of short stories about human and other cratures that being told here and there, inconsequeDefinetly my fav books!!
I thought Sandman was a collection of short stories about human and other cratures that being told here and there, inconsequential and delirious, but after reading these, I realized that there were a red thread among all stories. It began with Preludes and Nocturnes when The Dream King aka Morpheus was kidnapped, built its foundation in Doll's House and Dream Country, choosen a path in Season of Mist, got kick in a Game of You, filled so more details in Fables and Reflections, and then down to this book, The Kindly Ones when he took the consequences af all his deed and resposibility. The stories was very well tied together since the beginning, but you couldn't see what it was until the very end.
Once again it was a great story telling from Gaiman (and a lot of illustrators!) and the ending was so touching yet so firm. If only I had one bad review, it was the forever changes pencillers and inkers and colores. I loved the first graphics by Drigenberg and Keith and Malcolm Jones, specially the twinkled-twinkled little stars in his eyes, which diseapeared in other illustrators. But other that that, Sandman is GREAT story....more
After reading it about three or four chapters, my first impression is a little confused, who was the main character? By the first few pages, we were iAfter reading it about three or four chapters, my first impression is a little confused, who was the main character? By the first few pages, we were introduced to Valentin, a French Head Police who chasing Flambeau, a French grifter, from Paris, to Brussel, and now London. Then following a bizzare trails left by a stumpy priest -namely Father Brown- and his tall friend, he finally can arrest the criminal mind he had been pursuit all along. But, in the second chapter, Head Police Valentin became the criminal himself, comitting premeditated homicide in his own back yard. Again, the stumpy priest was the hero detective of the story. After that, in chapter three and four, Flambeau (don't know how he could deflected the law!!) is incidently cross path with Father Brown again, which then lead to his repents in crime. In the next chapters, Father Brown will befriended with Flambeau and partner up in solving various crimes.
The story of detective conduct of Father Brown itself is more like logical deep thought of man with a lot of experiences and conffesions of other man dark sins. More intuitive than psychological (like Poirot or Ms Marplle) or deductive science (like Sherlock Holmes). They were short and without explaination or necessity of whatever happened next. They were about the crimes, not the punishments, just like Father Brown himself is about a confessor and not the judge.
From what I knew, Chesterton writing as almost always reflected his opinion of the world. So, if that was the case with this stories, then they were slightly to "offend" other beliefs, from socialist, capitalist, atheis, pagans, protestant, to merely criminalist and opportunist.
This is my first GKC's book I read --mostly because Gaiman mentioned him in several occasions-- and after reading it, in general, I liked Agatha Christie's Poirot and Sir Arthur Doyle's Holmes better. But still, I could see why his works influence other writer after him.
Don't know how to review this book, except for one word, Superb! Although the main theme was ordinary betrayal and playing one side against the other,Don't know how to review this book, except for one word, Superb! Although the main theme was ordinary betrayal and playing one side against the other, but the details, background stories and premises were far much unordinary, or maybe I should said plainly unorthodox.
I recommend to read this book while stay connected to the internet, there are vast amounts of infos, data, myths, legends, geographic locations, etc, that may not be familiar to non-american readers (or anybody), but they are real and fun to be acknowledged....more
Review of the whole series. I saw the anime from time to time a while back ago, and it stole my attention. So when I read the mangga, I wasn't suprised that I really enjoy the art graphics. Also the content of japanesse old culture thingy, the non-human characters, and the foods (which Watanuki cooked). Other than that, for me the stories was quite good too, not just demons hunter spirits chaser kind of thing, but it had some deeper meaning too, i.e. to take responsibility of the choices you made, to grow up, what the meaning to have good friends, to be happy and so on. It so sad in volume 16, when Watanuki decided to take store, but hey... he accepted it and was happy to be doing it, so life goes on. No regret! *wipe a tear*
It connects to other CLAMP's stories, like Cardcaptor Sakura and Tsubasa: Resevoir Chronicles. I have seen most of CCS anime (love it, Sakura-chan and Li Syaoran is really cute) and some episodes of TRC (don't really get the story) ***of course you idiot, you only saw it like 5 times*** :X <-- imagine Watanuki yells and doing the strange dance, while Doumeki calmly sipping sake!! Aniway...., I got the idea of how these stories crossed-over. But for people who just read Holic, it could be quite distracting, bc it was the backbone of the story (who's Watanuki really was, his parents, who's Yuoko-san, Clow Reed, Fei Wong Reed, etc). But if you just "don't think too much", it was really an enjoyfull manga.
From what I remember, the anime has more room the show the detail graphics of the prolonged story (1 manga chapter turns into 24 minutes anime, more or less), and it's colorful graphics as well (imagine how beautiful Yuoko-san Kimono or the temples and parks sceneries). But reading the manga makes you realised the beauty of the story too. So do both!...more