I was lucky enough to listen to Neil Gaiman read the first chapter of this book at the Fantasy Matters conference in Minneapolis in November of 2007.I was lucky enough to listen to Neil Gaiman read the first chapter of this book at the Fantasy Matters conference in Minneapolis in November of 2007. Having heard that chapter, I had to buy the book as soon as it was published. I did. And I loved it....more
**spoiler alert** You've been warned. If you're reading this review, that means you clicked the spoiler button and are willing to know about what happ**spoiler alert** You've been warned. If you're reading this review, that means you clicked the spoiler button and are willing to know about what happens in this book. If you don't want to know, stop reading. If you don't want to read about my incredibly personal reaction to this book, stop reading.
I loved this book. It made me cry, and it made me miss my mom.
My mom died on July 28th, 1990. She was 42. I was 14. It was a heart attack, a very sudden death. She had a chronic illness, but we never expected her to pass without warning the way that she did. I never got to say goodbye. I had a migraine that day when we were visiting my grandparents. I went into the guest room to sleep it off, and my grandfather and sister didn't bother to wake me when they took mom to the doctor's office. She passed away en route.
Reading this book, I remembered the impotent rage, the feeling of separation from peers, the fear about the future. It was all so real and true that I felt like breaking something, too.
I hope this book finds its way into the hands of those children and teens and adults that need it. We need it not only when we lose someone but also just to understand our own nature and the importance of what we do.
This book is simply stunning. These are the comics that made Neil Gaiman famous, and justly so. I was lucky enough (back in 2006) to buy this from AmaThis book is simply stunning. These are the comics that made Neil Gaiman famous, and justly so. I was lucky enough (back in 2006) to buy this from Amazon for $14.95. It was a very special offer that they gave out for a very limited time--and it brought this beautiful edition within my price range. As I was a newbie fan of the Sandman, I would not have been able to convince myself to buy this book at the full price. However, after owning it, I more than willingly paid $60 or so for volumes 2 & 3. (I have yet to buy volume 4.) If you aren't sure whether you're going to love this book or not, and you're hesitant to spend the money on it, buy Preludes and Nocturnes. It's the first book in the Sandman series, and it'll convince you that you want more. (However, it is worth noting that the storytelling got progressively better with each volume. If you're still hesitant after the first book, the second one will seal the deal.)
I don't know why it took me four years to finish this book. It's huge, yes. But it's also beautiful and horrifying and dreamy and terrifying. I wanted to take this slow and draw out the pleasure of reading each story. I don't think I'm going to have the same discipline when it comes to the next volumes . . ....more