Dec 2014 Blurb:
My second favourite Sandman novel (Season.. being the top). Re-reading this it struck me that there's an awful lot of horror in this story, and most of it originates not from nightmares but from the minds of humankind. Murder, rape, children locked in basements and beaten - it is grim. It also has the brilliant concept of the 'cereal convention'. Rose Walker is an wonderful character, well supported by the strange denizens of her house. The only character I have actively disliked through all of my 22 Sandman reading years is introduced in here, the desperately annoying Lyta Hall. Grrr....!
On to the next volume...
Sandman proper kicks off with this collection. Gaiman found his voice for Morpheus and began to introduce us to the family of the Endless. The blending of humanity with fantasy and the tearing of dreams was utterly beguiling, though there are those that say Gaiman lacks humour and on occasion he can be a little portentious. The Cereal Convention storyline - whilst disturbing in content - shows otherwise.