Arlene's Reviews > The Sandman, Vol. 10: The Wake

The Sandman, Vol. 10 by Neil Gaiman
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Oct 14, 2011

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Read from October 11 to 13, 2011

** spoiler alert ** A bittersweet ending to the Sandman story. The first half follows almost all of the characters that we have met in the previous books as they say their last good-byes at Morpheus' wake and funeral and say hello to the new Dream. The second half are three one-off stories that follow Gadling as he comes to terms with Morpheus' death and his own (im)mortality; a Chinese nobleman in exile who meets the new Dream (in the same desert as Marco Polo met Morpheus in an earlier book); and William Shakespeare as he finishes his last play for Morpheus (who is coming terms with his own immortality and lack of freedom). The tone of these three stories don't match with that of the first half, and while I did enjoy them, I think they felt out of place in the book. I almost wish the book ended after the first half because it wraps the whole series very nicely.

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