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Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
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Mar 02, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: comics-and-graphic-novels, fantasy, reviewed, 1-men, own
Read in May, 2012

"I am anti-life, the beast of judgement. I am the dark at the end of everything. The end of universes, Gods, worlds... of everything. And what will you be then, Dreamlord?"

"I am hope."

This is my favourite quote from this book, and one of my favourite quotes in general. It's beautiful. And true, thank god, so true.

I really liked this book. I've wanted to read The Sandman for a long time, and after this I'm beginning to grasp why it's become so popular. I really, really hope I can find the rest of these novels at my local library.

You can tell that this is a prelude to the "actual" series, and that means the plot is a bit too straightforward. I can forgive that, because it's supposed to introduce us to the different characters and it does a brilliant job of it, but where I was left in awe of the characters and the supernatural universe, I had a slight "meh" feeling about the plot.

Still, I'm perhaps a little bit in love with Morpheus (and maybe also his sister, Death). For some reason he reminded me of Neil Gaiman looks-wise. Death is fabulous too, of course, but Morpheus managed to steal his way into my heart in a way his sparkling, goth sister didn't (yet anyway).

I'll definitely continue with this series, even if it means I have to buy it! It's creative, the art is to die for, and it manages to be both dark and hopeful at the same time (the quote above is an excellent example of this) something I think is probably a Neil Gaiman trait. It even managed to make me feel almost comfortable with the thought of dying, something that usually terrifies me. That is great story-telling.

They also get props for including Lucifer AND Beelzebub AND Azazel. Very cool.

So yes, this is definitely recommended!
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message 1: by Joby (new)

Joby Loved this book. Not the best in the series though

Samuel García The demon should have countered his "I am hope", with "I am despair and madness", but then the story wouldn't have Morpheus' killer blow.

Chaelee I feel like that quote is a bit of a spoiler. I mean it is how he wins the battle and it's the best part of the book imho.

Kirstine Tiffany wrote: "I feel like that quote is a bit of a spoiler. I mean it is how he wins the battle and it's the best part of the book imho."

That might be true. But it doesn't actually say who the first line belongs to, or what the context is, so no one reading the review would know that until they'd read it. (view spoiler)

message 5: by Tasha (new)

Tasha Llorente Sorry I just have to get this out:

So many people forget about this quote but it's easily my favourite of all of Gaiman's works. I first read the series when I was about 15. Didn't really understand it but this particular battle with the demon stuck out. It's simple. Gorgeous. And terribly inspiring.

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