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The Sandman, Vol. 7 by Neil Gaiman
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Jun 23, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: graphic-novels
Read in June, 2009

Brief Lives, collecting issues #41-49 of The Sandman, centers around questions of change and mortality, philosophical themes dealt with here perhaps a little heavy-handedly--but then, what do you expect from Gaiman? Still, this volume is funny, sad, and thoughtful, albeit perhaps a little too cute for my taste in the characterization of Dream's child-like sister Delirium (a punk rock schizophenic immortal) and the inclusion of a sarcastic talking dog.

I must say, though, that I loved the moment when Delirium asks, "What's the name of the word for the moment when you realize that you've actually forgotten how it felt to make love to somebody you really liked a long time ago?" There should be a word for that.

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