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Dream Country

(The Sandman #3)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  97,232 ratings  ·  2,076 reviews
The third volume of the Sandman collection is a series of four short comic book stories. In each of these otherwise unrelated stories, Morpheus serves only as a minor character. Here we meet the mother of Morpheus's son, find out what cats dream about, and discover the true origin behind Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream. The latter won a World Fantasy Award for best ...more
Hardcover, 111 pages
Published February 5th 1999 by DC Comics (first published 1990)
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Bill Kerwin

The third volume of The Sandman series is a bit of a mixed bag, since the individual stories, although all entertaining, vary in quality. And yet it also contains what may be the greatest Sandman tale of all time.

First of all, this volume is essentially half the length of the first two, consisting of four individual numbers instead of the customary eight. It is padded to something close to the normal length by the addition of an original Gaiman script (“Calliope”), which I’m sure will be of grea
The Twilight Zone comes into The Dreaming.

Creative Team:

Writer: Neil Gaiman

Illustrators: Kelly Jones, Malcolm Jones III, Colleen Doran & Charles Vess

Letterer: Todd Klein

Covers: Dave McKean


This is a wonderful volumen in the The Sandman run where the great storyteller, Neil Gaiman, unleashes his imagination to the fullest giving us the pleasure of reading four stories where anything can happen...


You have changed, Oneiros. In the old days, you w
Sean Barrs
Sometimes I like to binge read a series, I enjoy it that much that I try to read it as quickly as possible. The real world ceases to exist for a few days. This really isn’t anything particularly remarkable to say about a series, most readers do this sort of thing. Though every so often, maybe once every two to three years or so of reading, a series will come along that is so utterly excellent that I don’t want to read it. I mean, I don’t want to finish reading it. So I pace myself, I take my tim ...more
I quit.
Sandman is not for me. I can honestly see why so many of you love it, but...
I can't force myself to do this any longer!

I don't like the art. It reminds me of some scratchy shit that one of my kids drew. The difference is, the artist isn't one of my kids, so I don't feel the need to put this up on my refrigerator.
Sorry, I know a lot of you love this style.


There are a few different stories in this one, and I didn't like any of them.
First one is about a writer who rapes a muse over and ove
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Note: This is part two of a rambling multi-volume re-read of the series. It will probably make better sense in context of other reviews...

The third volume of Sandman is several short stand-alone stories. It also includes my my favorite story in the entire series. Where Shakespeare's troupe performs Midsummer's Night's Dream for the assembled host of Faerie.

Midsummer's is my favorite of Shakespeare's plays, I should mention.

I remember reading this and thinking... "What? What the serious hell?
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Re-read, 3/3/20:

All of these stories are wonderful, but I think I preferred the monk and the fox story best this time. A close second is Midsummer Night's Dream. For all the right reasons. :)

Original review:

This is a fairly short volume, but each story is tight and delightful. This is where I remember the Sandman comics coming into its own, and Morpheus himself hardly had any role in them. It's all about stories. Stories about stories. Of course, I can make the same argument about the entire run
Johann (jobis89)
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I only have two kinds of dreams: the bad and the terrible. Bad dreams I can cope with. They're just nightmares, and they end eventually. The terrible dreams are the good dreams."

Dream Country is composed of four independent short stories with no real continuation from the previous volume. The stories are centred around both imprisonment - whether that's physical or mental - and dreams, with the only connection to the previous volumes being the presence of characters we've already been introduce
Sean Gibson
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
All right...starting to feel it now. I'm digging it. Let's keep this Dream train rolling, Gaiman. Onto Vol. 4.
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Four unrelated stories where Morpheus takes a back seat, appearing as a supporting character in each one. Surprisingly A Midsummer Night's Dream which is the only comic to win a World Fantasy award was not my favorite story this go around. I thought Caliope and Dream of a Thousand Cats worked best. Kudos to Gaiman for resurrecting another forgotten DC character in Element Woman even though Facade wasn't my favorite story.
Ms. Smartarse
The third volume of the Sandman series takes a break from the main storyline, focusing instead on four short stories that illustrate the depths of humanity's... depravity? Yeah, let's go with that.
We have:
- a writer, who traps a muse in his attic for decades on end
- a cat, that dedicates her life to spreading the truth about the power of dreams
- Shakespeare's first showing of a Midsummer's Dream to an audience of faeries
- the struggles of a retired superhero, who can no longer do the job

Short story details
David Schaafsma
7/15/20: Rereading this one in the summer of 2020. In midsummer, actually, in conjunction with Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, reading it, hearing it, and seeing a filmed production of it (soon). I did this because of the great issue in this volume focused on Midsummer Night's Dream. So it is really good to do this, as the play within a play from Shakespeare extends here to another frame; in other words, Dream watches the play within a play, and they all speak to each other.

10/17/14: Orig
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This 3rd volume in the series is another collection of individual stories combined by that red thread that are dreams.

The first story details a writer's exploits of the muse Calliope ((view spoiler)
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
An intermezzo between two longer story arcs, composed of four stand-alone issues. Part of the appeal for me is in the quality of work from the guest artists, Charles Vess and Kelley Jones in particular, but the main attraction remains in the creative writing of Gaiman.

17 - Calliope - is a story about a muse from ancient Greece, a prisoner of the mortal plane where she is enslaved and abused by a writer who wants fame and fortune.

18 - A Dream of a Thousand Cats - a story for cat lovers everywher
Sam Quixote
I’ve been re-reading a lot of books that I enjoyed years ago recently and it’s been very rewarding for the most part, rediscovering books I loved all over again. Unfortunately Sandman - a series I really liked the first time round - is not among them and it’s so disappointing! What I remember of Sandman was that the first two volumes weren’t that great (and that checks out) but that the series starts to take off in this third volume, Dream Country, and… it doesn’t. It’s basically stuck in the mu ...more
Auntie Terror
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga-comic
This one might be my favourite volume so far. [Prtf]

The Dream Country contains 4 stand alone stories and Morpheus is mentioned only as a side character in A Midsummer Night's Dream, which won The World Fantasy Award.

Even though that story won a big award, it was not my favorite in the collection- I much preferred both Calliope and Facade. In Calliope, a man discovers and abuses his muse and in Facade we learn a lot about the faces we wear and the sister of Morpheus, Death, plays a role. How can an immortal commit suicide? If Death doesn't know,
May 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Dream Country is the third volume of Neil Gaiman’s excellent Sandman series.

This one is the least thematic so far, with four random and loosely connected vignettes, and connected only by Gaiman’s ongoing storyline of Dream and his fellow siblings The Endless.

With tributes to fable, mythology, legend and plenty of original imagination, this one may be the most Bradburyesque offering of the lot.

3.0 stars. A good collection of four unconnected solo stories. I did not like this volume as much as Volumes 1 and 2 but it is still worth reading. My favorite story is probably "A Midsummer Night's Dream" followed closely by "A Dream of A Thousand Cats." The former story is the only comic book to ever win the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story.

Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2017
I did like this, but thought that it was a bit all over the place. I only really liked one issue and that was the one dealing with Death and the woman who was not a woman, Rainie. There seemed to be no connection between these issues and I thought that the issue ending on scripts of whatever for this volume was boring. I just skipped all over that.

"Calliope" was a great story and we find out more about this Muse and her relationship with Dream. I liked the idea of Dream having a son though what
Every time I read a volume of Sandman, I desperately hope I'll love it. Then I get a sinking feeling as I read and find myself bored and unimpressed, and I start to fear that someone is going to show up at my door and revoke my nerd card. Because everyone loves Sandman. You can't be a nerd without adoring this series, whether or not you like any other graphic novel series. not adore this series.

It seemed like it took me ages to get through the Midsummer Night's Dream section of this book
Floyd Pepper
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stripovi
Calliope *****
A Dream of a Thousand Cats ****
A Midsummer Night´s Dream ****
Façade ****
Nils | nilsreviewsit
Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot.’
Dream Country by Neil Gaiman is the third volume in The Sandman graphic novels series. I’m starting to see now that Gaiman really does just add something different to each volume, and somehow manages to top its predecessor. Volume 3 is definitely my favourite so far.
In this instalment, there is no continuation from the previous volumes, and the onl
Sonali V
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a completely engrossing, mesmerising leap into the dream world of Neil Gaiman. The introduction by Steve Ericson started the game. It was so good that I read it several times, tasting the words, lingering to laugh over his description of Gaiman. I shall not say a word about the stories themselves as many others have done it with greater felicity. I personally liked the first story of 'Calliope' most and found it fascinating. It already gives a glimpse into Gaiman's later pre-occupation wi ...more
Himanshu Karmacharya
Although did not like this book as much as the previous volume in the series, it still is fantastic, somewhat dreamy, somewhat melancholic read.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, fantasy
4.5 stars
The Sandman, Vol 3: Dream Country: Four excellent stand-alone stories

Vol 3 features four stand-alone stories in the Sandman universe, “Calliope”, “A Dream of a Thousand Cats”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and “Facade”. After the introductory Vol 1, in which we learn about Morpheus and his quest to regain his position and powers as Lord of the Dreaming, and Vol 2, in which the young girl Rose Walker is at the center of a mysterious power struggle because she is a dream vortex, in Vol 3 Gaiman tre
Arielle Walker
Strangely enough this was my favourite volume so far, though it was disconnected from the rest of the storylines. Essentially standalone tales, in the words of the author's website: "Dream Country is the first story arc made up entirely of different tales. We meet the mother of Morpheus's son, and find out what cats dream about. We also discover the origins of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. (The latter issue, number 19, is the only comic book ever to have won a World Fantasy Award.) Deat ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorites in this volume are the dreaming cats and Death helping Elemental Girl. I read that one before in the Death anthology, and it really captures her compassion.

On to the next one!
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Really enjoyed these stories with a dream theme.
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I think that this one is probably my favourite of the Sandman Volumes so far and I read this as a part of the Booktubeathon. It was a very easy read and one which I enjoyed a lot because of the storyline. I have to say that the artwork of this series (as it changes artist every now and then or art style) is a little hit and miss, but the story works nearly all the time for me.

This one focuses on a few individually self-contained stories involving either Sandman himself, or some of
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