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House of Whispers Vol. 1: The Power Divided

(House of Whispers (2018) #1-6)

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One of four books expanding Neil Gaiman's acclaimed Sandman Universe. Welcome to the House of Dahomey, the houseboat of Erzulie Fr�da, where the souls of Voodoo followers go when they sleep but even the fearsome Erzulie is powerless when her dream river turns sour, tossing her house from one realm and into another.. the Dreaming!

From her bayou, Erzulie scries upon the mort
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Vertigo
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Chad
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
The basic premise is that a Loa (a voodoo god) unleashes a spiritual plague on mankind that separates one's souls from their body and spreads by touch. Meanwhile, all the Loa have crash-landed in the Dreaming where they interact with Cain and Abel and spout off a bunch of exposition and mumbo-jumbo.

I had a terrible time connecting to this. The mythology is very dense. There's a ton of Loa to keep track of, including their changing motivations and goals. The two stories feel unconnect
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Devann
I was definitely a little bit confused at some points but overall I think I like most of the characters introduced here and the artwork is pretty good as well. I'm not overly familiar with the different Voodoo gods that featured in this story so I think that was part of what was confusing for me, but I definitely liked the human cast of characters and I think I could come to enjoy this more as some of the blanks are filled in with future issues. It's definitely not easy to add characters to the ...more
Lata
Loved the art, but I was confused for most of the story.
Shannon Appelcline
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, comics-indy
This must have looked really good on paper: the Dreaming absorbs the Loa, offering up a story that's both familiar and steeped in a different tradition. But the writing's just not very good. We get a mess of characters, including Abel, Cain, Gregory, Goldie, the Loa, and some girls who are impacted by these mythological forces. And they're never well characterized, and so we don't care about them. Meanwhile, they're all pushed around by the needs of the plot without any feeling like anyone has a ...more
Chris Lemmerman
Adding anything new to the almost untouchable mythos of The Sandman is always going to be a daunting task, but Nalo Hopkinson takes to the idea easily, not trying to rewrite anything from before and instead slotting Erzulie and her House Of Whispers into the mythos quite literally, by having her houseboat drive straight through a hole in the Dreaming.

From there, we get a tale of two halves as Erzulie struggles with her new lodgings, and her nephew causes a disease of living death to affect the
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Kat
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Basic plot: A plague that takes people's souls away infects the Earth while the deities who can stop it are trapped in the Dreaming.

I must admit, I never connected with this story. I didn't recognize the figures as I've never really read up on Voodoo or Yoruba mythologies. The art was fantastic and the characters complex, but I felt disconnected from everything and I don't know that my lack of background knowledge was fully the reason. I wanted to like it, so I'm going to try to figu
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Cale
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Of the Sandman Universe titles, this is the one that most reminded me of the original series. Full of new characters, dense mythology, and a logic that feels dreamlike, this deep dive into a very different belief system at the feet of Uncle Monday and the Erzulie sisters was a challenge to read - not just dialect, but keeping track of the characters and their motivations. But it was also the most rewarding. The story of a spiritual plague of people who believe themselves already dead seems vague ...more
Jason
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this more than I did, but unfortunately this story was so muddled and confusing that I often had a hard time following what was going on. So much of this story's pacing felt rushed that at several points I was convinced that I had skipped a page, and at one point I wondered if I'd skipped an entire issue (a character is suddenly present in the third chapter who was not there previously, though everyone treats her as if she's been around the entire time).

At one point in t
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Ksenia (vaenn)
Парасолькова графічна новела (власне The Sandman Universe) мені категорично не зайшла. Зрозуміло, що тяжко бути оупенінгом одразу для чотирьох лінійок, але це було таке типове враження: хто ви, люди, чому ви зайшли до всесвіту Сендмена в брудному взутті і що збираєтеся тут робити? - плюс ще й спойлерів нахапалася. Розмова про те: нафіга тобі, Ксеню, читати розширення, коли в тебе в активі прочитаного всього лише два томи Сендмена - є непродуктивною, зате має відповідь. Довелося згадати, що мені ...more
Alex Sarll
Nalo Hopkinson's contribution to the Sandman spin-off line, and a book which feels like it would have been much more at ease existing in the wider Vertigo-verse we used to have, rather than forced into this closer union – the sections where it crosses over most directly with wobbly central title The Dreaming are generally its weakest points. Elsewhere, it's the story of the voodoo goddess Erzulie, cut off from her realm, her worshippers, and thus her sustenance, by her plague-god nephew Shakpana ...more
Kristen Shaw
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. I think Hopkinson did a great job integrating new folklore into the Sandman universe in a way that is consistent with the tone of the main series. I didn't find this difficult to follow, though I did take breaks to do research on the deities and folklore I was unfamiliar with (pretty much all of it), which was necessary to gain a full appreciation of what was happening. I love books that challenge me in this way, and Hopkinson's books are always a treat in this regard. Giv ...more
Tony
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
This has so much potential, but it keeps falling down by being a bit too jumbled. The artwork is pretty great.
Molly Lazer
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Introducing new gods, goddesses, and other mythological/religious figures into the world of Sandman was a good starting point for this series, and Erzulie, Agwe, and the other Voodoo figures are engaging characters, especially considering their multiple incarnations. But. I didn't feel as though this series gave enough context for the characters and plot for me to be able to engage with the story. A primer on the characters (even just a list of who is who and some facts about them, as has been d ...more
Adam Fisher
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Part of the new Sandman Universe, House of Whispers has very little to do with The Dreaming and instead covers the House of Dahomey, Erzulie the goddess of love and beauty, and voodoo worshippers. The story, which is very heavy in voodoo culture and lore, covers some human girls accidently unleashing a god of sickness, Shakpana, that spell also sending Erzulie and her home into The Dreaming, and covers stopping the plague and getting the goddess back to her realm.
Overall, the story was entertai
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Andrew
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I know half of this story is set in the Dreaming, but I really don’t recommend trying to read it when feeling sleepy, it’s just too hard to follow in parts. When I did re-read it while fully awake it made a lot more sense. I’m liking the ideas and loving the art. Hoping the storytelling itself will get tighter as the author becomes more comfortable in the Sandman mythos.
Laissez Farrell
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Found the density of the story to be a bit confusing at times, and am really curious how much of that is my own lack of knowledge of the folklore in which this is steeped. I would love an annotated version. I also fully expect to get more out this upon future re-readings.
Emily
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5
Kirsten
This was good, although not as amazing as I was hoping it would be. I had a really hard time following some aspects of the story.
Sesana
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy
For me, this has been the strongest of the new Sandman universe books. I think that's at least partly because it's an entirely new story, not a revisit or rehash of what Gaiman wrote in the past.
Anna Chapman
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s not Neil Gaiman, but, it’s pretty good!
Jason
Aug 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
I REALLY REALLY wanted to like this, but it was just so all over the place and boring. I forced myself to go back to it 4 or 5 times, but it just felt like It was punishment.
Amanda
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This started out strong, introduced me to new faces and ideas and then got muddled by the end. I liked it for what it was and less for what it did.
Amy L. Campbell
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, bookclub, ebook
although the art seemed a little rough on some pages/panels, I still really enjoyed the style. The story line was intriguing and I'd be willing to follow the characters into the next volume.
Glennis
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this collection more than the The Dreaming Vol 1, mostly because this was new characters and the original characters had limited screen time allowing the story to flow. The use of the Caribbean gods that are stuck in the Dreaming due to the rifts allowed for great storytelling. The book wasn’t weighted down with trying to fit every Sandman universe supporting character in the story and showed how the disrupting to Dream’s realm causes havoc in the waking one. I finished it wanting to rea ...more
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Nov 16, 2019
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Tom Williams
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May 23, 2019
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Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican-born writer and editor who lives in Canada. Her science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories often draw on Caribbean history and language, and its traditions of oral and written storytelling.

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