Adam's Reviews > The Sandman, Vol. 7: Brief Lives

The Sandman, Vol. 7 by Neil Gaiman
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Aug 02, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 1970-present, graphic-fiction

I surely don't need to point out the similarities between The Sandman and Doctor Who. Brief Lives is kind of like a Doctor Who story focused entirely on Gallifreyan stuff, very tied to the nature of the Doctor and his home planet and the Timelords, etc etc. This is all about the Endless, the whole story arc is, really, and that just doesn't seem all that interesting to me, much like I'd be less concerned with the aforementioned Doctor Who story than other ones. I realize this puts me in a different camp than plenty of other readers/watchers.

Gotta say, though, aside from some all too cutesy bits, Brief Lives is an unexpected (to me) triumph. Gaiman juggles the characters and situations brilliantly, and ends up producing an immensely sophisticated narrative. I still prefer other sorts of Sandman narratives to the whole Endless deal, but I have to admit that this is a pretty great story arc.

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