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Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
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really liked it
bookshelves: 2019-final-reading-list, fiction, graphic-novel

“What power would hell have if those imprisoned here would not be able to dream of heaven?”

I wanted to read Sandman for the past 5 years or so. Every year, I'd add it to my reading list and then remove it from the draft just before publishing. This year I'd already read both larger and more disturbing works and had enough space in my reading list, so I finally picked this up. And I'm so glad I did!

Gaiman is a master story teller and he brings seemingly random and unrelated plot elements together, with a finesse. The artwork is beautiful and psychedelic like Arkham Asylum but much more colorful and consistent. The narration and dialogues are sometimes wacky, often poetic.

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The protagonist is quite different and really surprised me. I think there are definitely areas which people would have different opinions about. Occult themes are at some places used to defy logic, the creative freedom in the work somewhat loosens the plot's grip and there's a lot of straying from it. Some ideas and panels can be really disturbing.

But there were lot of wonderful quotes, damn!

“She's realized the real problem with stories -- if you keep them going long enough, they always end in death.”

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Reading Progress

October 22, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
October 22, 2017 – Shelved
February 23, 2019 – Started Reading
February 24, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019-final-reading-list
February 24, 2019 – Shelved as: fiction
February 24, 2019 – Shelved as: graphic-novel
February 24, 2019 – Finished Reading

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