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Fables and Reflections by Neil Gaiman
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Jul 29, 2009

really liked it
Recommended to M. by: Discovered it on my own
Recommended for: Anyone who loves poetry, graphic novels, or good storytelling
Read in January, 2009 , read count: 1

This book, Fables and Reflections, is a very solid entry in Neil Gaiman's Sandman series. It features a variety of loosely connected stories that revolve around Dream of the Endless, and some of his siblings. Most of these stories are standalone issues: only one, which deals with Dream's relationship with his son Orpheus, plays a role in the larger Sandman saga. However, every one of these stories is infused with a poetic beauty and richness that showcases, if nothing else, Neil Gaiman's amazing talent as a storyteller. Fables and Reflections is far superior to the earlier Sandman "story" collection, Dream Country, which featured a much smaller selection of tales, most of which were not as captivating as those found in this volume.
Particularly memorable issues in this collection are those featuring Abraham Joshua Norton, the self-proclaimed "emperor of America"; the Caliph of Baghdad, who strikes a deal with Dream; and a young Marco Polo, who also has a strange encounter with the Sandman.

- M. Rephun, July 29, 2009
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