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The Sandman: The Dream Hunters [Illustrated…

The Sandman: The Dream Hunters [Illustrated Novella]

by Neil Gaiman, Yoshitaka Amano (Illustrator)

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    Yume No Hon: The Book of Dreams by Catherynne M. Valente (Jannes)
    Jannes: Japanese-inspired mythology of dream and unreality. Valente and Gaiman are both masters of their craft, each with a unique and powerful voice and an inventiveness that leaves you awe-struck and wishing for more.
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    Moonsinger's Friends: In Honor of Andre Norton by Susan M. Shwartz (DisassemblyOfReason)
    DisassemblyOfReason: If you enjoyed The Dream Hunters, "The Foxwife" by Jane Yolen in Moonsinger's Friends features another fox spirit who falls in love with a mortal man.

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Yoshitaka Amano's art is beautiful. ( )
  kasyapa | Oct 9, 2017 |
I enjoyed this story as I enjoy almost all of Neil Gaiman's stories. Unfortunately, this is a Sandman story, albeit a side one, and I was expecting to enjoy it as I enjoyed the previous Sandman stories. Sandman stories aren't just Neil Gaiman stories. They are, somehow, more than that. This is not a Sandman story.

As good of a storyteller as Gaiman is, he has never reached the heights he achieved with The Sandman, and this, I believe, is because he is an even better collaborator than he is a storyteller. One of the best stories in Sandman history never would have happened if Gaiman didn't ask his newest artist, "So, what do you like to draw the most?" and been told, "Cats."

Having to collaborate with a rotating cast of artists, and working with someone else's property pushed Gaiman to the limits of his skill. What we got was a magnum opus from a great artist before he had even had a chance to do anything else.

This, unfortunately, is not a collaboration. This is a short prose narrative by Gaiman with accompanying full-page and, occasionally, full-spread illustrations. I don't care for the art style. It has an abstract, unfinished feel to it that I find hard to grasp onto. That's a matter of taste, I admit, and isn't relevant to my rating.

What is relevant is that the illustrations add nothing to the story. Not like they did to the original series, or any other graphic novel for that matter. I realized after just a few pages that this could've been posted online as a short story with no illustrations and lost nothing in the process.

The story itself is middle-of-the-road as far as sandman stories go. Gaiman invents an Asian myth out of whole cloth, and it feels similar in theme to a lot of The Sandman, though it doesn't have much about it that's unique to set it apart. This is not a new phenomenon. Many of the short, one-issue stories from the Sandman novels were not particularly stand-out (although none were bad). The saving grace then was that there were several per volume, so if you weren't blown away by one, you were likely to be by the next.

In short, a decent Neil Gaiman short story with minor tie-ins to The Sandman world, but a "true" Sandman story in name alone.
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  ForeverMasterless | Apr 23, 2017 |
This story does its best to find out if you have a heart and does it ache. Clumsy at first, it becomes subtle. ( )
  MartinEdasi | Jan 29, 2017 |
In The Sandman: The Dream Hunters, Neil Gaiman returns to the Dreaming and Morpheus, its lord, in a story based on Rev. B.W. Ashton's story "The Fox, the Monk, and the Mikado of All Night's Dreaming", originally published in his Fairy Tales of Old Japan. The story fits perfectly with the mythology that Gaiman had previously crafted in his regular Sandman series and reads like one of the many interludes that Gaiman set during Morpheus' life prior to his captivity. Yoshitaka Amano's artwork is gorgeous and works perfectly to reflect and forward the tone of Gaiman's writing. As Gaiman's first return to The Sandman following completion of the regular series, this set the bar high and continued to show how Gaiman drives the medium of comics into new territory. The end result is something both gorgeous and haunting. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Jun 4, 2016 |
Quite gorgeous although Dream doesn't feature as much as I'd like ( )
  RealLifeReading | Jan 19, 2016 |
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A monk lived in solitude beside a temple on the side of a mountain.
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A novelette illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 156389629X, Paperback)

Sandman fans should feel lucky that master fantasy writer Neil Gaiman discovered the mythical world of Japanese fables while researching his translation of Hayao Miyazaki's film Princess Mononoke. At the same time, while preparing for the Sandman 10th anniversary, he met Yoshitaka Amano, his artist for the 11th Sandman book. Amano is the famed designer of the Final Fantasy game series. The product of Gaiman's immersion in Japanese art, culture, and history, Sandman: Dream Hunters is a classic Japanese tale (adapted from "The Fox, the Monk, and the Mikado of All Night's Dreaming") that he has subtly morphed into his Sandman universe.

Like most fables, the story begins with a wager between two jealous animals, a fox and a badger: which of them can drive a young monk from his solitary temple? The winner will make the temple into a new fox or badger home. But as the fox adopts the form of a woman to woo the monk from his hermitage, she falls in love with him. Meanwhile, in far away Kyoto, the wealthy Master of Yin-Yang, the onmyoji, is plagued by his fears and seeks tranquility in his command of sorcery. He learns of the monk and his inner peace; he dispatches demons to plague the monk in his dreams and eventually kill him to bring his peace to the onmyoji. The fox overhears the demons on their way to the monk and begins her struggle to save the man whom at first she so envied.

Dream Hunters is a beautiful package. From the ink-brush painted endpapers to the luminous page layouts--including Amano's gate-fold painting of Morpheus in a sea of reds, oranges, and violets--this book has been crafted for a sensuous reading experience. Gaiman has developed as a prose stylist in the last several years with novels and stories such as Neverwhere and Stardust, and his narrative rings with a sense of timelessness and magic that gently sustains this adult fairy tale. The only disappointment here is that the book is so brief. One could imagine this creative team being even better suited to a longer story of more epic proportions. On the final page of Dream Hunters, in fact, Amano suggest that he will collaborate further with Mr. Gaiman in the future. Readers of Dream Hunters will hope that Amano's dream comes true. --Patrick O'Kelley

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A fox who wins a monk's temple to use as her den falls in love with the cleric and bargains with the Japanese bringer of dreams to protect the monk from his enemy, the lord of a neighboring estate.

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