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The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil…

The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes (1991)

by Neil Gaiman

Other authors: Robbie Busch (Colorist), Mike Dringenberg (Illustrator), Malcolm Jones, III (Illustrator), Sam Keith (Illustrator), Todd Klein (Letterer)2 more, Dave McKean (Cover artist), Danny Vozzo (Colorist)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: The Sandman (1-8), Hellblazer (Cameo)

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I don't generally read graphic novels (but wanted to start), and I had a hard time getting into this one at first. It's a great story though, and once I got used to the form, it was much a much more enjoyable read. As I understand it, the first volume is the weakest of the collection, so I plan to keep reading for now. ( )
  StefanieBrookTrout | Feb 4, 2017 |
As good as folk said it was. ( )
  deeronthecurve | Jan 19, 2017 |
I bought this many years ago (try a decade) and never read. WHY? I have no idea, but clearly the onus is on me. A wonderful story that is only beginning and I can't wait to to continue on - even more so now that Mr. Gaiman has dropped the wonderful news that there is a new SANDMAN book coming out. ( )
  byshieldmaiden | Jan 17, 2017 |
A classic of the graphical fantasy field. Though no fan of fantasy in general, I do believe having a go at the classics of any field. And I can definitely see the appeal of this work about Sandman/Dream/Morpheus getting captured by mere humansk and the trouble that gets him into. However, even though this novel mainly sets the scene for the several later volumes of Sandman, I probably will not pick them up, I just like more realistic (less magical) stuff. ( )
  ohernaes | Jan 8, 2017 |
I've seen this graphic novel floating around for ages but for some reason I've never picked it up. I'm glad I finally ended that dumb streak because The Sandman is Neil Gaiman at his finest. It's dark, witty, creative, and terribly smart; an all around slam dunk for a comic series. The Sandman is the ruler of the realm of dreams and finds himself continually caught up in human drama. A great introduction to the series, fantastic worldbuilding, concepts, and dialogue. I can't wait to read more! ( )
  ecataldi | Jan 1, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Gaiman, Neilprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Busch, RobbieColoristsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dringenberg, MikeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, Malcolm, IIIIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keith, SamIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klein, ToddLetterersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKean, DaveCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vozzo, DannyColoristsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berger, KarenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living... for the price of wisdom is above rubies."

THE BOOK OF JOB, Chapter 28, verses 12, 13, 18
"D is for lots of things."
John Dee, All Fools Day 1989
For Dave Dickson: oldest friend. - Neil Gaiman
To my wife Kathy, my pal Tim, and to everyone in jail. - Sam Kieth
To friends & lovers. To Sam, Malcolm, and Neil; may your talents never dim. You made working on this book an indescribable pleasure. To Karen, Tom and Art (without whom this book would not have been possible), thanks for the time and your super-human patience. Special thanks to Beth, Matte, Sigal, the incomparable Barbara Brandt (a.k.a. Victoria), Rachel, Sean F., Shawn S., Mimi, Gigi, Heather, Yann, Brantski, Mai Li, Berni Wrightson (for Cain & Abel) and, as ever, to Cinamon. - Mike Dringenberg
To Little Malcolm - Malcolm Jones III
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"Wake up, sir."
But it's funny. I always thought when I became king...I thought there would be applause.
I though somebody would say something.
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Contains issues #1-8: Sleep of the just -- Imperfect hosts -- Dream a little dream of me -- A hope in hell -- Passengers -- 24 hours -- Sound and fury -- The sound of her wings
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0446393630, Paperback)

"Wake up, sir. We're here." It's a simple enough opening line--although not many would have guessed back in 1991 that this would lead to one of the most popular and critically acclaimed comics of the second half of the century.

In Preludes and Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman weaves the story of a man interested in capturing the physical manifestation of Death but who instead captures the King of Dreams. By Gaiman's own admission there's a lot in this first collection that is awkward and ungainly--which is not to say there are not frequent moments of greatness here. The chapter "24 Hours" is worth the price of the book alone; it stands as one of the most chilling examples of horror in comics. And let's not underestimate Gaiman's achievement of personifying Death as a perky, overly cheery, cute goth girl! All in all, I greatly prefer the roguish breaking of new ground in this book to the often dull precision of the concluding volumes of the Sandman series. --Jim Pascoe

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An occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother, Dream, instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, a.k.a. The Sandman, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. Author Neil Gaiman creates an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision.… (more)

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