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The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (original 1991; edition 1993)

by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth (Illustrator), Mike Dringenberg (Illustrator), Malcolm Jones III (Illustrator)

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Title:The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes
Authors:Neil Gaiman
Other authors:Sam Kieth (Illustrator), Mike Dringenberg (Illustrator), Malcolm Jones III (Illustrator)
Info:Vertigo (1993), Edition: Pap/Cdr, Paperback, 240 pages
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The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman (1991)


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Re-read this in anticipation of Overture. It's a bit rougher than the later volumes, but still fantastic. ( )
  lmgrim | Nov 15, 2015 |
I am normally not a graphic novel reader, however, if anyone is suited fro this genre it would be Neil Gaiman. Mostly enjoyed the stories, though I find the universal problem with comics (and every blockbuster movie for the past several years) is the shallowness in the psychology of the characters involved. This is probably unavoidable given the lack of text one has to work with. Sometimes the effect, when aiming to be serious or profound, turn out to be, well, a bit "comical."
I must admit to a certain addictiveness in the format, Mr. G. is of course a master story-teller, and will likely read the rest of the series. ( )
  crosbyp | Nov 14, 2015 |
A mostly strong start to a fascinating series, a few of the stories held up better than others., most could be read and understood without having a strong knowledge of DC comics history and characters but a few were weakened by needing to know more of this history to get the nuances of the plot.

The art was mostly strong, the quality and direction fluctuated a little bit here and there but mostly it really worked and was easy to follow and understand.

While there was a lot of disturbing violence in this book there was not a lot of unnecessary gore and it rarely felt cheap, there were a few cases where I felt it drifted into the territory of sadism for it's own sake, to create shock vs. truly needing to be in the story but overall I feel it was mostly tastefully handled.

Overall a solid introduction to Dream and The Endless and the roles and influences they have on the mortal world they help over see. ( )
1 vote Kellswitch | Aug 30, 2015 |
À altura das expectativas. Que maravilha! ( )
  Ritinha_ | Aug 26, 2015 |
Visually stunning. Storyline uneven. ( )
  wdwilson3 | Jul 5, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Neil Gaimanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kieth, SamIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Dringenberg, MikeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, Malcolm, IIIIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKean, DaveCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vozzo, DannyColoristsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berger, KarenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Janiš, ViktorTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Klein, ToddLetterersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, F. PaulIntroductionsecondary 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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