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The Sandman: A Game of You (1993)

by Neil Gaiman, Colleen Doran (Illustrator), Dick Giordano (Illustrator), Shawn McManus (Illustrator), George Pratt (Illustrator)2 more, Bryan Talbot (Illustrator), Stan Woch (Illustrator)

Other authors: Karen Berger (Editor-Ongoing Series), Samuel R. Delany (Introduction), Todd Klein (Letterer), Dave McKean (Cover artist), Danny Vozzo (Illustrator)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: The Sandman (05 (Issues 32-37)), The Sandman {1989-1996} (TPB, issues 32-37)

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Take an apartment house, add in a drag queen, a lesbian couple, some talking animals, a talking severed head, a confused heroine and the deadly Cuckoo. Stir vigorously with a hurricane and Morpheus himself and you get this fifth installment of the SANDMAN series. This story stars Barbie, who first makes an appearance in THE DOLL'S HOUSE and now finds herself a princess in a vivid dreamworld.… (more)
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    Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics by Ted Naifeh (FFortuna)
    FFortuna: Sandman is much more intense and adult, but for those who have already read it they might read Courtney Crumrin as something simple and enjoyable.
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    Doom Patrol, Vol.1: Crawling From the Wreckage by Grant Morrison (FFortuna)
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    Bones of the Moon by Jonathan Carroll (mmonk)
    mmonk: The two works are so closely tied together that it's hard to decide if the Sandman arc is an homage or some kind of a quasi-sequel to Carroll's novel. Reading one work enriches the understanding of the other.
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Better than previous numbers. More entertaining throughout and ultimately more profound. Shifting realities, not necessarily between parallel universes, more like intertwining realities, make for a bewildering plot at times, but it all makes sense in a way in the end. Issues of gender and strong female characters are pretty much the norm here. The only real guy here, the evil George, is made small work by Thessaly and abused after death (No cute chick visits him). I think Gaiman kind of copped out by killing the only transgender and elderly woman in the end but it is sort of necessary for it to make as much sense as it can.

That happy chick Death, Morpheus's little sister, shows up again. I don't think Death is a cute woman personally but again Gaiman is trying to turn the norm upside down. Not sure why Gaiman is obsessed with the dreadful Tori Amos (Death's inspiration, I think). At least he saw the light and hooked up with Amanda Palmer.

Delaney forward is worth the price of admission alone (read it last, then read the book again). ( )
  Gumbywan | Jun 24, 2022 |
This one didn't grab me as much as the last volume, Season of Mists. It was okay, but I found it didn't pick up steam until the second-last chapter, which I enjoyed immensely. And the epilogue, though subdued, was fitting.

My biggest issue is with the constantly rotating stable of artists. I find the stories become much more nuanced when a single, dedicated artist has time to become emotionally invested in the stories and characters as they evolve. That's not the case here. Instead, one artist starts the story, then others are chained to those likenesses and settings. Not as much fun, and it was a particular annoyance in this volume.

Still, Gaiman always has some good stuff to say, and he did so here as well. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
This time around, I think I'll just start with the summary from Goodreads:

Take an apartment house, mix in a drag queen, a lesbian couple, some talking animals, a talking severed head, a confused heroine, and the deadly Cuckoo. Stir vigorously with a hurricane and Morpheus himself and you get this fifth installment of the Sandman series.

Where else would you see anything nearly that nuts? In Sandman, that's where!

If you really think about it, the idea of cuckoos is already kind of terrifying. When you taken a Cuckoo in mystical humanish form...



Things get alltogether weirder.

Add to that travelling into Barbie's realm (last seen a few books ago) to save the Princess and you have quite a story. We don't actually get that much of Dream himself, but plenty of dreams. And it works out all the better.

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She's wonderfully blunt. Oh woman powered magic. It ends up an odd combination of accepting and damning of different lifestyles all at the same time. About how life works out.



Oh the magic of dreams. And weird fonts. At least these are much easier to read than the angels' in the previous book.



Heh. It's funny because it's another book. But they of course have spiders here (it's a dream!). ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Flying through this series! This one was really interesting as it had a number of female characters leading the story, exploring the idea of childhood imagination. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
Barbie cannot dream, but one night she dreams and cannot wake up. Her neighbors task themselves to find her in the dream world, but it is a highly dangerous land between the living and the imaginary. It's a complicated volume, and I won't do it justice by talking about it. But it was worth the read, even if a few parts made me a bit squicky inside. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
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A Game of You is the least popular of all The Sandman installments, yet Gaiman considers it his favorite. When it was first published, a story in which Morpheus barely appears, in which half the action takes place in a Disney-on-acid world of talking animals and a villainous Cuckoo, a quest that features the most MacGuffiny MacGuffin ever, and stars one heroine in search of an identity, two lesbians, one trans-woman and a Bronze-age witch...well, let’s just say that the heroes of Comic Book Men, had they been filming in 1992, wouldn’t quite know what to make of it.
added by elenchus | editDailyKos.com, DrLori (Mar 20, 2017)
 
I have great admiration for the genius of this series, for the themes, for the storytelling, and the way they are combined; however, of all THE SANDMAN trade collections, it is the one I find least enjoyable as a reading experience.

In reviewing this collection, as masterful as it is, I feel I have to dock it half a star because so many readers do not enjoy reading it. But how many books that I don’t enjoy reading am I willing to give four-and-a-half stars? Not many, if at any at all. Leave it to Gaiman to make me praise in a long review a story that I wasn’t even looking forward to re-reading!
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Gaiman, Neilprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doran, ColleenIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Giordano, DickIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
McManus, ShawnIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Pratt, GeorgeIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Talbot, BryanIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Woch, StanIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Berger, KarenEditor-Ongoing Seriessecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Delany, Samuel R.Introductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klein, ToddLetterersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKean, DaveCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vozzo, DannyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kahan, BobEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"What will we do, Prinado? Why we will perish. We will all die, and the Land will die, and the world will die, and the Cuckoo will reign in bleak dominion over all. That is what we will do.
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You are utterly the stupidest, most self-centered, appallingest excuse for an anthropomorphic personification on this or any other plane!
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Take an apartment house, add in a drag queen, a lesbian couple, some talking animals, a talking severed head, a confused heroine and the deadly Cuckoo. Stir vigorously with a hurricane and Morpheus himself and you get this fifth installment of the SANDMAN series. This story stars Barbie, who first makes an appearance in THE DOLL'S HOUSE and now finds herself a princess in a vivid dreamworld.

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Collects "More Than Rubies" parts 1-8, originally published in The Sandman #1-8.
Collects "A Game of You" parts 1-6, originally published in The Sandman #32-37.

THE SANDMAN: A GAME OF YOU tells a fascinating tale of lost childhood dreams and the power that they can wield over reality. Since she was a child, Barbie has dreamed of a world in which she was a princess. But after separating from her husband, she has ceased to dream and her fantasy kingdom has been savagely overrun by an evil entity known as the Cuckoo. Now as elements of her fantasy world cross over and begin to drastically affect reality, Barbie and her friends venture into the realm of dreams to save its peaceful inhabitants. But against the power of dark and dying dreams, even the combined might of a witch, two lesbian lovers, a transsexual, and a decapitated talking head might not be enough to save two different planes of existence. -- from Vertigo (www.dccomics.com)
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