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The Sandman: Dream Country (1991)

by Neil Gaiman

Other authors: Karen Berger (Editor), Colleen Doran (Illustrator), Steve Erickson (Introduction), Malcolm Jones III (Illustrator), Kelley Jones (Illustrator)5 more, Todd Klein (Letterer), Dave McKean (Cover artist), William Shakespeare (Contributor), Charles Vess (Illustrator), Danny Vozzo (Colorist)

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Series: The Sandman (03 (Issues 17-20)), The Sandman {1989-1996} (TPB, issues 17-20)

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The third book of the Sandman collection is a series of four short comic book stories. In each of these otherwise unrelated stories, Morpheus serves only as a minor character. Here we meet the mother of Morpheus's son, find out what cats dream about, and discover the true origin behind Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream.… (more)
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 Sandman: The Sandman Vol 3: Dream Country39 unread / 39clfisha, April 2013

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2.5 Stars
I didn't like this volume as much as I did the first two, probably because it is composed of four unrelated stories that don't connect into the Sandman arc. I was really getting into that story so I'm disappointed that I didn't get a continuation this book (and they're not exactly cheap!).

I didn't like the first one at all. As a rule I do not enjoy stories that contain rape.. especially when it's in comic book form. This is about the youngest of the nine muses who was trapped, imprisoned and raped by a writer because doing so gave him ideas for prize-winning best-selling works. The old writer passes her off to a new one. I hated it, it was gross and it made me angry. I did like to see the softer, if you can call it that, side to Morpheus though and apparently he has a son.

The second one was about cats dreaming which was weird but I did quite like the novelty of it! I also liked the idea of being about to collectively dream something into existing, and it made me think about the way we treat out pets.

The third story features Will Shakespeare making good on his bargain, and performing a Midsummer Nights Dream. I found that dragged a fair bit, and there may have being something literary in all that that flew over my head! Apparently it won an award, so what do I know?

The last story was really bizarre and featured Death rather than Morpheus. It features Element Girl, who is very depressed about that has happened to her and living in isolation but cannot find a way to end her life. Death, who I was happy to see again, rocks up and finds a way to help her. I was a bit surprised by this one as I'm not used to see people with powers (other than the Endless) in The Sandman! It was ok.

It was OK. Disappointed that it wasn't what I wanted.. I almost wish I'd skipped this volume.
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  ImagineAlice | May 8, 2023 |
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  freixas | Mar 31, 2023 |
Lacked the interesting plot of the last 2, more of a vignette book with bare similarity to the central character ( )
  martialalex92 | Dec 10, 2022 |
I love Neil Gaiman, and I love these graphic novels.

From this one, I particularly liked "Dream of a Thousand Cats" - love love love. :) ( )
  Anniik | Nov 26, 2022 |
This was an enjoyable read. My favorite two stories were "A Dream of a Thousand Cats" and "Facade". The "Midsummer's Night Dream" did seem to drag a little longer than I liked but still a good story. Artwork is fantastic in the book. All the stories were well written. ( )
  booklover3258 | Aug 30, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Gaiman, Neilprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berger, KarenEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doran, ColleenIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Erickson, SteveIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones III, MalcolmIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, KelleyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klein, ToddLetterersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKean, DaveCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shakespeare, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vess, CharlesIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vozzo, DannyColoristsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hill, Michael CharlesEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"I do not know whether you know all that is to be known concerning small mirrors: but of this, silence." - Arthur Machen, in a letter to James Branch Cabell. 17 Feb. 1918
"Writers are liars." -Erasmus Fry, a conversation 5 May 1986
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May, 1986. So what is it? It smells quite disgusting.
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When the last living thing dies, my job will be finished. I'll put the chairs on the tables, turn out the lights, and lock the universe behind me when I leave.
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The third book of the Sandman collection is a series of four short comic book stories. In each of these otherwise unrelated stories, Morpheus serves only as a minor character. Here we meet the mother of Morpheus's son, find out what cats dream about, and discover the true origin behind Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream.

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Collects "Calliope," "A Dream of a Thousand Cats," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Fa├žade," originally published in The Sandman #17-20.
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