Sunday, July 17, 2016

Books read in 2016: No. 34 -- The Sandman, Vol. 3: Dream Country

by Neil Gaiman

Started: July 17
Finished: July 17

Notes: This particular collection brings together a few of the short stories of The Sandman, tales which stood alone as a single issue of the original comic though they sometimes had influence or showed a reflection of sorts of the larger, overarching tale. The shorts were often some of my favorite parts of this series, so I am particularly looking forward to this.

Mini review: It's interesting to look back at these stand-alone tales and to see how the characters, plots, and/or themes had later influence upon the larger story line. Here we have an aging super heroine who seeks death, a cat telling of how she met the Cat of Dreams and what that entailed, Shakespeare and his traveling band putting on a performance for a most unusual audience, and a tale of the sufferings of Calliope, an ancient Greek muse. All in all pretty strong stories, but still not quite the Sandman's best.

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