slavetowhim, August 24, 2006 (view all comments by slavetowhim)
When my friend recommended this series of graphic novels, I confess I balked--me, read a comic book? This was the issue she used to convince me to read it--even though she made me start with volume one, I really wanted to read The Midsummer Night's Dream, which was more imaginative and fun than I had hoped for. In this book, we see Marlowe and Shakespeare as characters who talk to the series's main character Morpheus, or Dream, and are able to strike deals with him. In the Midsummer Night's Dream, we see Shakespeare's acting troop perform for an audience of Morpheus's summoning--not Shakespeare's average human crowd.
This is a must-read for fans of Shakespeare's play. But I urge you--start with volume one. You won't be sorry.
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DC Comics -
by San Diego Union-Tribune,
"One of [Neil] Gaiman's personal favorites is the story of Shakespeare's performance of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' for the Sandman and the Fairy Queen. This issue [collected in Dream Country] won the 1992 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story, an honor usually reserved for works of prose fiction. This, said Gaiman, 'put one more nail in the coffin of the idea that comics are for children and sub-literates.'"
by Harlan Ellison, author of Edgeworks,
"Neil's Sandman work is on a par with great literature. I remember finishing issues of Sandman and just sitting there trying to catch my breath, saying, 'What a ride this guy has taken me on.' And I'd add, 'how brilliantly clever'....In each generation there are a small number of talents who do the seminal work that influences everyone else. Neil is one of those talents."
by Norman Mailer,
"Along with all else, Sandman is a comic strip for intellectuals and I say it's about time."
by Stephen King,
"Neil Gaiman is, simply put, a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any medium."
Dreams of writers, fairies, felines, and unemployed immortals take center stage in this collection of Sandman stories.
This exquisite and enchanting volume provides easy entry for newcomers to Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and to comics. Inside are the dreams of writers, fairies, felines, and unemployed immortals, and the World Fantasy Award-winning tale "A Midsummer-Night's Dream," which spotlights an unusual performance of William Shakespeare's play. Eighth printing. Graphic novel format. Mature readers.
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