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30 review for Sandman: País de sueños

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bill Kerwin

    The third volume of The Sandman series is a bit of a mixed bag, since the individual stories, although all entertaining, vary in quality. And yet it also contains what may be the greatest Sandman tale of all time. First of all, this volume is essentially half the length of the first two, consisting of four individual numbers instead of the customary eight. It is padded to something close to the normal length by the addition of an original Gaiman script (“Calliope”), which I’m sure will be of grea The third volume of The Sandman series is a bit of a mixed bag, since the individual stories, although all entertaining, vary in quality. And yet it also contains what may be the greatest Sandman tale of all time. First of all, this volume is essentially half the length of the first two, consisting of four individual numbers instead of the customary eight. It is padded to something close to the normal length by the addition of an original Gaiman script (“Calliope”), which I’m sure will be of great interest to some of you (although I must admit I skipped it myself). The first tale (“Calliope”) tells of Morpheus’ rescue of a Muse who has been kidnapped, then brutalized sexually and artistically by two unscrupulous writers in turn, the second (“A Dream of a Thousand Cats”) is a charming tale of a late night grayeyard meeting in which a wise old feline tells “our” cats a tale they can dream on, and the fourth tale (“Facade”)--the volume’s weakest, in my opinion—concerns the sad, solitary existence of Urania Blackwell (AKA DC’s “Element Girl”) whose body, and life, has been destroyed by the same radioactive substance that transformed her into a superhero. But the third tale—ah, the third tale!—is a masterpiece. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” tells us about a special performance of this play, on an isolated rural hill, by Shakespeare’s own company, arranged by Lord Dream himself. The audience? The actual beings that are the originals of Shakespeare’s Dream-inspired creations: Queen Titania, King Oberon, Puck, Peaseblossom, and the rest. The faeries comment critically on the play, interact with the players, and this mingling of art with the hyper-real personages of dream has consequences for Shakespeare’s company, and for his young son Hamnet as well. Shakespeare was a master of the play-within-a play, using it to great effect not only in this play (the “Pyramus and Thisbe” interlude), but in Love’s Labours Lost, The Taming of the Shrew, and Hamlet as well. Gaiman shows his command of the form too, using it—as his master Shakespeare did—not only as meta-fictional commentary, but also as metaphysical meditation. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is quintessential Gaiman, and makes Sandman 3 a worthy entry in the series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sean Barrs the Bookdragon

    Sometimes I like to binge read a series, I enjoy it that much that I try to read it as quickly as possible. The real world ceases to exist for a few days. This really isn’t anything particularly remarkable to say about a series, most readers do this sort of thing. Though every so often, maybe once every two to three years or so of reading, a series will come along that is so utterly excellent that I don’t want to read it. I mean, I don’t want to finish reading it. So I pace myself, I take my tim Sometimes I like to binge read a series, I enjoy it that much that I try to read it as quickly as possible. The real world ceases to exist for a few days. This really isn’t anything particularly remarkable to say about a series, most readers do this sort of thing. Though every so often, maybe once every two to three years or so of reading, a series will come along that is so utterly excellent that I don’t want to read it. I mean, I don’t want to finish reading it. So I pace myself, I take my time with it and savour its splendour. This is most unusual for me, I’m sure some of you may have noticed how quickly I can get through books. I started reading the Sandman almost a year ago now, and I’ve only just finished the third volume. This, in fact, took me almost two months to read. I went back and re-read issues; I flicked through and enjoyed the artwork on multiple occasions. For me The Sandman is the absolute peak of Gaiman’s writing and intellect, and it’s also the best graphic novel I’ve read to date. It would take a truly huge amount of ingenuity, creativity and originality to top something as good as this. This volume, though not as good as the previous two, is a very enjoyable read. Unlike the others, that have six issues that follow a story arc, this one is divided into four separate issues that tell a different tale. It’s almost like the comic book equivalent of a book of short stories. I’m sure there’s may be a technical name for this, but if there is I certainly couldn’t find it! So I’ve broke down my review to talk about each of the four: 1. Calliope- 4* What does the artistic muse dream about? She dreams about not being a muse, of course. She doesn’t want to exist for the purpose of another’s inspiration; she wants to exist for herself, and herself only. So she calls upon the lord of the dream world to come and save her from the confines of her existence. 2. A Dream of a Thousand Cats- 5* What do cats dream about? Well, here they dream about being free; they dream about breaking the shackles of human domestication, and, of course, ruling the world. And in this world if enough beings dream for something to happen, with enough power, then it can become reality. So our she-cat heroine spreads the word; she lets other cats know what they must do if they want change. And I, being the cat crazed person that I am, absolutely loved the issue. It’s brilliantly told with a high level of wit. 3. A Midsummer Night’s Dream- 4* More Shakespeare! (YAY!) The Bard makes good on his promise, that made in the previous volume, to write a play for Dream. He performs it for him in the middle of the countryside with a very strange audience straight from the world of Fae. No other audience could match such an interesting bunch. As ever, I love the way Gaiman inserts Shakespeare into his series and shows how the concept of dream influenced his subsequent writing. 4. Façade- 2* This wasn't much of a Dream based issue; it was more a death based story. It was okay, just about a woman who was physically mutilated during some crazy experience that left her longing for an end. It was very short and lacked substance; it would have been much better in a death based collection. Speaking of which, I must read her issues at some point: Death Deluxe. She’s certainly the most beautiful depiction of death I’ve ever seen…….(stares silently into the distance) Final thoughts So this was another solid entry into the Sandman series, though it could never be quite as good as the rest when it doesn’t tell a sustained story, allowing the drama and tension to build up through the issues, it was still very enjoyable though. I think I'm going to wait a good few months before I pick up the next volume. Hopefully, this is the only one I give less than five stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alejandro

    The Twilight Zone comes into The Dreaming. Creative Team: Writer: Neil Gaiman Illustrators: Kelly Jones, Malcolm Jones III, Colleen Doran & Charles Vess Letterer: Todd Klein Covers: Dave McKean MUSES, CATS, PLAYWRIGHTS & ELEMENTS This is a wonderful volumen in the The Sandman run where the great storyteller, Neil Gaiman, unleashes his imagination to the fullest giving us the pleasure of reading four stories where anything can happen... CALLIOPE You have changed, Oneiros. In the old days, you The Twilight Zone comes into The Dreaming. Creative Team: Writer: Neil Gaiman Illustrators: Kelly Jones, Malcolm Jones III, Colleen Doran & Charles Vess Letterer: Todd Klein Covers: Dave McKean MUSES, CATS, PLAYWRIGHTS & ELEMENTS This is a wonderful volumen in the The Sandman run where the great storyteller, Neil Gaiman, unleashes his imagination to the fullest giving us the pleasure of reading four stories where anything can happen... CALLIOPE You have changed, Oneiros. In the old days, you would have left me to rot forever, without turning a hair… Do you still hate me? For what I did? No. I no longer hate you, Calliope. I have learned much in recent times, and… No matter. I do not hate you, child. Morpheus, the embodiment of Dream, has many names, and Oneiros is one of those who used at some point, for some purpose. It’s certain that the topic of a failed writer capturing a muse (a real one, from the Greek mythology) to be able to write again successful novels is something used here and there, but Neil Gaiman gives us here, this theme with a wonderful past relationship between Morpheus and Calliope, the muse of this tale. And how ironically, both have experienced similar situations helping to amend their complicated relationship. A dREAM OF THOUSANd CATS Mm. I wonder what cats have to dream about? Cats, there are cats everywhere, in every continent, in every country, in every town, almost in every street. We are surrounded by cats. And they dream. They all dream. And they all can dream the same dream. And if they all can dream the same dream, they can change the world... A MIdSUMMER NIGHT’S dREAM This is the silliest stuff that ever I heard. This short story won the World Fantasy Award in 1991, of course the very next day, the committee changed the rules to avoid any other short story in the format of a comic book would be able to compete in that award. God forbids that people may think that comic books are respectful and valuable literature as any other literary genre! Geez! Obviously not all comic books are high literature, but again not all prose novels are neither. It’s not a thing about the presentation format, it’s about what’s inside, as with any other book. Neil Gaiman gives us here the epic meeting between Morpheus and William Shakespeare and the unique chance of presenting a theater play to an audience like not other in history. Refined literature in a graphic ambiance at its best. FAçAdE I smoke a cigarette, and pretend I’m normal. Urania Blackwell is also known as Element Girl, but her life isn’t easy, since while she possess remarkable abilities, this comes with a price of grotesque features provoking that she doesn’t want to socialize and the most desperate choice, suicide isn’t on the table since due her powers, she is invulnerable to any human weapon. Our lovely smiling Death is in the same floor of Urania’s apartment. She feels Urania’s sadness. But Death doesn’t provoke demises, she is only there to accompany those destined to die. However, she may have some idea...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I quit. Sandman is not for me. I can honestly see why so many of you love it, but... I can't force myself to do this any longer! I don't like the art. It reminds me of some scratchy shit that one of my kids drew. The difference is, the artist isn't one of my kids, so I don't feel the need to put this up on my refrigerator. Sorry, I know a lot of you love this style. There are a few different stories in this one, and I didn't like any of them. First one is about a writer who rapes a muse over and over I quit. Sandman is not for me. I can honestly see why so many of you love it, but... I can't force myself to do this any longer! I don't like the art. It reminds me of some scratchy shit that one of my kids drew. The difference is, the artist isn't one of my kids, so I don't feel the need to put this up on my refrigerator. Sorry, I know a lot of you love this style. There are a few different stories in this one, and I didn't like any of them. First one is about a writer who rapes a muse over and over again for inspiration. Delightful! Next up is some weird team-up between Dream and William Shakespeare. ZZZZZZZZZZ After that, it's the story about some ex-agent of some government sponsored superhero group. At least, I think that's what they were. It was honestly too bizarre/boring for me to actually claim I knew what was going on. Somehow, Ra (the Sun god) made this woman into Element Gal!...or something. Long story short, she's ugly and wants to die. Death showed up to give her some advice, which was the only bright spot in the whole book. Ironic, no? I'd like to pretend I'm cool enough to get it, but that would mean I'd eventually have to read more of these. And that's not going to happen. Ever.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    Note: This is part two of a rambling multi-volume re-read of the series. It will probably make better sense in context of other reviews... The third volume of Sandman is several short stand-alone stories. It also includes my my favorite story in the entire series. Where Shakespeare's troupe performs Midsummer's Night's Dream for the assembled host of Faerie. Midsummer's is my favorite of Shakespeare's plays, I should mention. I remember reading this and thinking... "What? What the serious hell? Note: This is part two of a rambling multi-volume re-read of the series. It will probably make better sense in context of other reviews... The third volume of Sandman is several short stand-alone stories. It also includes my my favorite story in the entire series. Where Shakespeare's troupe performs Midsummer's Night's Dream for the assembled host of Faerie. Midsummer's is my favorite of Shakespeare's plays, I should mention. I remember reading this and thinking... "What? What the serious hell? You can make Shakespeare a character in a comic? This... this... I don't even..." This time when I read it, I noticed many more subtle things going on than in my first two read-throughs. This time when I read it, I thought to myself. "We have a play with a play in it." Then I thought: "No, people are *watching* a play with a play in it. Then I thought, "No. I am *reading* a book about people watching a play with a play in it. And the play is about the people watching it. And the characters are part of a larger story which is, in fact, about stories." Dammit, Gaiman. Must you out-meta me as well? Can't I have just that one thing for myself?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    This is a fairly short volume, but each story is tight and delightful. This is where I remember the Sandman comics coming into its own, and Morpheus himself hardly had any role in them. It's all about stories. Stories about stories. Of course, I can make the same argument about the entire run of the series, but like I said, this is where it comes into its own. A kidnapped muse gets freed by her old lover. A cat's dreaming of a new and free world. What the Fae court really felt about A Midsummer N This is a fairly short volume, but each story is tight and delightful. This is where I remember the Sandman comics coming into its own, and Morpheus himself hardly had any role in them. It's all about stories. Stories about stories. Of course, I can make the same argument about the entire run of the series, but like I said, this is where it comes into its own. A kidnapped muse gets freed by her old lover. A cat's dreaming of a new and free world. What the Fae court really felt about A Midsummer Night's Dream. A world of masks. None of these short descriptions really do any of it justice. Dream gets revenge on an artist that rapes Calliope for his success, and the revenge is so damn sweet it bears repeating a thousand times. You want ideas? I'll give you ideas... muahahaha... :) The cat's dream was of overturning the rule of man, while remembering that cats once DID rule man, but man dreamt of a new world with more of it's kind and changed the nature of reality. Can't cats bring themselves to reverse reality in the same way? It brings a whole new spin on the adage, "To herd cats." But it was the story about the Shakespearian production that takes the cake. Dream invites the entire Fae court to watch Will and his entire cast of players in a private production of the famous play, becoming a dream within a dream within a dream in a real sense, and because Puck, well, shenanigans ensue. There was sadness and longing, and it was nearly, but not quite, 4th walled. I think this one was my favourite. The mythbuilding is truly great stuff. :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Johann (jobis89)

    "I only have two kinds of dreams: the bad and the terrible. Bad dreams I can cope with. They're just nightmares, and they end eventually. The terrible dreams are the good dreams." Dream Country is composed of four independent short stories with no real continuation from the previous volume. The stories are centred around both imprisonment - whether that's physical or mental - and dreams, with the only connection to the previous volumes being the presence of characters we've already been introduce "I only have two kinds of dreams: the bad and the terrible. Bad dreams I can cope with. They're just nightmares, and they end eventually. The terrible dreams are the good dreams." Dream Country is composed of four independent short stories with no real continuation from the previous volume. The stories are centred around both imprisonment - whether that's physical or mental - and dreams, with the only connection to the previous volumes being the presence of characters we've already been introduced to, like Morpheus and Death. Calliope is the story of a frustrated writer who is struggling to write his second book. He acquires one of the Muses of Greek mythology and keeps her captive. His inspiration comes back to him, but will it come at a cost? A seemingly feminist piece from Gaiman that really made me think - it's basically about how these two men violently rape Calliope and steal her creativity to fulfil their own wishes of success. A Dream of a Thousand Cats is a fantastic short story that is more focused on the potential that a dream can hold. A purebred Siamese cat unexpectedly gives birth to a pack of mutts and her owners aren't too happy about this, so they drown the poor kittens! :( The Siamese cat is clearly heartbroken and goes on a spiritual journey as a means to work out why her children were taken away - whilst doing so she encounters The Lord of Dreams, who tells her a fable. Goddamn, this was excellent storytelling! And a very powerful tale too. It perfectly depicts how it takes a certain number of people acting together at the same time to rise up and fight for something that they believe in. By far my favourite story in the collection. A Midsummer Night's Dream... can you guess what one this was about?! It's a depiction of the very first performance of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream before an audience of very bizarre creatures. This was probably my least favourite issue in this volume, but I'm blaming this on remembering NOTHING about this play from school. I've no doubt I was missing out on cool little references - perhaps a crash course on the play would have fared me well! It was still pretty funny at times and I will never not be in awe of Gaiman's imagination. Facade centres around a neglected character from the DC Universe - Element Girl. Again, I feel like perhaps this was slightly lost on me because I am not a DC fan. It was still incredibly enjoyable but I wonder again if I was missing out on little things! It's a very sad story as our protagonist lives quite a meagre existence, not leaving the house due to her unusual appearance. It's gotten to the point where she no longer wants to live but is unable to kill herself. Maybe there is someone who can help her with this?? Enter Death. This was a brilliant volume. Each story was so unique and distinct from the others, but you can certainly see the themes that connect them all. Excited for what comes next! 4 stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sean Gibson

    All right...starting to feel it now. I'm digging it. Let's keep this Dream train rolling, Gaiman. Onto Vol. 4.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Algernon (Darth Anyan)

    An intermezzo between two longer story arcs, composed of four stand-alone issues. Part of the appeal for me is in the quality of work from the guest artists, Charles Vess and Kelley Jones in particular, but the main attraction remains in the creative writing of Gaiman. 17 - Calliope - is a story about a muse from ancient Greece, a prisoner of the mortal plane where she is enslaved and abused by a writer who wants fame and fortune. 18 - A Dream of a Thousand Cats - a story for cat lovers everywher An intermezzo between two longer story arcs, composed of four stand-alone issues. Part of the appeal for me is in the quality of work from the guest artists, Charles Vess and Kelley Jones in particular, but the main attraction remains in the creative writing of Gaiman. 17 - Calliope - is a story about a muse from ancient Greece, a prisoner of the mortal plane where she is enslaved and abused by a writer who wants fame and fortune. 18 - A Dream of a Thousand Cats - a story for cat lovers everywhere, one in which Morpheus takes the form of a black cat and inspires the animal kingdom to emancipate themselves from a form of slavery to humans through the power of dreams 19 - A Midsummer Night Dream is my favorite in the collection and continues an idea already introduced in Men of Good Fortune : that two of Shakespeare plays were inspired and sponsored by Morpheus. Here we participate in the first performance of the famous play, held in a meadow for the Lords and Ladies of Fairyland. 20 - Facade is the closest Gaiman comes to a classic superhero origin story, puting a dark twist on the saviour of the world mythos, showing the alienation and the psychological pressure of being a 'freak' in the eyes of the normal people. I hope I will meet some of these characters in later issues. Even if they prove to be one-night-stands, their stories have depth and showcase the themes I am becoming already familiar with : the alternative history, the deconstruction of the superhero character, the use of mythical creatures in a contemporary environment.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    I’ve been re-reading a lot of books that I enjoyed years ago recently and it’s been very rewarding for the most part, rediscovering books I loved all over again. Unfortunately Sandman - a series I really liked the first time round - is not among them and it’s so disappointing! What I remember of Sandman was that the first two volumes weren’t that great (and that checks out) but that the series starts to take off in this third volume, Dream Country, and… it doesn’t. It’s basically stuck in the mu I’ve been re-reading a lot of books that I enjoyed years ago recently and it’s been very rewarding for the most part, rediscovering books I loved all over again. Unfortunately Sandman - a series I really liked the first time round - is not among them and it’s so disappointing! What I remember of Sandman was that the first two volumes weren’t that great (and that checks out) but that the series starts to take off in this third volume, Dream Country, and… it doesn’t. It’s basically stuck in the mud for the third time. Unlike the last two books which were lengthy narratives, Dream Country is a series of four thematically linked short stories with Dream and Death making cameos but not taking centre stage. I almost gave up this re-read after the first few pages where we see a woman getting raped. Wow, this was darker than I remembered! If I never see another rape in a comic, it’ll be too soon. That story is Calliope where a desperate author attempts to overcome writer’s block by taking the physical manifestation of Homer’s muse back to his house, locking her in a room, and raping her for years. Turns out rape is just what he needs because he becomes a terrific success - except he doesn’t realise that Calliope is Morpheus’ ex. And the Dream King has very recent unpleasant memories of being held against his will… I suppose it’s a noteworthy story for giving the reader more of Morpheus’ life story - he has a son, he had a partner - and it sets up one of the book’s two main themes: disguise/deception. But I felt the writer’s success was contrived and unconvincing and the story overall deeply repulsive. Not a good start at all and it may have coloured my overall perception of the book for the worse. The second story is a whimsical fable of talking cats, one of whom recounts the story of how they once ruled the world until the humans dreamed that they were the rulers and reversed the roles. It’s cute and underlines the series theme of the power of dreams, and this volume’s other major theme of power displacement, but it’s kinda forgettable. It’s also the first time we see Morpheus live up to his name, shape-shifting from his human-ish form into a Dream cat, showing that he is Dream for all beings, not just humans. The World Fantasy Award-winning A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the third and best story of the book. It’s 1593 and Will Shakespeare and his troupe of actors, Lord Strange’s Men, are in the provinces, about to perform Shakespeare’s Dream for the first time - and in front of a unique audience of faerie folk, guests of the Dream King himself. I’m quite surprised that this is the second story in the book where a writer has had their abilities gifted to them by an ethereal presence. It annoys me a bit that Neil Gaiman is, in a way, undercutting humanity’s achievements by saying this - it’s just so reductive! And, though I can appreciate the clever way that Gaiman basically retells the Dream during the performance of the Dream (with Dream in the audience), it still felt like a pretty flat story. But I am a huge fan of Charles Vess’ art and his Robin Goodfellow was wonderfully creepy (think a smaller Grinch-esque figure with a twisted mindset). And that scene between the Lady Titania (the real Faerie Queene) and Shakespeare’s son, Hamnet, was especially chilling, as she hints of a plan to abduct him to her realm. In real life, Hamnet would die three years later aged 11 and a few years after that Shakespeare would write Hamlet, but the suggestion that Titania stole him away to live amongst the faeriefolk is both charming and horrifying at once - a brilliant writerly flourish from Gaiman. The fourth and final story closes out the volume on the same miserable tone it opened with as Urania Blackwell aka DC superhero and Metamorpho-lookalike Element Girl sits alone in a flat, depressed and suicidal. Yup, this is the sad death of a minor superhero! Yeesh… Goth chick Death makes a cameo that lightens the mood a bit but otherwise this wasn’t that great a story either. Again it hits the themes of power transference and deception (she can change her appearance using different elements), but that unshakeable gloomy tone is hard to like. This came out in the early 90s and it’s clear we’re still feeling the after effects of Alan Moore’s Watchmen where all superheroes must be dark and gritty beyond belief. I’m just not into that. On the whole I wasn’t that impressed with Gaiman’s work in this book. Midsummer is the only story worth reading while the others range from horrible to miserable to lightweight. Charles Vess’ artwork is great and, though I didn’t love it, there’s nothing wrong with Kelley Jones, Colleen Doran and Malcolm Jones III’s work here. I almost want to stop re-reading the series now and preserve my fond memories of the later books - what if the rest of Sandman is as average as the first three volumes are? Eh, in this instance I’ll take reality over dreams - onwards! (By the way, if you like Vess’ art and faerie stories, check out Susanna Clarke’s The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories, illustrated by Vess with a corking collection of tales by Clarke!)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Auntie Terror

    This one might be my favourite volume so far. [Prtf]

  12. 5 out of 5

    Char

    The Dream Country contains 4 stand alone stories and Morpheus is mentioned only as a side character in A Midsummer Night's Dream, which won The World Fantasy Award. Even though that story won a big award, it was not my favorite in the collection- I much preferred both Calliope and Facade. In Calliope, a man discovers and abuses his muse and in Facade we learn a lot about the faces we wear and the sister of Morpheus, Death, plays a role. How can an immortal commit suicide? If Death doesn't know, The Dream Country contains 4 stand alone stories and Morpheus is mentioned only as a side character in A Midsummer Night's Dream, which won The World Fantasy Award. Even though that story won a big award, it was not my favorite in the collection- I much preferred both Calliope and Facade. In Calliope, a man discovers and abuses his muse and in Facade we learn a lot about the faces we wear and the sister of Morpheus, Death, plays a role. How can an immortal commit suicide? If Death doesn't know, who does? The second story, A Dream of a Thousand Cats was unique, but also brought with it the theme that Gaiman brings up in American Gods-how much do our beliefs shape the world around us? How is reality altered by our dreams and beliefs? On top of that, there's lots of cool cats. What's not to like? The artwork in this volume was evocative-especially in Calliope. At the end of this volume, a script of Calliope was included-which was a cool peek behind how Neil Gaiman and the artists put an issue together. I didn't realize how much control over the panels the author had-for some reason I thought the author focused on the story only and then the artist's created their own versions of the author's vision, but that's not the case here. I learned a lot by perusing the script. Overall, I didn't like the artwork in this volume as much as I did in The Doll's House, (volume 2.) However, I think the stories in this volume were just as good, if not better than that issue. So I hemmed and hawed and came up with a 4 star rating. I might up it to 4.5 over the next day or so as I reflect on these excellent tales. Highly recommended for fans of Neil Gaiman, especially fans of American Gods! *A big thanks goes out to my local library, as I couldn't afford to buy all of these issues right now. They kindly sent copies from around my state to my local branch and I think that's super cool.*

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    3.0 stars. A good collection of four unconnected solo stories. I did not like this volume as much as Volumes 1 and 2 but it is still worth reading. My favorite story is probably "A Midsummer Night's Dream" followed closely by "A Dream of A Thousand Cats." The former story is the only comic book to ever win the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    I did like this, but thought that it was a bit all over the place. I only really liked one issue and that was the one dealing with Death and the woman who was not a woman, Rainie. There seemed to be no connection between these issues and I thought that the issue ending on scripts of whatever for this volume was boring. I just skipped all over that. "Calliope" was a great story and we find out more about this Muse and her relationship with Dream. I liked the idea of Dream having a son though what I did like this, but thought that it was a bit all over the place. I only really liked one issue and that was the one dealing with Death and the woman who was not a woman, Rainie. There seemed to be no connection between these issues and I thought that the issue ending on scripts of whatever for this volume was boring. I just skipped all over that. "Calliope" was a great story and we find out more about this Muse and her relationship with Dream. I liked the idea of Dream having a son though what was being done to Calliope all in the name of writing was terrible. I think that the authors in that one got off way too easily. This story starts before Dream is imprisoned and then escapes. "A Dream of a Thousand Cats" I think my cat would enjoy this story. I did like how we get to see Dream as a cat though. Still creeped me out with the all knowing look in his eyes. "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Well this turned sinister as hell in a quick shake. We have seen the relationship between Dream and Shakespeare in volume 1 so I am going to assume he keeps showing up. It was an interesting idea that I will admit to being slightly bored a bit. "Facade" so I had to look up the character of Rainie since I had no idea who the heck she was and what her deal was either. She's interesting, but what was really interesting to me is that she is thousands of years old and she really wants to die. She's sick of merely existing and having no true face anymore. I did laugh though when she goes to lunch with an old friend and her fake face mask falls into a plate of spaghetti. Rainie ends up meeting Death who talks to her about the end of all things which was actually moving. Great ending to this issue.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    Every time I read a volume of Sandman, I desperately hope I'll love it. Then I get a sinking feeling as I read and find myself bored and unimpressed, and I start to fear that someone is going to show up at my door and revoke my nerd card. Because everyone loves Sandman. You can't be a nerd without adoring this series, whether or not you like any other graphic novel series. I...do not adore this series. It seemed like it took me ages to get through the Midsummer Night's Dream section of this book Every time I read a volume of Sandman, I desperately hope I'll love it. Then I get a sinking feeling as I read and find myself bored and unimpressed, and I start to fear that someone is going to show up at my door and revoke my nerd card. Because everyone loves Sandman. You can't be a nerd without adoring this series, whether or not you like any other graphic novel series. I...do not adore this series. It seemed like it took me ages to get through the Midsummer Night's Dream section of this book in particular--I was bored out of my mind. My major issue with the series as a whole is that I don't connect with the recurring characters. I find myself latching onto minor secondary characters who appear for just a brief time, and then I'm supremely disappointed that they don't reappear. Dream bores me to tears. The art is pretty cool, I guess, if you read for art, but I'm definitely a words and story person, so that doesn't really carry much weight with me. Now that I've forced myself through three volumes, I think I can definitively say that this series is not for me. I've given it several tries, and I just don't like it. Please don't take my nerd card away.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Floyd Pepper

    Calliope ***** A Dream of a Thousand Cats **** A Midsummer Nights Dream **** Façade **** Calliope ***** A Dream of a Thousand Cats **** A Midsummer Night´s Dream **** Façade ****

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nils | nilsreviewsit

    Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot.’ ⚜ Dream Country by Neil Gaiman is the third volume in The Sandman graphic novels series. I’m starting to see now that Gaiman really does just add something different to each volume, and somehow manages to top its predecessor. Volume 3 is definitely my favourite so far. ⚜ In this instalment, there is no continuation from the previous volumes, and the only Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot.’ ⚜️ Dream Country by Neil Gaiman is the third volume in The Sandman graphic novels series. I’m starting to see now that Gaiman really does just add something different to each volume, and somehow manages to top its predecessor. Volume 3 is definitely my favourite so far. ⚜️ In this instalment, there is no continuation from the previous volumes, and the only recurring character’s are Morpheus (The Sandman) himself and his sister Death. This didn’t disappoint in anyway though because Dream Country consisted of 4 short stories, that were all really well written and so entertaining. I’m not always a fan of short stories, so I was apprehensive about this at first, but as soon as I got stuck into them, Neil Gaiman’s writing just made it so easy for me to lose myself in his narrative. I think the first story titled Calliope was the one I liked best, because it was by far the creepiest and darkest. Another one I really liked was A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with me being a fan of Shakespeare, I immediately recognised a lot of the characters and loved the new representation of them. ⚜️ Although each story is separate from one another, they do share the overall theme of imprisonment and, of course, of dreams. Whether the characters were physically or psychologically imprisoned, they all shared the longing for freedom, and for dreams of a better life. This gave the whole volume a rather somber atmosphere, but that tends to be what I’m drawn to because it represents lives that are not always happy ones.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    4.5 stars

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stuart

    The Sandman, Vol 3: Dream Country: Four excellent stand-alone stories Vol 3 features four stand-alone stories in the Sandman universe, “Calliope”, “A Dream of a Thousand Cats”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and “Facade”. After the introductory Vol 1, in which we learn about Morpheus and his quest to regain his position and powers as Lord of the Dreaming, and Vol 2, in which the young girl Rose Walker is at the center of a mysterious power struggle because she is a dream vortex, in Vol 3 Gaiman tre The Sandman, Vol 3: Dream Country: Four excellent stand-alone stories Vol 3 features four stand-alone stories in the Sandman universe, “Calliope”, “A Dream of a Thousand Cats”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and “Facade”. After the introductory Vol 1, in which we learn about Morpheus and his quest to regain his position and powers as Lord of the Dreaming, and Vol 2, in which the young girl Rose Walker is at the center of a mysterious power struggle because she is a dream vortex, in Vol 3 Gaiman treat us to several very different stories in which Dream is continuously lurking in the corners of each story but rarely take center stage. For an insightful and comprehensive view, read Brad Hawley’s review of Vol 3. I’ll just add my own brief impressions. “Calliope” is a story about a writer who runs into writer’s block after a successful first novel. He seeks help from an older, established writer who is willing to share his ‘Muse’ for the price of a ‘trichinobezoar’. What’s that, you ask? Well, you’ll have to read to find out. And when we talk about having a Muse, this is a very literal manifestation. Gaiman’s Sandman is infused with classical mythologies, writers, storytellers, and the often heavy burden of the artist to create stories. What sacrifices must a writer make to come up with a steady flow of stories to remain successful? This story is a fairly extreme metaphor for the creative process, one that I don’t feel qualified to weigh in on since I have always been exclusively a consumer of stories, not a creator. It strikes me as a very painstaking process, and it takes great courage to put your work out there for the public to either love or hate, praise or pillory, or perhaps worst of all, ignore. It may take a year or more of daily sweat, blood & tears to write a book, a couple days for someone to read it, and just an hour or two for a reviewer to trash it. So if you saw a shortcut available, the temptation would be great indeed. “A Dream of a Thousand Cats” is a very dreamlike fable about the history of cats and humans told from the cats’ perspective. It’s quite quirky and whimsical and features Morpheus is a feline guise. You won’t think of cats the same way again, nor the power of collective dreaming. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is the centerpiece of this volume, a multi-layered retelling of Shakespeare’s famous play, in which the Bard himself is one of the players, while the audience includes Auberon and Titania of the Faerie kingdom, watching and commenting on Shakespeare’s dramatic interpretation of themselves. The whole performance is orchestrated in English countryside by Morpheus, a relationship that first developed in “Men of Good Fortune” in Vol 2. It’s wonderful to see how Gaiman carefully staged the beginnings of this story earlier without revealing what was to come. Just as in Calliope, the theme of the artist and what he must sacrifice to produce great works is explored, with an unexpectedly personal touch at the end. “Facade” is strange and ghastly story, quite different from the first three. It’s about a deathly-looking woman name Raine who sits in her dank and lonely apartment, festooned with white masks. She looks both pale, scaly, and corpse-like. Later we see her body is even stranger and more powerful than initially hinted at, and only after reading Brad’s review did I find out she is a DC character named Element Girl. But this is no super-hero tale. Raine is pathologically afraid of going outside, interacting with people, or doing anything other than smoking and brooding. She calls her case-worker to ask when her monthly check is coming, just to alleviate her crushing loneliness and despair. It’s pretty grim stuff, and I wasn’t sure where the story was going, but then a surprise character shows up, and has the most fascinating conversation with Raine about life, death, and choices. It reframes the story completely, and the ending is thought-provoking and ambiguous. It’s definitely hard to assess this story, but it does have thematic ties with previous volumes.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    I have to say I think that this one is probably my favourite of the Sandman Volumes so far and I read this as a part of the Booktubeathon. It was a very easy read and one which I enjoyed a lot because of the storyline. I have to say that the artwork of this series (as it changes artist every now and then or art style) is a little hit and miss, but the story works nearly all the time for me. This one focuses on a few individually self-contained stories involving either Sandman himself, or some of I have to say I think that this one is probably my favourite of the Sandman Volumes so far and I read this as a part of the Booktubeathon. It was a very easy read and one which I enjoyed a lot because of the storyline. I have to say that the artwork of this series (as it changes artist every now and then or art style) is a little hit and miss, but the story works nearly all the time for me. This one focuses on a few individually self-contained stories involving either Sandman himself, or some of the other strangely wonderful creatures and creations that Neil Gaiman created for this world. We see drawing from mythology, religion and the realm of magic, make-believe and dreams. Dreams certainly seem to be the particular focus (as of course we follow Sandman who is the keeper of the Dreams) and I love the creepy side that Gaiman is not afraid to approach in these too. My only slight complaint is that we still have a lot to learn about Sandman and his world, but I think this volume (although not fabulous at teaching us a lot more) hinted at much more to come. I would say that these books are thought-provoking and magical more than many other Graphic Novels or comics I have read. They make you question the realm of reality and they make you imagine the 'other things' that could be out there. The imagination of Gaiman is a weird and wonderful place, and the Sandman graphic novels give you a small glimpse inside. On the whole a fairly cohesive and wonderfully imagined set of stories and I look forward to returning to the Sandman world as the series goes on. 4*s

  21. 5 out of 5

    Arielle Walker

    Strangely enough this was my favourite volume so far, though it was disconnected from the rest of the storylines. Essentially standalone tales, in the words of the author's website: "Dream Country is the first story arc made up entirely of different tales. We meet the mother of Morpheus's son, and find out what cats dream about. We also discover the origins of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. (The latter issue, number 19, is the only comic book ever to have won a World Fantasy Award.) Deat Strangely enough this was my favourite volume so far, though it was disconnected from the rest of the storylines. Essentially standalone tales, in the words of the author's website: "Dream Country is the first story arc made up entirely of different tales. We meet the mother of Morpheus's son, and find out what cats dream about. We also discover the origins of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. (The latter issue, number 19, is the only comic book ever to have won a World Fantasy Award.) Death has her own bittersweet story, as she attempts to help out an agoraphobic ex-superhero." The cats were my favourite of all the stories thus far. It had a Roald Dahl-esque twist at the end, was funny and strange and sad all at once. Maybe I just like cats though. The abduction of the muse was interesting, and I hope she makes another appearance. Death is also a favourite character so it was nice to see more of her.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alex Ristea

    Wow. I'm glad I started reading The Sandman again. Dream Country is the shortest of the series (I believe), comprised of four short stories. Take note of that before you get frustrated that none of the issues are part of a larger arc, like I did. I'm still curious where this whole series is going, but this volume fleshed out the world a bit more, and is getting me to think about what I think the author thinks I should think about. The artwork in this volume blew me away again. A perfect combination Wow. I'm glad I started reading The Sandman again. Dream Country is the shortest of the series (I believe), comprised of four short stories. Take note of that before you get frustrated that none of the issues are part of a larger arc, like I did. I'm still curious where this whole series is going, but this volume fleshed out the world a bit more, and is getting me to think about what I think the author thinks I should think about. The artwork in this volume blew me away again. A perfect combination of [insert graphic novel jargon here]. What I mean to say is that it was pretty. And it worked. Gaiman again show his skill at immediately dropping you into a story, and most importantly: making you care. This is one of the greatest author feats I admire, so my hat is off to you, Mr. Gaiman sir. Overall, a chilling volume that does better once you've had a chance to digest all that you've had. But wait, there's more! Dream Country includes something very special in the back. It's the script for Calliope, with Gaiman's notes in the margins and an introduction. Rather than unweave the rainbow, this section upped the magic of graphic novels for me. I'll admit that I'm new to this medium, but it was rewarding to see the kind of thought and direction that goes into the production of such a work. Gaiman's comments to the artist and hilarious and insightful, and I can easily say that it has forever changed my appreciation of these works of fiction. But who cares what I have to say? Go check out Tim Callahan's re-read on Tor.com, since he has graphic novel wisdom that far surpasses my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    aPriL does feral sometimes

    Four stories which reveal how human desires for fantasy go a bit awry in the world of the Endless. Wait. Maybe it's the other way around..... I loved two stories very much: A Midsummer Night's Dream, and A Dream of a Thousand Cats. The tale of the writers and the Muse is horrible. The Element girl fable was meh. Still, altogether, if you can, buy the entire Sandman comic series. It is horrible and excellent.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Madeline O'Rourke

    I'm pretty sure every Gaiman review I've ever written echoes the same thought about my endless amazement at his imagination. Dream Country is no different. This third instalment of The Sandman includes four separate stories following altogether different characters at very different points in time. They don't really connect to the larger narrative of the series, but they do a good job of illustrating some of the Sandman's history and character, and displaying how even he, an eternal being, has ch I'm pretty sure every Gaiman review I've ever written echoes the same thought about my endless amazement at his imagination. Dream Country is no different. This third instalment of The Sandman includes four separate stories following altogether different characters at very different points in time. They don't really connect to the larger narrative of the series, but they do a good job of illustrating some of the Sandman's history and character, and displaying how even he, an eternal being, has changed over time. For that reason, the stories are interesting, but without a larger narrative to tie them to one another, and to the series at large, it feels like a filler instalment. There's nothing explicitly wrong with filler instalments, but that I have a hard time loving them as much as I would one with a stronger presence. That said, this instalment is strong in the way that Gaiman's writing always is to me—but I love this series for Dream and the storyline that began in Volume 1. So, Dream Country is good, but also kind of a roadblock.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Chavez

    Gaiman's The Sandman Vol. 3 "Dream Country" is more or less a collection of short stories that are related to the the series, but unrelated in terms of the main storyline that's been going on in the first two volumes. I hate when good storylines like that in "The Doll's House (Vol. 2)" get cut off with something unrelated like this book, but this tangent was good. I have heard Gaiman's short stories are amazing and the volumes in Dream Country are all unrelated short stories that touch on little Gaiman's The Sandman Vol. 3 "Dream Country" is more or less a collection of short stories that are related to the the series, but unrelated in terms of the main storyline that's been going on in the first two volumes. I hate when good storylines like that in "The Doll's House (Vol. 2)" get cut off with something unrelated like this book, but this tangent was good. I have heard Gaiman's short stories are amazing and the volumes in Dream Country are all unrelated short stories that touch on little things we know and let us learn more about Dream and his sister Death. You could almost read these stories alone if you had some knowledge of the Endless. There are four stories in this collection and they are as follows Calliope (which is very disturbing and my favorite), Tale of Thousand Cats (an interesting story where we learn cat's dream too), A Midsummer's Night Dream (an award winning short story that reintroduces Mr. Bill Shakespeare), and then there is Facade (which is my second favorite and features Dream's sis Death). Dream Country is smart, creepy, complex, moving, and like all Gaiman I have read thus far, very well-imagined. I enjoyed how Gaiman played with notions of dreams and reality, how the four stories all seemed to speak to the idea of sacrifice, especially the sacrifice of writers. I wish I could remember enough about Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to really get that story and say something smart about it. My favorite part of the edition though, was Gaiman's reproduction of his script & his notes for "Calliope" at the end of the book. It's neat to get inside the mind of a writer and get their thoughts on things as they were writing it. I would not be so down on this book if it was in relation to the actual story that is unfolding. What was great about "The Doll's House" is it left off where "Preludes and Nocturnes" started. "The Doll's House" also introduced some new characters to the fold. I gave this book three stars because while I don't dislike it, it is a far better read then alot of crap that's out there today. Maybe in the grand scheme after finishing the series I will appreciate this one more, I have heard that volume 2 and 4 are the favorites of most people, this one is the bridge between those two, that has to count for something.

  26. 4 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    This is volume three, with what everyone describes as four short stand-alone stories, including "Calliope," which involves the imprisonment of one of the nine muses by a struggling writer; "A Dream of a Thousand Cats," with yes, actual cats who were once ruling the world over humans, who were once larger and more powerful, until humans in kind of romantic Occupy fashion collectively dream to create a reversal of power; "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which deservedly won the World Fantasy Story awa This is volume three, with what everyone describes as four short stand-alone stories, including "Calliope," which involves the imprisonment of one of the nine muses by a struggling writer; "A Dream of a Thousand Cats," with yes, actual cats who were once ruling the world over humans, who were once larger and more powerful, until humans in kind of romantic Occupy fashion collectively dream to create a reversal of power; "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which deservedly won the World Fantasy Story award, the only graphic story at that point to win, a story of what comes of the deal Dream made with Shakespeare, and as Gaiman has it, Midsummer is one of the two plays Will wrote for Dream, and then "Facade" which is the most horror-connected one, where we, get to meet up with Death again, the delightful Death girl, who is so refreshingly straightforward and not grim in the least. Anyway, I though the four stories were linked by themes of disguise/facade and reversals, the exchange and reversal of power and.. of course dream, the importance of imagination to the production of the human, and also the human cost of that work of imagination. Calliope has that encounter with Death that is moving, and we learn of Shakespeare's young son Hamnet, who dies at an early age… but later Shakespeare writes Hamlet, of course…. Midsummer is about disguises and reversals of fortune and facades and love and magic and language and there are elements of all this throughout this volume, which is a kind of tribute to Shakespeare and the imagination and fantasy. The shady deal Calliope makes to enslave a muse for his own purpose contrasts with the deal Dream makes with Shakespeare to get these amazing plays written. I saw connections weaving their way through all four stories, lovely, layered, ambitious work and not at all in this instance show-offy or pretentious. Classic fantasy, paying tribute to fantasy across the centuries. Again, I liked this much better than the first time I read it. This is loads better than the average comic work; it is epic in its reach and grasp.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marko

    A Midsummer's Night Dream <3

  28. 4 out of 5

    Missy (myweereads)

    “Writers are liars my dear, surely you know that by now?..” This month I continued with my graphic novel read with Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series of Volume 3 Dream Country. This contains the story of Calliope. She’s a muse who wishes to be set free from her confines and calls upon Morpheus to help her. The second is “A Dream Of A Thousand Cats” where several of them meet in a graveyard to be told stories by a wise old cat of dreams of how they came to be in the order of life. The third is a play of “Writers are liars my dear, surely you know that by now?..” This month I continued with my graphic novel read with Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series of Volume 3 Dream Country. This contains the story of Calliope. She’s a muse who wishes to be set free from her confines and calls upon Morpheus to help her. The second is “A Dream Of A Thousand Cats” where several of them meet in a graveyard to be told stories by a wise old cat of dreams of how they came to be in the order of life. The third is a play of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” which is set on top of a hill arranged my Morpheus with an audience from Shakespeare’s actual dream creations. Lastly we are given the actual script with handwritten notes by the authors and artists for the story Calliope. This is so interesting to read to see how it came to life. As always I really enjoyed this re read of Volume 3 and look forward to the next one 👍🏽

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sally ☾

    “Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot.” More of a 4.5, I really loved ‘A Midsummer's Night Dream’ with all of its meta-ness and just plain mischief and magic from Puck and the other fae. As a huge cat lover, of course I loved “A Dream of a Thousand Cats”, what a thoughtful and charming story. “Facade” was…sad, but I liked it quite a lot. It may just be that I love Death and her beautiful “Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot.” More of a 4.5, I really loved ‘A Midsummer's Night Dream’ with all of its meta-ness and just plain mischief and magic from Puck and the other fae. As a huge cat lover, of course I loved “A Dream of a Thousand Cats”, what a thoughtful and charming story. “Facade” was…sad, but I liked it quite a lot. It may just be that I love Death and her beautiful personality. “When the first living thing existed, I was there waiting. 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.”

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    "Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot."

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