Sandman : Dream Country Volume 3 Paperback
by Neil Gaiman
Written by NEIL GAIMAN Art by KELLEY JONES, MALCOLM JONES III, COLLEEN DORAN and CHARLES VESS Cover by DAVE MCKEAN A new, recolored edition of the classic SANDMAN series with new cover art and trade dress.
Volume 3 collects issues #17-20 including "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which won a World Fantasy Award.
On sale OCTOBER 13 - 160 pg, FC, $19.99 US - MATURE READERS
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: DC Comics
- Publication Date: 13/10/2010
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781401229351
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Review by DeltaQueen50
The Sandman Vol 3: Dream Country consists of four stories and the inclusion of the script for the first story, Calliope, which I found both interesting and enlightening. As Gaiman says in the introduction, who doesn’t want to see behind the illusion. And illusion is precisely what Dream Country appears to be about.Dream Country has a much different feel to it from the other two books as it seems to veer away from Morpheus and his story, and although he is in the book it is more as a sideline character. Of the four original stories, I thought A Midsummer’s Night Dream was outstanding with A Dream of a Thousand Cats being my second favorite. The “Be Careful What You Wish For” story, Calliope gives us the most insight into Morpheus as he and Calliope obviously share a rocky past, and a son as well. The final story was my least favorite, but it did feature Morpheus’s sister, Goth girl, Death with whom I am quite taken with.Clever, complex and at times slightly creepy, this volume adds to the development of the labyrinth that is the Sandman collection and while I probably preferred The Doll’s House, I think this well imagined work is a worthwhile read and an integral part of the series.
Review by GingerbreadMan
This volume collects four short stories, that bridge the gap between two long (and very good) Sandman arcs: Doll’s house and Season of Mists. Included here is the award-winning “A midsummer night’s dream”, about the original performance of Shakespeare’s play. This is not only a central story in the Sandman saga, depicting the relationship between Morpheus and the fairies, but also a really good one. In merely 24 pages, Gaiman and Vess gives us a glimpse of Elizabethan theatre and Shakespeare’s family life, gives us background on the fairies and sows a handful of disturbing seeds. I love the idea of The long man of Wilmington as a door-opener. I love the conversation between trolls and boggarts in the audience. I love the real, lethal Puck, giving the play’s final speech a new sinister ring. The other three stories are nowhere near as good. “Calliope” is a good enough tale, but almost too straight, and is spoiled by some really ugly art. The faces here are totally unintelligible, making the whole thing feel distorted. It’s a strange experience reading Gaiman’s script of this and comparing it with the result. Gaiman clearly has a bit of over-confidence in how much you can cram into a panel at times (this is still early in his career), but reading the emotions he wants to put across and then flipping to the finished pages is a bit daunting. “A dream of a thousand cats” is a neat way of rocking the boat, but feels too long for what it has to say. And “Façade” is another not-entirely-successful DC cameo story, with Death as a bit of friendly bonus.“A midsummer night’s dream” is a real treat, but doesn’t quite suffice to bring this up to par with most of the other Sandman books, unfortunately.
Review by Britt84
Third Sandman volume.This volume is again a series of different stories that are more or less separate. I really liked this one, more so than the first and second volume.The stories are very different and show Gaiman's diversity. Themes and characters from the other volumes return, but we also meet new characters along the way. Again Gaiman uses many outside references.I very much like the way Gaiman embeds his stories into ancient mythology, but with a modern twist. I'm very intrigued to see how the story will continue.
Review by bookworm12
After reading Sandman: Vol. 1, I was put off the series. It was too dark for me. The images were too brutal and I just wasn’t a fan, which is surprising considering how much I love Gaiman’s other work. After a bit of encouragement from others who had read the rest of the series I decided to try another volume. I’m glad I did. The third volume contains four stories. The first is the darkest, containing a tale of Calliope, a kidnapped muse who is kept prisoner by two authors. She is exploited by them so that they can further their own careers. It’s a sad tale, but it has a point. The next tale is about the ambitions and dreams of cats. They dream of a world ruled by their kind who reign over humans. Again it was interesting and not too dark. My favorite of the four is a Shakespearean inspired bit about Midsummer Night’s Dream. A traveling troupe is performing the comedy in the 16th century and without their knowledge it’s being watched by the real Queen Titania and King Oberon. The real Puck joins in the fun as well, donning a mask and acting in the play. The final piece is about a woman who has been transformed by the sun god Ra. She is left in a disturbing physical state, but she can’t die. She wears a mask and lives a horrible life, longing for an escape she can’t have. The best part about this story was the appearance of Death, the punk rocker sister of Morpheus. BOTTOM LINE: There’s no denying that the stories are still incredibly dark, but for me each story had a real message this time. They weren’t dark for the sake of shocking the reader. Gaiman’s talent as a writer came through a bit more and I’m curious about the characters of Death and Morpheus.
Review by Anniik
I love Neil Gaiman, and I love these graphic novels.<br/><br/>From this one, I particularly liked "Dream of a Thousand Cats" - love love love. :)
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