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Absolute Sandman V.3 [Hardcover]

Neil Gaiman
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Book Description

11 Jun 2008
Written by Neil Gaiman Art by Various Cover by Dave McKean The third volume collecting Neil Gaiman's seminal, award-winning series starring the Dream King in deluxe format. ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 3 presents several key SANDMAN tales in a slipcased hardcover edition, including "Brief Lives," in which the Sandman's sister Delirium prevails upon her older brother to help her find their missing sibling, Destruction. But their journey through the Waking World has dramatic repercussions for their family and also for the relationship between the Sandman and his wayward son, Orpheus. Also included is the spectacular short story "Ramadan," a tale of a young king of ancient Baghdad and the deal he strikes with The Sandman to grant his city immortality, with spectacular illustrations by P. Craig Russell (Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, The Jungle Book). Never-before-collected bonus features include pin-up pages from galleries in THE SANDMAN #50 and SANDMAN SPECIAL #1, the Desire story from VERTIGO: WINTER'S EDGE #3, THE ENDLESS GALLERY #1, script and thumbnails from THE SANDMAN #50, and a section on the Endless retail products (poster, statues, t-shirts, Little Endless and more)! Plus, an introduction by artist Jill Thompson. Advance-solicited; on sale May 28 - 8.25" x 12.5" - 616 pages, FC

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  • Hardcover: 616 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Box Slp edition (11 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401210848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401210847
  • Product Dimensions: 40.1 x 22.9 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neil Gaiman is a tour de force of creative talent. He is the bestselling author of Coraline and Stardust, both of which are major motion films. Neil also co-wrote the script for Beowulf starring Anthony Hopkins and Angeline Jolie. He is the creator/writer of the award-winning Sandman comic series and has written several books for children. His latest title, The Graveyard Book, won the Teenage Booktrust Prize 2009. Neil has been immortalised in song by Tori Amos, and is a songwriter himself. His official website now has more than one million unique visitors each month, and his online journal is syndicated to thousands of blog readers every day.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brief Lives is worth the price. 27 May 2012
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Neil Gaiman protests against the hollow lives which modern day human beings live through, as well as simultaneously deconstructing the idea of anthropormophic representation as a meaningful method of explaining the universe. Genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully presented, incredibly heavy 22 May 2009
By Helen
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I have all four now and I love them to death. Gorgeous presentation, awesome story, loads of bonus material at the back and they look great on your shelf (if a little Goth-y). And hey! They're heavy enough that they'll tone your arms as you read, so what's not to love?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, beautiful drawings 11 Sep 2009
By Bex
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Bought this book as a present and it ws a big hit! Being the third in the series, have been avid collector and was once again not disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the $$Money$$ 24 July 2008
By Jason A. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have the Sandman trade paperbacks 1-6. I decided I was willing to take a gamble with the Absolute edition. It was a great choice. The Absolute edition surpassed my expectations. It is significantly larger than the trade paperbacks, which makes it instantly more fun to read, and the text being larger means it is easier on your eyes. The colors look a lot more vibrant. The paper is thick and feels good to touch. The price is the only undesirable portion of this book, but even with that being what it is, I think it is worth it.

And, just to make an attempt to justify the price, consider this:
A hardcover graphic novel that is the size of a Sandman trade paperback usually costs around $20. Absolute Sandman Volume 3 includes about 2.5 trade paperbacks (Brief Lives, Worlds End, and part of Fables & Reflections). 20 times 2.5 equals $50. And then you factor in the extras, the larger size, the higher quality coloring and paper, the impressive cover, and the slipcase...which more than justifies the other $14. So, is this really expensive? Yes. Is it unreasonably expensive? No. Is it worthy purchasing? ABSOLUTELY!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Neil himself, this will be reprinted. 3 Sep 2012
By Bryan Rider - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When I saw the vultures start listing this gorgeous book for $200 an up, I sent Neil a tweet saying he may want to let people know it is getting rare.
He replied (and he does this more than you might think) a reprinting is coming once again confirming that he knows more about his product than I do.

I doubt there is much I could add to what I consider the finest tale in any medium. Ever.
It is absolutely worth the extra cash to own the definitive versions. They are beautiful. I have now 4 different versions, but this is the one I will go back to time and again.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful third installment in the "Absolute Sandman" series. 24 Jun 2008
By Cathy Buksar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is a joy to read, just as wonderful as the previous two. Bryan Talbot's pencil details pop out the in larger scale volume and McKean's covers shine. "Ramadan" is in this addition with P.Craig Russell's beautiful illustrations as well as the "Brief Lives" run, the "Death Gallery" stand-alone issue, "Fear of Falling" and more. Enjoy!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Stories and, again, Excellent Price 1 Aug 2008
By J. Gladwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Sandman is a series so unbeatable in storytelling (maybe a little of an overstatement) and so beautiful to look at that it should be read by anyone who's a comic fan, or a great literature fan for that matter. There's more random short stories in this section, but the stories that follow the main Endless family canon are amazing.

It's just as good as the 2 preceding, with beautiful art and a story script for Ramadan as bonus material, and will keep you reading for a bit. The price Amazon asks for is very reasonable, and is about 35 bucks cheaper than I could ever get it anywhere else. Buy it, and buy it here. (Now I sound like I'm an advertisement....)

Unless you can get it cheaper somewhere else. (Does that make up for it?)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just amazing 18 Jan 2009
By Ulrik Hedin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The Absolute Sandman editions are just so amazing. Oversized, hardcover with slipcase, great quality regarding paper and ink. This is top of the line when it comes to collections. I will not go so much into the storyline since this collections contiunues right after the privious and to have the complete collection you really need all 4, right? These looks so good in my bookshelf. More comics should be presented like this. 5 stars, no complaints!
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