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Death: the high cost of living [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Neil Gaiman , Chris Bachalo , Mark Buckingham , Tori Amos
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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9 Jun 1994
Teenager Sexton Furnival is contemplating suicide when he is befriended by death. Death herself is being hunted by evil forces which prey on her new vulnerability now that she is human. Meanwhile, Mad Hettie threatens to kill Death's suicidal friend if Death won't help her find her heart.


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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (9 Jun 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852864982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852864989
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 16.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the guise of humanity, death walks among us 28 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A glorious expansion of the senses, Neil Gaiman somehow manages again to capture a peculiar humanity to the most "misunderstood" member of the Endless. Death in Neil Gaiman's world is a beautiful teenage girl who once a hundred years is fated to walk the earth in the body of a human so she can understand the bittersweet dilema of humanity, to experience what she ultimately takes away. The book also introduces two more reoccuring characters of the Sandman universe, and sets up future storylines, and so is essential reading. after introducing us to Death in "The Sound of her Wings" it was inevitable that she would require her own series, and after Morpheus she is the most compelling member of the Endless.
A definate recommendation to all true Endless fans.
- Read this one before Death: The Time Of Your life!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Death has never been so fun, or so pretty. 23 April 2001
Format:Paperback
Many books portray Death as a lead character, but none have done it as well as Gaiman with this, one of two books focusing on the ultimate goth-chick. As a sideline from his acclaimed Sandman series, and using characters from those books, Death: the High Cost of Living is a thought-provoking and beautifully illustrated graphic novel that shows us the power, and the weakness, of a force that none of us escape. The style of Death herself was established in the Sandman series, and this book does not detract from that, but this is a good thing; it's not often that you can say that you found yourself attracted to Death. In places the quality of the background colouring and linework appear to suffer in deference to Death herself, but as this is such a strong character, and the story so compelling, this is insignificant. A fine read.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sandman is gone but it's left a legacy 29 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is a very good attempt to isolate one of the members of the Endless (The main characters of Sandman) and tell a little more about her, while at the same time another story loose from her is also developping along the road. The credit here should be partially given to Neil Gaiman who is not incidental also the writer of Sandman, but the very clear and nicely flowing artwork of Chris Bachalo isn't exactly hurting either. Art that is perfectly suitable for a "suggested to mature readers" title. Focused and telling the story without taking the attention of the story itself. A thing I also need to mention to give the book the credit it deserves is that, although it obviously being heavily related to Sandman, knowledge of the Neil Gaiman success-series isn't a neccesity. You can enjoy it without that knowledge without missing out on any vital part of the storyline. For those who DID read Sandman there are some little references to the series, not essential ones, but they're fun to spot.
About the story: When his mother decides to do a spring clean-up a young boy named Sexton Furnival decides he'd better go out of the house for a while. Sexton is a depressed boy who doesn't see the point in all of it that they call 'life' and wouldn't mind being dead either, a thought that has been plaguing him for a while now. He wanders around aimlessly a little untill he gets at the garbage-dump. Lost in his thoughts he gets involved in a small accident and a young girl named Didi turns up to help him. Since his jeans are ruined Didi offers him to come home with her so she can fix his jeans. Meanwhile a strange old woman called Hettie is searching for Didi and when she finds her she has a strange request. Didi decides to help her with it and takes Sexton with her for a night on the town.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Start HERE if you're a Lady Death Lover! 17 May 2005
By R. A. Murtagh VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I own the complete Sandman and Lucifer Libraries, and have recently bought the Death books. I can strongly recommend "The High Cost Of Living" for anyone who enjoys Death's appearances in the Sandman. In this tale, she adopts a mortal form for a day. This brings you, the reader, closer to her since she is totally vulnerable and must experience life from OUR side of the fence for a change!
I also own Death: THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE, but would only recommend this to hardcore collectors since it's not a story about Death herself, but the everyday people around her (see my full review).
Meanwhile, snap this title up - it's definitely a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 23 Sep 2013
By Nathan
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A great story in the best sandman tradition with the same style of story telling and artwork you come to expect from the othe sandman novels.
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