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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (26 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857680382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857680389
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 0.6 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,603 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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Neil Gaiman is the most critically acclaimed comics writer of the 1990s and is the author of numerous books and graphic novels. He is the New York Times No. 1 best-selling author of American Gods and Anansi Boys. Kelley Jones is a regular artist on Batman for DC Comics. Past credits include Sandman, Swamp Thing, Batman & Dracula: Red Rain, Batman: Bloodstorm, and Batman: Dark Joker - The Wild.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
One of the best things about the Sandman series is that it isn't actually necessary to have Dream -- or any of the other Endless -- in much of the story. Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country" demonstrates that beautifully, with four lusciously haunting, sometimes horrifying tales of magic, muses, cats and faerie royals.

In "Calliope," a struggling writer is willing to do anything if he can write his second novel, but he's got a wicked case of writer's block. So he gains possession of Calliope, the muse of literature, and rapes her so that he can write once again. Desperate to be free of her imprisonment, Calliope calls on the only one who can help her.

Then "A Dream of a Thousand Cats" shows a congregation of cats, one of whom tells a story of how her owners murdered her kittens. This led her into a journey into the Dream Country, so that she might see the truth about dreams and reality.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" takes place as Shakespeare and his company perform the titular play on a hillside. Morpheus appears, along with the Faerie Court of Titania and Auberon, and the origins of Shakespeare's talent are revealed at last as the play goes on.

And finally, "Facade" introduces us to Element Girl/Rainie, a retired superheroine who lives a reclusive life because of her frightening appearance. When an old friend calls her, she crafts a false face to hide her appearance -- only to have it fall off during their dinner. The devastated Rainie longs to die, but it will take a visit from one of the Endless to help her...

Despite the title ("The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country"), there's not much of either the Dream Country or Morpheus in this volume.
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By paul nelson on 24 Mar. 2013
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Four seemingly unconnected stories, in the first Calliope who was Homers muse is enslaved by a writer and then passed onto another writer who has run out of ideas and subsequently becomes a huge success through the inventiveness she prompts. Raped and abused she seeks help and here we learn of a past relationship with Dream thousands of years ago and a son born to them. There is evidence that Dream has changed due to his imprisonment as he shows empathy with Calliope's situation. This was my favourite of the four stories with some truly disturbing moments as we see the writers euphoria when he gets all he wishes for, until its all torn away.
The second story is about cats which usually is enough to put me off straight away but here we see Dream in animal guise and a cat prophet.
In the third issue Dream commissions a play from William Shakespeare and they give a performance to the court of the Faerie, the play is intended as a gift to the King and Queen so they may never be forgotten.
In the final issue we see the return of Dream' sister Death who gives an indestructible but suicidal woman a way to end her miserable life. Dream is absent in this story but we do get his gothic sister who is an interesting character with alot of potential.
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I read this collection about ten years ago and I remember thinking it the weakest of the Sandman books. Having re-read it again now, I appreciate it a lot more! The story of Calliope is a great start to this collection with very strong artwork and her imprisonment echoes Dream's in the first collection. It's quite moving to see how Dream's character is already beginning to soften.

Dream of a Thousand Cats is a clever tale suggesting an alternate history of mankind (and catkind!).

Facade is a genuinely moving portrait of a 'has-been' super-heroine who can't have the only thing she wants... until the Sandman's sister pops in to chat.

Finally, A Midsummer Night's Dream... the best story of the collection, weaving together magic and theater! It also contains some of the best artwork of the whole series thanks to Charles Vess.

So, although this book doesn't reach the dizzy heights of the epic Kindly Ones or the twists of Doll's House or Seasons of Mists, it's a very enjoyable chapter in the Sandman's story.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ameya on 10 Feb. 2012
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There are four stories in this collection: Calliope, A Dream of a Thousand Cats, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Façade. I totally `get' A Midsummer Night's Dream - it is amazing. The way Neil Gaiman has combined fact and fantasy into his world is amazing and original. William Shakespeare's son really died at around the age depicted in the story. I can see why it won all the awards. The story about the cats is also fascinating. However, it was beaten as my favourite by some stories in Vol 6 of the Sandman Series, especially "The Hunt". The other stories were so-so in my view. I am not one for disturbing dreams, or for reading about them. This was a treat overall, though.
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