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Neil Gaiman
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26 Jan 2011 Sandman New Editions (Book 4)
Written by NEIL GAIMAN Art by KELLEY JONES, MIKE DRINGENBERG, MATT WAGNER, GEORGE PRATT, P. CRAIG RUSSELL and others Cover by DAVE MCKEAN Volume Four of New York Times' best-selling author Neil Gaiman's acclaimed creation, with updated coloring and new trade dress. Ten thousand years ago, Morpheus condemned a woman who loved him to Hell. Now the other members of his immortal family, The Endless, have convinced the Dream King that this was an injustice. To make it right, Morpheus must return to Hell to rescue his banished love - and Hell's ruler, the fallen angel Lucifer, has already sworn to destroy him. On sale JANUARY 26 - 192 pg, FC

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; New edition edition (26 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401230423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401230425
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,560 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sandman is awesome! 19 July 2013
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I love reading sandman and all Neil gaiman. These volumes are great stories and I highly recommend them. The product itself came in mint condition and quite quickly. Another for my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 July 2014
Oh yes Thank yo Mr Gaiman
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 7 April 2013
Seasons of mist is definitely the best of the Sandman series so far, Destiny of the Endless is visited by the Fates and as a result calls a family meeting. Present are Destiny, Dream, Death, the twins Desire and Despair, and Delirium, only one of the Endless is missing which is an intriguing fact by itself.

Destiny tells them of his meeting with the Fates and sets of a significant chain of events, Desire argues with Dream about one of Dream's past romances, a young tribal woman named Nada who he banished to Hell ten thousand years ago on refusing his proposal. Dream finally admits that his decision was wrong and sets out to put things right, a visit to Hell is necessary and after his last trip there, things may not end well at all.

Prepared for a battle from which he may not return, Dream is some what surprised to find when he arrives at the gates of Hell that Lucifer has decided to abdicate the throne of Hell and is in the process of evicting the ranks of demons and the damned before locking the gates and deserting his post forever. Unfortunately, with no where to go the dead will return to the living, with catastrophic results.

As a final gesture Lucifer gifts Dream with the key to Hell, its the last thing that Dream wants and its the start of many visitors to the Dreamland all with various proposals, bribes and threats for the Key to Hell.
An excellent story, interesting character development, we meet the majority of the Endless and Dream has some tough decisions to make. A nice touch is the ending with Lucifer watching the sunset on an Australian beach
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looks fantastic on the kindle fire HD 8 Jan 2013
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These comic books are beautifully drawn and with the evolution of hi res tablets like the kindle fire HD these books come to life. Did you know that death is a girl and deaths brother is in charge of dreams. No well check out the sandman series. Just brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gaiman at his best 24 July 2012
By Jade Kerrion - Published on
There are several things Gaiman does well, and among them, is the weaving of mythologies into a single beautifully cohesive thread. In "Season of Mists," Lucifer decides that he's tired of ruling hell. He shuts it down and hands Morpheus (Dream) the key to hell. Soon, the representatives of various pantheons show up to make a case for why Morpheus should give the key to them.

The story blossoms into fantastic integration of mythology into mainstream Christianity. I'll confess that I was concerned that Gaiman would challenge my world view of God and Christianity, but in fact, he places the "Creator" solidly at the top of the totem pole, and weaves his story around that central theme. Despite the seeming randomness of life, despite the rebellions that seem to lead people astray, there is an inevitable sense of purpose, an unshakeable feeling of control that the "Creator" appears to have over creation. I find that consoling, somehow.

I enjoyed Gaiman's depiction of Lucifer--the weary administrator of Hell. One of my favorite quotes in this novel comes from Lucifer: "Why do they (humans) blame me for all their little failings? They use my name as if I spend my entire day sitting on their shoulders, forcing them to commit acts they would otherwise find repulsive. 'The devil made me do it.' I have never made one of them do anything. Never. They live their own tiny lives. I do not live their lives for them. And then they die, and they come here (having transgressed against what they believed to be right), and expect us to fulfill their desire for pain and retribution. I don't make them come here. They talk of me going around and buying souls, like a fishwife come market day, never stopping to ask themselves why. I need no souls. And how can anyone own a soul? No. They belong to themselves. They just hate to have to face up to it."
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4.0 out of 5 stars The keys to Hell 6 Jun 2011
By E. A Solinas - Published on
Morpheus of the Endless has had many trials throughout the ages... but none quite as strange as the one he must face in "The Sandman, Volume Four: Season of Mists." The fourth collection of Neil Gaiman's classic Sandman series centers on sudden changes in the world of Hell, and the terrifying choice that the Lord of Dreams must make -- who does it go to?

After a disastrous meeting with the other Endless, Morpheus goes to Hell to set free his onetime lover, Nada. But when he gets there, he finds that Lucifer is tired of being the lord of Hell, and is shutting the whole place down -- and he gives ownership of it to Morpheus. In the meantime, the souls of the damned are roaming Earth, and the anguished demons have nowhere to go.

Morpheus isn't interested in ruling Hell, so soon various powers appear to claim Hell -- Norse, Japanese and Egyptian gods, a trio of powerful demons, Order, Chaos, a Faerie diplomat, and a pair of angels are sent to watch the proceedings. Threats, bribes and tricks ensue, leaving Morpheus with a seemingly-impossible choice to make.

Just a warning: This comic book, despite its brilliant storytelling, left me with a sort of squirmy feeling, because it bases itself on Christian theology that many people actually believe in (heaven, hell, Satan, angels, God, etc). But it isn't in line with those beliefs, so some parts of it come across as... uncomfortable.

However, you should always keep in mind that it is merely fiction. "Season of Mists" is epic in scope -- it encompasses different worlds, dimensions and lands in a seeemingly endless, wondrously terrifying universe. Gaiman is absolutely brilliant at conjuring the exquisite and the grotesque, the eerie and the strange -- and he manages all of those here.

And the art really helps here -- the bleak, raw wastes of Hell, the snowflake beauty of the angels, the visceral grotesqueness of the demons (one is a lumpen creature with a melting eyeless head and toothy mouths for nipples), and the twilit, mildly unnerving realm of Dreaming.

As for Morpheus himself, this story is a surprisingly personal one. He's given a realm he doesn't want, but doesn't seem to have any good way of ridding himself of it (at least, not at first). And the Lord of Dream has to face up to his own misdeeds -- namely, he FINALLY figures out that he was horrible to Nada, and that his punishment of her was cruel. The way their story is wrapped up is painful, but still very touching.

"The Sandman Volume Four: Season of Mists" made me uncomfortable with some of its handling of Christian theology, but there is no denying that it is a richly-imagined, powerful story by a master storyteller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Storyteller's Best Work 21 Sep 2011
By Mark - Published on
In "Sandman: Season of the Mists" Neil Gaiman does what he does best, creating a mythology that runs parallel to reality as we live it, but here, he outdoes himself by not just telling an interesting story, but by revealing a truth inherent about our dominant myth system.

That bit above is the best way anyone can sum up the sense in Sandman: Season of the Mists without removing any reason you could have for actually reading it but it doesn't matter because the book is simply fantastic.

In this work, Gaiman weaves together love, hate, obligation and elements of literary Christian theology (i.e., a very Miltonian hell) and places them in a wrapper of storytelling using a mythology that encompasses theological and mythological concepts, some of which, like faerie, law and chaos, exist purely within the realm of fantasy literature and when he is done setting the stage using these ideas and populating it with characters who run true to imaginable form, he tells a story the ending of which is an unflinching examination of a single mind-bending question: "what would happen if Satan grew tired of ruling hell?"

The answer to this question is a kaleidoscopic shock.

Gaiman is a master storyteller on many levels and unlike nearly all other writers of fantasy, his best work can be read both for the raw pleasure of a good story, on the level of storytelling technique and even on the level of philosophy and the command of all aspects of the story which Gaiman displays on every page of this book is a cause for awe. Gaiman seems powerfully inspired in writing this story. This is true right down to the incidental levels of the sound-effects, and dialog: listen to how Mazikeen speaks then, figure out how Gaiman wrote her dialog and you will instantly know what I am talking about.

Look through other works of his, even one or two that have been (re-) made in other media like the novel Neverwhere, and you will see that Gaiman can simply "tell a story" using a set of techniques and themes and call it a day, but Sandman: Season of the Mists shows him melding technique with inspiration, so that instead of its being just a set of well-handled themes or tropes, there is a powerful and organic coming together of Ideas, technique and feeling in the story that make it like nothing else in the history of graphic novels.

After a youth spent reading comics, only to see them evolve into "graphic novels" and think that those were the limit of the innovation possible in mass-market graphic storytelling, Gaiman's writing in Sandman: Season of the Mists, coupled with artwork that is direct and surreal at the same time, has been a strong, charming indicator that the well of creativity in the field not only has not run dry but that it cannot.

It is impossible to recommend it enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mature themes captivate and challenge the reader 25 July 2013
By Talia - Published on
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In this collection, we meet the Sandman's family. Most of the remaining Endless - Destiny, Desire, Death, Despair and Delirium. Called by Destiny for a family gathering, Morpheus (aka the Sandman) realizes he must enter Hell to rectify a mistake made 10,000 years ago. But when he gets there, he finds that Lucifer Morningstar has abdicated his power in the Triumvirate and has forced everyone out of Hell. Upon locking up the final gate, he gives Morpheus the key to Hell and tells him that it is now his responsibility.

Faced with the daunting task of deciding what to do with this new kingdom, Morpheus soon finds himself host to several different beings all claiming their desire for the ownership of Hell. Each has something to offer in return for the Key. In an interlude between chapters, we are allowed to see what happens when the dead return upon Hell's closure. In issue #25, "In Which the Dead Return; and Charles Rowland Concludes His Education," we witness the life of a young man at an English-boarding school and what happens as long-dead boys began appearing at the school. Although this is never revisited in the collection, I read that Charles' adventures continue in a series called "The Dead Boy Detectives." This brief tangent of a storyline is perhaps my favorite in the entire collection. Something with Charles and young Edwin Paine resonated with me. I can imagine that I will be reading "The Dead Boy Detectives" if I can get my hands on a copy.

"The Sandman" is definitely a mature reader series with sex, death and violence scattered in every other panel. That being said, there's something so compelling about this series. I can't put these books down!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sandman reaches its potential 15 Dec 2012
By Tickles - Published on
Sandman is extremely popular, so I was expecting quite the tale when I first read the original book. However, I was slightly disappointed. The next book improved a little bit, and the third one really showed promise, but it wasn't until this fourth book, Season of Mist, that I finally embraced Sandman as a great comic book.

Season of Mist does something that the first three failed to do: start the story off on an interesting note. I felt that the first three (well, not so much the third) books took a while to get into the story, and once I was there, it wasn't so great. Not here. The book starts with a meeting--of the Endless! It's a great idea, and a great reunion. Death and Desire are welcomed returns, while Destiny is an intriguing addition.

From here, the story gets even better, with Dream preparing for a trip back to Hell. This premise alone is exciting, but the way it played out was even better. It was surprising and unexpected every step of the way, which is a good thing. It didn't get too cliche or predictable, keeping me engaged. By story's end, I recognized this as how Sandman should have been from the start, and I could hardly wait to get the next book, which was not my feeling after reading the first three.

The art is generally the same, with slight variations from time to time. If you liked it in the first three, then you'll like this. If not, then sorry. I think it's pretty decent, certainly appropriate for this kind of story. The only time I felt the art faltered was the issue drawn by Matt Wagner, which is surprising, seeing as how I really liked the job he did in Batman and the Monster Men (highly recommended, by the way--see my review).

If you liked the first three books, this one should be even better. If you didn't like the first three that much, or maybe not as much as you thought you would, then this book shouldn't disappoint. If you haven't read Sandman yet, then I recommend reading at least the first book before this one, and maybe all three. I do warn new readers, though--these stories get very dark, disturbing, creepy, and possibly terrifying. For ages 14 and up, I'd say.

Overall, this is a great story and a marked improvement over previous installments.

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