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The Dream Hunters (The sandman) [Hardcover]

Neil Gaiman , Yoshitaka Amano
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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1 Nov 1999 The sandman
Following in the tradition of Japanese folk tales, this graphic novel is a tale centered on ill-fated love and dream-eating monsters. Full color.

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: D C Comics (a division of Warner Brothers - A Time Warner Entertainment Co.) (1 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563895730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563895739
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 17 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 789,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When, in 1996, Neil Gaiman laid his acclaimed Sandman series to rest after seven extraordinarily successful years, the fans lamented. And with good reason: its influence on the comic book industry was immeasurable; the harbinger of a renewed literary acceptance for the medium. Gaiman had expertly fashioned a vivid Gothic fantasy world that mixed the majesty of folklore with the horrors of modern life. The rich tapestry of stories that unfolded focused on a lonely Byronic figure called Morpheus, ruler of the amorphous world of our dreams. With The Dream Hunters, fans can rejoice as Gaiman returns to his signature work with a haunting fable of love, devotion and betrayal set in Ancient Japan. A lone monk spends his days tending to his temple garden, when he meets a Fox, a beautiful woman in human form, who becomes trapped within the monk's dreams. To save her, the monk must travel to the Realm of the Sandman and face a terrible choice between love and death. Meanwhile, a sinister magician makes nefarious plans against the pair to achieve his heart's desire. On this occasion, Gaiman's evocative prose is paired with the ethereally beautiful paintings of Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano. And what a pairing it is; this is a prime example of creative symbiosis if ever there was one. True, the story is slight, but Gaiman weaves his own magic of letting simplicity harbour a wondrous complexity that lurks in the background, wonderfully rendered by Amano. Fans will be delighted by this comeback, while others can be captivated by Gaiman's assurance that popular culture cannot displace old-fashioned tales of magic and wonder. --Danny Graydon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 24 April 2004
In Dream Hunters Neil Gaiman retells a Japanese Legend about a monk and a fox in his own manner, tying it in with his Sandman series of graphic novels.

Dream Hunters fits in with the Sandman series in that it features the King Of Dreams, but really it's a book that's more free-standing than any ofthe graphic novels. It isn't in comic strip format, and although some of the Sandman characters appear the book is about two separate characters.

The book is told in prose, with every page of prose countered by an illustration by Yoshitaka Amano - and it's the illustrations that make this book so wonderful. Gaiman's story telling is good - in thisparticular book he takes on a formal storytelling voice, which works pretty well - but the illustration are beautiful. Even the cover is something I'd happily hang on my wall, but there's a picture that good on nearly every page - and some are even better.

Fans of the Sandman will probably enjoy seeing a different side of the King of Dreams, and a different writing style from Gaiman, but people completely unfamiliar with the series aren't left out at all. The book is a complete story in itself, and a very good one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Gaiman does it again 3 May 2000
The Dream Hunters is more than a boook, it is a thing of beauty. Neil Gaiman here show, once again, that the term author is insufficient, Just as mozart was more than a mere composer. In this reworking of a traditional Japanese fairy tale, as with his other work, Mr Gaiman once again demonstrates a link whith the tradition of story, the bards, fireside orators and dream-weavers who entertained with spoken tales long before the written word. The illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano are as spellbinding as the words, subtle yet powerful. As I said, this is a true thing of beauty, destined to take it's rightful place alongside my Sandman collection as a prized posession. Those who are familiar with Neil Gaiman's work will know what to expect and, as always, all expectations are surpassed. Those who have yet to discover Neil's work, where have you been and WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Dream Hunters is a Japanese folktale retold in Gaiman's usual dark style. Sandman fans will love this book which subtly references the Sandman themes while being more like his previous adult fairytale Stardust. However the book is stand alone and you don't need to have read any of Gaiman's previous work to fully appreciate it. The story is gentle & surreal with tones of violence as is the superb artwork by Amano. The synergy created by Gaiman's prose & Amano's art is mesmerising and the only real disappointment in the book is that, eventually, you will come to the end of it. I would recommend it to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple and wonderful 30 Sep 2000
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This was a joy to read and a feast for the eyes. Gaiman as ever weaves a story that delights and suprises, and Amano has you falling into the world he creates with his sublime drawings.
Buy this book, read it, pass it on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gaiman Does it Again 30 Oct 1999
Neil Gaiman continues to delight with his newest entry into the Sandman mythos. His adaptation of several folk tales and legends from Japan are entrancing. And Yoshitaka Amano's paintings are exquisite. Together they combine into what is arguably the best Sandman tale published. Gaiman's first venture into the land of the Dreaming in three long years, this tale, written especially for Amano, was well worth the wait. And it does not necessitate a previous familiarity with the inhabitants of Gaiman's Dream World to enjoy this story of love, deception, and revenge. Aw, what the heck. Buy it for the purty pictures!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful mixture of story and dreams 16 Nov 2006
Dream Hunters is based on japonese folklore and tells a tale of a love that could only exist in a land of dreams. Yoshitaka Amanos paintings are dreams on the page.Gaimans story telling is brilliant as ever. If you love strange tales and great comic art work such as Dave Mckeans try this. You won't be disappointed.
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