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The Sandman: Book of Dreams [Mass Market Paperback]

Neil Gaiman , Ed Kramer
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1 Nov 2004 Sandman
"There is a dark king who rules our dreams from a place of shadows and fantastic things. He is Morpheus, the lord of story. Older than humankind itself, he inhabits -- along with Destiny, Death, Destruction, Desire, Despair, and Delirium, his Endless sisters and brothers -- the realm of human consciousness. His powers are myth and nightmare -- inspirations, pleasures, and punishments manifested beneath the blanketing mist of sleep. Surrender to him now." A stunning collection of visions, wonders, horrors, hallucinations, and revelations from Clive Barker, Barbara Hambly, Tad Williams, Gene Wolfe, Nancy A. Collins, and sixteen other incomparable dreamers -- inspired by the groundbreaking, bestselling graphic novel phenomenon by Neil Gaiman.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New title edition (1 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380817705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380817702
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 862,388 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, creator of 'The Sandman', DC Comics’ best-selling title, has invited the most celebrated names in the fields of fantasy and horror to enter and expand the Sandman’s shadowy realm in this spectacular collection of stories. Stephen King, Clive Barker, Tad Williams, Barbara Hambly, Gene Wolf, Nancy A. Collins, Tori Amos and Steven Brust are just a few of the luminaries to join Gaiman on his dark voyage.

Deeply disturbing as well as wildly entertaining, 'The Sandman: Book of Dreams' is a unique, modern classic – essential reading for everyone who has ever felt the need to explore the dark kingdom where we spend a full third of our lives.

To be the master of Man’s dreams is to face the darkest of nightmares.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
After purchasing this book from the slightly mis-leading 'comic book' section of Amazon I was a little dissapointed when it arrived to find it was a 'normal' book. Don't get me wrong, I like to read all kinds of books, I was just expecting a new Sandman graphic novel. However...
Once you actually read this book you will find the collection of stories and thoughts inspired by Neil Gaimans classic comic a cracking read. From the foreword by the great Clive Barker to the last closing piece written by Tori Amos the book is brimming with gems that have all hallmarks of the wonderful comic series. Comedy, tragedy, revenge, anger... There are a lot of short stories in the book, and they are all great. What else can I say... it is really, really good. Buy it...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Taking the good with the bad 22 July 2002
By J. Carroll - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sandman, Neil Gaiman's wonderful creation, is the concept that this group of stories is based on. Like any story collection, this one has its hits and misses.
"Chain Home, Low" What happened to those affected by Dream's disappearance?
"Each Damp Thing" Barbara Hambly has a good grasp of Gaiman's cast of characters. Set in The Dreaming this one would have made a good comic.
"Seven Nights in Slumberland" Little Nemo? Now Windsor McCay's work makes more sense. I think.
Both Wanda stories. A character that certainly warranted more examination than the comic allowed.
"Endless Sestina" For the sheer nerve of it.
"The Gate of Gold" The flip side of "The Writer's Child," but much more fulfilling. There really are "good" dreams.
"A Bone Dry Place" Dream and Delirium together again.
"The Mender of Broken Dreams" The concept is not new, but it is so well written you won't care.
"Valosag and Elet" There are so few folktales being written anymore. At least good ones.
"Stopp't-Clock Yard" Captures the true essence of Gaiman's creation. This is another one that Gaiman could have written.
Desire stories. This character is tedious as all stories end up being variations on the same theme. Especially "The Witch's Heart" it goes on and on....
"The Birth Day" A clever idea but not fully developed.
"Splatter" A little obvious.
"The Writer's Child" Ditto.
"Ain't You `Most Done?" 32 pages long and I couldn't remember what it was about by the time I finished the book. And it's one of the last stories.
Advertising Clive Barker's participation. It's a frontispiece and it's Death not Dream.
Taking an existing character, whose popularity lies in a graphic medium and using him and his supporting cast as the basis of an anthology is a risky proposition. While this book is not entirely successful, it's definitely worth a read for the Sandman fan.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cool book 14 Feb 2002
By Marymac - Published on Amazon.com
This is a really very cool book, although you need a fair bit of the Sandman background for it all to make sense - I first read it when I'd only read the 'The Kindly Ones' sequence and some of it went over my head. Then I got the rest and suddenly quite a lot of things became clear...
It loses a star cause there's no actual Gaiman stories (although his comments at the start of each book are nearly as interesting as the stories - 'what Gandalf's rock'n rolling younger brother would look like if he were secretly a pirate' is a truly funky description for anyone).
For me the best are the Barbara Hambly, 'Stopp'd Clock Yard' and the 'Ain't you the most done' stories - the collection does veer pretty wildly between cool, cute 'n funky and seriously weird / sick.... Depends what you like. Like the comics, don't let children read it.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faithful to the Dreaming 20 Jan 2005
By OAKSHAMAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It is funny how one can initially misjudge a book. When I first picked this volume up it was because I saw Neil Gaiman and Clive Barker's names on the cover. Then, on first perusal, I saw that Gaiman had not even written the introduction. Moreover, Barker's only contribution was the frontispiece- a drawing of Death. Nor did I immediately recognize the names of any of the contributors to the collection. I felt cheated. I jumped to the conclusion that this was a hack written collection of short stories intended to exploit the popularity of the Sandman series. I threw the book down in disgust.

Then, a little over a year later, I came back to it. Upon actually reading it, I discovered that Gaiman handpicked these stories. Indeed, he actually wrote the brief introductions for each writer and story. As for the stories themselves, there are some hauntingly, lovingly, skillfully, written tales here. What is more important, most of them genuinely capture the atmosphere of the Dreaming from the graphic novels. I could not have been more wrong about this fine collection- it was exactly what I was looking for.

These stories are so faithful to the original that the reader might want to read the entire 10 volume Sandman Library before attempting it. There is much here that assumes a familiarity with the entire series.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars average-to-good collection - Kiernan and Wolfe notables 23 July 2000
By "silo1013" - Published on Amazon.com
An average-to-good collection of short Sandman stories. My two favorites: "Escape Artist" by Caitlin Kiernan, while not technically perfect, is touching and memorable; "Ain't You 'Most Done" by Gene Wolfe represents the Dreaming as it's really like -- no German Expressionist tilting dark walls and Hollywood special effects, but real life gone just a little bit... different. Very well done.
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3.0 out of 5 stars it's alright - recommended for fans only 13 Nov 2010
By Acacia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ho hum, ho hum, after the absolute power house that was The Sandman I find myself assured in my beliefs that no one but Neil himself should ever write for the series. Over all this was a very bland collection of stories hat at times had very little to do with any of The Endless that ranged from mediocre to down right painful for the most of the book. However there were a few good pieces in here that definitely made it worth while to drudge through the lesser parts.

Masquerade & High Water, Ain't You Most Done Yet and the Witch's Heart were all middle ground for me, being entertaining but not particularly outstanding. The true stars for this collection for me were Each Damp Thing, Splatter, Valosay and Elet and Stopp't Clock Yard. The only story I found absolutely 100% appalling beyond belief in it's insipid story telling was The Birth Day which was so bad that I almost put down the book and decided to stop reading if it hadn't been for the fact that blissfully I decided to read one more story and came across Will Shetterly's absolutely brutal, if at times a bit obvious, Splatter.

Over all this isn't the worst way to spend an evening, but it's by no mean's Gaiman's Sandman and anyone looking for the brilliant story telling we got in canon will be advised to look elsewhere.
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