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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (20 Jan. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852864974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852864972
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.5 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,401 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
How not to love Neil Gaiman's Sandman, I simply do not know. In this collection of some of the short stories of the series, we are taken to Paris, to Greece, to Rome, to Baghdad. Stories are told, deals are made, challenges met, lives lost and life gained in these tales. I simply loved them, and anyone who loves Sandman must read them. Especially since the story of Morpheus son, the singer Orpheus, can be found here. A must read!!! (And I am very serious about that!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ameya on 10 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
At times I have nearly given up on the Sandman series, despite the rave critical reviews and the genius tags imputed to Neil Gaiman. But this is the volume where all the raves are justified. There is nothing of the random nightmare scenarios that I didn't enjoy as much earlier in the series, there aren't the `adult' discourses - rather it is a sometimes-straightforward but often original retelling of the myths, histories and fables we grew up with, and if we didn't then this is a good place to remedy the shortage; and some new ones altogether.

"Fear of Falling" makes a succinct and non-didactic case of keeping on going when fear tells you to stop. "Three Septembers and a January" tells the tale of the first and last emperor of the USA - a character and story I had never encountered before, but which Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson have written about - about a likeable fellow named Joshua Norton. The lashings of the Eternal in the story makes this Neil Gaiman's own. I like the way Death at the end says to Mr. Norton, "I've met a lot of kings and emperors and heads of state in my time, Joshua. I've met them all. And you know something? I think I liked you the best." So did I.

In "Thermidor" Neil Gaiman creates a Lady Johanna Constantine to weave in the story of the French Revolution and the story of Orpheus from Greek fable. It is so interesting that I thought that the character may have been real, with a fairy-tale element added to it as Mr. Gaiman so often does. One of my favourite was "The Hunt" and I was as rapt as when I used to read fairy tales and myths as a child. I waited for the punishment of Vassily for turning his back on his father, for trusting the old gypsy and for daring to love a princess.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2014
Format: Paperback
"The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections" is not quite as essential to the main storyline as the other Sandman short story collections.

But that doesn't mean it isn't a spellbinding, haunting series of stories, ranging from whimsical glimpses into the Dreaming to dark stories about the consequences of power. Neil Gaiman imbues every story with a sense of richness, mining mythology and history for the backdrops of his tales -- and every single one casts a powerful spell over the readers.

The stories include:
-A theatrical director whose fear is reflected in a nightmare of falling.
-The story of Joshua Abraham Norton, the first and only Emperor of the United States - and the center of a struggle between Morpheus and Desire.
-Lady Johanna Constantine sets out to post-Revolutionary France to retrieve a very unusual severed head for Morpheus, and must fight against the repressive, destructive regime.
-An old legend of a werewolf obsessed with the portrait of a lovely young lady, and the lengths he goes to to find her.
-A Roman Emperor who becomes a beggar for a day, reflecting on his horrendous past and Rome's bleak future.
-Marco Polo becomes lost in the desert, and stumbles into one of the places where the Dreaming overlaps with the waking world.
-The caliph of Baghdad realizes that for all the beauty and majesty of his city, it will eventually crumble like all other great things. So he seeks out the king of dreams to make a very unusual pact with him.

The two most intriguing stories are "The Song of Orpheus" and "The Parliament of Rooks." The former is a story of Dream's legendary son, who loses his true love right after their wedding.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "mr-sprout" on 11 Dec. 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a collection of single issue stories from the Sandman series, and they are all very good. There's a the story of a female werewolf, a member of the Ceaser family in Rome, the story if the King of America (I think) that cleverly ties in with later events, as well as the story of how Orpheus ended up on a window ledge in a monestary. Also included is the Orpheus special, sadly lacking the glow-in-the-dark cover. So, I don't have a problem with the stories. What I do have a problem with is the collection itself. These stories were fillers between major arcs, and as such should really have been included in either the collection they ended, or the one they began. This is because some of them take place 'in continuity', as well as the fact that they are jumbled around in this edition, rather than appearing in chronological order. It seems that DC was holding back printing these as a collection so that they could put out another Sandman book and make more money instead of putting them where they should be in the epic sequence of events that make up the Sandman series. By all means buy it, it is good, but read it as the Sandman series was meant to be read... look up the issue numbers of these short stories, as well as some of those in the other books and read them in sequence. It might be awkward, but it is more worthwhile if you are intending to read the series as a whole.
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