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The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes (New Edition)
 
 

The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes (New Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Neil Gaiman , Sam Keith , Mike Dringenberg
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Neil Gaiman's transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision.

In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his seventy-year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman. This book also includes the story "The Sound of Her Wings," which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl Death.

Collecting issues #1-8, this new edition of PRELUDES & NOCTURNES features the improved production values and coloring from the Absolute Edition.

About the Author

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 bestselling author of American Gods and Anansi Boys, and won critical acclaim for his first feature film, Mirrormask, with long-time collaborator Dave McKean.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 84573 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; Reprint edition (21 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064W67IM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,579 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a shaky start to an amazing series 23 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback
I'm a big fan of Neil Gaiman's novels and television work, so I decided to branch out and give his Sandman series a go. I'm not a comic book/graphic novel reader at all - the last time I picked up a comic, it was an Archie one, if that tells you anything? - so I started reading Preludes and Nocturnes without any real idea of what to expect. Hopefully if you're in the same boat as me - comic book ignoramus with an interest in reading more of Gaiman's work - this review may be helpful to you.

First off, Sandman is just as fantastic as everyone has told you it is. It's macabre and madcap and thoughtful and sometimes just flat-out, unashamedly poetic. I hadn't realised comics could be so thoroughly lyrical, but there are times I've sat there reading and just been blown away by how beautiful it all is. Sandman reminded me a lot of American Gods and Anansi Boys, at times, but it also stands on its own as an original and really excellent piece of work. If you can get hold of the whole series and bunker down for a long reading session, I highly recommend that you do. You won't regret it.

That said, I've got to be honest: I didn't like Preludes and Nocturnes.

Preludes and Nocturnes plants the seeds of the bigger stories that follow. It also introduces us to our main protagonist Dream of the Endless, reveals the tragic and eerie world of the series, and also gives us our first meeting with Death (who is awesome, so awesome). But as a whole its the weakest volume of the series. The writing is really hit and miss - Gaiman admits in the volume that he thinks is a lot of it is not his best work, as he was still getting the hang of writing a serial comic, and he's dead right.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By TS
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given this for my birthday by my brother, and being a graphic novel reader, I had heard of Sandman but never read it. I had always put it under the heading of "being too weird for me." However, I'm glad I finally got the chance to read it.

I have read some of Gaiman's other works: Stardust was a good fairy tale read that I enjoyed immensely, and I have been recommended American Gods and Neverwhere, which I will digest in due course. So I know he is capable from both first hand experience and word of mouth.

That said....this volume left me feeling pretty flat. The first problem is simply that it's 'magic' based and is thus very hard for the reader to understand the limitations of the character/hero and his power/weakness etc. This makes it almost impossible to feel anything toward the character. He is emotionally flat, and I personally felt this didn't really develop as the story went on.

SPOILERS AHEAD: (QUITE BIG ONES!)

So, problem one is the main character who is basically beyond comprehension. He has unrecognisable motives which seem to change according to the story (uncertainty and fear of the hellish competition before suddenly accepting, his treatment of Dr. Destiny when he gets free and then on their later confrontation, his abandonment of Rachel's dad who, living, is plastered in the inside of a room, saving Constantine from the falling dream and then willingly walk out, blithely leaving a woman to die in agony...it just seems inconsistent, and this just alienates the character further). This is even more the case when he regains his strength - he then becomes a walking 'deux ex machina' after that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Should have read the reviews first. The book itself is great, and looks great - but I downloaded it to the Kindle app on my iPad Mini, where it's useless.

You can't read half the text because it's too small - OK, maybe this was my fault for expecting to be able to read it on a smallish screen. But you can't enlarge it (other parts of the page get bigger when you click on them - just never the bits you need), you can't rotate it, and now I can't even download it to another device - for example, my laptop, where the screen is bigger.

Big mistake.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shaky start 16 Dec 2014
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I read this one some 10 years or so ago when I was slowly returning to comics and, having re-read it now, I still maintain that Preludes and Nocturnes is a poor place to start with this series - though it’s a decent book.

My first time around, I read Sandman totally out of sequence starting with Vol 3, then Vol 5, then a couple more volumes (I was just grabbing whatever was on the shelves that week!) and I read Vol 1 towards the end thinking what an unimpressive first volume it was.

I’d recommend someone looking to understand the brilliance of this series to start with the standalone books, Vol 3 and Vol 6 rather than with Vol 1 - those are much more representative of why people love Sandman so much.

Alright - enough prelude! Onto the… nocturnes… ?

Set in the early 20th century, an Aleister Crowley-esque type tries to summon Death and gain immortality - except he botches the spell and gets Dream instead. Dream is imprisoned for 70 years until he escapes and begins to resume his role in the universe. But first he must gather his instruments: his helm, his dreamstone, and his bag of sand.

My biggest complaint of this book is the same criticism I have for a lot of Neil Gaiman’s work: the pacing is much too slow. But this is especially pronounced in a comic! Gaiman’s style was - and is - that of a long-winded storyteller who can spin a good yarn but will not be rushed and this can lead to a much less exciting read.

Not only that but he comes from the Alan Moore school of writing comics where each page is severely bogged down with blocks of text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get it.
Having decided to take the plunge into the world of Sandman I'm hooked! Volume 1 is the starting point for both the series but also the author (as admitted to by all involved in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by CCR
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, poor artwork
The stories contained in this volume are good. I like Neil Gaiman and enjoy most of his novels. I only gave this a 3 star review due to the artwork of the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by joseph wheeldon
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not into it but he says Neil Gaiman's fans will like it.
My son (aged 44!) whose birthday present it was is enjoying it. I'm not into it but he says Neil Gaiman's fans will like it.
Published 4 months ago by Jean Charlton
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We weren't sure what to expect from The Sandman, as we've only read one of Neil Gaiman's books - The Graveyard Book, but we loved it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by C L Raven
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it despite the high price
If you like fantasy or comic books or both and don't know these, I recommend giving them a try despite the high price. Read more
Published 6 months ago by hfffoman
5.0 out of 5 stars As amazing as i remember
I first read these graphic novels as a teenager, I remembered them being full of amazing art work, twisted, interesting and most of all original. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Hazel
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start
New to the Sandman comics and Neil Gaiman's work - like everyone else have heard great things so thought I'd check this out. Read more
Published 10 months ago by adjb92
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Exciting and different, dark yet a lot fun. If you like fantasy or gothic novels give it a go. I'm off to buy the next book.
Published 11 months ago by Raphael
3.0 out of 5 stars My first graphic novel
It's an interesting transition from reading books to reading a graphic novel. It is not as easy to get into the story nor understand what's happening. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Keshnee
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I had heard about The Sandman for years but along with Preacher is the best a graphic novel can possibly be.
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