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

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"Wake up, sir. We're here". It's a simple enough opening line--although not many would have guessed back in 1991 that this would lead to one of the most popular and critically acclaimed comics of the second half of the century.

In Preludes and Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman weaves the story of a man interested in capturing the physical manifestation of Death but who instead captures the King of Dreams. By Gaiman's own admission there's a lot in this first collection that is awkward and ungainly--which is not to say there are not frequent moments of greatness here. The chapter "24 Hours" is worth the price of the book alone; it stands as one of the most chilling examples of horror in comics. And let's not underestimate Gaiman's achievement of personifying Death as a perky, overly cheery, cute goth girl! All in all, there is a roguish breaking of new ground in this book which is preferable to the often dull precision of the concluding volumes of the Sandman series. --Jim Pascoe

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 (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,408 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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tasha S. on 23 Sept. 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Dec. 2014
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Francisco Pita Caravana Santos Silva on 27 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
Preludes and Noctures is more than just a story, it is a setting, more than anything it gives you background and a notion of who Morpheus (Sandman) is. Maybe because of that it lacks in the pure storytelling other parts of the sandman saga have. This book has useful information and if you are just starting in the world of Sandman it is where you should start, but remember, after this one comes better stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erin Britton on 15 Oct. 2013
Format: Paperback
The Sandman is a landmark comic series; right up there with The Dark Knight Returns, V for Vendetta, Watchmen and Sin City its appeal has transcended the traditional comic market and it is still one of the most loved and revered series to date. Although The Eternals and Marvel 1602 were great books, it is in The Sandman, a collection of stories that are timeless, resonant and universal, that Neil Gaiman shows off his mastery of the comics genre. Preludes and Nocturnes is the first of twelve trade paperbacks and collects issues 1 to 8 of The Sandman.

The first seven issues collected in Preludes and Nocturnes comprise the "More Than Rubies" story-arc that introduces Dream [or Morpheus as he is also known] and establishes the world of The Sandman. The series begins in 1916, with Dream having been captured and imprisoned by Roderick Burgess, a magician who had hoped to capture Death and so achieve immortality. With no immediate avenue of escape open to him, Dream has no choice but to bide his time as best as he can until his captor dies and he is, indirectly, freed. However, when Burgess does eventually die, his son Alexander takes over as Dream's captor until finally, in 1988, he inadvertently weakens the containment spell and Dream is able to invade the sleep of his captors and secure his freedom. After punishing Alexander with an unending cycle of nightmares, a weakened Dream journeys to his realm via the dreamscape and begins a quest to locate his missing totems of power.

Preludes and Nocturnes ends with "The Sound Of Her Wings", an important single-issue story that serves as an epilogue to the preceding story-arc. Dream's older sister, Death, is introduced as she attempts to talk Dream out of a brief period of depression.
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