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The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections (New Edition)
 
 

The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections (New Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Neil Gaiman , P. Craig Russell , Shawn McManus
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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.

The critically acclaimed THE SANDMAN: FABLES AND REFLECTIONS continues the fantastical epic of Morpheus, the King of Dreams, as he observes and interacts with an odd assortment of historical and fictional characters throughout time. Featuring tales of kings, explorers, spies, and werewolves, this book of myth and imagination delves into the dark dreams of Augustus Caesar, Marco Polo, Cain and Abel, Norton I, and Orpheus to illustrate the effects that these subconscious musings have had on the course of history and mankind.

A new edition of this title collecting issues #29-31, 38-40, 50 and SANDMAN SPECIAL #1 with recolored pages.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 95505 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; New edition edition (21 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064W67NM
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,614 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fables of the Endless 22 Feb 2014
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Neil Gaiman 30 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If not for anything else, then for the last story, in Baghdad, that this deserves 5 stars. A fine read indeed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 27 Feb 2013
By Jezzie
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Great book, as described, made the mistake of buying from the USA rather then GB, but got here in the end :)
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HB: "How did you come to name this collection FABLES AND REFLECTIONS?"
NG: "Actually, I didn't. What I wanted to call it is ACCOUNTS AND REFLECTIONS, but nobody at DC would let me. My thinking was that the book contained a set of stories about different elements intersecting titled CONVERGENCE, and a set of historical tales titled DISTANT MIRRORS, and 'accounts' would represent both things being totalled up, or coming together; and ancient tales being recounted. But DC felt all that title would do is make readers think of chartered accountancy."
- interview with Neil Gaiman in THE SANDMAN COMPANION, by Hy Bender
All stories herein were written by Neil Gaiman (Wolfe only wrote the introduction which was added for their publication in book form). Each involves characters telling stories, from a phobic modern playwright to Orpheus himself. Often the entire story is part of a character's reminiscences, such as Lady Joanna's journals. Each (apart from possibly "Fear of Falling") also involves the spirit of a very distinct *place* (Fiddler's Green even makes an appearance).
As for the artists - SANDMAN's typical practice was to team up artists with Gaiman for short storylines like these to get used to working together before tackling major story arcs. McManus worked on most issues of A GAME OF YOU (which was published between the CONVERGENCE and DISTANT MIRRORS storylines). Later, Thompson and Locke drew BRIEF LIVES, while Talbot and Buckingham worked on WORLDS' END.
"Fear of Falling" (illustrator: Kent Williams) Rather than appearing in SANDMAN proper, this story appeared in VERTIGO PREVIEW #1, which launched DC's VERTIGO imprint in 1993.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR SANDMAN COLLECTORS 12 Jun 1998
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Format:Hardcover
A SERIES OF SHORT STORIES RATHER LIKE "DREAM COUNTRY" WHERE THERE IS NO GRAND PLOT LINE RUNNING THROUGHOUT. OTHER THAN THE PLOT LINE FOR THE SERIES AS A WHOLE, AND THATS PLOT LINE ENOUGH FOR ANYONE, ALL THE STORIES ANSWER QUESTIONS AND CREATE NEW ONES. HAVING READ THE ENTIRE SERIES I KEEP REREADING ALL THE SANDMAN NOVELS AND WONDERING IF GAIMAN PLANNED IT ALL FROM THE BEGINING OR IF HE LET THE STORY TELL ITSELF AS THE SERIES RAN. EITHER WAY IF YOU ARE LOOKING HARD ENOUGH YOU CAN SEE ANSWERS TO ONIEROS' DECISION IN THE "KINDLY ONES" \. NEIL IF YOU READ THIS----THANK YOU
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