The Sandman: Dream Hunters Paperback – 22 Sep 2000
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Sandman fans should feel lucky that master fantasy writer Neil Gaiman discovered the mythical world of Japanese fables while researching his translation of Hayao Miyazaki's film Princess Mononoke. At the same time, while preparing for the Sandman 10th anniversary, he met Yoshitaka Amano, his artist for the 11th Sandman book. Amano is the famed designer of the Final Fantasy game series. The product of Gaiman's immersion in Japanese art, culture and history, Sandman: Dream Hunters is a classic Japanese tale that he has subtly morphed into his Sandman universe.
Like most fables, the story begins with a wager between two jealous animals, a fox and a badger: which of them can drive a young monk from his solitary temple? The winner will make the temple into a new fox or badger home. But as the fox adopts the form of a woman to woo the monk from his hermitage, she falls in love with him. Meanwhile, in far away Kyoto, the wealthy Master of Yin-Yang, the onmyoji, is plagued by his fears and seeks tranquillity in his command of sorcery. He learns of the monk and his inner peace; he dispatches demons to plague the monk in his dreams and eventually kill him to bring his peace to the onmyoji. The fox overhears the demons on their way to the monk and begins her struggle to save the man whom at first she so envied.
Gaiman's narrative rings with a sense of timelessness and magic that gently sustains this adult fairy tale. The only disappointment here is that the book is so brief. One could imagine this creative team being even better suited to a longer story of more epic proportions. On the final page of Dream Hunters, in fact, Amano suggest that he will collaborate further with Mr Gaiman in the future. Readers of Dream Hunters will hope that Amano's dream comes true. --Patrick O'Kelley
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Dream Hunters fits in with the Sandman series in that it features the King Of Dreams, but really it's a book that's more free-standing than any ofthe graphic novels. It isn't in comic strip format, and although some of the Sandman characters appear the book is about two separate characters.
The book is told in prose, with every page of prose countered by an illustration by Yoshitaka Amano - and it's the illustrations that make this book so wonderful. Gaiman's story telling is good - in thisparticular book he takes on a formal storytelling voice, which works pretty well - but the illustration are beautiful. Even the cover is something I'd happily hang on my wall, but there's a picture that good on nearly every page - and some are even better.
Fans of the Sandman will probably enjoy seeing a different side of the King of Dreams, and a different writing style from Gaiman, but people completely unfamiliar with the series aren't left out at all. The book is a complete story in itself, and a very good one.
Buy this book, read it, pass it on.
Having run for seventy-five issues, The Sandman concluded in 1996 and is now available from Vertigo Comics in a series of ten trade paperbacks or four fabulous re-coloured slip-cased hardback Absolute editions. In 1999 Neil Gaiman returned to the world of The Sandman with The Dream Hunters, a novella illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano that told the tale of a love affair between a Buddhist monk and a fox spirit. The Dream Hunters was tangential to The Sandman comic book series and only featured a small role for Morpheus. Although Gaiman had originally claimed that the fable at the centre of The Dream Hunters was taken from Y.T. Ozaki's Old Japanese Fairy Tales, it has since been revealed to be an original work of fiction. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Sandman, P.Read more ›
One word of warning, though. There is a 2010 reprint which is comic book style and is illustrated bt P.Craig Russell. With all due respect to his work, I don't feel the artwork compares with that of Amano in this edition (from 2007), and I prefer continous narrative to the comic style. Others may disagree, but it's important to check which version you are buying.
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on time,the person i got it for was very please with it,thank you.Published 20 months ago by Ms. Tracey J. Oakley
Was thrilled with this story of Morpheus. If you love Sandman you'll really like this. I'm on the lookout for any extra sandman stories.Published on 21 Dec. 2013 by TLJMancha
Great product. Love it. Believe I have received value for my money. Great work amazon. Very pleased with the purchase. Would definitely recommend this to a friend.Published on 28 Dec. 2012 by tablehead
Dream Hunters is based on japonese folklore and tells a tale of a love that could only exist in a land of dreams. Yoshitaka Amanos paintings are dreams on the page. Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2006 by Ms. S. L. Saxton