Sandman TP Vol 03 Dream Country New Ed (Sandman New Editions) Paperback – 15 Oct 2010
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About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the author of the best-selling Trigger Warnings, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Graveyard Book, Coraline, The Sandman series, and many other works. His fiction has received Newbery, Carnegie, Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner Awards. His novel American Gods is being made into a TV miniseries to air in 2017. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States.
Charles Vess's work has graced the pages of numerous publications and has been exhibited internationally. Some of his other books include Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman, a circle of cats and Seven Wild Sisters with Charles de Lint, a new edition of Peter Pan, and The Ladies of Grace Adieu with Susanna Clarke. His awards include a Mythopoeic, Ink Pot, two Chesley, two World Fantasy, and two Eisner awards.
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In "Calliope," a struggling writer is willing to do anything if he can write his second novel, but he's got a wicked case of writer's block. So he gains possession of Calliope, the muse of literature, and rapes her so that he can write once again. Desperate to be free of her imprisonment, Calliope calls on the only one who can help her.
Then "A Dream of a Thousand Cats" shows a congregation of cats, one of whom tells a story of how her owners murdered her kittens. This led her into a journey into the Dream Country, so that she might see the truth about dreams and reality.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" takes place as Shakespeare and his company perform the titular play on a hillside. Morpheus appears, along with the Faerie Court of Titania and Auberon, and the origins of Shakespeare's talent are revealed at last as the play goes on.
And finally, "Facade" introduces us to Element Girl/Rainie, a retired superheroine who lives a reclusive life because of her frightening appearance. When an old friend calls her, she crafts a false face to hide her appearance -- only to have it fall off during their dinner. The devastated Rainie longs to die, but it will take a visit from one of the Endless to help her...
Despite the title ("The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country"), there's not much of either the Dream Country or Morpheus in this volume.Read more ›
The first story is Calliope. A young writer, Richard Madoc, has a bad case of writer's block following the success of his first novel. In desperation he turns to the occult to find a way out of his problem and enlists the help of Erasmus Fry, an elderly author and successful playwright. It turns out that Fry owes his success to his imprisonment of Calliope, one of the nine muses of antiquity (and the former muse of Homer), and he passes control of Calliope over to Madoc. By holding her hostage and abusing her, Madoc gains the inspiration he needs and becomes a bestselling writer, churning out novels, a poetry collection, screenplays and even becoming a gifted director. Unfortunately for Madoc, he is unaware that Calliope is also the former lover of one of the Endless...
This is an interesting story. The notion of 'the muse' is explored here, although the literal personification of Calliope can be substituted for whatever a writer uses for inspiration. The abuse and over-use of the muse resulting in a horrendous case of writer's block, perhaps permanantly, is an interesting idea to use for a story, but it works well. We also get some intriguing backstory for The Sandman overall, including the tantalising revelation that somewhere out there Morpheus has a son (although those who know their Greek mythology will be way ahead of the game here).Read more ›
Around Sandman (Or Dream or Morpheus), Gaiman displays an unusual mix of fantasy, mythology and good literature. Indeed, he is an excellent storyteller.
This book is particularly interesting, because it lacks a certain sense of continuity in the Sandman saga (I highly advise you to read the other books), and yet it has beautiful, self-contained, stories. Gaiman's version of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is specially very provocative and interesting. "Calliope" is also very intriguing.
This is the kind of work that makes you think about the role of Dream(s) in human life.
At least, if you believe in it...
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