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Prepare to go on an adventurous journey with this one
on 12 February 2017
I feel like my review is going to be redundant here. Many other reviewers have pretty much covered the general sentiment towards this book, which I happen to agree with, more or less.
This is reported to be one of the least favored installments in the Sandman series, and it could be because the Dream Lord barely makes an appearance, or because the story does not revolve around him, or maybe even because people simply don't really care for Barbie - whom this whole tale was basically about. Whatever the reason(s) may be, I liked it. I tend to take each Sandman tale in isolation, a book with its own set of characters, themes and storylines - that somehow, someway, end up being linked. That way, I am never really disappointed about the progress of the story or whether I feel it's moving fast enough, or whether I think Neil Gaiman is digressing from the main plot or whatever. Just enjoy each book as it comes, on its own.
This one revolves around Barbie. We meet Barbie in The Doll's House, when she was one of Rose Walker's housemates. She is now in New York City, and has obviously been through a lot as she goes through life jaded and disinterested in her surroundings. She has been unable to dream, and the dream world she used to visit has been taken over by evil forces, killing the animals and creatures that loved her and have been waiting for her return. One of them succeeds in jumping to her realm, in order to convince her to come back with him and save them all.
She does...and this takes us on a journey and adventure that I thoroughly enjoyed reading about. I loved the twist near the end, and thought the series of events that took place were exciting and fascinating.
I now have 4 more books to reach the end of this brilliant series.