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The Sandman, Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (New Edition)

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  • Posted June 30, 2012

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    The first and best comic series I've ever read.

    In the winter of 1993, during my freshman year of college, a friend - a FEMALE friend - recommended I pick up this graphic novel. I was skeptical; I mean, this was back in the days when it was still pretty unusual to see a girl in a comic shop. Up till then, the only comics I'd read were some of my brother's discarded Spidermans and the occasional Archie. But I respected and trusted this friend, and I had some Christmas money, so I figured... what the heck? This was during a boom in comics; most malls had a comic shop. So I wandered in, picked up this book without too many, "Oh, wow, it's a GIRL!" stares, and went home to read it. And then I read it again, immediately. Feverishly. And went back to the store the next day, and bought the second book. And did exactly the same thing, all over again. In 4 days, I'd blown all my gift money on the 4 existing graphic novels, and then... I was stuck! I was going to have to WAIT for issues to be released monthly! Aargh! I can't put into words how much I love these books. They're beautiful, and wondrous, and fantastic. They're also dark, and gritty, and a bit scary. I can say honestly that because of that friend, I found my favorite author, bar none. And I'm far from alone; just check how many followers he has on Twitter. ;-) These books are, primarily, fantasy. They take on theology, as well, so if you're easily offended by the idea of polytheism, or of powerful beings that predate even the gods, these aren't the books for you. Oh, and Lucifer Morningstar is in there, too, along with all the hordes of Hell. There is occasional graphic violence; they really mean the Mature rating. I know I haven't talked much about the contents of this volume; I wouldn't do them justice. The short, short version is, the incarnation of Dream is trapped by humans for a generation. This is the story of the consequences of that capture and subsequent escape. I don't know if the version being sold of this particular book for the Nook is the color-corrected version. The original release of Preludes and Nocturnes had some messed up coloring that I always knew was wrong but accepted anyway; the recent hardbound omnibus editions repaired this issue. My best advice to you is... buy it, of course. It's not exactly a light read, and it's very definitely not your standard comic book (though it's been a long time, and this comic was and is hailed as groundbreaking; "standard" comic books today are a lot more like this than they were back then. Superhero comics weren't exactly literature, back then. I don't think the graphic novel Arkham Asylum could've happened if it weren't for Sandman). This is a real book, and it will challenge you; it just happens to have pictures. I was an English Lit major and book snob back then; this was a hard thing for me to accept. But this is the good stuff. Just don't go into it expecting to only buy this book and walk away. ;-)

    23 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Highly recomended

    Could not put it down!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    I started my incursion into the world of Sandman through a frien

    I started my incursion into the world of Sandman through a friend who is a little bit of a nut. He highly recommended the fourth installment of the series, Season of Mists and I was mesmerized. I decided to get start from story one and got Preludes and Nocturnes... it was a ride. It is a dark story, and a very original one. The literacy level on Gaiman's work is outstanding, and the few references to classic comic book characters brings some fresh air to a dark tale. It is masterfully crafted, and skillfully drawn. The story, the characters and the eeriness of the whole touches on horror sometimes, and will send a chill down your spine in more than one occasion. It will suck you into its world, and you are not going to resist it. Preludes and Nocturnes is in some ways like the Cenobites in Clive Barker's Hellraiser: Nightmare to some, dream to others.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2013

    Honestly, be prepared to be taken places. You can visit upon the

    Honestly, be prepared to be taken places. You can visit upon the fanciful, the tragic, the grotesque, the hopeful and so much more. It's a series that is going to pull you in and sucker punch you and  reward you and untimely make you think. It will make a good gift for anyone looking for a thoughtful read. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

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    An excellent series for newcomers to the genre.

    An excellent series for newcomers to the genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    A masterpiece.

    A masterpiece.

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