From the pages of Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman's The Sandman comes fan-favorite character Death in a collection of her solo adventures!
The first story introduces the young, pale, perky, and genuinely likable Death. One day in every century, Death walks the Earth to better understand those to whom she will be the final visitor. Today is that day. As a young mortal girl named Didi, Death befriends a teenager and helps a 250-year old homeless woman find her missing heart. What follows is a sincere musing on love, life and (of course) death.
In the second story, a rising star of the music world wrestles with revealing her true sexual orientation just as her lover is lured into the realm of Death that Death herself should make an appearance. A practical, honest, and intelligent story that illuminates "the miracle of death."
Plus, Death's first appearance from the Sandman series, her tale from Sandman: Endless Nights, and much more!
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About the Author
Creator of THE SANDMAN and one of comics’ most accomplished writers, Neil Gaiman is also the New York Times best-selling author of the novels Anansi Boys, American Gods, Stardust and Coraline, as well as the short story collections M Is for Magic and Smoke and Mirrors and the multimedia creation Neverwhere. He also co-wrote the Jim Henson Productions film MirrorMask with longtime collaborator Dave McKean, illustrator of the Gaiman-written graphic novels MR. PUNCH, Violent Cases and BLACK ORCHID. Among his many awards are the Hugo, the Nebula, the Eisner, the Harvey, the Bram Stoker and the World Fantasy Award. Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in the United States.
Date of Birth:November 10, 1960
Place of Birth:Portchester, England
Education:Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Death by Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman is far from the first author in history to personify the character of Death. Even in the comics medium, various manifestations of Death in a human-recognizable form are far from rare. Traditionally, death is depicted in some sort of intimidating form, invoking aspects such as size, skull/skeleton, scythe, robes (usually with hood covering head and shadowing face), and other such stereotypes. Neil has taken a nontraditional approach – Death, as an attractive and friendly young woman. After all, we are all destined to meet up with Death at some point; who is to say it will be unpleasant and who is to say that it will not take a sincere pleasure at our time together. In “Death”, published under DC Comic’s “adult concept” Vertigo label, various stories featuring Death are collected under one cover. All provide unique looks at the concept of Death – and often, as counterpoint, at life. Some characters embrace Death – or in one case, cannot figure out HOW to do so. Others attempt to circumvent, trick, or capture Death. ALL make the reader reflect upon the concept, in ways that only Neil Gaiman can. (In my experience, Mr. Gaiman can take an incredibly clichéd or simply bizarre concept and give it a simple freshness that lesser writers would convert into an unbelievably trite or overbearingly complex air.) The gallery provides various artists an opportunity to portray Gaiman’s Death using their own unique style – even the likes of a Gahan Wilson who is not known for taking on traditional comic book characters. The conclusion, in which Death provides a warning about the looming (at the time of original publication) AIDS health crisis, also provides a fresh look – who better than Death to warn of a (then) incurable / unlivable disease and to tell of the simplest ways to prevent its being caught or spread. My usual endorsement applies, whether in comic or text form – if the author is Neil Gaiman, READ IT. You will find at least one thing stimulating in it. RATING: 5 stars