Friday, July 4, 2008

The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country by Neil Gaiman

The Sandman Vol 3 Dream CountryThe Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country consist of 4 stories plus a bonus treat at the end. The first story, Calliope, is about a novelist who has become void of ideas. Desperate to write again, he makes a bargain to enslave a muse to consume her for his own inspiration. In A Dream of a Thousand Cats, a broken-hearted but brave Siamese ventures to the land of dreaming seeking out the Cat of Dreams for revelation. Warning to cat lovers, the beginning of this story is harsh and intense, but if you can make it through that, I think you will enjoy the ending. Next the Sandman invites his friends from the world of Faerie to join him for an enchanted performance in the World Fantasy Award-wining A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The final story does not have our Dream Man, but instead his sister Death. Fa├žade is about a lonely and isolated soul who is tired of living behind the masks. All four are fast-pace intriguing tales.

At the end they included Neil Gaiman’s script for Calliope with a few of his written comments. Since I am currently working on a graphic novel, I found the script both fascinating and highly amusing.

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