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The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes
The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes | Neil Gaiman
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Neil Gaiman's transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision. In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his seventy-year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman. This book also includes the story "The Sound of Her Wings," which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl Death. Collecting issues #1-8, this new edition of PRELUDES & NOCTURNES features the improved production values and coloring from the Absolute Edition.
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LiseWorks I like the series on Netflix 2w
TheSpineView @LiseWorks I have not watched the show. 2w
Eggs A new one to me! 2w
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Lizpixie Oh you have to watch the series! I have a few Sandman books & I adored the show. It‘s not quite like the books but Gaiman was hugely involved so it works wonderfully. And I‘m a tiny bit enchanted with Tom Sturridge🤩 2w
TheSpineView @Lizpixie Good to know! Thanks! 2w
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AnneCecilie
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I didn‘t know much about this series before reading the first volume, only that it‘s a cult classic.

In the past a group of people are trying to get control over Death, but they get something else. And this has consequences, people not sleeping and people only sleeping. For many years, they keep this creature captive. When he finally becomes free, he goes on a hunt to find his lost possessions.

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AnneCecilie
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The clue to getting a happy ending in a story.

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wideeyedreader
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I have begun my Sandman journey, and I‘m loving it already! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

KristiAhlers Enjoy the ride! 1mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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I laughed for a solid 5 minutes after reading this.

Remember when a large group of BBC Sherlock fans believed that there must be a secret episode coming - that they wouldn‘t just leave it like that? GOOD TIMES!

Anyway.

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Augustdana
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I read the first few books in university (just a few years ago 🤣🤣), and I finally decided I need my own copy. This is the book from the Canadian chain Chapters, and it has the first 20 stories included. Good bang for my buck.

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Branwen
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Just wanted to show a closer glimpse of the Barnes & Noble special edition of this, as it's super beautiful! 😍💕📚

vivastory Stunning! 2mo
BooknerdsLife What a gorgeous cover! 😍 1mo
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Branwen
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Soooo...I did a thing! 🙊😂

I read couple of graphic novels in the series way back in the day, but never finished the series. I'm watching the Netflix show and loving it so far, so I decided to take the plunge and read the whole story this time. These are the collected volumes, which contain all ten of the original graphic novel series, plus some extras. Barnes & Noble has been having a sale, which also made this hard to resist! 💕📚

vivastory I read the original series in HS. I checked out the first 4 volumes from the library last week so I can revisit them soon. I hope to watch the series soon. (edited) 2mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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I‘ve not read the comics but I was expecting it to be more scary and less cheesy… (I‘m only 2 episodes in tho, so things could change!) excited to see Jenna Coleman!

Laughterhp I watched the first episode last night. I‘m also waiting to see Jenna Coleman! 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Laughterhp, she‘s worth the wait! Sadly not a big role. 2mo
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Eyelit
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I‘m slightly late to the party (I kept putting off watching cause I was so worried I‘d be disappointed) - but I‘m actually really enjoying this ambitious adaptation. Is it perfect? Not quite. Is it better than I expected? Absolutely. I‘ve got minor quibbles (and 4 episodes to finish off), but I‘m comfortable saying I like this adaptation and kudos to Netflix for pulling it off. 😄
What does everyone else think?

vivastory Starting this weekend! 2mo
AllDebooks I'm enthralled, think they've done a great job, considering the weight of fan expectations 2mo
Lizpixie I loved it! Binged the whole thing the other day after my back went. Yes, there are problems but I think overall it was excellent. The casting was superb, the actor playing the Sandman has that otherworldly look that is perfect & I really loved Death as well. And Stephen Fry as Fiddlers Green was 🫶 2mo
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Liatrek I loved it ❤️ Episode 5 was just what did I just watch in a good way. I need to read the books now. 2mo
Eyelit @vivastory nice! Hope you enjoy! 2mo
Eyelit @AllDebooks right?!? I was hesitant because Netflix did me real dirty on Persuasion, not to mention some so-so comic book adaptations in the past… but I think Neil Gaiman really kept them to task, thankfully 2mo
Eyelit @Lizpixie sorry to hear about you back - hope it‘s back to good soon! The casting is phenomenal, I agree! 2mo
Eyelit @Liatrek yes! Ep 5 is my fave for sure! They got all the right notes from those particular stories in the comics 2mo
AllDebooks @Eyelit I think you can really see the amount of inout Gaiman had, thankfully 2mo
Tera66 I loved it! ❤ 2mo
batsy I was a bit apprehensive about this, but less after hearing some good things. I hope to watch it soon. 2mo
Zoes_Human I have three episodes to go, and I‘m very pleased. Desire is perfectly cast, and I love what they did with Lucien(ne)! 2mo
Eyelit @Tera66 I‘m glad to hear it! 2mo
Eyelit @batsy hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think when you‘re done 🙂 2mo
Eyelit @Zoes_Human agree on all points! 2mo
archaeolibrarianologist I've been impressed with their ability to adapt it so well. The casting has been phenomenal for the most part. 2mo
BooknerdsLife I love it, especially the cast and totally binge watched it in one go! 🙈 1mo
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I was on episode 5 before I realized why the Sandman adaptation felt so weird to me. Sandman is my Thing in a way few stories have ever been my Thing. Over the last 20 years, I‘ve reread it so often I can‘t rate it anymore, spent ages considering ever aspect of its makeup, memorized huge swathes of it, pushed tons of people to read it, and discussed it with everyone who took my advice and dove in. It‘s more than special to me. ⬇️

xicanti The adaptation is well-cast and visually impressive. It makes interesting changes that push the characters into channels that work better for TV and help establish the story‘s place in the wider DC TV Universe. I can see why so many other people are so excited about it all. I liked it myself.

But it didn‘t land the way I wanted it to because for all that, it doesn‘t FEEL like my Sandman. It‘s got a different vibe. ⬇️
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xicanti It‘s a totally subjective thing. I‘m sure lots of other people see this as exactly their Sandman because it captures the feel THEY‘VE always got from the comics. I‘m sad I‘m not one of them.

(And, on a nitpicky note, I really wish the Corinthian‘s eyes were as creepy onscreen as they were on the page, and that Dream didn‘t have such human eyes. Eyes are SUPER IMPORTANT to this series.)
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wanderinglynn I haven‘t watched it yet, but I did watch some interviews Gaimen did talking about the challenges of adapting the series. Fascinating how they did it. I can‘t wait to watch it. 2mo
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LibrarianRyan i so binged this. i read book 1 years sgo but that was it 2mo
xicanti @wanderinglynn I haven‘t seen any recent behind the scenes coverage, but I remember a big debate a decade or more ago as to whether it even WAS adaptable. I think that was probably when a movie was still more likely than a show, but I can still kind of see them grappling with it via all the exposition in the opening episodes. 2mo
xicanti @LibrarianRyan I feel like an awful lot of people binged it last weekend. 2mo
Eyelit Omg I so agree with you about the eyes! I laugh-cringed whenever the Corinthian took his glasses off cause those teeth were more comical to me than scary… and Morpheus should have also had modified eyes imho 2mo
xicanti @Eyelit right? They barely even registered as teeth instead of, like, kinda off eyes. 2mo
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Chris
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Netflix Sandman is so good.

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booklover3258
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Pickpick

My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/n2ohKMIXXi4

Enjoy!

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SpeculativeFemale
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Okay, who else is absolutely loving this Netflix adaptation?! I've been a fan for ages, and was a little worried about how they might adapt the series for the screen.

No spoilers, I'm just over halfway thorough, but I'm really delighted with what they've done with it so far!

KathyWheeler I‘m so glad to hear this. I love the graphic novels and have the absolute editions, but I‘ve been both excited for and leery about the show. 2mo
batsy What @KathyWheeler said; I've been leery too but it's great to see quite a bit of positive reviews. I'm slowly re-reading the graphic novels and am pretty excited to give the series a try soon. 2mo
tessavi I watched the first two episodes and enjoy it so far. I should read the graphic novels some time 🤔 2mo
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JessClark78 I watched six episodes yesterday. Loved what I‘ve seen so far. 2mo
KathyWheeler I watched two episodes today and really like it. 2mo
Eyelit I‘ve got 4 eps left and I‘m really liking it 2mo
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I've just seen the first episope on Netflix.. 🤩🤩 just WOW!!!! That was a very good start.

Literary_Siren I‘m excited to start it! 2mo
JessClark78 I watched six episodes. I‘m loving it so far. 2mo
La_Cori @JessClark78 I watched four episodes and the last one with Lucifer and the duel in Hell was excellent 🤩 I'm a little bit scare of ep.five with John Dee, I still remember the comics 😱😱 2mo
JessClark78 @La_Cori The episode with Hell was great. I was a little worried about the diner scene in the John Dee episode. There was a couple brief cringeworthy moments but it wasn‘t too bad. 2mo
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Literary_Siren
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I just started reading the graphic novels! I had no idea Netflix was adapting this.

Tera66 I just binged the whole thing, I loved it🖤 2mo
UglyOldBat Woah! 😲 2mo
WJCintron It‘s amazing!!! 🙌 I need to finish it!! 2mo
WJCintron They are so good! You‘ll love it!! 1w
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Zoes_Human
The Sandman: An Audible Original | Neil Gaiman, Dirk Maggs
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Pickpick

An absolutely magnificent audioplay of the graphics. Immersive sound and music, brilliant acting, and the spectacular narration of Neil himself.

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Sempernox
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The god of dreams is mistakenly imprisoned by a cadre of occultists and imprisoned for decades. Dream eventually escapes but is left weakened. To return to his former glory and control dreamworld again, he seeks his three personal objects which were stolen from him. Beautifully written fantasy! 🌟

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TracyReadsBooks
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Coming August 5th!!!

So. Excited.

AmandaBlaze Awesome! 4mo
Christyco125 That seems sooo long from now. 4mo
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TheNeverendingTBR
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Pickpick

This is a good story with excellent artwork, but moves along a bit slowly. The narrative jumps from character to character at times and tends to feel disjointed; sometimes making it difficult to follow.

However ultimately it is a great read, with interesting concepts.

I wouldn't say it's perfect but it's a good start to a series.

⭐️⭐️⭐️☆☆

wisherwishinguponastar I remember being really confused by the first volume, too. If you decide to keep going though there are some awesome stories in this series! 6mo
Booklover2 Honestly listening to this one in my car was amazing! All the folks doing the voice was the best thing ever ! 6mo
braddsibbersen Definitely the weakest of the collections, still finding its way. The next one is fantastic 5mo
TheNeverendingTBR @booksellerofyourdiscontent @braddsibbersen Thanks guys, I was having doubts about whether to actually continue. 5mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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The Sandman Act II. A stacked cast and top notch production. I have to admit though, I think I liked Act I better. 😬 If I ever were to get into comic books, this series would be where I'd start. #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

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Booklover2
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
How can I even write a review worth of this genius.

I have just completed the first of eight in the Sandman series and boy and I‘m so happy I listened to this on audio versus reading it. The narration (Neil Gaiman), the cast (so much goodness) is beyond the best audio Ive ever listened to!

If you are a fan of the Fae folk, and mythology well then this is definitely for you!

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This is incredible! I'm only at disc 2 but I love it so much already!

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batsy
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I got into Gaiman's Neverwhere & Sandman comics in a big way when I was in college. There was something dark, subversive, mysterious & enigmatic about the worlds he created, but I was nervous about revisiting it & whether I'd feel the same. While some of the writing & plotting seems a bit derivative now, I still enjoyed the weird & twisted journey of the 1st volume. It was also more violent than I remembered! Look forward to re-reading the rest.

Emilymdxn I just did a complete reread this year and loved it so much! I was about 17-18 when I read it the first time and I feel like there was so much I didn‘t pick up on 12mo
batsy @Emilymdxn I'm really looking forward to continuing the deep dive! I'm appreciating different aspects of this too compared to before. 12mo
Kammbia1 I read the entire Sandman series back in the 90s when it first came out. I was a huge comic book reader back then and Sandman was different than the typical stuff. It would be interesting to re-read the series myself. 12mo
batsy @Kammbia1 It was indeed! Just out of the box from the usual comics stuff. I'm only at the 2nd volume re-read now but it's holding up well :) 12mo
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KellyMuser
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Here is a bit of fan art I‘ve made that was inspired by my experience reading Neil Gaiman‘s The Sandman series. It‘s a self-portrait composite photo created from many layers. I took all of the photos used in this image myself.💕

I can‘t help telling everyone The Sandman is FREE on Audible until Oct 22. I love the comic books, and the Audible version has great cast including James McAvoy, and is narrated by Gaiman.

#audiocrafting #fan_art

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Pickpick

This book is more gruesome than I remembered. 😅 I feel kind of bad for suggesting it as a book club read. At least two members couldn‘t finish it. I enjoyed it, but it certainly isn‘t Gaiman‘s best work.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Meh, it's good to spice up book club once in a while. 12mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
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Though I‘ve read this a few times before, I hadn‘t realized the irony of following up Smoke Gets In Your Eyes—a journey to death acceptance—with a story about people attempting to stop death forever! At which, of course, they fail, though not for the usual reasons.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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#LittensDressedInBlood – Enter Sandman – Need I say more? 😆

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alisiakae
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Listening to the absolutely incredible Audible 🎧 📖 version of Volumes 1-3 of The Sandman while driving to Williamsburg Va today! I haven‘t read the graphic novels in years, but I am extremely impressed with how well it is translating to this format. With James McAvoy as Dream though, how can you go wrong?

Hestapleton I got this while it was feee on audible and I need to bump it up my list! 14mo
alisiakae @Hestapleton so did I! I think it is actually still free until October. The 2nd installment is coming out soon. 14mo
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PezFilledCookies
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Pickpick

As always, The Sandman crew knocked it out of the park with a big ol‘ nightmare. Can‘t wait to go get the next one!

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behudd
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Mehso-so

I have read a few graphic novels before but this is the first in the comic world for me. I loved Gaiman‘s insane creativity & way with words. I didn‘t like how confused I sometimes was or the straight horror aspects, especially the gruesomeness of “24 Hours.” I didn‘t love it until the last story,& in the afterword Gaiman says that‘s the only one in this first collection that feels like his own voice. So, I think I will read the next collection!

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NikkiM5
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Wow, I loved Vol. 1, had to force myself to put it down and go to bed 😆 . I haven‘t read a comic/graphic novel in almost 5 years. Gaiman never disappoints, so I don‘t know why I am surprised that I enjoyed it so much. On to Vol. 2 🙌🏾

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PezFilledCookies
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“People things dreams aren‘t real because they aren‘t made of matter. Of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories, of puns and lost hopes...”

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 #litsywelcomewagon 2y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳🌹🥳 2y
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ephemeralwaltz
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This isn‘t my usual thing but graphic novels almost always get me hooked!

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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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Eeeeeeeee!

Y'all know Sandman is my favorite comic and Just early this morning they finally released some casting announcements.

I. Love. Every. Single. Choice.

Especially Lucifer! 🥰

Holy balls I can't wait! 🤩🤩🤩

Readergrrl Meee toooo!!! Love Sandman! There‘s a great independent book store in Punta Gorda, FLA called “Sandman Books” after these comics! Love both!!! 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @Readergrrl Haha. That's awesome! 🤘 2y
julesG This is going to be epic. Or really bad. Please don't let it be bad. I've still got nightmares from the trailer for Pratchett's Going Postal. 2y
vivastory Brienne of Tarth is Lucifer! Week. Made. 2y
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Clare-Dragonfly
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My bestie stopped by for a porch visit and brought me allllllll these comics and zines! 😍😍😍

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rwmg
Pickpick

The last remaining loyal inhabitants of the Land try to call back their princess, who is dreaming on Earth.

I enjoyed the story much more in this one. It had a strong Narnia feel to it, particularly reminiscent of “Prince Caspian“ and “The Last Battle“. I did get a bit teary-eyed at the end with the last sighting of Wanda

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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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This is a solid start to a series I know the world went crazy for. It contains just enough intrigue and malice to make me want to know more.

I can see the potential it holds to become something monumental. But there's small things missing. Can't put my finger on what exactly, but it's missing. Or it might be that the hype around these comics made my expectations a bit to high.

👇🏻Cont👇🏻

Enchanted_Bibliophile I'm a big Gaiman fan, and love his unique story ideas. I guess what ultimately got me down is the various repeated aspects of different comics I've already seen, when I was expecting something shockingly different.

But there's 9 more Volumes to go, so I have high hopes.
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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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I didn't do to bad today. 8h56m
That's a decent start to #24B4Monday.

Finished House of Earth and Blood and got 3 stories into Preludes and Nocturnes. But now I need some beauty rest. 😴

@jb72 @Andrew65 @SumisBooks

Read-y_Picker What app are you using to track time of each read?? 2y
Enchanted_Bibliophile @Read-y_Picker I'm using TimeCamp. It's used to track projects. So I make each book a sub project with in the main project #24B4Monday. But you can play around and do it however you like. 2y
Andrew65 You did brilliantly! 👏👏👏🙌 2y
Andrew65 @Enchanted_Bibliophile I‘m going to explore that App. Thanks 😊 2y
Read-y_Picker @Enchanted_Bibliophile Thanks! I love to play around with things like that 😁 2y
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Elias1
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Expansive. Cinematic. It does a just and impeccable rendering of the so very gorgeous comic book. Halfway through and loving every bit of it. Didn't know audiobooks could be this good. #audiobooks

ElizaMarie So I had started these comics a while back but I never finished it because ... well I had moved and life and blah. But I saw people talking about this in audible. ... I am thinking I should try it out! 2y
Elias1 You definitely should try it out. Even the assembled star power is persuasive with Neil Gaiman himself narrating and James McAvoy voicing the major character, Morpheus. 2y
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Zoes_Human
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#Top20Series #20Series20Days @Andrew65

Day 14: The Sandman



Many decades ago, I thought of graphics as comic books and collections from the comics section of the paper. I had a limited, and prejudiced, notion of them as nothing but comic strips and badly told superhero stories. Then I found The Sandman and saw what could be done when great verbal storytelling pairs with the visual arts.

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Chris
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Gave in

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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“Okay, well, this character is male in the original, is there any particular reason why this character has to be male? Oh, there was no point at which this character desperately needs to use their penis to stir tea or something. Let‘s change that and see.”

- Neil Gaiman, on switching character genders for the Netflix adaptation, from an interview on Collider.com

I laughed out loud.

KendallHershey Omfg dead 🤣 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @KendallHershey It‘s obviously the metric by which all gender-swap decisions should be judged. 2y
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Pogue
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Pickpick

This is the first Sandman book I have read and the second adult book by Mr. Gaiman that I have liked.

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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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This came out today. Finally getting to it now. I've been thinking about it all day. 🥰

rwmg That seems very odd - an audiobook of a graphic novel. 2y
Twainy @rwmg I enjoyed Locke & Key. I‘ve had my eye on this one since it was first mentioned. I keep looking at the ratings ... waiting for some to review it here. I don‘t want to be disappointed ... the cast of characters. Ugh I can‘t take it anymore I‘m gonna get it ... credit burned. 2y
RamsFan1963 I'm listening to this too. So far its been excellent, they picked just the right actors to voice Gaiman's characters IMHO. 2y
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CaseyMoore
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Pickpick

World isn‘t weird enough apparently, so I am re-reading the Sandman.

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dodgygothbint
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Day 6 of #7Days7Books #7Tage7Buecher

I first read the Sandman comics when I was at uni, and they were my introduction to Neil Gaiman, who is now one of my favourite writers. I still go back and read these often; I love the mythos of The Endless, and the things their stories illuminate about the human condition.