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text 2018-10-07 22:17
Possible Halloween Bingo read
The Sandman's Eyes - Patricia Windsor

I'm doing this massive work project to add subject headings to records that don't have any, concentrating on our children's and young adult stuff (1,315 to go!), since the most knowledgeable staff member in that area is planning on retiring in a year.

 

As a result, I keep stumbling across things that look interesting. This might become one of my Halloween Bingo reads - a book about an 17 or 18-year-old who was sent to a mental institution ("school for disturbed juveniles"?) after a girl's murder. It sounds like most of his small town believes he committed the murder, and only his grandfather believes him when he says he witnessed it.

 

The 1985 Kirkus review for this says the ending is melodramatic, but I feel like a lot of 1980s and 1990s YA thrillers and mysteries had at least a little melodrama. Look at Killing Mr. Griffin (okay, it was published in 1978), which ended with a maniacal villain attempting to burn the heroine alive in her own home. And, like, all of Christopher Pike's earlier works. (Now I kind of wish I had another Christopher Pike book on hand. I don't know that an ILL request would get me one fast enough to read it before the end of Halloween Bingo, though.)

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review 2018-09-07 00:48
The Sandman
The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie - William Joyce

This is the story of how the Sandman came to be. The man in the moon tasked the sandman with giving children good dreams. This story follows the Sandman has he carries out this task and encounters the nightmare king. The Sandman fights back after some new friends help him get better after his battle with the nightmare king. Sandy comes out victorious, and continues to give children good dreams to this day.

 

This book would be a great tool to introduce the basic elements of plot. Students could organize the plot based on the plot elements. Students could also do a writing activity about dreams.

 

AR Level 4.6

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review 2018-05-04 16:23
The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1, Neil Gaiman
The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1 - Neil Gaiman,John Costanza,Steve Oliff,Malcolm Jones III,Sam Kieth,Steve Parkhouse,Daniel Vozzo,Kelley Jones,Todd Klein,Chris Bachalo,Mike Dringenberg,Michael Zulli,Colleen Doran,Charles Vess

How good was Sandman, really? I asked myself. After all I was in my late teens and it was a long time ago. Also probably the first comic for adults I  ever read. Should I take a risk on those gigantic anthologies, The Absolute Sandman or a lesser commitment on the comparatively tiddly first paperback collection, Preludes and Nocturnes? How much of it did I actually read back then? There was Death and a Cereal Convention and a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream but there was definitely much more I had not read.

 

OK - let's play with house money and get The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1 for my birthday.

 

Good choice! Because this book is utterly gorgeous simply as a physical object and the art is scaled up from the 8 issue paperback collections. (Also re-coloured, whatever that means for quality - ask a person who knows about comics.) There's also a pile of ancillary material collected at the back, some of which isn't available elsewhere. It's also, for the most part, even better than I remembered!

 

Both Gaiman and who-ever wrote the introduction feel that these comics really found their proper voice with the first appearance of the character Death in issue 8. I agree. This marks the end of the first story arc, involving many aspects of and characters from the wider DC universe and the start of a more isolated but deeper exploration of Gaiman's vision of The Endless and how they relate to life across the universe and time as well as humanity specifically. The Endless are seven "anthropomorphic personifications" that don't seem to always be anthropomorphic at all, since they exist for all types of life - as evidenced by fairies, aliens and cats. They are: Dream, Death, Delerium, Desire, Destiny, Despair...and the other one that I never remember but presumably has a name beginning with "D" in English. They're an interesting bunch.

 

These stories already show Gaiman's in-depth knowledge of world mythology and penchant for literary references, only the most obvious of which did I get back in the day. I noticed many more this time round. Makes me wonder if there are more I still missed...

 

Anyway, to sum up...book gorgeous. Art gorgeous. Stories great. And addictive. Bring me Vol. 2.

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text 2018-05-04 00:13
Reading progress update: I've read 496 out of 612 pages.
The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1 - Neil Gaiman,John Costanza,Steve Oliff,Malcolm Jones III,Sam Kieth,Steve Parkhouse,Daniel Vozzo,Kelley Jones,Todd Klein,Chris Bachalo,Mike Dringenberg,Michael Zulli,Colleen Doran,Charles Vess

Dream of a Thousand Cats: didn't recall this one; very good though. (I'm a sucker for cat stories and this is a good 'un!)

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream next; I remember that this one exists but nothing of what actually happens.

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text 2018-05-03 12:26
Reading progress update: I've read 467 out of 612 pages.
The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1 - Neil Gaiman,John Costanza,Steve Oliff,Malcolm Jones III,Sam Kieth,Steve Parkhouse,Daniel Vozzo,Kelley Jones,Todd Klein,Chris Bachalo,Mike Dringenberg,Michael Zulli,Colleen Doran,Charles Vess

I remembered the Cereal Convention but not the surrounding Vortex plot line...also the guy who ends up overburdened with story but not why.

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