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review 2017-07-08 00:00
The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes
The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes - Neil Gaiman Hmmm...A Tale As Old As Me

I borrowed an electronic version from the library.

I've heard so many fantastic things about this series that I just had to try it out. I've read other of Gaiman's work but I'm not an invested fangirl by any means.

The foreword and afterwords were extremely helpful for context and understanding. I'm such a noob when it comes to comics. I've never read a comic as old as me.

I wasn't a fan of the art style, it does repulse and disgust as the story requires. That portion hasn't aged well IMHO.

As I was about the shrug the series off as historically important but not for my reading enjoyment, I was suddenly hooked.

Then it was an edge of my seat, heart racing intriguing tale. Now I'm looking forward to suffering through the gross art for what happens next.
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review 2017-05-09 20:27
Preludes and Nocturnes (The Sandman #1)
The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes, Vol. #1 - Mike Dringenberg,Neil Gaiman

He has finally escaped his imprisonment and now he needs to find his tools but who has them? He is the King of Dreams and without his tools, he is weak and powerless. In his weaken stage, he starts to gather what was once his so he can reign once again, in the world of dreams. I have to admit it took me a while to capture what was actually happening in this novel for I was lost by the chain of events and by the individuals in the panels. Why the events were happening and how these individuals were related are just a few of the questions that still puzzle my mind today, but knowing that this is a series, perhaps in the future, I will gain answers.

 

As a recent Neil Gaiman fan, I received this graphic novel from my son for Christmas. It was a surprise as I hadn’t come across this one yet. On a happy note, my library carries many of the next editions of this series, so I can borrow them. In this novel, I enjoyed all the references to music that were scattered throughout the text. Symbolic to the events transpiring on the page, there was music playing on the jukebox, characters singing or thinking about a specific tune. This novel was not tame, there were parts of this novel that many might find disgusting but I appreciate a good horror novel so I enjoyed these startling, dark illustrations with the disturbing characters with their fantastic facial expressions. Printed on glossy paper, the bright illustrations told the story of a King who was determined to get his power back. What will the King of Dreams accomplish when he has all his tools back, I have no idea but that is another question that I pondered? I wondered also if he is mad at the individual(s) who trapped him or if he is mad at his brother who was supposed to be the one trapped? Will he retaliate for all the years that he lost? There are so many questions that I have. I know that I am not a great reader of graphic novels as I feel that I am extremely slow. I feel as if I am analyzing each frame, afraid that I am missing something, perhaps a clue, before I continue on to the next frame. I picked up book two of this series today at the library, I hope there are some answers inside it and not more questions. Neil, give me some answers!

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review 2017-03-29 15:39
Really Enjoyed This Prelude
The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1) - Neil Gaiman,Malcolm Jones III,Sam Kieth,Mike Dringenberg

There really is not much to say besides how much I loved this graphic novel from beginning to end. I am glad that I just went and bought the first three novels. My library didn't have this copy, but also the one I read (volume 2) was much older and with these new editions I bought, I can see a lot easier while reading. 

 

In "Preludes and Nocturnes" I get to see how Dream got locked away and how that impacted the world. I wish now that I had read this volume before volume 2 since now certain things seem really cruel (i.e. the whole thing with Nada).

 

Through a spell a group of people manage to imprison Dream (ie The Sandman) and eventually he is able to escape, but damage has been done. The world has dealt with a sleep sickness and Dream being locked away has actually affected more things than even he knows.


Volume 1 really just showcases Dream going forth and trying to find his sandbag, helmet, and a ruby.

 

We get to follow Dream as he meets with characters like John Constantine, Etrigan the Demon, Morningstar (Lucifer), his sister Death, and even characters from Batman via Arkham Asylum. 

 

The writing was great though some parts of the book were gross (speaking of when John lays eyes on his ex-lover and he finds out what has became of her). We get to see that Dream can be cruel and also compassionate at times. 

 

I really loved the colors and graphics in this one a lot. The story flowed perfectly from issue to issue to the end. I think my favorite part honestly was when Dream and Death went on a little tour. 

 

I can see why this is such a favorite with so many people. 

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text 2017-01-02 02:16
Top 5 Graphic Novel reads from 2016
Suicide Squad, Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth - Adam Glass,Ryan Benjamin
The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes (New Edition) - Neil Gaiman,Sam Keith,Mike Dringenberg
Preacher Book Three - Garth Ennis,Steve Dillon
The Beauty Volume 1 - Jason A. Hurley,Jeremy Haun
The Boys, Vol. 12: The Bloody Doors Off - Garth Ennis

 

 

 

 

 

I managed to read 143 comics last year which was a bit more than anticipated and came at the expense of neglecting novels and audiobooks.

 

 

 

I love my comics but this year I'll be trying to pare it back a little and concentrate on getting my novel/novella TBR under control.

 

Suicide Squad, Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth - Adam Glass,Ryan Benjamin 

 

A fun first outing for me with the Suicide Squad team, the star is of course Harley Quinn and I'm looking forward to reading more of her this year.

 

The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes (New Edition) - Neil Gaiman,Sam Keith,Mike Dringenberg 

 

A beautiful start to the Sandman series with the Robert Smith inspired Dream escaping capture and returning to his kingdom.

 

Preacher Book Three - Garth Ennis,Steve Dillon 

 

I loved all six books in this series but the reason I picked this one was due to Herr Starr. He is left wounded by Preacher, his head now resembles a penis and there are some hilarious panels that show him trying on wigs and hats with the same sour expression on his face until the last panel when he finds something he likes.

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The Beauty Volume 1 - Jason A. Hurley,Jeremy Haun 

 

Great premise of beauty being a STD and how society values outer beauty at any cost. Amazing artwork makes this a must read.

 

The Boys, Vol. 12: The Bloody Doors Off - Garth Ennis 

 

A shocking end to an amazing series. Garth Ennis is a genius.

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text 2016-10-29 16:53
Lucifer is a facinating character
Damned by Chuck Palahniuk (6-Sep-2012) Paperback - Chuck Palahniuk
By Chuck Palahniuk - Doomed (9.8.2013) - Chuck Palahniuk
I, Lucifer - Glen Duncan
[ GOOD OMENS BY GAIMAN, NEIL](AUTHOR)PAPERBACK - Neil Gaiman
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov,Diana Burgin,Katherine Tiernan O'Connor
The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes - Neil Gaiman,Malcolm Jones III,Karen Berger,Sam Kieth,Todd Klein,Mike Dringenberg
The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll's House - Clive Barker,Neil Gaiman,Malcolm Jones III,Steve Parkhouse,Todd Klein,Chris Bachalo,Mike Dringenberg,Michael Zulli

While watching the TV series Lucifer on TV as I got the Season one DVD. I thought it is time to talk about books on Lucifer.

 

I like books about Lucifer. The freedom fighter, the character that respect freedom.

 

Yes. I like Neil Gaiman Sandman version of Lucifer. 

 

The Master and Margarita is one of the best book I read.

 

I also like Palanuik version of the devil being the bad guy.

 

Lucifer fight the dictator and want freedom. As a freedom fighter version, Lucifer is an activist and wonderful. 

 

It is the dictator, mass murdering god character is the really bad guy. 

 

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