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Old 06-06-17, 09:56 PM   #31
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Re: Book Review -- "Sandman," Neil Gaiman

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There is an epic, existential tale here. I can't tell if this is how it begins or how it ends.

I re-read the Sandman thread last night. The only thing stopping me from re-reading the series is the thought of going through that emotional wringer again. Took a while last time to get over it.
That's odd. I re-read your first read thread last night.
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There's always the Mike Carey Lucifer spin-off. I was disappointed by just about all the others but the Carey spin-off is great once it gets going (about 3 issues of too-Gaiman-y and then Carey takes off on his own). Amazing characters and good plotting. It gets intense but it's not Morpheus tear-your-hair-out insane.

Vonne, what do you count as "number one" of the volumes? I've been asked by people who know I read comics which one to start with. Since I don't really like the Overture, I hesitate to recommend it. Besides, I love how the original Issue 1 begins with a character being told to wake up.
I count Preludes as number 1.

I liked Overture a lot, but it should definitely come at the end.
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Old 06-06-17, 10:23 PM   #33
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Re: Book Review -- "Sandman," Neil Gaiman

I agree with that. As i mentioned on WN, i think the reader should read the Death books as well, before moving on to Overture. In fact, i'd recommend both Death books before reading The Kindly Ones.

ETA: I got into this series when it was still in its first print run. The Kindly Ones was being released an issue at a time, while both Death books were already available in graphic novel format.
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Re: Book Review -- "Sandman," Neil Gaiman

As for re-reads, Maturin -

The series won't hit you the same way on re-reads. You'll pick up on TONS of nuance you missed the first time through, and the artful construction of the narrative really only shone through for me when I knew how it all ends. I also didn't appreciate the way Gaiman picked different artists for different story arcs until my second time through.
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Re: Book Review -- "Sandman," Neil Gaiman

Mo and Vonne, thanks for the book order suggestions. I'm especially hung up on the order problem right now because I read Gaiman's Miracleman: Golden Age without first reading the Alan Moore books preceding it because I was already familiar with the mythology. Big mistake. I thought the Gaiman was ok, but after I went back and read through Moore's amazing (head-explodingly amazing) Miracleman series, I re-read the Gaiman and realized just how brilliant what Gaiman did was.
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