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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Bunch of Sandman Reviews

On account of all the computer annoyingness lately, I'm going to have to speed up my reviews, so here it is: the first of a bunch of reviews of a bunch of books.

Sandman: The Wake by Neil Gaiman
Reason for Reading: Duh, its Neil Gaiman
Rating: 3/5

Two sentence plot summary: The King is Dead, Long Live the King. Lord Morpheus, recently deceased, has a wake, and then a few more characters have some stories.

Two sentence review: The first half of the book, focusing on the wake, is anticlimactic and boring compared to the intensity that was The Kindly Ones, and the short stories afterward don't quite redeem this book. However, I still found myself enjoying the story about Robert Gadling, an immortal man who lived through the Middle Ages experiencing a modern Renaissance Faire.

Sandman: Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman
Rating: 2/5

Two sentence plot summary: You've always wanted to know more about Dream's dysfunctional family. Here it is.

Two sentence review: I did read this a while ago, but I can't recall a single plotline from any of the short stories about Dream's siblings without the aid of Google. Plus I was annoyed that the things I really wanted to know about his siblings... what happened to the first Despair... what made Delight turn into Delirium... they were only hinted at in the barest of ways.


Rhinoa said...

Thanks for the reminder I must continue with this series this year. I have read the first 3 and re-read the first 2 again to try and get back into it. So many books, so little time...

Kim L said...

rhinoa-I hear ya! I feel the same way :-)