Advantages Fantastically Written, Deep, Awe-Inspiring
Disadvantages Can be fragmented.
Well, where to begin?Firstly, my job is fairly hard. To begin with; anyone who has read a Sandman book won't need me to tell them to read this one, as they are so absorbing that nothing could stop you. Secondly, no review could give the complete impression that reading the series gives. Thirdly, reviewing one book out of ten is like reviewing one player on a football team, or one episode in a soap.. very hard.
Ok, a first timer's whistle-stop tour of Sandman.
This is hardly an easy thing to do.
The Sandman series nominally follows a character called 'Dream'. Dream is one of the seven 'Endless', who are embodiments of the various basic functions of existence.
The Endless are as old, and in two cases, older, than the universe itself. The Endless are (in order of age) Destiny, Death and Dream (the eldest 3) and Destruction, Despair and Desire (twins), then finally Delerium, the youngest (who was once called Delight, there's a long story there).
In fact, World's End has the most emphasis on stories, and is (in my humble opinion) the most elegant, carefully developed and well, beautiful books in the series (just behind The Wake, which, if you've read the series in order is so, for want of a better word, emotional for the reader, and so beautiful, that it almost transcends the medium).Anyway, to sum up, Sandman's a long and windy road, and to go into further detail would do nothing like do this series justice.
For Sandman virgins, I strongly recommend starting with book one (review to come), and working your way up sequentially, as otherwise you'll miss the organic progression which is present (although the books don't follow strictly sequentially, the story line unfolds much more subtly and elegantly if you read them in order), and a lot of the references for Sandman buffs (readers).Anyway, onto the book itself:
The Sandman books as a whole do require a level of intelligence, and they aren't for people who just like a quick bit of action (not that there's anything wrong with that: I recommend Preacher for those people, by the way).
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