The Sandman, Volume 3: Dream Country (New Edition)

The Sandman, Volume 3: Dream Country (New Edition)

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The third book of the Sandman collection is a series of four short comic book stories. In each of these otherwise unrelated stories, Morpheus serves only as a minor character. Here we meet the mother of Morpheus's son, find out what cats dream about, and discover the true origin behind Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream. The latter won a World Fantasy Award for best short story, the first time a comic book was given that honor.

This volume includes issues 17-20 of the original series and features completely new coloring, approved by the author, of issues 17 and 18.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401229351
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 10/19/2010
Series: Sandman Series , #3
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 55,575
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book and Coraline, the basis for the hit movie. His other books include Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, American Gods, and Stardust, (winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award as one of 2000's top novels for young adults) as well as the short story collections M Is for Magic and Smoke and Mirrors. He is also the author of The Wolves in the Walls and The Day I Traded My Dad for Two Goldfish, both written for children. Among his many awards are the Eisner, the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy, and the Bram Stoker. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States.

Kelley Jones is a comic book artist best known for his work on Batman with Doug Moench and The Sandman with Neil Gaiman. A critically acclaimed artist throughout his career, Jones' recent work includes Swamp Thing: The Dead Don't Sleep with Swamp Thing creator Len Wein.

Charles Vess has been drawing ever since he could hold a crayon. His award-winning work has graced covers and pages from numerous comic book publishers including THE BOOKS OF MAGIC, SWAMP THING, THE SANDMAN from DC Comics and Spider-Man from Marvel Comics. He currently concentrates on book illustration where he continues to win praise and accolades for his unique style. Vess shared the prestigious World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story with Neil Gaiman in 1991 for their collaboration on THE SANDMAN #19, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Vess recently completed a short story included in the FABLES: 1,001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL graphic novel from Vertigo and Blueberry Girl, a picture book written by Neil Gaiman. STARDUST, the graphic novel created by Neil Gaiman and Vess was released as a major motion picture adaptation in 2007.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

November 10, 1960

Place of Birth:

Portchester, England


Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77

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The Sandman 3 : Dream Country 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is great storytelling. Boring but the best kind of boring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The endless are brought to life and given such rich character by everybody who put work into this. I can't believe I didn't get into this series when it first came out. I really enjoyed the first two volumes and look forward to the remaining books. This is so worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to know why cats no loger rule the Earth, where a Muse is now, where Shakespeare got his ideas, how helpful Death can be, and why Tori Amos mentions Neil in her songs, read this -- and all the other Sandman books.
librarianbryan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are going to title the book Dream Country I expect better than this. Treading water. Killing time with disappointment.
stipe168 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
some of the most excellent, creative, and woahing short stories you'll ever come across.
xicanti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Four short stories set within the SANDMAN mythos.This is a pretty solid collection. It's short, but the stories pack a punch. My favourite is, without a doubt, "A Midsummer Night's Dream." I'm a huge fan of the play, and I love what Gaiman and Vess did with it. The pacing is lovely, the humor is spot-on and the art is superb. It's a gorgeous production from start to finish, and is certainly worth of the World Fantasy Award it won.The rest of the stories are also quite good. "Calliope" adds to Dream's backstory even as it spins its frightening tale. "A Dream of a Thousand Cats" plays off the idea that the world can change without our involvement. It's sure to appeal to cat lovers. Finally, "Facade" provides the reader with a welcome reunion with Death.Dream himself has only a peripheral presence in these tales, but they still do a fair bit to flesh out the story as a whole. Through them, we gain further insight into the world the Endless inhabit. Events that play out here are certain to reverberate down through the rest of the series.Highly recommended. Despite its position as the third volume in a longer series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone.
LostFrog on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
YES, this is perfect. Two of the most memorable Sandman issues are in this collection: A Dream of A Thousand Cats, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. These two are amazing, and you have to actually read them to get how amazing they are.
cromanelli927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SPOILERS AHEAD!!! SPOILERS AHEAD!!!I caught a lot of crap this weekend reading my graphic novel around a bunch of veteran comic book readers. Apparently, I am not to read the introductions, and it is absolutely ludicrous that I would read the published script at the end of Volume 3. It was an interesting reading environment; I am a very vocal reader, and when something is funny, I laugh out loud. When something is strange, I read it aloud to make sure it makes sense to me. The guys were quite amused I'm sure. In any case, I digress.Dream Country was unlike the previous two Sandman books because it was really a collection of short stories in which Dream makes an appearance rather than chapters in a story about Dream. The first story, "Calliope" was about a muse that had been captured by one famous author and given to another in order to inspire further best sellers. I enjoyed this story because I aspire to write, and I can certainly sympathize with the frustration the authors feel when they have no ideas. However, the really sad part of the story is the complete lack of respect both authors have for the muse. The one who captured her refers to her as a cow, and the one who obtains possession during the story rapes her and doesn't even feel guilty about it. Dream rescues her by cursing the latter author with a plethora of ideas, which he finds so all encompassing that he has to write them on the walls with his own blood in order to get them out.Incidentally, this is also the story for which the script is provided in the back of the book. It was really interesting to see how the artist, Kelley Jones, interpreted Gaiman's words. Gaiman's comments were really amusing too. At some point, he randomly apologized for being too tired to finish a certain number of pages in a night. He also makes several wry comments mid explanations. The script was quite long: several pages longer than the actual story. My boyfriend made the comment that perhaps the bloated scripts were one reason The Sandman series has a new artist for every book. I think not, but whatever.The second story features felines as the main characters, and it left me a little cold. I wanted the cats to change the world with their dream, as the afflicted cat promised their concurrent dreaming would. However, I guess I see the validity in the idea that cats cannot agree on anything and are therefore incapable of community action. Still, I think from the fantasy aspect, the story would be more subversive if the cats actually did manage to change the world. A theme that seems to be running through the books is that though things never happened, they can still be true. And in this case, our imaginations simply have to make the alternate universe true for the cats.The third story is the one about Shakespeare that seems to have attracted a great deal of critical attention. The writing was actually mostly Shakespeare's, and the twist to the story was that the actual characters were the audience. Once again, Gaiman seems to be playing with the idea of truth. The truth of the actual characters validates the truth of Shakespeare's version of human nature. It was interesting. I like the completely fictional idea that Shakespeare's son Hamnet hangs out with him for a while though. It increases my respect for Shakespeare as a man, even though I know it is completely untrue.The fourth story featured a character that I knew nothing about, and I really didn't find it that interesting, except that Death showed back up, and I like her. Rainie, or Element Girl (?), longs for death because she can no longer function in society. She goes out to lunch with a friend and loses her fake face she has put on for the occasion. Death leads her in the right direction for suicide, and it was a little touching maybe. But mostly, I was just interested in what her body was made of. I am sure that there is a running theme through traditional comics about the inconveniences and difficulties of being superhuman,
ragwaine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cool faeries in one story and the script thing was interesting. The 3rd story sucked bad the others were just ok.
pokylittlepuppy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars for this, what is essentially a short story collection. Extra half star for the general darkitude, which mostly worked well, and general solidness. The "Midsummer Night's Dream" story is apparently one of the famous well-regarded Sandman stories, but it actually was my least favorite. First prize goes to the kitty cats. Maybe that's lame, but they were beautiful, and, KITTY CATS.This edition includes a script, for "Calliope," so I read the script too because I like scripts. I've always particularly been intrigued by comic scripts, somewhat because it's the least familiar form, but I think I put my finger on it while reading this one. Occasionally, my favorite part of a play is its stage directions. And in a way, a comic script is 75% "stage" directions. And Gaiman's are helpful, suggestive stage directions. I like reading these, I think, because the directions are a method for sharing the story on a different plane than what is evoked by the final work. I will always like that.
heidilove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
jsut as good as the others.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A collection of shorter stories. I really love "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
leore_joanne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
[close] This volume is, of course, as delicious as any other Sandman, but is a bit dissapointing. It is very thin, compared to the rest, and almost half of it isn't part of the comic at all, but the script for the first story of this volume, together with Neil's and other people's notes on it, which is kind of cool, but I would much rather they have put more stories there. My favourite story in this volume is the one about the cats. I always knew they ruled the world sometime, they sure do act like it :)
luvdancr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this one as much as the first two so far, however the reinterpreting of midsummers night dream, and a thousand cats was really interesting and thought provoking.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My heart is torn on this one between three and four stars. I loved two of the stories and found the other two very interesting and compelling, but the content is such that I couldn't recommend it to most of my friends, and I didn't enjoy that part either. I don't understand why the focus on the horrible things people do to each other and the graphic portrayal of it makes it worse for me. I probably won't read more of these, or only selected stories because I really don't care to have those images in my mind and they are hard to get out. It's too bad, because I love the idea of the stories of The Sandman and his sister, Death.
deslni01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third Sandman volume, Dream Country is a collection of short stories following the Doll's House arc. While there is no overarching story arc in the collection, there is of course a sense of relevance as each part develops the Sandman's universe and other characters - especially his sister, Death, in the final part.Included with the set is an interest bonus - a copy of the script for one of the parts (Calliope). Neil introduces is as merely an example of one script, for one issue, in one comic series by one author. It is a fun little bonus, and he likens it to the curiosity of a magicians show - while it may ruin the illusion for some, most people have an insatiable, unquenchable thirst to see how it is done.As always, the artists change from story to story, or at least every few stories, offering different artistic styles that enhance each story and make them even more unique. This works particularly well in a collection such as this, where each story is really its own separate story.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Another good volume.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
*Book source ~ Library From Goodreads: The third book of the Sandman collection, DREAM COUNTRY continues the fantastical mythology of Morpheus, the King of Dreams. In these centuries-spanning tales, the powerful entity known as the Sandman interacts with a diverse assortment of humans, fairies, heroes, and animals as he walks the mortal plane. Including an amazing encounter with William Shakespeare and an interesting take on the origin and first performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," this book depicts the dreaming world of cats, the tragic life of forgotten super-heroes and the folly of imprisoning and torturing a former lover of the King of Dreams. I actually didn’t like this one as much as the other two volumes I’ve read, yet I still give it a 4 for creativity, weirdness and artwork. I like Calliope’s story the best and A Midsummer Night’s Dream the least because it doesn’t make any sense to me and I’m really not a fan of Shakespeare. I only flipped through the script for Calliope because while it was interesting, it wasn’t so interesting I wanted to take the time to read it all. In this volume: Calliope ~ Poor Calliope A Dream of a Thousand Cats ~ Very bizzare A Midsummer Night’s Dream ~ Shakespeare, Neil Gaiman-style Façade ~ Weird and a bit disturbing Script for Calliope ~ behind the stage of how this comic was written and drawn
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facade a young girl has beauty with in but not without when she trusts th wrong person she is list
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My daughter loves this series. She only wishes there were more volumes, more often.
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