The Sandman Library volume 1: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

After reading a designated amount of books and discovering that I still had a month plus before 2020 rolls around, I decided to begin rereading another series, one that I have been looking forward to doing for a long time – The Sandman. This series remains my favourite graphic novel of all time, even 16 years after I first read it, and I’m happy to say that it is just as magical and horrifying the second read around.

I know that in this collection the editor and even Neil Gaiman himself said that the first volume of stories was a bit of a hodgepodge and not as great as it could have been. That may be true from their perspective, but it didn’t mean I enjoyed it any less. What is perhaps fascinating too is that I read this book 11 years after the first library volume was first published in 1991, (I read it in 2002), and the first of the comics was published in 1988, when I was just ten years old. It’s 31 years later, and The Sandman remains as breathtaking and poignant despite the many changes of the world since then.

If you’re a fan of graphic novels, this really is a must-read.

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