Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1) by Neil Gaiman

Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1)

New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman's transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision.In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eterna...

Details Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1)

TitlePreludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1)
Release DateDec 1st, 1998
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1)

  • Patrick
    So here's the thing...I wrote the introduction to the 30th anniversary edition of The Sandman.How absolutely *stupid* is that?It's been half a year since I got the invitation, and months since I actually finished writing the introduction, but I still can't believe it.To celebrate, I thought I'd write a review here. But rather than just my usual messy gush about how I love some story, I got permission from the publisher to re-print part of my intr...
  • Patrick
    First off, let's be clear, I'm a big soppy fan of Gaiman's Work. Secondly, I've read the Sandman series several times before. So this is more a record of my fond re-reading and musing about this story rather than some sort of objective review. But if you've read any of my other reviews, that won't come as a surprise. I think it's been a full ten years since the last time I've read this series. And, given that my memory is, well... to put it plain...
  • Bill Kerwin
    I thought it was time I added The Sandman. It fits precisely into my systematic program of reading. “Hold on!” I can hear all you folks out there saying. “ Your 'systematic program of reading'? Why you're one of the most eclectic readers I know!”I can understand why you might feel that way, but there is a little method to my madness. Although it is true that some of the books I read (progressive political analyzes, slim 20th century verse...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    Mr Gaiman, thank you for the dream. See what I did there? But in all fairness this is a dream. This comic is just everything I want a comic to be. It’s dark and brutal; it’s profound and sophisticated: it’s imaginative and creative. I just love everything about it. It’s superb. Let’s begin with the characters: Dream So the protagonist is a god, a very old god. And he represents one of the key elements of life itself: hope. He is everyt...
  • Alejandro
    FanTABulous preluDe! Creative Team:Writer: Neil GaimanIllustrators: Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg & Malcolm Jones IIICovers: Dave McKeanLetterer: Todd Klein A PRELUdE TO dREAM It is NEVER “only a dream”, John Constantine. Definitely there is stuff that if you read again, you’ll get it differently, but even so, you’ll get it differently if you re-read it again in a different order.I am re-reading again the first four TPBs of The Sandman sin...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    I need to admit something. I've never "gotten" Neil Gaiman's books. They confuse the hell out of me. I really never know where he is going with a story. *gasp* This one was some freaky ass shit. Some old guy wants to perform a ceremony to capture "Death". Yeah..okay.Anyways, he ends up capturing our guy Dream. Dream bides his time. Then he wants his domain back. Then some more freaky ass shit goes down. I see a whole lot of fangirls and boys on ...
  • Kirstine
    "I am anti-life, the beast of judgement. I am the dark at the end of everything. The end of universes, Gods, worlds... of everything. And what will you be then, Dreamlord?""I am hope."This is my favourite quote from this book, and one of my favourite quotes in general. It's beautiful. And true, thank god, so true. I really liked this book. I've wanted to read The Sandman for a long time, and after this I'm beginning to grasp why it's become so po...
  • Will M.
    One of those graphic novels that are so famous and hyped up that it makes you want to read them. The consequence though would be that expectations tend to rocket up. I am more disappointed than entertained.I've read 2 novels of Neil Gaiman. I hated Stardust, while Ocean was a mediocre read for me. I DNF(did-not-finish) American Gods and Graveyard Book because I got bored. The Sandman was not that great for me. I think I have to conclude soon enou...
  • Brad
    Since joining goodreads, I’ve been baffled by the Neil Gaiman love fest. American Gods, Neverwhere, Stardust, The Graveyard Book, they appear to be universally loved, and I’ve been skeptical of this emotion that borders on worship. These books are good and all, and I recognize their general accessibility, but I don’t personally find any of them mind blowing literature. Gaiman’s prose is no match for China Mieville’s or Iain M. Banks’ ...
  • Johann (jobis89)
    “I am hope.”A man named Roderick Burgress wants to prevent death in the world by summoning and capturing Death – but what he ends up with is Dream instead. Dream is imprisoned for 70 years and loses his tools that give him his power. Upon Dream’s release he must embark on a journey to retrieve his tools before the world falls into turmoil.I’ve been so psyched to read the Sandman series since I first heard about it on bookstagram. It’s...
  • Celeste
    I first read this a couple of years ago, and it was one of the first graphic novels I read. Even though I love me some Gaiman, I have to admit that I didn’t love this. It seemed so incredibly dark when I first read it. Since that time, I’ve read many more graphic novels, most of which have been dark. I decided to revisit this series to see if I still found as dark as I did originally. Yes. Yes, I do.The plot of the first few issues didn’t b...
  • Lyn
    Preludes and Nocturnes is the first entry of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman series and in it he introduces the main protagonist, Dream, also known as Morpheus, and also unveils an imaginative storyline. Written in collaboration with graphic novel artists Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, and Malcolm Jones III, the medium illuminates his creativity and expands the reader’s perceptions of his vision. The Sandman concept promises an occult, fantastic jour...
  • Anne
    I liked the beginning, when Dream was captured. The mystical elements held my attention. However, the middle of it kind of grossed me out. Especially the part in with Dee in the diner. EWWWW. The end of Preludes and Nocturnes totally made up for it, though. I loved Death! How cool is she?! Whoever came up with the idea to make Death a peppy little goth girl was a genius!
  • Brooke
    In the foreword and the afterword, both the editor and Gaiman indicated that this isn't the strongest volume in the Sandman series; Gaiman was still finding his vision for the series, it's essentially a fetch quest, etc. I'm inclined to agree with them, although it was still enjoyable (as any video game fan will tell you, a fetch quest can still be fun, but it's not the strongest narrative device). I'm halfway through Volume 2: The Doll's House a...
  • Hershey
    Once I was all done with this book, my very first thought was "This book is really weird."Neil Gaiman, as all of you know, is a God at creating the most intricate and best of all story worlds. Honestly, every time I pick up his books, I never have a single clue with where he's going to take the readers with his story lines. Reading the blurb seriously does not help. Gaiman's works always have depth and much more stuff going on than what the blurb...
  • Carol
    Ok, this is cool. (do people still say cool?) Preludes & Nocturnes is the first of twelve in THE SANDMAN series that I have put off reading far too long.....It begins June 6, 1916 in Wych Cross, England.....In an attempt to capture and bind DEATH to achieve immortality, the creepy looking and evil Daemon King, Roderick Burgess mistakenly apprehends her brother DREAM instead.....DREAM (Morpheus) is robbed of his powers, but will not talk....."Conf...
  • Sh3lly
    Decided to re-read this since my library had it. I haven't read this since the 90s. I don't remember anything about it so far. It's kind of like all brand new and sparkly. And creepy. Yes, definitely creepy, in a good way.And now here's a random Bowie gif that reminded me of this for some reason:I'm keeping my original rating. This was fantastic. I like how he worked a few superheroes into it and (view spoiler)[his goth sister ended up being Deat...
  • Bradley
    I have to say I enjoyed this much better the second time around. Both times I really got a kick out of the Crowley sidestory, and I still have no idea who or what the original sandman comic was all about, nor do I particularly care, but this reimagining is a real work of art.It's not even the art, per-se, although I did enjoy seeing Bowie as Satan. It fits him so well. It was the story. It seemed to stumble about for a short while as 70 years of ...
  • Terry
    3 – 3.5 starsOk, so, The Sandman. Ground breaking comic series from the early days of DC’s innovative Vertigo line. One of the many comics of the era that was trying to do new (or at least different) things with the medium and even went so far as to not only NOT be primarily a superhero book, but one that had elements that hearkened back to the old days of anthology comics in addition to telling the serialized life story of the ‘hero’. I ...
  • Rowena
    I really enjoyed this one, although some parts were pretty grotesque and hard to take. The story was very interesting, philosophical at times, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I found it quite funny that the Dream Lord resembles Neil Gaiman so much!
  • Anuradha
    POPSugar Reading Challenge: #39. The first book in a series I haven't read before The air is musty, tired, old, it smells of lost dreams and rotten fabric. I would have to sell my kidney and part of my liver to acquire this. Fortunately, I have a friend who has a copy, so my organs are safe. Now, whether or not he sold his organs to buy this is unknown to me, but I am glad he has the book. Now, I am no longer a Gaiman virgin; I've read a fair fe...
  • Sam Quixote
    I read this one some 10 years or so ago when I was slowly returning to comics and, having re-read it now, I still maintain that Preludes and Nocturnes is a poor place to start with this series - though it’s a decent book. My first time around, I read Sandman totally out of sequence starting with Vol 3, then Vol 5, then a couple more volumes (I was just grabbing whatever was on the shelves that week!) and I read Vol 1 towards the end thinking wh...
  • Ayman Gomaa
    English & Arabic Review : I heard Neil Gaiman is one of the strangest authors with crazy imagination mind. Now after i read to him he is stranger than i even thought :) The Sandman Comic is so madness and captivatingAt first i was like oooohhh this is weird Then i was like WTF is going up here !Now i am so dazzled and puzzled Neil Gaiman created a freak dark brutal world this comic was so dark so bloody and what the drawings was so fabulous and v...
  • James DeSantis
    At first I wasn't sure if this was going to be for me. It starts off slow, weird, lots of words but very little meaning connecting for me. Then...after issue 2, we get into the goods. So what's Sandman? Well besides being one of the most talked about and beloved series it's about the king of dreams. You know death right? You know Lucifer right? Well let me tell you, there's also DREAM and he's pretty much just as scary.So after years of being imp...
  • Algernon (Darth Anyan)
    Sandman has been on my radar for years. In a way I'm glad I've waited, because now that I've read 4 or 5 of the author's other books, I have a better idea of his style and thematic preferences and I can appreciate better how innovative and original his approach to the sequential art medium is. Urban fantasy that doesn't limits itself to crime investigations and vampires versus werewolves, superheroes that are fallible and make mistakes, adult con...
  • Obsidian
    There really is not much to say besides how much I loved this graphic novel from beginning to end. I am glad that I just went and bought the first three novels. My library didn't have this copy, but also the one I read (volume 2) was much older and with these new editions I bought, I can see a lot easier while reading. In "Preludes and Nocturnes" I get to see how Dream got locked away and how that impacted the world. I wish now that I had read th...
  • Caro the Helmet Lady
    I think I'm in love...P.S. (added on 2015/06/23) So I wasn't just trippin'! Lucifer in fact WAS modelled on David Bowie! Artist Kelley Jones revealed in Hanging Out with the Dream King that "Neil was adamant that the Devil was David Bowie. He just said, ‘He is. You must draw David Bowie. Find David Bowie, or I’ll send you David Bowie. Because if it isn’t David Bowie, you’re going to have to redo it until it is David Bowie.’ So I said, ...
  • Ronyell
    6 stars! “In a fairy tale story, once all the children are asleep, the Sandman will come in and sprinkle magic dust in children’s eyes and give them sweet dreams.” At least, that is the interpretation we get about the Sandman. However, in this graphic novel, we are about to enter a world where the Sandman is a magical being of the Dream world, but the world of the Sandman is much darker and more disturbing than you can ever imagine! “The...
  • Dawn C
    My first forray into the Sandman universe. I wish I could give more than 5 stars, because that was astoundingly good. The last story with Death made me cry. Gotta pester my friend about borrowing the rest now.
  • Stuart
    Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman is such a legendary comic series that it needs no introduction at this point. It ran from 1989 to 1996 as the flagship series for DC imprint Vertigo Comics, indicating a shift to more mature content. This came shortly after the arrival of Alan Moore’s Watchmen (1986) and Frank Miller’s Batman: Dark Knight Returns (1986), heralding a renaissance in the comic book industry. No longer were writers satisfied with super...