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The Sandman : the dream hunters
Gaiman, Neil.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Vertigo/D.C. Comics, 1999.
Physical Description:
126 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
A fox who wins a monk's temple to use as her den falls in love with the cleric and bargains with the Japanese bringer of dreams to protect the monk from his enemy, the lord of a neighboring estate.
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X Graphic Novel Central Library
X Graphic Novel Graphic Novels
X Graphic Novel Graphic Novels
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Following in the tradition of Japanese folk tales, this graphic novel is a tale centered on ill-fated love and dream-eating monsters. Full color.

Author Notes

Neil Gaiman was born in Portchester, England on November 10, 1960. He worked as a journalist and freelance writer for a time, before deciding to try his hand at comic books. Some of his work has appeared in publications such as Time Out, The Sunday Times, Punch, and The Observer. His first comic endeavor was the graphic novel series The Sandman. The series has won every major industry award including nine Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, three Harvey Awards, and the 1991 World Fantasy Award for best short story, making it the first comic ever to win a literary award.

He writes both children and adult books. His adult books include The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which won a British National Book Awards, and the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel for 2014; Stardust, which won the Mythopoeic Award as best novel for adults in 1999; American Gods, which won the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, SFX, and Locus awards; Anansi Boys; Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances; and The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction, which is a New York Times Bestseller. His children's books include The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish; Coraline, which won the Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla, the BSFA, the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Bram Stoker awards; The Wolves in the Walls; Odd and the Frost Giants; The Graveyard Book, which won the Newbery Award in 2009 and The Sandman: Overture which won the 2016 Hugo Awards Best Graphic Story.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Gaiman's novella The Sandman: The Dream Hunters, previously illustrated by acclaimed Japanese artist Yoshitako Amano, has been reimagined by award-winning artist Russell. This new release celebrates the 20th anniversary of Gaiman's Sandman and turns the original prose from 1999 into a graphic novel. The original blended Gaiman's mythology of the Dreaming with traditional Japanese myths and legends to tell the tale of a fox who makes a wager to dislodge a young monk from his home, losing her heart in the end and causing the intervention of the King of All Night's Dreaming. The pairing of Gaiman and Russell-previous collaborations between the two have won four Eisner Awards-is as strong as ever; together they develop the tale further, visually expanding upon Amano's original designs. The hardcover-sure to please the legions of Gaiman and Sandman admirers-also includes commentary and a cover gallery including variant covers by Russell, Yuko Shimizu, Mike Mignola, Paul Pope, and Joe Kubert. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Gaiman's enormously successful Sandman monthly comic book (1989-96), which won eight Eisner awards in a row for comic book excellence, has been collected in a series of equally successful graphic novels. This book, representing Gaiman's first Sandman story in three years, retells Japanese folk tale "The Fox, the Monk, and the Mikado of All Night's Dreaming." The central characters are the Fox and the Monk, and the Sandman only plays a peripheral role. The book isn't really a graphic novel, as there are roughly 60 pages of typed prose and 60 pages of illustrations. It is an illustrated novel that remains true to both the Japanese tale and the motifs that made the Sandman series so popular. The illustrations are reminiscent of Japanese brush work and gently push the text along. Not the best first Sandman purchase for any library, this book is a necessary purchase if your patrons are Sandman readers, or if your world folk tales collection needs strengthening--Stephen Weiner, Maynard P.L., MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

YA-Gaiman's "Sandman" series (Vertigo) was complete when he became interested in giving new voice to the Japanese tale of "The Fox, the Monk, and the Mikado of All Night's Dreaming." Working with a Japanese painter, he has produced a book that breathes an ethereal but entrancing air of could-have-been. The wise monk of the story is able to repel tricksters and dole out sage advice, but he is not above falling in love and having to face his own fate. The narrative unfolds in full and half pages, with the accompanying watercolor illustrations filling whole pages and two-page spreads. Amano's brush provides both impressionistic imagery and more realistic sketches of the characters, events, and emotions of the fairy tale. Not only will this book appeal to fans of Gaiman's graphic novels, but total newcomers will also delight in discovering a compelling folklorist. Amano's illustrations are sophisticated, and teens will enjoy their elaboration of this retelling.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.