Book Review: The Sandman, Vol. 3: Dream Country

This is certain: Neil Gaiman has a very dark and weird imagination.

I love the artwork, but I’m not comfortable with weirdness right now.

Still, I find the stories very interesting.

This volume contains only four stories, and they are not related with each other or with the general plot of Sandman:

Calliope (#17)
A Dream of a Thousand Cats (#18)
Midsummer Night’s Dream (#19)
Facade (#20)

In Calliope, a writer enslaves a muse in order to write great novels, poems, and plays.

In A Dream of a Thousand Cats, cats are sentient creatures who become aware that they are merely humanity’s slaves. One cat in particular meets Morpheus (in cat form) in a dream and receives the revelation that cats can become the rulers of the world once more if enough of them dream about it.

In Midsummer Night’s Dream, Morpheus meets William Shakespeare and gives him the imagination to write his great comedy. Shakespeare performs the play for the very first time in front of a crowd of fairies.

In Facade, a superhero is drowning in depression and wishes to die. She meets Death and entreats her to grant her oblivion so that her suffering will end.

My Rating: 3/5
Date Read: July 29, 2012

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