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The Sandman Book of Dreams (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0380817705
ISBN-13: 9780380817702
Sku: 30840329
Publish Date: 1/1/2002
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 6.75H x 4.25L x 1.25T
Pages:  416
Age Range:  NA
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Based on the graphic novel series The Sandman, a collection of short works includes stories that range in setting from a battlefield to a deathbed, from a ghost-ridden cellar to a hotel convention of serial killers, and includes works by Gene Wolfe, Clive Barker, Tad Williams, Barbara Hambly, and other notable writers. Reprint. *Author: Gaiman, Neil (EDT)/ Kramer, Edward E. (EDT) *Series Title: Sandman *Subtitle: Book of Dreams *Publication Date: 2002/01/01 *Number of Pages: 402 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 4.25 *Height: 6.75
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Based on the graphic novel series The Sandman, a collection of short works includes stories that range in setting from a battlefield to a deathbed, from a ghost-ridden cellar to a hotel convention of serial killers, and includes works by Gene Wolfe, Clive Barker, Tad Williams, Barbara Hambly, and other notable writers. Reprint.
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This addition to Gaiman's hugely popular Sandman series won the 2003 Stoker Award for Best Illustrative Narrative and was the first graphic novel ever to hit the New York Times bestseller list. Each of the seven stories in this collection is devoted to one of the Endless, the seven personifications of the forces that control the universe: Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair, and Delight/Delirium. By telling stories of the Endless, Gaiman explores truths about the qualities they embody. Each full-color story is illustrated by a different artist, reflecting the different nature of each Endless. Included in the list of illustrators are P. Craig Russell and Bill Sienkiewicz; as well as Dave McKean, one of Gaiman's best-known collaborators, and the artist responsible for the covers for the entire 75-issue run of Sandman.
Author Bio
Neil Gaiman
British writer Neil Gaiman is an artist whose creativity does not limit itself to a particular medium or genre. The creator of popular works for adults and children, Gaiman is perhaps best known for his graphic novels. He has, however, also written critically acclaimed novels and collections of short fiction, as well as scripts for films and television, poems, and even song lyrics. His works cross genre boundaries, touching on fantasy, science fiction, horror, comedy, and fairy tales. A New Yorker article ("Kid Goth," 01/25/2010) quotes Alan Moore describing Gaiman's work as, "kind of fey in the best sense of the word. His best effects come out of people or characters or situations in the real world being starkly juxtaposed wit this misty fantasy world."||Born in 1960 in Portsmouth, Gaiman grew up in East Grinstead in West Sussex. His family is of Polish-Jewish origin, and although his parents remained deeply connected with Judaism, they were also practicing Scientologists. In fact, his father held an official position with the Church of Scientology until his death in 2009. (This would at times complicate young Neil's life--at one point he was denied entry to a primary school because of his father's affiliation.) Although Gaiman rejected Scientology as an adult, he did meet his first wife, Mary McGrath, while she was also studying Dianetics. ||Gaiman's first published work was journalistic, and throughout his 20's he actively pursued work writing for magazines and newspapers. He wrote a never-published biography of the band Duran Duran. In 1987 Gaiman bridged his non-fiction work and the creative fiction that would become his forte with the publication of DON'T PANIC: THE OFFICIAL HITCHHIKER'S GUID TO THE GALAXY COMPANION. In the 1980s he also became friends with British comics author Alan Moore (THE WATCHMEN, V FOR VENDETTA, etc.), and through this friendship, Gaiman started getting work writing for comics. He made a name for himself, albeit perhaps as an underground figure, with his SANDMAN series, published between 1989 and 1996. This nine-time Eisner Award winning series follows Dream (aka Morpheus), the lord of the dream world--along with his often-bickering siblings Death, Despair, Destiny, Destruction, Desire, and Delirium--on various mystical and gothic adventures. ||Dysfunctional families return as a theme for Gaiman, notably in CORALINE, a children's book that topped the best-sellers charts in 2002 about a young girl who enters a parallel reality where she finds a much more satisfactory family. Other stand-out work includes THE WOLVES IN THE WALLS (2003), a book illustrated by Dave McKean which was adapted for opera; novels AMERICAN GODS (2001), ANANSI BOYS (2005), and THE GRAVEYARD BOOK (2008), which adapted Rudyard Kipling's THE JUNGLEBOOK; as well as co-authoring the script for Robert Zemeckis's BEOWOLF. Always attuned to trends and innovations, Gaiman was one of the first writers to keep a blog, launching his effort in 2001. As of 2010, he had 1.4 million readers.||A family man himself, Gaiman has three children with his first wife. Over the years he has formed several celebrity friendships, including with musicians Tori Amos and Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields. In January 2010, he announced his engagement to singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls. At that time, Gaiman was living in Minneapolis, where he moved from England in 1992.

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"Fancy unleashed on rags of moonlight....a top-flight fantasy collection." 07/01/1996
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Product attributeBook Format:   Pocketbook
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0416
Product attributePublisher:   HarperTorch
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