You need to listen this. The cast, the world building, the depravity, the philosophy, the heartbreaks, the laughs, the amazement.
Synopsis: Torn from his real, The Sandman – Morepheus, the immortal king of dreams, stories and the imagination – was imprisoned on earth for decades. On escaping he must restore his power, descend into hell to face Lucifer, chase rogue nightmares, visit a serial killer convention and cross paths with characters from DC comic book, ancient myths, and real-world history.
This fantasy novel starts with Morpheus, The Dream Lord, imprisoned after being summon at a ritual. This plays out similar to, and very much holds it’s own against, great gothic literature classics such as Frankenstein and Dracula. This embodies a perfect prologue to an anthology style list of stories. The narrative very much flows chronologically throughout these stories, but each explores different themes such as philosophy, metaphysics and lore. These complex topics could be considered an ambitious reach for a comic, however, these stories are filled with depravity, incredible fantasy world building, dark action scenes and a fantastic script to follow. Whilst accomplishing and succeeding in all of these, The Sandman never feels anymore than a comic (in a good way) and allows the reader to immerse themselves in a fantasy style of narration without long bulky chapters. The characters are well designed. Created with the perfect amount of depth and personality allowing them to transition in and out of each scene effectively.
The cast, which I would label as A- list, do a fantastic job to create these characters. They create compassion, hate, empathy and really do make the reader feel for the characters.
This is not a book for kids, let me make that clear. The content in this is dark, extremely violent but never to the grotesque scale. I sought this out after hours of cherry picking through well-rated horror books on reddit, and I was not let down.
The main theme of this book, and the title of the main character, is dreams. Dreams are such an abstract, yet constant and influential part of every human life. We can’t control our dreams, they can dictate our mood, frighten and inspire us. The book studies the metaphysical side of dreams, and quite literally turns the mind to matter. Terrifyingly.
I can’t begin to convey how much I enjoyed this. I didn’t want it to end. Each story presented new characters, new themes yet constantly being written to a high degree of quality and entertainment. After this I am going on a Neil Gailman book binge. If you have any recommendations, please let me know.