Tuesday, January 22, 2008
The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes...random thoughts
Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman is only my second venture into the world of graphic novels. And this book couldn't have been more different from my first, Alice in Sunderland, which was essentially a non-fiction journey into the northeast of England. How to describe Preludes and Nocturnes though...whew, now that's not an easy task. So, as usual, I'll just be throwing out my thoughts all willy-nilly and hoping some of what I say makes sense.
First of all, I have to say that I enjoyed this first volume of The Sandman. I've read more than once that this is definitely not the finest of the series. Even Karen Berger, the editor, alluded to this in the introduction. And Gaiman himself, seemed to agree, though he did say that there was at least something in each story that he was proud of. Anyway, what does this all tell me? Well, that I've got a fine adventure ahead of me, if it only continues to get better.
In general, this is the story of The Sandman, Lord of Dreams. At the beginning he is captured and held prisoner for a hundred years. The story continues with his escape and his journey to reclaim power. It's a wonderful mix of dark fantasy and myth and horror.
I admit that there were times I became a bit confused (but yeah, that happens easily to me), and I always figured things out within a page or two. And I found one of the stories, 24 Hours, especially disturbing, but still I felt it added to, not detracted from, the overall tale being told.
I do have to say, that being new to the world of graphic novels, I'm still learning how to read them. What I mean is that I'm so used to words, and words alone, telling the story. Obviously, this is not the case with a graphic novel, and I have to slow myself down and remember to "read the art" as well.
So, all in all, I would have to say that I'm very happy with my first choice here in Dewey's Graphic Novels Challenge. It was definitely a unique experience, but one I can honestly say I enjoyed!