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The Sandman Omnibus Vol. 3 by Neil Gaiman

chzdavmpr's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging medium-paced
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes

5.0

The true "story" of The Sandman ended with Omnibus 2, this much is said in the book itself. Thus this book is mostly a collection of short stories and bonus content relating to the characters and concepts. This was slightly disappointing, and I considered bumping the star rating down slightly for it. But when the rating I was debating bumping it to was the second lowest this app allows for it should say something about the quality of the stories in this book.
While not every single story here is exceptional so many of them are that I can't help but point out some of my favourites; Sandman Dream Hunters (the novel specifically, skip the comic version it's just inferior) has some of the most amazing artwork I have ever seen in print. Sandman: Enless Nights chapter 5 was my favorite part of the whole book, and has to be read to be believed. And Sandman Overture is one final adventure that scratches the itch of wanting more of the previous 2 omnibuses.

adamskiboy528491's review

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4.0

"Something is hurting. Something is waking up. Something is damaged." - Overture

The Sandman Omnibus, Vol. 3 by Neil Gaiman is more of a tribute collection than just a separate edition to the omnibus trilogy. The beautiful artistry (located at the very back of the omnibus) from various artists was extraordinary to look at, and I hope they've achieved well in the field of artistry!

This omnibus edition collects the spinoffs of The Sandman…

* Death: The High Cost of Living: Death takes on human form and wanders the earth for a day, a tradition she performs once every century; this tradition is mentioned in the original series and is a more literal vacation.
* Sandman Midnight Theatre: In 1939, England stands at the brink of war. Following a trail of blackmail, murder and suicide, Wesley Dodds - the mysterious crime fighter known only as of the Sandman - travels from New York to London and discovers a circle of socialites obsessed with the occult.
* Death: The Time of Your Life: Death continues to spend her days as a mortal in the 1990s. When a rising star of the music world wrestles with revealing her actual sexual orientation just as her lover is lured into the realm of Death that Death herself should make an appearance.
* The Sandman: The Dream Hunters: A reasonably traditional kitsune romance between a Buddhist monk and a fox spirit.
* The Sandman: Endless Nights: Focuses on each of the Endless, a family of brothers and sisters who are physical manifestations of the metaphysical concepts - Dream, Death, Desire, Destruction, Delirium, Despair and Destiny.
* The Sandman: Overture: In 1915, Dream of the Endless has found the errant nightmare called the Corinthian. But something pulls him away at the last moment. Something momentous is happening in the universe, darkness is forming, and Dream is called to an important meeting...of himself.

Endless Nights gives us a brilliant insight into the personified characters. Each tale is stylistically different and illustrated by a different artist. Most of the tales are independent of each other; however, Destruction's tale relates to and immediately follows Delirium's. Destruction and Delirium's tales are the only ones that take place after the events of the Sandman series. But Overture is, without a doubt, my favourite of the third omnibus! I especially adore the beautiful, surreal artwork by J. H. Williams III is nothing short of masterful, with intricate, imaginative details, subtle clues littered throughout the pages, and even the frames that are often tied into the storytelling itself. 

madisonmc's review

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adventurous dark fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

callandor's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional hopeful mysterious reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

brixdan's review against another edition

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dark mysterious sad

3.75

ridanwise's review against another edition

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5.0

And so, as we get to know Death, Desire, and Dream a lot more, we also say goodbye to the Endless (at least for now). This volume is complex: a mashup of content that--although seemingly random--binds the loose ends of The Sandman's universe ("Death", "The Dream Hunters", "Overture", and such). Next stop, The Dreaming--with an open mind, of course.
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