The Sandman Volume 10: The Wake

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The Sandman Volume 10: The Wake

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1psutto
maig 13, 2013, 7:57am

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Chapter 1, Which Occurs in the Wake of What Has Gone Before
Chapter 2, In Which a Wake is Held
Chapter 3, In Which We Wake
An Epilogue: Sunday morning
Exiles
The Tempest

2psutto
maig 28, 2013, 11:52am

Mixed codas - and now it's over I'm going to have to dive into spin offs!

3-Eva-
Editat: jul. 6, 2013, 9:48pm

Ah, the finale - I do like that Matthew gets to shine! (review over here)

I can't wait for the new prequel to come out. I did read something where Gaiman said what a hard time he's having writing it since the expectations as so extremely high. I do hope he takes his time, though. I know they have a planned publication date of this year, but if it isn't actually ready, I do hope they wait until it is!

4psutto
jul. 8, 2013, 11:43am

>4 psutto: - yep I'd prefer they take the time it deserves rather than trying to rush it out to cash in! I see that I haven't, as yet, dived into spin offs as was busy reading women in June... I'll be reading the Death spin offs I think

5GingerbreadMan
ag. 6, 2013, 8:24am

Finished the Wake this morning. Filled with a bit of emptyness as I tend to be after wrapping up a long, really good series. Review over on my page.

I'm curious about "The dream hunters" now - where in the big story arc does that fit? Is it about old or new Dream?

A few things I thought about reading The Wake this time around:

Among the many cameos among the mourners I can't remember who the asian looking little child throwing blue roses into the river on page 83 is. Can any of you enlighten me?

It also strikes me as strange that emperor Norton I is sitting next to rose on page 73, since he's dead. No other dead character from the real world is present at the Wake, and that death is a "real" threshold is one of the key features of this universe. Any thoughts on this? A simple mistake, an inconsistency - or a clever twist that I fail to see?

6-Eva-
Editat: ag. 6, 2013, 12:48pm

The only thing I can think of for Norton is that (unless it is just a mistake, of course), he would have committed suicide if Dream hadn't given him a dream to live on/in. So, he was already in the Dreamtime (and had been for years when he died) and thus, technically, died in the Dreamtime. Bit of a stretch?

7GingerbreadMan
ag. 7, 2013, 4:06pm

>6 -Eva-: Yeah, I don't know. I can't seem to remeber if he was taken by Death at the end of his tale? There was a funeral though, I'm pretty sure of it.

Any ideas on the asian kid with the blue roses?

8psutto
ag. 8, 2013, 10:14am

Can't find anything about it in the companion but got this from a google search -

This character is known only as a Young Ox Drover.

As Destiny flips through the pages of his book he sees a brief moment of Death, on the day she is mortal sitting, at the edge of the Yangtze River, with this young ox drover. He is telling her of his "grand schemes and plans."

There is another moment in The Wake when this boy MIGHT appear again. As Dream is floating down the river into his afterlife, there is a young Asian boy who throws blue roses into the river. Based on the clothing, I think this might be the same boy, but they appear to be different ages (but age is just a perception in dreams) and so I am not 100% sure it's the same character. I guess we will all need to wait until one of the future Annotated Sandman volumes is released.

9-Eva-
Editat: ag. 8, 2013, 4:03pm

->7 GingerbreadMan:
I wouldn't go so far as to say all mad people will end up in the Dreaming, but Norton was given his madness by Dream, so it would make sense that he is a little bit closer than "regular" dead people. And, yes, he absolutely dies for real and Death collects him (I've been to his grave, so I do hope he's dead... It's in Colma, CA, if anyone is passing). However, Matt Cable (Matthew the Raven) also dies in real life, so there is some leeway - he is offered a place in the Dreaming, so it's not exactly the same, granted. If anyone finds an answer somewhere, I'd be more than interested to hear!

Don't know about the Asian kid, but Pete's research looks sound to me.

10DeltaQueen50
nov. 8, 2013, 5:15pm

I finished this volume and I am feeling quite sad to have said goodbye to this series. I don't remember who suggested this as an idea for a year-long group read, but I thank you so much. I thought this volume brought both a sense of closure as well as a feeling of continuity. The highlight for me was Matthew as he went through his grief process. I don't know if I would have appreciated this series if I had discovered it when I was younger and of course it wasn't written yet when I went to college, but I like the picture in my head of social gatherings, having a glass of wine in my hand, while my friends and I dissect, analyse and debate each volume.

11-Eva-
nov. 9, 2013, 12:05am

->10 DeltaQueen50:
I think your thanks need to go to Mr. Gaiman himself - the idea for the group read came from the news that Gaiman was going to publish a prequel. The first single issue is out already and it's beautiful, I have to say.

12mathgirl40
des. 10, 2013, 10:38pm

This was a great conclusion to an outstanding series. Hob's story and "The Tempest" were wonderful. I'm already thinking that I'll need to do a reread in a year or two. Even with the help of The Sandman Companion, I feel there was so much that I'd overlooked.

I'll add my thanks too to whoever had initially suggested the group read and to the people who organized it. (Psutto? Eva?)

I do plan to read the new prequel at some point, but for the moment, I'm happy to let these 10 volumes sink in for a while.

13psutto
des. 16, 2013, 7:36am

Not sure who suggested it but I don't think it was me....