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The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables & Reflections (1993)

de Neil Gaiman, Mark Buckingham (Il·lustrador), Duncan Eagleson (Il·lustrador), Dick Giordani (Il·lustrador), Vince Locke (Il·lustrador)7 més, Shawn McManus (Il·lustrador), P Craig Russell (Il·lustrador), Bryan Talbot (Il·lustrador), Jill Thompson (Il·lustrador), John Watkiss (Il·lustrador), Kent Williams (Il·lustrador), Stan Woch (Il·lustrador)

Altres autors: Lovern Kindzierski (Colorist), Todd Klein (Letterer), Sherilyn van Valkenburgh (Colorist), Daniel Vozzo (Colorist), Gene Wolfe (Introducció)

Sèrie: The Sandman (6 (Issues 29-31, 38-40, 50, Special 1, Vertigo Preview 1))

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Written by Neil Gaiman; Art by Jill Thompson and Vince Locke; Painted Cover by Dave McKean Dream's youngest sister, the loopy Delirium, convinces him to go on a quest for their missing brother, Destruction. But Dream may learn that the cost of finding his prodigal sibling is more than he can bear.
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I enjoyed the retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Also, li'l Death and li'l Morpheus? dawwwwwwwwww. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
I think I like The Sandman series best when it's a series of vignettes, as opposed to one continuous story. Here, the variety of stories give me a better perception of Dream/Morpheus, and I appreciate the many facets of his character. I really liked the story of Orpheus. I feel that Gaiman looks at mythology and retells it in such a way that it feels new and fresh. The story of Ramadan is JUST fantastic. I might even teach that piece in my class this fall... ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
I like the shorts in this one. Short stories are my favourite.
Three Septembers and a January was nice because we got to see some of the other Endless. And, I learned about the actual emperor of the United States, Emperor Norton.

The Hunt I liked because I liked fairy tales. The relationship between grandpa storyteller and grandaughter was adorable, and Baba Yaga showed up - I liked her creepy chicken leg house!

I was very happy to see Fiddler's Green again in Soft Places, and his being so disgruntled about the explorers disappearing the soft places with their discovering.

Cain and Abel always make me sad because Abel hates dying all the time. They tell some lovely stories to baby Daniel in The Parliament of Rooks, along with Eve and Matthew (the raven). I especially liked the "L'il Endless" because they were SO CUTE.

Ramadan was gorgeously illustrated. The story was adorable as well...I loved the last couple panels where Dream is holding the city in a bottle. ( )
  katebrarian | Jul 28, 2020 |
Not my favorite in terms of storylines, but I felt like there was a big improvement in the art at this point. It’s looking a lot more consistent. ( )
  widdersyns | Jul 19, 2020 |
SYNOPSIS | This second volume of stand-alone stories ranges far afield, some featuring familiar characters and others brand new. As in the last, individual tales hone in on one or another aspect of the Dreaming or Morpheus's role in it. This time: eight tales rather than four, plus an extended backstory (a retelling of the Orpheus myth). Morpheus appears more frequently in these stories than in those from Volume 3.

IN THIS VOLUME
From the Endless: Dream | Despair | Delirium (nee Delight) | Desire | Death | Destiny | Destruction (first appearance in the series)
From Dreamtime / Supernatural: Orpheus (Greek myth) | Caius (Roman Legend) | Eve, Matthew, Cain & Abel, Goldie (Dreaming) | Baba Yaga (Slavic folklore) | Three-In-One given cameos with no speaking lines
From DC: Johanna Constantine | cameos by Hippolyte (Lyta) and her toddler son, Daniel

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The selection underscores the importance of story itself to the Sandman opus. Gaiman frequently has his characters tell stories to one another, like Chaucer. The theme links to the idea of Morpheus himself, whose rules and meaning come from story.

Other themes:
Rules -- what they permit, as much as what they restrict.
Mystery -- what it does when its secret remains hidden, and when its secret is revealed. (And that cycle is, precisely, story.)

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I wonder at the decision to re-sequencing these stories, e.g. "Thermidor" appears before "Orpheus", so the significance of the talking head is unclear to the reader, not knowing who Orpheus is, or having read why he was beheaded, nor even how it is this head retains ability to talk. It appears not to follow publication date, and if it follows some internal chronology that's unclear to me.

Fear of Falling
Behind the scenes, dream and story entwined.

Three-In-One glimpsed in the panels depicting Todd's dream.

Introduction by Gene Wolfe
Notable for listing the Endless by their Greek names, helpfully pointing out the first appearance of Destruction (Olethros).

Three Septembers and a January
Emperor Norton whose madness keeps him sane.

Despair, Delirium, and Desire wager with Dream; more hints about Destruction. Desire threatens Dream at end with "Kindly Ones".

Thermidor
Johanna Constantine undertakes an errand on behalf of Morpheus, retrieving the head of Orpheus from within Revolutionary Paris. Robespierre's intent to destroy mystery through brutal ratiocination is his undoing.

The Hunt
A grandfather tells a story to his teen granddaughter, melding the lore of Romani and lycanthrope, Slavic Jewry and Diaspora. The mystery here is built up in the story, then revealed to be of a highly personal nature. Evidently he wants his family's legacy to endure.

Lucien has a small role regarding a book lost from Dream's library. Another nod to Cabell with the emerald of Koshchei the Deathless.

August
A story told by a dwarf, companion to Caius Augustus, underscoring the importance of rules. Caius leaves his ceremonial role once a year, for only then can he think unobserved even by the gods. Notably, this setting aside is itself a ceremony or ritual in adhering to rules.

Morpheus says (without naming) that Gods all start in his realm, and die there, and that all Gods are subordinate to "seven others" (presumably the Endless) and a few more besides, e.g. Jupiter defers to Terminus, the god of boundaries.

Soft Places
Marco Polo, with hints of Calvino's Invisible Cities. Stories help him find his way.

Fills in some holes in the Endless story arc, specifically: the briefest of rest stops for Morpheus between his escape and his retribution against either those responsible for his imprisonment, or those who took liberties in his absence. Also: a glimpse into what Fiddlers Green was up to in the Dreaming.

Orpheus (mini-arc, Chapters 1-4 + epilogue)
This retelling reveals that Orpheus is the son of Morpheus and Calliope. Orpheus wed to Eurydice, in many points appears to retell the Orpheus myth with very little alteration by Gaiman.

Destruction in person at the wedding, and later enables Orpheus to visit Death at her home (and notes the rules governing when mortals see Death). Evidently an appearance before Death's abdication, not a return. A hint that Delirium transformed from Delight following her own "almost marriage".

Three-In-One seen in Underworld, listening with Hades and Persephone to Orpheus's song.

Parliament of Rooks
Daniel (Morpheus's godson) and a visit to Dreaming, befriending Goldie the gargoyle and hearing a story each from Cain, Abel, and Eve. Cain suggests an important purpose for every person: their life is, precisely, a story. Cain emphasises the importance of mystery to story, which requires merely that the secret not be told, in order to endure. (Yet one secret is revealed.)

Three-In-One depicted as the three wives of Adam.

In an aside, we learn that Morpheus has been spending time alone with "her", whom Eve doesn't believe is his "type". (Calliope?)

Ramadan
Haroun al Raschid tours Baghdad in its Golden Age. Again Gaiman employs a framing device, though that's not clear until last few pages. Again mystery figures prominently, though here the secret is apparent (to the reader).

Allusion to seven strangers who each confess to murdering a hunchback, "Though the poor fool had but choked on a fishbone." A suggestive allegorical reading of the Endless and their influence on mortals. ( )
  elenchus | Jun 10, 2020 |
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Russell, P CraigIl·lustradorautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Talbot, BryanIl·lustradorautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Thompson, JillIl·lustradorautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Watkiss, JohnIl·lustradorautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Williams, KentIl·lustradorautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Woch, StanIl·lustradorautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Kindzierski, LovernColoristautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Klein, ToddLettererautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Valkenburgh, Sherilyn vanColoristautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Vozzo, DanielColoristautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
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Lafeu: They say miracles are past; and we have our philosophical persons to make modern and familiar things supernatural and causeless. Hence it is that we make trifles of terrors, esconcing ourselves into seeming knowledge when we should submit ourselves to an unknown fear.
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Nine short stories for nine fine people, with affection and respect: For Steve Jones, James Herbert, Mary Gentle, Geoff Ryman, Colin Greenland, Ramsey Campbell, Roz Kaveney, John Chute and Lisa Tuttle. - Neil Gaiman
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Terminus is the only god to whom Jupiter must bow.
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I never saw him more. But, as the Years have passed, I have on Occasion, seen him in my Dreams. And, from that Time on, the Song of Orpheus has always hovered at the Edge of my Perception; a Melody I can never truly recapture, try howsoever I will. And do not doubt that there are many in Authority to whom I would sing it, if 'twere within my Power.
I've met a lot of kings, and emperors and heads of state in my time, Joshua. I've met them all. And you know something? I think I liked you best.
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Written by Neil Gaiman; Art by Jill Thompson and Vince Locke; Painted Cover by Dave McKean Dream's youngest sister, the loopy Delirium, convinces him to go on a quest for their missing brother, Destruction. But Dream may learn that the cost of finding his prodigal sibling is more than he can bear.

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