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Parasha: Sandman, December 10th reading

Alright, I figure I'll do a separate spoiler section Just In Case, starting with this entry, so spoily stuff can go there.

Ah, good ol' Cain and Abel. I like how the Christian mythology gets woven in wholesale along with the other mythologies, neither greater nor less, but I imagine Gaiman may not have won a lot of devoutly Christian fans with that.

I admit, it's a bit weird to see Dream begging, or at least asking nicely, for help here! It doesn't seem to fit in with his style. A bit silly of him though to use so much of his remaining power just to get revenge Right Then, and then end up stranded.

One also wonders: just how does Dream sleep? Inside the Dream world, especially. And does he dream? And does that then turn into a big recursive thing, where he's dreaming inside the Dream, and his dream then contains himself, dreaming, which in turn contains... ah, skip it.

Ah, Lucien. I'd actually forgotten about Lucien somehow! Good ol' Lucien, who is actually intelligent and knowledgeable enough to act as a Fount of Knowledge/Wisdom to Dream himself!

I'm looking forward to re(reading) the next section, since I've always liked John Constantine, despite the fact that he can be a real bastard depending on who's writing him.

Anyhow, any more thoughts?


This is actually a leftover from last time, but apparently the "Encephalitis Lethargica" mentioned that the sufferers were diagnosed with was a real thing, with an epidemic right around then. Huh.

Anyhow, back to this issue, the brothers Cain and Abel aren't only a nod to Christian mythology, they're also a nod to the DC Universe that this was set in. The House of Secrets and its companion House of Mystery were titles from DC previously.

John Dee, aka Doctor Destiny, is also another DC Universe link. And this also explains his comments about taking his ability to dream away from him - this was apparently done to him by the Justice League, to keep him from using his villainy superpowers.

Dream a little dream of the schedule!


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Dec. 11th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I didn't really find all that much to comment on, especially in the deep discussion vein. Oh well, I guess every issue of an ongoing story arc can't be equal in Drama! and Happenings! and such. Although I did forget to comment on the phallic castle!

And yeah, I originally read the series a bit here, a bit there, not all in order, so I think I also just kinda accepted Cain and Abel as part of the series, but didn't realize they were older. Since then I've heard bits here and there about the House of Secrets line and so on, and decided to look them up, and lo and behold...
Dec. 15th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
But ... were Cain & Abel anything in those comics like they are in this one? I know absolutely nothing about "Silver Age" DC comics, but they strike me as being, well, extremely 90's-ish here.

(From wiki link: "The building itself was constructed for a Senator Sanderson using only materials from Kentucky, and went under the enchantment that only pure-blood Kentuckians would be able to live there." -- uh, weird.)

Mostly, it just introduces secondary characters, and the general idea that Dream has (or had) minions.

Well, the first issue was the introduction to the world, and the second sets what seems like a pretty standard narrative path: find the three artifacts, then reclaim or rebuild home. All pretty standard RPG structure ;-) Although if this were a game, we'd have to find out that we (Dream) were also amnesiac, or otherwise not really what we appeared to be...
Dec. 15th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
Ah, Lucien. I'd actually forgotten about Lucien somehow! Good ol' Lucien, who is actually intelligent and knowledgeable enough to act as a Fount of Knowledge/Wisdom to Dream himself!

He seemed somewhat odd to me -- why was he still there, what was he doing in the meantime? Fighting off the chaos? But then again, since it seems like a lot of the qualities of this place were dream-like (Dream-like), I'm willing to accept a lot. In a dream, it makes perfect sense to have a gatekeeper waiting for you after 70 years.
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