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Parasha: Sandman, December 22nd reading

Yeep, running late again!


I guess this issue is technically the climax of the story arc, but it seems a bit pale compared to the previous issue!

Man, trying to reason kindly with the madman who just killed a diner full of patrons for the hell of it? You're really not completely "with it," are you Dream? Then again, I guess when you're used to dealing with oh, the demons of hell and Lucifer himself and suchlike, paltry little mass murderers lose a bit of their oomph.

A few interesting touches here and there - the Raven Lady that Lucien mentioned getting named, the monsters hiding under the bed (but out of fear rather than lurking there to scare/eat children, which is a nice twist). Our first sight of Destiny. And of course the nice little Wizard of Oz touch. Although Dee makes an awful Dorothy.

That was rather stupid of John Dee to crush the jewel like that. And I'm a bit saddened that Dream doesn't actually *do* anything, except stand around allowing Dee to suck the life out of him. As the master of the Dreamworld, you'd think he could do *something* to attack Dee. Oh well. Like I said, a bit pale compared to the previous issue!

Notes:

Not much! The "Mr. Dent" mentioned in passing by Crane would be Harvey Dent of course, AKA two-face.

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khedron
Dec. 24th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
And yes, I agree that it was a little unsatisfying, because it's hard to make a satisfying ending out of, "And then the Bad Guy did exactly the wrong thing at exactly the wrong time, and then our hero was back to full power!" The Sauron, or the reverse-Sauron, moments are rarely as satisfying as the build up to them.

Dee clearly grew up in a Tolkien-influenced world like the rest of us. The "reverse-Sauron" almost qualifies as a twist; I hardly expected it would kill Dream, but I did think he was going to come out of this encounter weaker and then have to spend time struggling to rebuild his life and his world.

This chapter comes off weak compared to the previous one, but as Gaiman said in the postcript, "'24 Hours' is an essay on stories and authors, and also one of the very few genuinely horrific tales I've written". Kind of hard to top that. I thought the hit here wasn't so much directly in the Dee/Dream interactions as it was in watching Dee's impact on the real world via the dream world. (And yeah, I liked it when Cain, Abel, and Monster were hiding under the bed.)
khedron
Dec. 24th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
Of course, we know why Sauron created the One Ring -- to rule all the others. Why create a ruby with power over dreams when that's your basic power to begin with? I suspect we shouldn't look too deeply into that one.

[Edit] I re-read the first few chapters, and the reverse-Sauron was foreshadowed in the part with Cain & Abel, where Dream re-absorbs their contracts or whatnot to regain a modicum of power.

Edited at 2010-12-25 06:37 pm (UTC)
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