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Parasha: Sandman, December 27th reading

Not going to bother with a separate spoiler post since this is the last section.

When I think of this particular collection, this is the chapter that usually stands out in my mind, despite the fact that it's "just" a denoument. And despite the... horrific and memorable nature of "24 Hours." Because just... damn.

I don't even know if I can really put my finger on it. The image of Death as a perky-goth gal for one thing is just.. different. And I'd pretty much already seen Gaiman's concept of Death before ever reading this, and I imagine most of the rest of y'all did as well, but thinking about it... I don't think they even mentioned her gender before, and it also looks like her identity (other than as a sister) is mentioned until after she takes her first soul, so I imagine that would add even more to the "whoah" factor, as the reader slowly realizes that this... this is Death. The Reaper. The End. Yadda.

Anyhow, how can you NOT love a death that quotes Mary Poppins at the drop of a hat, and gabbles on about Dick Van Dyke's accent, grabs Dream's bread and bops him on the head with it, etc.? Not to mention the image of this powerful Dream, one of the elder of the Endless, sitting miserably on a bench quietly saying "Just feeding the birds..." And of course the very last image of him we have in this book, scattering the grain happily for the pigeons.

And that's beyond just the... touching quality of the rest of the chapter, with Death taking the various souls, old and very young, just doing her job, although not without compassion. The thought voiced by Dream that he's far more terrible than his sister, and that people shouldn't fear her so.

One last comment about the rest of the series, in ROT-13 for spoilers: V qb frrz gb erpnyy gubhtu gung gur Raqyrff nera'g rknpgyl jnagvat gb qvr rvgure, naq qb gurve orfg gb nibvq vg, qrfcvgr gur gnyx urer sbe ubj Qernz vf sne zber greevoyr guna Qrngu, rgp rgp. Naq rira Qrngu frrzf fnqqrarq gung fur unf gb gnxr Qernz va gur raq, sebz jung V erzrzore. Ohg V thrff ng yrnfg ur'f abg *nsenvq* bs ure, be ubyqvat vg ntnvafg ure.

Anyhow. That does it for this book, except for a final round-up post, and I hope everyone's enjoyed this month's selection!


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Dec. 27th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
This was the first issue of the book I'd read, and it's still my favorite of all the one-and-done issues.
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Dec. 28th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC)
On the other hand... I do have a problem with immortal beings telling me (implicitly, me) not to fear or struggle against death. Yeah, easy for you to say, Dream. You, too, Dr. Who. And all you Tolkien pointy-ears. And on, and on, and on.

Don't forget about Blue Oyster Cult!

Anyhow, did you know that was Death because you'd seen her around before, or just figured it out? I'm curious!

Dec. 30th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
Oh, the spoiler sections were just for this book, and not for the entire series? OK, I'll go off and read them then. (But not your rot-13 section here.)

Like prince_corwin, I knew who Death was long ago, but I still thought this was a great introduction, and like you (I think), I thought it was the strongest chapter in the book. I think that's because the rest of the chapters (I guess I should call them issues?) are all plot-driven, and this is character-driven. Also, it's wholly its own thing -- no borrowed DC characters here. It just felt more solid.

Anyhow. That does it for this book, except for a final round-up post, and I hope everyone's enjoyed this month's selection!

I did, I really did! But now I have a terrible dilemma. Do I buy newly recolored copies of the rest of the books, or do I get the giant compendium versions?

(*looks at Amazon*) Oh, the giant compendium versions are also re-colored, and have extra stuff, too? Oooh, problem solved.
Dec. 30th, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
Well, the spoiler sections were sorta for both, but I think we kept the spoilers for the series to a bare minimum, hints and such at most. I think. And yeah, avoid the ROT-13 section!

Anyhow, enjoy the rest of your readings. :)
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