The Sandman

The Sandman

The Dream Hunters

Book - 2009
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The King of All Night's Dreaming is drawn into a tale about a monk, a fox woman, and an evil man set in ancient Japan.
A fox, in the form of a woman, overhears a group of demons who have been dispatched to kidnap a solitary monk from his temple to steal his inner peace and begins her struggle to save him. The text contains nudity and sexual references.
Publisher: New York, NY : DC Comics/Vertigo, c2009
ISBN: 9781401224240
Call Number: GN RUSSELL
Characteristics: 126 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 27 cm
Alternative Title: Dream hunters


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May 21, 2020

Long ago, in an isolated temple in the mountains near Kyoto, a magical fox falls in love with a monk. When the monk's life is threatened by a powerful rich man and his hired demons, the monk and the fox must choose whether to sacrifice themself for the other.

They seek the help of Morpheus, the King of All Night's Dreaming - a character introduced in Gaiman's popular "Sandman" comic series.

"Sandman: The Dream Hunters" is a novella written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano. Amano is famous for his work on anime projects video games and he adds depth to this story with beautiful watercolor and charcoal images.

This is a simple fairy tale, with the feel of Japanese folklore. It does not add much to the Sandman legend, as Morpheus is a peripheral character here, but he helps to tie the story together with his advice and philosophy.

Immediately after reading this novella, I read P Craig Russell’s comic adaptation, which was a simplified version of the same story and also worthwhile.

"The Dream Hunters" is a beautiful tragic love story, told with Gaiman's lyrical charm.

Dec 19, 2017

The artwork is just so pretty and though the story is not as deep as what I'm used to with the Sandman series, it was still enjoyable.

Aug 06, 2014

Lovely illustrations and a fascinating story in the style of old Japanese folklore. A quick and easy read~!

Jul 03, 2014

Not what I was expecting, but very beautiful.

forbesrachel Feb 05, 2013

Elegant, and ethereal in both writing and illustrations; I cannot think of a better pair to so beautifully represent the world of dreams. This version of The Sandman is based on an old Japanese tale.

hebgen11 Jun 14, 2012

A wonderful read and my first introduction to the sandman. Perfect to read aloud with my 2 1/2 month old son. We are excited to explore the world of the sandman. The story seemed ancient I was shocked to find out it wasn't.

SailorSaturn Mar 28, 2011

Beautiful illustrations by Amano and love Gaiman's storytelling of an old Japanese folklore. Presents a tale involving agape love and karma.


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