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ISBN-13: 9781417686131
Publisher: Demco Media
Publication date: 01/01/1994
Series: Sandman Series , #4
Pages: 217
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range: 17 Years

About the Author

Originally from England, Neil Gaiman now calls the United States home. He is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling novels—including Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods and Coraline—as well as the Sandman series of graphic novels. His work has been honored with many awards internationally, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals as well as the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards.

See our definitive ranking of Neil Gaiman's best fiction books on the B&N Reads blog.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

November 10, 1960

Place of Birth:

Portchester, England


Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77

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Sandman 4 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
ltjennysbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Aw, Season of Mists is great. I like it so much. It makes me nostalgic for Past Jenny, who was young and dumb and had yet to discover most of her now-favorite films and music and TV shows (including, of course, the other six volumes of Sandman). Oh, wow, that¿s really, really true. I hadn¿t discovered Joss Whedon yet, or The Office, or Doctor Who; I hadn¿t yet seen any of my current five desert island DVDs (fifth series of Buffy, MirrorMask, Empire Records, Angels in America, and Before Sunrise); I didn¿t know the Decembrists, the Shins, Neko Case ¿ I¿m amazed at Past Jenny. What did Past Jenny do to pass the time? Sheesh.Anyway ¿ wow, I¿m just amazed at how many awesome things I have discovered since I left high school ¿ anyway, this is the fourth Sandman book, and it starts out with Dream¿s family getting together and sniping at each other until Dream finally decides that it was unfair of him to condemn his ex-lover to hell forever, just because she didn¿t want to be his queen. So off he goes, to fight the hordes of hell and get her back ¿ it¿s so Dream ¿ and when he gets there, Lucifer has decided to shut down hell. He gives the key to Dream, and takes himself off; and suddenly Dream is the center of attention from every deity and supernatural power ever, because they all want Hell.I really don¿t like the story where all the dead people come back to the public school. I seem to recall someone telling me that Neil Gaiman went to Whitgift, in Croydon ¿ it has peacocks and wallabies and flamingos (hee hee hee), but I am beginning to wonder whether it was possibly COMPLETELY SCARRING. British public schools sound awful. And not-public schools don¿t seem to be any better.Neil Gaiman¿s obsession with gods, which will come to a head in, no surprises, American Gods, is all too evident here. You have the Egyptian pantheon, a delegation from the faerie, the Norse lot of Odin, Thor, and Loki, angels from heaven in a supervisory capacity, and demons from hell; they all have things to offer Dream. Neil Gaiman¿s obviously having fun with all of them, and it is fun ¿ Thor¿s hitting on Bast, and two of the hell demons are having an affair, and a sinisterly lettered little girl from the hordes of chaos giggles when someone gets made into sausages. It¿s fun, and it wraps up tidily at the end. Except for the bit about Loki. That¿s going to turn out worse than you think.
kaj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Sandman book is again one long story rather than a collection of shorts. And this is the way I like it!Sandman has to travel to Hell and challenge Lucifer, but the response is not was he was fearing. The plot ending is the only one thinkable, but still manages to feel surprising.
Audacity88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have noticed Dream becoming less and less arrogant. I don't like it. Conventional wisdom says that the protagonist of a story must change, but one of the things I liked most about the Sandman was his immutability, which we first see in the silence that he maintains during his decades of imprisonment in Preludes and Nocturnes. Anyway, Morpheus's spinelessness made the interaction with Hell that forms the connecting story arc of this book much less enjoyable for me than the previous one. Plus the decision of Lucifer's that sparks the whole issue is totally out of character.
LostFrog on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best volumes of The Sandman comics. The plot is amazing and imaginative, as is the artwork and characterization. Plus, Delirium!
ragwaine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Hell stuff was great, the school stuff was boring. Giving it to the angels sucked. There should have been some fighting.
cromanelli927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SPOILERS AHEAD!!! SPOILERS AHEAD!!!Okay, I am royally pissed now because I wrote a whole blog for this book, and I thought it was quite cute if not really good, and now it is lost! So, I am going to try to remember what I wrote and recreate it, but who knows how that will go. It will probably sound forced and annoying. Blah.I really see the value of writing these blogs right after I finish the books because I finished Season of Mists last night, and already it is getting confused in my head with A Game of You, which I started today. And that¿s no good because Season of Mists was my favorite of The Sandman series so far, although I really liked the first book as well.So yeah...I finished Season of Mists last night. Let¿s start with the introduction this time just for variety¿s sake and because¿well, it¿s at the beginning. When I sat down to read the book, my boyfriend told me that Harlan Ellison was a jerk, and on the second page I knew he was right. I don¿t admit this often, so something must have triggered it. Ellison¿s comments, like ¿if you¿re one of the few surviving atavists who still read for the pure pleasure of intellectual invigoration,¿ were really condescending. As I am one of those ¿atavists,¿ I can only imagine how an Average Joe would feel when he picks up this book for pleasure and finds the introduction chocked with smatterings of Latin and French. Who needs it? Not me. And furthermore, the introduction seemed to do little besides stroke both Ellison¿s and Gaiman¿s egos. I failed to see a message besides the fact that Ellison thinks Gaiman is as brilliant, or almost as brilliant, as he finds himself.Enough though, because I really liked this book, and I really don¿t want to get stuck being snarky about the introduction. The overarching storyline (I believe it¿s called an arc, for whatever reason) is that Dream has to return to Hell after a family meeting because his siblings feel he was unjust to a former lover, Nada (which he WAS). Nada means ¿nothing¿ in Spanish, and it means ¿dew¿ in Arabic, but this is totally useless and unrelated knowledge that only makes me more like Ellison. Anyway¿apparently, Dream pissed off Lucifer in book one (I don¿t remember him being pissed off and I haven¿t gone back to check), and Lucifer has a very original way of getting revenge. He abdicates. He kicks everybody out of Hell and gives Dream the key. So the story really ends up being about the groups of beings that travel to ¿The Dreaming¿ to obtain the key to Hell from Dream.The factions are: Thor, Odin, and Loki; Anubis, Bast, and Bes; Susano-O-No-Mikoto; Azazel, the Merkin, and Choronzon; Lord Kilderkin (the manifestation of order); Shivering Jemmy of the Shallow Brigade (a princess of Chaos); and Remiel and Duma (angels). Remiel and Duma are just there to observe (haha). Hopefully at least some of these names are familiar as all of the characters are famous mythological deities/creatures from around the world. The borrowed characters aren¿t really a problem though, possibly this is because of the medium (I¿ve already come to expect that some of the characters will be visitors from other stories). But mostly, I think it¿s because like most good artists, Gaiman creates his own mythology as he goes along. This particular story is the mythology of how the war between Heaven and Hell ends. I won¿t tell you how it ends, but I will say that I was not happy about who obtained the keys to Hell. Gaiman may be a religious man after all, despite the ¿r¿ rated nature of his books.To return to the beginning (this is becoming an issue for me I fear¿this circular writing thing), the family meeting affords the opportunity to meet all the Endless, except Destruction, who is on holiday. I am looking forward to getting to know Delirium better, but she¿ll be hard pressed to replace Death or Dream as my favorite character. Death is great! I really hope Gaiman is divinely inspired in this mythology so that when I die an adorable brunette shows up
pokylittlepuppy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cool. I liked the angels a lot. Though, I like it best when they manage to keep character design consistent throughout a comics series; it annoyed me that Lucifer is scarier looking than he is the first time we saw him -- or is it less scary looking, I don't know -- anyway I liked the Goldilocks version from book 1 best. Makes an impression.The story with the banquet and the offers and the just decisionmaking was a pretty typical type story. It was fine.The standalone issue with the ghost boys is really good.(And the old-timey artist bios are sort of funny.)
deslni01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What happens when Lucifer decides to leave hell? Season of Mists, the fourth volume of The Sandman answers that question as Dream heads to Hell to release a former lover who has been imprisoned and tortured for thousands of years. Upon arrival, he finds Hell empty, and Lucifer hands him the key to the kingdom.Gaiman draws a multitude of mythology and mythological characters into this volume, as representatives of many mythological groups seek the key to Hell from Dream. This provides an interesting look at the interactions between them (Thor getting ridiculously drunk and hitting on women during the banquet, for example). The character of Lucifer is excellent as well, and God's reward to the two angels who oversaw Dreams decision? Well, that's up to the reader to decide.This is the best of the first four volumes in the series, and should not be missed by fans, nor casual observers.
heidilove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best in the series
RogueBelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Among my favourites of the Sandman volumes -- it's so wonderfully mythological, from Gaiman's Endless to his interpretations on so many classic pantheons. His Lucifer is a devil it's somewhat hard to hate. This volume also really brings down the weight of Morpheus' responsibilities and how seriously he takes them (and, it must be admitted, himself).
Terpsichoreus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is unfortunate that Gaiman seems to be unable to surrender his archetypal cast to either humanity or inhumanity, but lets them sit awkwardly in the middle. Though he often presents Dream and his siblings as falling to love or petty squabbling, their reactions to such are often not to work towards decision, but to subside. In those cases where they do act, it becomes merely a meaningless exercise to continue the story. When this is done for the purpose of framing other tales and interweaving ideas, it does not bother so much, but when it is the story itself, it loses that edge.Dream, like most if not all of Gaiman's protagonists, seems to operate merely as an oculus for the reader, and we often find his own chance at decision revoked. The same is true of American Gods or Neverwhere, where any conflict set up against the main character tends to be resolved without growth or change since there is no decision made.It is perhaps Gaiman's reticence on these archetypal characters which provides that the dialogue of this collection is often ungainly and without art. Gaiman works better when knee-deep in humanity than when trying to work beyond it.
xicanti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dream travels to Hell to free an old lover, with unforseen results.This was my favourite SANDMAN collection for a long, long time. It's the volume in which we finally meet the rest of the (active) Endless, the volume in which Gaiman pulls out all the stops with the mythology, and the volume where we finally see the Dreaming in all its glory. While the previous volumes were rooted quite firmly in horror, this one falls more into the realm of dark fantasy. A sketchy distinction, but a distinction nonetheless.Above all else, I love what Gaiman does with the mythology here. We get little snippets of Norse, Japanese and Egyptian mythology, with a bit of Faerie thrown in and a liberal dose of Heaven/Hell. It's great stuff, and makes for addictive reading. As another reviewer mentioned, the gods are instantly recognizable to anyone who's delved into the mythology surrounding them. Gaiman also continues to plant clues and build up the overarching story surrounding Dream; many things herein with have great repercussions throughout the rest of the series. As wonderful as it was to read this for the first time, I've enjoyed it even more on subsequent rereadings, armed with full knowledge of how events play out from here. I highly recommend you try it.This time through, I also found myself noticing the way this volume highlights all the little technical details that make SANDMAN so special. That initial meeting of the Endless subtly shows us just how these six character differ by utilizing different lettering for each of them. Destiny speaks in italics; Dream has his familiar white-on-black; Despair's bubbles waver; Desire's words spike cruelly and curve seductively in equal measure; and Delirium's dialogue is characterized by uneven lettering and a multicoloured background. Little differences like this really help set this series apart and make it something special, not only as a story but as an example of graphic literature that uses the medium to the fullest extent possible.Highly recommended. You really ought to read this.
stipe168 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
is this one my favorite? i don't know.. but it just might be the most gripping and extensively absurdly rich.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
3.5 *Book source ~ Library From Goodreads: Volume Four of New York Times best selling author Neil Gaiman's acclaimed creation, with updated coloring and new trade dress. Ten thousand years ago, Morpheus condemned a woman who loved him to Hell. Now the other members of his immortal family, The Endless, have convinced the Dream King that this was an injustice. To make it right, Morpheus must return to Hell to rescue his banished love - and Hell's ruler, the fallen angel Lucifer, has already sworn to destroy him. In this volume: A Season of Mists: Prologue ~ Nice! Got to meet the other Endless: Destiny, Delirium and Despair. Death and Desire had already been in other volumes. Well, except for Destruction who has left his siblings for parts unknown. A Season of Mists: Chapter 1 ~ Dream prepares for his journey to Hell and possible battle with Lucifer. A Season of Mists: Chapter 2 ~ Dream enters Hell and is surprised by what he finds. A Season of Mists: Chapter 3 ~ Others find out what Lucifer gave to Dream and they make plans of their own. A Season of Mists: Chapter 4 ~ I have no idea what this is about. A Season of Mists: Chapter 5 ~ A banquet and sneaky goings on in Dream’s castle. A Season of Mists: Chapter 6 ~ Dream makes his decision. A Season of Mists: Epilogue ~ Tying up lose ends. An interesting time for Dream. I enjoyed the story arc and I still love the artwork.
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surfer1966 More than 1 year ago
This is my fav Sandman story arc. It was interesting seeing how Morpheus interacted with his family. The look on his face when he had to face up to the fact that he acted dishonorably was great! There was a sense of finality watching as he methodically put his affairs in order. Nice to see him saying goodbye to his friend Hob. It was odd seeing Morpheus act fearfully as he faced Lucifer. Mostly Morpheus has been shown as hopeful and for the most part unstoppable. Also Lucifer acted in an unexpected manner giving up his kingdom in order to start over. I was shocked seeing Hell being depicted as being highly desirable and the mix of angels, demons, and gods assembled to gain ownership of Hell. Who knew real estate was so valuable... The art was lovely as always. Dave McKean is the best cover artist I have ever seen. Hauntingly beautiful is the best words I can summarize with. I suppose I really loved this storyline as you see a different side to characters and expectations are broken as characters are shown to have to ability to grow and change. The only downside to The Sandman is by setting the bar so high it's unlikely anyone will ever write anything as interesting. I bought The Sandman Ultimate Edition books so I could fully appreciate the beautiful artwork and highly recommend it.
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