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A Game of You (The Sandman, #5) , Karen Burger, Sandman Karen Burger, Sandman DC , 5 , Sandman ,, , A Game of You, the 5th volume in the Sandman series, is my favorite so far One thing I ve noticed Gaiman is very good at is picking up little threads he dropped in previous stories and building on them this was one of my favorite things about Buffy there s nothingrewarding for a viewer reader than a story that doesn t forget its past The most notable one that gets picked up in this volume is the main character, Barbie, who was a minor character in The Doll s House In that volume, we A Game of You, the 5th volume in the Sandman series, is my favorite so far One thing I ve noticed Gaiman is very good at is picking up little threads he dropped in previous stories and building on them this was one of my favorite things about Buffy there s nothingrewarding for a viewer reader than a story that doesn t forget its past The most notable one that gets picked up in this volume is the main character, Barbie, who was a minor character in The Doll s House In that volume, we were introduced to her dream world very briefly, and I was surprised and pleased to see it turned into something bigger and darker.I ve also noticed by this point that the story doesn t suffer when Morpheus takes a back seat to the action Gaiman is skilled enough to provide a compelling cast instead of just relying on one strong character with an entourage of half developed sidekicks Take An Apartment House, Mix In A Drag Queen, A Lesbian Couple, Some Talking Animals, A Talking Severed Head, A Confused Heroine, And The Deadly Cuckoo Stir Vigorously With A Hurricane And Morpheus Himself And You Get This Fifth Installment Of The Sandman Series This Story Stars Barbie, Who First Makes An Appearance In The Doll S House, Who Here Finds Herself A Princess In A Vivid Dreamworld Collecting The Sandman I love Barbie I love Wanda I love Thessaly.Truly, this was one hell of a tightly woven story including inner worlds, cuckoo birds, ancient witches, pulling down the moon, and death.There s no way in hell that I could really boil it down to essentials As a whole it seriously rocks and hits me in the feels Sexual identity and childhood and babies is only a part of it Being wise and forgiving is only a part of it.Hell, I see that holy bitch at Wanda s funeral and I see her just acting in her n I love Barbie I love Wanda I love Thessaly.Truly, this was one hell of a tightly woven story including inner worlds, cuckoo birds, ancient witches, pulling down the moon, and death.There s no way in hell that I could really boil it down to essentials As a whole it seriously rocks and hits me in the feels Sexual identity and childhood and babies is only a part of it Being wise and forgiving is only a part of it.Hell, I see that holy bitch at Wanda s funeral and I see her just acting in her nature, just like the Cuckoo, and I feel like Thessaly, knowing I really ought to behave like Barbie It tears me up.This is serious literature Both fantastic, strange, and deep as hell and sharp Hard to believe, after reading it, that it is a comic In the next ten months of reading all of its volumes or so, I didn t really think it was possible for me to fall in love with The Sandman I knew I was already a fan since The Doll s House, but my appreciation and affection for Gaiman s work were not as intense or as consuming as I initially thought they would become sooner of later and that happened later on once I got my hands on Gaiman s collaborative volume with Jill Thompson, but I digress.I enjoyed what the previous volume Season of Mist In the next ten months of reading all of its volumes or so, I didn t really think it was possible for me to fall in love with The Sandman I knew I was already a fan since The Doll s House, but my appreciation and affection for Gaiman s work were not as intense or as consuming as I initially thought they would become sooner of later and that happened later on once I got my hands on Gaiman s collaborative volume with Jill Thompson, but I digress.I enjoyed what the previous volume Season of Mists had to offer It was spectacular in scope, touching upon old faiths and religions and the complex interpretation of Lucifer Morningstar, as well as Dream s long overdue resolution with his former lover, Nada My interest for this series of graphic novels was then maintained and I looked forward to what was in store.What I got in A Game of You was initially disheartening, only because I was once again thrown off balance from the major plot toward a self contained narrative which the fifth volume was all about I wasn t entirely happy about the sudden shift from volume 2 The Doll s House to volume 3 Dream Country an anthology of short stories about secondary characters , so I was just as displeased when after Season of Mists, I had to contend myself with yet another separate events from the major storyline I m already invested in where Dream is the focus Nevertheless, A Game of You proved to be a daring story centered on women from different walks of life Barbie whom we previously encountered in the second volume the lesbian couple Hazel and Foxglove, the transgendered man Wanda Alvin and the mysterious college student Thessaly The concept of Game was written with a feminist perspective Gaiman brought forth these conflicted women into the dreamscape to expound on the difficulties they faced both as social beings in the context of the unbelievable pressures the female gender has always faced and as visitors invaders of the Dreaming where they are thrust into an unknown territory that could change their lives forever It is worth noting that Wanda was the only one left behind while the other four women were able to travel and it s for the simple fact that he is physiologically not a woman at all Gaiman highlighted the long held mysticism associated with female consciousness such as the connection pertaining to women s blood cycle and the phases of the moon and how Barbie s heightened sense of fantasy has allowed her to bridge two worlds together Queer relationships were touched upon with Hazel and Foxglove whose primary conflict was the unexpected pregnancy of the other due to a drunken mistake and how it would affect the direction of their partnership Thessaly, a later important character in the series, is a self made woman who acts according to her survival instincts, if not because of the blatant disregard for the welfare of others she considers to be inferior to her However, she is the most engaging character in the volume, and was able to capture the interest of Dream himself when he later arrives in the story to resolve the complications these women caught themselves in.It s easy to dismiss the eventual arrival of Dream as a deus ex machina wrap up that is anti climactic, but after several readings of the entire volume, I realized that it was the most effective pay off for the story Barbie claims herself from the broken fragments of her dreamland and returns home to grieve the loss of her childhood and an unlikely friend Thessaly once again defines herself outside the safety of societal expectations, and Hazel and Foxglove learn to build their relationship withtrust and open communication The story of Wanda Alvin is also very stirring and emotional, and its conclusion is one of the most unforgettable moments in the series for me.Dream, on the other hand, says goodbye to another lover, and warns the women that they must take heed not to endanger themselves by their own hand because the only thing that truly oppresses them is the fact that they have learned to love their bondage He was also beginning to soften a bit, thanks to the constant interactions with human beings and with the arrival of his secret admirer, the faery Nuala who was first introduced in Season of Mists.After being able to refresh all of these moments in the book, A Game of You eventually became one of my top favorites of the series Every time I read this volume, there s always something new to ponder within myself and discuss with people.RECOMMENDED 10 10This volume is an acquired taste, however The Sandman series goes from strength to strength, capable of reinventing itself with each new collection Morpheus is mostly absent at the start of A Game of You , but that s all right, as the new characters prove interesting enough without his presence The story takes place partly in a New York tenement, peopled with oddball characters that for some reason reminded me of Will Eisner, and partly in a fantasy realm that is lost in a far corner of Morpheus Dreamcountry Connecting the two is The Sandman series goes from strength to strength, capable of reinventing itself with each new collection Morpheus is mostly absent at the start of A Game of You , but that s all right, as the new characters prove interesting enough without his presence The story takes place partly in a New York tenement, peopled with oddball characters that for some reason reminded me of Will Eisner, and partly in a fantasy realm that is lost in a far corner of Morpheus Dreamcountry Connecting the two is Barbara, a character that appeared first in Doll s House where she dreamt she was a princess ruling over a magic realm The Barbie connection was clearly stated from the start, and here it takes a turn for the dark side, in both realms Barbie is divorced from Ken and living rather poorly in the big city, while the realm is under attack from the Cuckoo and her trusty courtiers are pleading for her return to save them from the Cuckoo According to Wikipedia this story arc is one of the author s favorites, and I can see how some of his favorite themes of falling through the cracks of reality feature prominently here Gaiman also mentions this is one of the girl focused collections, as opposed to other male oriented ones He might have a point, but I didn t have any problems with following a mostly feminine cast I would say that the appeal of the cast for me is in their marginalized social position they are the misfits, the non conformists that proper people like to look down their noses and frown at Wanda is a pre operative shemale, Hazel and Foxglove are a couple of lesbians, Thessaly is a bespectacled bookworm that hides a long career in witchcraft, and so on More than making a statement about social acceptance and exotic lifestyles, I think Gaiman chose these borderline characters in order to show how adversity can help show humans in their true light and how they can get out of trouble by sticking together and helping each other out.Not to get into too much details about the plot, but Barbie gets trapped in a dream by a servant of the Cuckoo, and her neighbours summon the Moon Goddess to help them follow up and rescue her, only to provoke a cataclysm into the real world In the Land Barbie as Princess Barbara sets out on a classic fantasy quest through deserts and forest until she reaches her former palace and comes face to face with the Cuckoo Morpheus at last makes an appearance and provides not only a godlike solution to everybody s troubles, but also a meditation on personal responsibility and assuming the consequences bad or good of one s actions, on growing up and leaving childhood dreams behind and fitting in in an adult world I had some problems with decoding the role of the Cuckoo as an agent of chaos, but probably a re read will set me straight.Of particular interest for me is the artwork of Shawn McManus, which I considered a step above previous volumes I hope some of the characters here will return in later issues, particularly Martin Tenbones, if possible This came into my bookstore and I hadn t read it in a couple years, plus it s the one with the transwoman in it, and I was feeling emotionally vulnerable So bring it on So yeah So when I was a little kid I read this and it was like, I was a baby transsexual and all I knew about it was that I d better not talk about it or admit it to myself or to anybody else So this book touched me in kind of a weird place and I was SUPER stoked that it treated a transwoman as a human being and, y know, i This came into my bookstore and I hadn t read it in a couple years, plus it s the one with the transwoman in it, and I was feeling emotionally vulnerable So bring it on So yeah So when I was a little kid I read this and it was like, I was a baby transsexual and all I knew about it was that I d better not talk about it or admit it to myself or to anybody else So this book touched me in kind of a weird place and I was SUPER stoked that it treated a transwoman as a human being and, y know, in a positive light Well and I am going to spoiler the shit out of this for you years and years later and years into manifesting a trans identity, uh, the story is really good but this loses four stars for shitty portrayal of a transwoman Seriously It makes sense that she resonated for me when I didn t know what it was like to be trans she reads VERY MUCH like a transwoman written by somebody who s not one Basically I feel wicked betrayed It gets one star back though because of the three panels on the second to last page you ll know em when you see em that always ALWAYS make me cry my friggin eyes out til I fall asleep Seriously I cry and cry It s gross Anyway, yeah, this is good, it makes me feel comfortable dismissing Neil Gaiman as somebody I don t care about BLAH This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here It s like we fell down the rabbit hole, woke up in I don t know Stephen King s basement Wanda to George s head 91 I love how Gaiman brings back former characters, and is able to intertwine them all The overarching story has also moved along, ever so slightly The last three volumes of The Sandman have completely outdone what came before I thought there was a good story in the first two volumes, but it was hard to find what really made me keep reading I m glad I kept reading thoug It s like we fell down the rabbit hole, woke up in I don t know Stephen King s basement Wanda to George s head 91 I love how Gaiman brings back former characters, and is able to intertwine them all The overarching story has also moved along, ever so slightly The last three volumes of The Sandman have completely outdone what came before I thought there was a good story in the first two volumes, but it was hard to find what really made me keep reading I m glad I kept reading though, because Gaiman really came into his own in volumes 3 5, and the fifth volume, A Game of You, is easily the best written installment so far, and I think I said that about the last two volumes as I read them.While the Sandman himself hardly appears in this volume, he didn t really need to be and it did not draw away from the story as a whole Gaiman has begun to write from character, and that really helps the story move forward in unpredictable but great ways It s about a girl who dreams herself into a fantasy realm that is endangered by the Cuckoo, who sends agents into the real world to have her and her friends killed The story alternates between New York and The Land, and it s so well done that you won t even wonder where Morpheus is Not only is this a great story, it also functions in tying the previous volumes together The main character is Barbie, who was part of the goody goody couple Barbie and Ken in Vol 2 The Doll s House further, Foxglove is actually the lover of the lesbian woman at the diner from Vol 1 Preludes and Nocturnes It s a very tight story, and in some ways is a good sequel to The Doll s House Now I see what people were talking about when they gushed about this series I really enjoyed this, from start to end, and have loved every volume Little things like how Hazel and Foxglove weren t the most perfect couple, but they were able to work out their differences, that was nice I liked how Wanda s family wasn t so accepting, but Maisie, the crazy homeless lady, is able to I liked the characters, and I liked seeing Barbie changed and changethroughout But surely you want to go home, Wanda s aunt to Barbara I m I m not sure about that I don t think home s a place It s a state of mind 177 The spell has been broken, the dream has ended Well, at least, for now I was really surprised at how weak the writing was in this volume it feltlike a spin off than part of the actual series Dream was barely present he wasof a side character, only appearing briefly in the series that was named after him Whatever was Neil Gaiman thinking when he decided to centre the story on Barbie Yes, Barbie If felt so off centre and removed from The Sandman myth the very thing that makes t The spell has been broken, the dream has ended Well, at least, for now I was really surprised at how weak the writing was in this volume it feltlike a spin off than part of the actual series Dream was barely present he wasof a side character, only appearing briefly in the series that was named after him Whatever was Neil Gaiman thinking when he decided to centre the story on Barbie Yes, Barbie If felt so off centre and removed from The Sandman myth the very thing that makes this series so compelling, intelligent and cool Sure it had lots of twisted elements and horror tropes but it still just didn t feel right The last edition was about Lucifer Previous ones have been about crazy serial killers with teeth for eyes and all manner of fucked up things We ve even had an edition on the endless So this felt rather how shall I put it unimpressive and unimaginative when you compare it with what came before The problem with such a great series as this is that when it fails to deliver, it really fails to deliver Moreover, the artwork changed after two issues The characters had completely different faces I had to go back and check who was who based upon the clothing and hair styles it was quite odd Perhaps this is just a problem with my edition The only character who had any sense of presence remains an enigma She clearly had some past with Dream, though it is never divulged to us The Witch was interesting this is clearly the last we will ever see her however All in all, it has far too much Barbie and not enough Dream As such, I m going to be taking a considerable break from this series I do love it, but I need time before going back It won t be until early next year before I pick up another volume, I was just so disappointed here I have read the first five volumes of The Sandman, and so far this is only my third favorite after A Doll s House and Seasons of Mist Its development is somewhat muddy, its narrative too crowded with characters, and it is somewhat removed from the central myth of Sandman and the theological and cosmic questions which surround him, themes I find the most compelling part of this series I admit, though, that this preference may be merely a matter of taste What A Game of You lacks in abstract m I have read the first five volumes of The Sandman, and so far this is only my third favorite after A Doll s House and Seasons of Mist Its development is somewhat muddy, its narrative too crowded with characters, and it is somewhat removed from the central myth of Sandman and the theological and cosmic questions which surround him, themes I find the most compelling part of this series I admit, though, that this preference may be merely a matter of taste What A Game of You lacks in abstract matters, it compensates for in its emphasis on the personal As the title indicates, this tale is about human psychology and the stratagems we employ both to hide from ourselves and to to endure what we must But it is alsothan mere psychologizing, for it is metaphysical too, suggesting that our dreams may be rooted in an extra personal reality, a pre planned landscape which can be invaded and dominated by others Our tale opens as the sleeping Barbie a character along with her husband Ken from A Doll s House is being summoned by a group of little talking animals to a dream world where she is the Princess, and in which her friends the animals are being menaced by someone or somehing called The Cuckoo Soon The Cuckoo extends its menace to the waking world, Barbie is sucked into the world of dreams, and her fellow apartment dwellers a lesbian couple one of whom looks like an adorably benign Pete Lorre , a transgender woman, and a hippie witch who is a lot I mean a lot older than she looks Their quest to defeat the cuckoo, and the help they receive from Dream, occupies most of the narrative.Perhaps most remarkable about this tale is its great range, from the childlike and whimsical to the violent and horrific Nothing in this tale neither the sentiment nor the ghastly humor seems the least bit out of place

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