Dream Country Review
Dream Country is the third volume of THE SANDMAN series, including no. 17-20. Unlike the first two volumes, Dream Country does not really follow a storyline, instead, each chapter has its own, as if the volume is a compilation of four short stories: Calliope, A Dream of a Thousand Cats, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Facade. In these stories, Gainman again presents his knowledge on mythology, literature, history, and other themes that fascinate his readers. Perhaps this volume is one of his shortest, but it is definitely one of the most entertaining.
Although these short stories may seem like fillers that serve as an unnecessary segue (for some) in the main storyline, it is nice to have a break from the main events and focus on the unnoticed ones that are still aligned with the story. These short stories are “good to know” for background knowledge that can help readers better understand the myths that lie behind Gainman’s stories. Facade is one of my favorites because it shows how THE SANDMAN series is connected with other DC characters while making Death an important character in the chapter. Gainman shows exemplary skill in writing in the rest of the stories, too.
Gainman continues to fascinate me. THE SANDMAN SERIES are the only series I have read of him, but I can’t wait to read his other works. How about American Gods?