The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll's House

The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll's House

A being who has existed since the beginning of the universe, Dream of the Endless rules over the realm of dreams. In THE DOLL’S HOUSE, after a decades-long imprisonment, the Sandman has returned to find that a few dreams and nightmares have escaped to reality. Looking to recapture his lost possessions, Morpheus ventures to the human plane only to learn that a woman named R...

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Title:The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll's House
Author:Neil Gaiman
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ISBN:1563892251
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:232 pages

The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll's House Reviews

  • Andrew
    Aug 29, 2007

    I used to stubbornly think that graphic novels had no intellectual merits other than for amateur entertainment (I know, pedestal). This series not only blew me away visually, but caused me to see graphic novels in a new light. Everyone should read this series.

    Here's what i want to say, but someone else said it first and better than i could:

    "Erudite, allusive, complex and ambitious, SANDMAN is undoubtedly the finest writing the mainstream comic book industry has ever seen. It dares to tell the st

    I used to stubbornly think that graphic novels had no intellectual merits other than for amateur entertainment (I know, pedestal). This series not only blew me away visually, but caused me to see graphic novels in a new light. Everyone should read this series.

    Here's what i want to say, but someone else said it first and better than i could:

    "Erudite, allusive, complex and ambitious, SANDMAN is undoubtedly the finest writing the mainstream comic book industry has ever seen. It dares to tell the story of Morpheus, also known as Dream, the Prince of Stories, one of the seven Endless who are not gods, because gods die when men stop believeing in them. The Endless are older and larger than gods. Creating his own mythology, Gaiman incorporates all past mythology into his own - some specifically and explicitly, the rest by implication."

    You don't even need to read them in order! (Although I did) I refuse to let anyone borrow and potentially destroy my copies.

  • Brad
    Mar 25, 2013

    The Corinthian and the serial murderer's convention was rather special, and Rose Walker was somewhat interesting the first time reading this, but the second time? I think it was much better.

    It's all about how we are shaped and what we shape, from feelings of listlessness (Dream), making a new life (the escaped dreams), or friendship with Hob, the humanity of Death, of Desire's machinations.

    All of which touch on something deeper than a single series of comics should ever have a chance to commit.

    V

    The Corinthian and the serial murderer's convention was rather special, and Rose Walker was somewhat interesting the first time reading this, but the second time? I think it was much better.

    It's all about how we are shaped and what we shape, from feelings of listlessness (Dream), making a new life (the escaped dreams), or friendship with Hob, the humanity of Death, of Desire's machinations.

    All of which touch on something deeper than a single series of comics should ever have a chance to commit.

    Very impressive storytelling, and weird, full to the brim with images and sequences that go very deep indeed.

  • Lyn
    Apr 28, 2013

    The Doll’s House, the second installment of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman series, is an entertaining offering of graphic novel collaboration.

    Gaiman’s imaginative storyline is brought to life by illustrators Steve Parkhouse, Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli, Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III. Taking off from the introductory

    , this volume follows a thematic plot about a “dream vortex” about which Morpheus must contend.

    Other vignettes featured continue to

    The Doll’s House, the second installment of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman series, is an entertaining offering of graphic novel collaboration.

    Gaiman’s imaginative storyline is brought to life by illustrators Steve Parkhouse, Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli, Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III. Taking off from the introductory

    , this volume follows a thematic plot about a “dream vortex” about which Morpheus must contend.

    Other vignettes featured continue to expand the Sandman canon and further demonstrates Gaiman’s narrative skill.

    The serial killer convention is especially noteworthy.

  • Alejandro
    Jun 17, 2013

    Writer: Neil Gaiman

    Illustrators: Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Michael Zulli, Steve Parkhouse & Chris Bachalo

    Letterer: Todd Klein

    You know that this TPB is something else when Clive Barker does the introduction!

    While I only read (so far) four of the first TPBs of

    , at least in this moment I have to say that this is the strongest storyline.

    The first time that I st

    Writer: Neil Gaiman

    Illustrators: Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Michael Zulli, Steve Parkhouse & Chris Bachalo

    Letterer: Todd Klein

    You know that this TPB is something else when Clive Barker does the introduction!

    While I only read (so far) four of the first TPBs of

    , at least in this moment I have to say that this is the strongest storyline.

    The first time that I started to read it, when I reach the part of the “cereal convention”, I had an odd Déjà vu. I knew that I have heard about this concept before. An instant later, I realized where I thought I had heard it before and I couldn’t believe it. I had to check it out. I looked into my comic book collection and I found my TPBs of

    and there it was! In one of the TPBs of the iconic run by Alan Moore in

    there was a story developed in a single issue about a serial killer and there he did a casual mention about the intention of serial killers around the United States about organizing a convention. And even the nickname of that serial killer plays a pivotal role in

    ’s story. But neither of them put any reference to the story of the other, because it’s the reader who has to make the connection...

    ...

    Morpheus, the King of the realm of the Dreams, the very embodiment of Dream, is now back in business. He already got back his tools of office and possess all his power at full.

    Now, he is doing a census in his realm and disturbing news are found. Four of the major arcana big beings are nowhere in the realm of dreams. This isn’t good for anybody. Those four beings are very powerful and they can do a lot of damage in other realms, specially in our realm, Earth. But in the middle of that something quite inusual appears, a Dream Vortex and it’s a woman!

    Four powerful dream creatures are in the loose on Earth.

    A Dream Vortex is in the rising.

    A family is in the process of getting reunited.

    A guest house has a very particular community.

    A convention is held like no other before.

    Another member of the Endless comes to stage and

    to play.

    And everything is interconnected since coincidences are only for those who can’t see the big picture.

    Neil Gaiman shows his expertise as storyteller not only with the powerful story arc of

    but also in between with wonderful short stories taking us to the very beginnings of humanity showing cursed love affairs and through millennial dates of unlikely friends.

    at its prime, but beware because Dream is angry and this is not for the faint of

    .

  • Patrick
    Jan 24, 2014

    Note: This is part two of a rambling multi-volume re-read of the series. It will probably make better sense in context of other reviews...

    In this volume, we get several cool stand-alone stories and our first longer story arc with a non-sandman character. It's good stuff. Clever and fun and smart. Everything you'd expect from Gaiman.

    When I first read it, it wowed me. It was cool and real and mythic all at once.

    Reading it now, I look back on my first-read-through self and smile fondly, thinking

    Note: This is part two of a rambling multi-volume re-read of the series. It will probably make better sense in context of other reviews...

    In this volume, we get several cool stand-alone stories and our first longer story arc with a non-sandman character. It's good stuff. Clever and fun and smart. Everything you'd expect from Gaiman.

    When I first read it, it wowed me. It was cool and real and mythic all at once.

    Reading it now, I look back on my first-read-through self and smile fondly, thinking. "Oh you sweet boy, you have no idea what cool is yet. Just wait... just wait....

  • Anne
    Apr 24, 2014

    2.5 stars...

    3?

    I had forgotten why I stopped after volume 1.

    I remember.

    I see why everyone loves and reveres this title, I really do. It's just not my cuppa. It's just too dark and trippy for me, and the art isn't something that I actually enjoy looking at.

    I

    wish I could say that I

    all the deep introspective stuff that Gaiman was saying, but...

    Truth?

    I'm a few tiny steps away from being completely shallow and silly.

    Especially

    2.5 stars...

    3?

    I had forgotten why I stopped after volume 1.

    I remember.

    I see why everyone loves and reveres this title, I really do. It's just not my cuppa. It's just too dark and trippy for me, and the art isn't something that I actually enjoy looking at.

    I

    wish I could say that I

    all the deep introspective stuff that Gaiman was saying, but...

    Truth?

    I'm a few tiny steps away from being completely shallow and silly.

    Especially when it comes to reading material.

    Although, I figure that it has to count for something that at least I'm self-aware

    enough to know it, and honest

    enough to admit it.

    Or that's what I tell myself.

    Anyway, Dream is hunting the vortex, who in turn is hunting for her little brother. Her little brother is being kept in a basement by hillbilly relatives who only want to collect a check.

    The Corinthian is a serial killer that Dream...well, dreamed up. And he's currently en route to a convention being held by like-minded individuals. All the while there are all of these little side stories about other crazy people/things playing in the background.

    Death (the only character I really liked) wasn't in this one, so that was a bit of a downer.

    I already have volume 3 sitting beside me right now, and I'm sort of curious to see how things progress, but I'm just not sure if I'll end up reading it.

    I have to say I didn't

    it, and I'm trying really hard to step outside of my box this year...

    Maybe?

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Dec 29, 2014

    I'm sorry Neil Gaiman..That first book in this series was kinda bland.

    I think you way stepped it up in this book.

    Yes, I know..you has some fangirls..err

    and

    ..might want to send those to some fan mail..they got your back.

    This one featured Dream guy but it actually made some sense..or did I drink the kool-aid?? Am I dreaming now..Now I'm paranoid.

    I hate to give much away because these books aren't very long. So you gonna have to read these suckers.

    Oh! Wait! I will tell you. If

    I'm sorry Neil Gaiman..That first book in this series was kinda bland.

    I think you way stepped it up in this book.

    Yes, I know..you has some fangirls..err

    and

    ..might want to send those to some fan mail..they got your back.

    This one featured Dream guy but it actually made some sense..or did I drink the kool-aid?? Am I dreaming now..Now I'm paranoid.

    I hate to give much away because these books aren't very long. So you gonna have to read these suckers.

    Oh! Wait! I will tell you. If you check into a hotel with a "Cereal Convention" going on..you might just want to keep chucking on down the road.

  • Bill  Kerwin
    Jul 06, 2016

    The first volume of the Sandman was a fascinating experiment that enlarged the borders of the comic book world; this second volume is a fulfillment, a wildly imaginative narrative which is also a disciplined example of the story-teller’s art.

    In an excellent introduction by Clive Barker—one of the masters of modern horror—the author distinguishes between two types of fantastic fiction: 1) the most common form, in which “a reality that resembles our own” is invaded by the fantastic, which is event

    The first volume of the Sandman was a fascinating experiment that enlarged the borders of the comic book world; this second volume is a fulfillment, a wildly imaginative narrative which is also a disciplined example of the story-teller’s art.

    In an excellent introduction by Clive Barker—one of the masters of modern horror—the author distinguishes between two types of fantastic fiction: 1) the most common form, in which “a reality that resembles our own” is invaded by the fantastic, which is eventually “accommodated or exiled,” and 2) the less frequent form in which there is “no solid status quo, only a series of relative realities.” Barker suggests that this second variety—of which Poe is an acknowledged master—is the more interesting of the two, and poses a question: “is it perhaps freedom from critical and academic scrutiny that has made the medium of the comic book so rich an earth in which to nurture this second kind of fiction?” I answer “yes,” along with Mr. Barker, and believe Neil Gaiman’s “The Doll’s House” to be one of the finest exotic plants produced by this rich soil.

    The plot is based on the premise that occasionally a “dream vortex” is born who may unite the dreams of others into herself, becoming in the process a danger not only to our shared—and our separate—realities but even to the existence of the great Lord of Dreams. After a prologue, in which an old man of a desert aboriginal cultural tells a young initiate a story about the dire consequences of the love between Dream and the “dream-vortex” Queen Nada, we are introduced to New Jersey girl Rose Walker who is flying to England to meet her grandmother for the first time. During her week in London, and later, when she moves into her new rooming house, peopled with eccentrics, near her Florida campus, we begin to suspect that she may be one of those dream-vortices too, and we fear for her, and for our world also.

    My favorite things about this narrative were the folk-tale purity of the old man’s initiation story (“Tales in the Sand,” Prologue), the interlude which chronicles Dream’s periodic meetings with a man who cannot die (“Men of Good Fortune,” Part 4), and the exciting and surprising conclusion in which an endearing fat Englishman with a sword cane—who is called Gilbert and looks suspiciously like G.K. Chesterton—does his utmost to save Rose Walker from what seems an inevitable fate.

    This is a masterpiece of the genre. It is self-contained, and can be read with pleasure without knowing anything of the first volume. Then again, the first volume is very good too. Perhaps you should do what I am doing: start at the beginning, and read them all.

  • HFK
    Dec 06, 2016

    Oh, shoot me a second asshole because I am about to rate a Neil Gaiman work with just two stars, I deserve all the wrath that is coming to me, I take full responsibility of my heartless actions that has no justification other than that

    kind of really sucks ass, and there is hardly any tongue action at play.

    really reminded me of other series I struggle with;

    . Both series I am planning to fully go through with, but both are also series that may be the end of

    Oh, shoot me a second asshole because I am about to rate a Neil Gaiman work with just two stars, I deserve all the wrath that is coming to me, I take full responsibility of my heartless actions that has no justification other than that

    kind of really sucks ass, and there is hardly any tongue action at play.

    really reminded me of other series I struggle with;

    . Both series I am planning to fully go through with, but both are also series that may be the end of me unless they do a comprehensive turn around for the better. Everyone says they do, so I am putting a lot of trust in my fellow readers whose taste I have grown to appreciate.

    Like with

    , the second volume of

    was such a slow paced bore fest that most of the time I was wondering should I actually dnf a graphic novel, or how many percent I have still to go, or can my delicate snowflake mind really handle this at all.

    And this brings me to the main point. Both series hold so much creativity, imagination and talent that most can only dream of. But sometimes the problem with so much talent is that it floats freely, without any strings attached. The release of creativity is rather frenetic as there is nothing to hold it back, but there is also nothing to guide it, nothing to keep it together, just an atomic bomb going off with a massive boom, scattering pieces and toxic all over the place.

    Such outcome is

    , too. Gaiman feels lost most of the time, even when there is times when he is on top of his craft; immortal friendship and cereal killers convention. But at any time, Gaiman is ready to fall and let his creativity take the better of him, and then the mess starts or returns, depending on the point of view.

    will be a long, long journey, and I hope to see it getting a grip of itself, there is simply no room to have too many new assholes in me. Hoping for the best, being prepared to a painful star-fuckery.

  • Bookworm Sean
    Jan 15, 2017

    Every time I try to write a review for a Sandman comic, it just sounds like an outpouring of positive emotions and generic statements about what makes a good story good. I literally love this series, and to try and review it in a conventional way is rather difficult. So instead I’m going to show you some images and do my best to explain why this comic is so incredible.

    Dream is a character, a concept and a force of nature. He is one of the defining pillars

    Every time I try to write a review for a Sandman comic, it just sounds like an outpouring of positive emotions and generic statements about what makes a good story good. I literally love this series, and to try and review it in a conventional way is rather difficult. So instead I’m going to show you some images and do my best to explain why this comic is so incredible.

    Dream is a character, a concept and a force of nature. He is one of the defining pillars of the human psyche, and this is his story. This is the story of how, after he was restored to his full power in Sandman volume one, he regains the control of the remainder of his weird minions that went rogue. And I say weird because his creations are very strange. He has created them from the dreamscape with the sole purpose of being a means of creating dreams for a human sleeper. They are ideals and entities both. It’s hard to explain if you haven’t read it, but in Gaiman’s world dreaming is a powerful tool. And the creatures involved are dangerous if not controlled properly by their lord and master.

    And this is one of the creatures in question. He was specifically designed to combat nightmares, to use fear against fear itself; however, in Morpheus’ absence he has been doing whatever he pleases. And what pleases him is eyes, eating them and biting them out with his own teeth-socket eyes. So Morpheus actual presence in his own realm is vital in controlling such evil things so he may do some good with them. Indeed, because what the Corinthian does here is inspire an entire generation of serial killers to go and collect the body parts of other humans.

    Now this image isn’t in this volume, I couldn’t find the scene online for this one, but it works nonetheless. Dream meets Shakespeare who is dreaming of becoming a wonderful playwright. He is in awe of Christopher Marlowe’s work, and wants to be able to write with the same degree of artistry. He makes a deal with Morpheus, a dream in exchange for something yet to be revealed. And for me this becomes one of the best things about this comic. It sits oddly at place with the real world. It’s almost like Gaiman has cleverly devised these characters that could actually exist. It may sound slightly irrational, but the point is the real world has been used to demonstrate that there are concepts and powers that will always be beyond human recognition. Despite advances in science, we will never be able to define such vague and ungraspable ideas such as emotions and dreams. Instead we have art, and in this case a comic, to attempt to express such things so eloquently.

    I feel ill-equipped to review this in such a way that demonstrates the sheer intelligence of this story. It’s like I’m trying to talk about a masterful piece of music, but I know nothing about the formalities of music so I can’t put my feelings into precise language. Perhaps that’s a poor allegory because I do know a fair bit about books and stories, though trying to capture how creative and innovative this is still rather difficult. All I can suggest is that you go read this series and see it for yourself.