Picture Death. What do you see? If it’s a pale, thin girl with big hair, dark clothing, and a silver ankh, Neil Gaiman’s to blame. In a moment of inspiration that will long outlive him, he chose to make his personification of death not terrifying or beautiful but cute. Over the course of Absolute Death (which collects two miniseries, three one-off stories, and various ephemera), she quotes Mary Poppins, jokes about pigeons, and ushers the newly dead into the afterlife. Her first appearance was in “The Sound of Her Wings,” an early issue of Sandman. In it, she’s presented as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl before […]
I came home from a poop day at work to a book exchange package from Katie (faintingviolet) and it made my day. I legit squealed when I opened the first book and saw Wishful Drinking. And I’ve been meaning to read Austenland and start Sandman for yearrrrs. (Although, I will confess that I’m actually super intimidated to start Sandman.) Thank you so much, Katie! And thank you for organizing this beautimous tradition.
I’m not sure why it took me so long to finish Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, after the first volume grabbed my attention and imagination so thoroughly. But slowly, as I read through more instalments, I saw that the series was scattered with highs and lows. The tenth and final volume, The Wake, is a somber affair, regarding the events immediately following the “death,” of Morpheus, the Lord of Dreaming. But just like Despair before him, his death is more of a regeneration, if you will, as you cannot kill a concept or the personification of a concept. And yet, people […]