The Sandman, Season of Mists, Volume Four

by Neil Gaiman | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 1563890410 Global Overview for this book
Registered by LilyKlip of Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on 7/10/2011
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12 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by LilyKlip from Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on Sunday, July 10, 2011
"Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven" - well, Lord Lucifer himself disagrees. He's sick of taking care of petty demons and demanding beasts, tired of taking the blame for everything that goes wrong with the world. So, he quits, closes down hell, hands over the key for the gates and starts a new life.

This is one of my favourites and it kind of is the reason why this spiral is happening. About a year ago I read "Good Omens", a truly fantastic novel by Gaiman and Pratchet and it somehow reminded me a lot of "Season of Mists" and that's how the idea for the spiral was born. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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- Please keep the books for a maximum of three weeks. They are all graphic novels and don't take that long to read. If you are too busy once it is your turn please PM me and I will move you further to the end. I cannot do this too often though as that would mess up the spiral system.

- I'm afraid I will have to cancel the spiral though if one book gets lost. I can afford to replace one book but don't want to pay for more.


participants (order will slightly change for each book in the series):

1. Xirxe (Germany)
2. SerendipityN (Germany)
3. Tsjara (Netherlands) please post to Esme-Weatherwax this time! Thank you. ;-)
4. Esme-Weatherwax (Ireland)
5. KiwiinEngland (Ireland/UK) kindly offered to take the books across the UK/Ireland border
6. MKtiny (UK)
7. Nell-Lu (UK)
8. Vekiki (UK)
9. Lunacia (Norway) has a new address!
10. Appelsiini (Finland)
11. vedranaster (Croatia)

and back to me

Link to Volume 5: A Game of you

This Spiral is listed in the BookRing Directory

Journal Entry 2 by LilyKlip at Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (7/28/2011 UTC) at Leipzig, Sachsen Germany

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Traveling to Xirxe!

Journal Entry 3 by Xirxe at Hannover, Niedersachsen Germany on Sunday, August 07, 2011
Finally yesterday in the evening I have got Sandman Volume Four from my personal postman :-)
Thanx a lot, LilyKlip, for this wonderful bookring!!

28. August 2011
Even The Lord of Dreams is not without fail. And so he has to admit, it has been a mistake to damn a young woman into hell, who rejected to stay with him to all eternity. So he sets of to hell to unchain and to release her, being prepared that it will be a quite difficult problem. And thus it happended, but entirely different than he has imagined...
Great, a 'Sandman-book' again with a continuous story, which also refers to former books. It's exciting and the chronicle stimulates thinking about the existence of hell: How would it be without hell? What would be about heaven? And what about all the unfortunate souls?
It's a fantastic story with a surprising twist, which in my opinion slides a little bit too much towards Happy-End. Someway I have imagined the solution will be more dramatic. But maybe this depends on the other books I've read in the weeks before. Too many bloodthirsty thrillers :-)
The drawings are - like always - exceptional good, so you really sink into the atmosphere of this book. Great stuff!

Journal Entry 4 by Xirxe at sent by mail, Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, August 29, 2011

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The Sandman is on his way to SerendipityN. Enjoy reading!!

Journal Entry 5 by SerendipityN at Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Arrived today, thank you. Great timing, too, as I've just read Gaiman's short story "The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains" and thought it would be nice to get the next volume of the Sandman series. :-)

Journal Entry 6 by SerendipityN at Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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I really enjoyed this volume. The chapter set at the boarding school is creepy!

Thank you for this ring!

I mailed it off to the Netherlands today.

Journal Entry 7 by Tsjara at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Monday, September 19, 2011
The book is here! Thanks for sending SerendipityN (the little comics on the envelope are very funny :)) Looking forward to this one. And thanks again LilyKlip for sharing the books ^_^

Journal Entry 8 by Tsjara at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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Really enjoyed this volume, I think it's my favorite so far. I especially liked the bit where all kinds of different deities came to visit. The bit at the boarding school was really creepy :p. I wonder what will happen to Lucifer (the bits with him were quite funny actually), and who the missing sibling is..


Now on its way to Esme-Weatherwax.
Happy reading!



Journal Entry 9 by Esme-Weatherwax at Limerick, Co. Limerick Ireland on Friday, October 28, 2011
The book arrived last week however I had to go and pick it up. I waited to get it today because the weather has been really bad last week and the two days the weather was good this week ( besides today) I did not have time to got to the PO. Both my husband and I really look forward to cont. this series. We will try to get though it asap ( in-between baby stuff) .

Journal Entry 10 by Esme-Weatherwax at Limerick, Co. Limerick Ireland on Friday, November 18, 2011
PMed KiwiinEngland for her address. Will mail on book some day next week.
I will make a JE on my and my husband's thoughts on the book a little later when I am not so tried.

Journal Entry 11 by Esme-Weatherwax at Limerick, Co. Limerick Ireland on Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (11/28/2011 UTC) at Limerick, Co. Limerick Ireland

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Off to Dublin. Sorry for the delay in posting last week was very busy then the internet was down for 2 days. Anyway I put the book in a different plastic bag for the one it came in had seen better days and with the weather we have been having I thought it would be less risking putting it in a new bag. Hope you enjoy!

Journal Entry 12 by Esme-Weatherwax at Limerick, Co. Limerick Ireland on Tuesday, November 29, 2011
This book was read by my husband, his brother and myself.
My Review: So far I liked this volume the best out of the series. I enjoyed the meeting of the endless I hope we get to know more about them in later volumes and I wonder who the missing brother is. Spoiler: I also really enjoyed the parts with all the different gods who wanted to get hell from the Sandman. I am interested in seeing where the boarding school chapter will lead. I am enjoying this series and I will more than likely start getting them to own.

Husband's Review: Visually it is the best in the series so far and the plot and dialogue is particularly good.It also has a touch of American Gods.Great graphic novel, terrible introduction.

Journal Entry 13 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Thursday, December 01, 2011
Safely arrived in Dublin, thanks Esme-weatherwax for sending it up to me.

Journal Entry 14 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Monday, January 09, 2012
I found this book slightly frustrating, or to be more accruate I became annoyed that book three seemed to be a filler book and the story from book 2 continued in this one.

I enjoyed the different view about the purpose of Hell.

LilyKlip asked me to keep this over the Christmas/New Year period so it didn't get lost in the overburdened postal service.

Journal Entry 15 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Manchester, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on Monday, January 09, 2012

Released 9 yrs ago (1/8/2012 UTC) at Manchester, Greater Manchester United Kingdom

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Posted at Manchester airport to the next in the bookring.

Journal Entry 16 by MKtiny at Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Arrived today, safe and sound. I'm looking forward to reading this.

Journal Entry 17 by MKtiny at Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I loved this enstallment - it really begins to pick up on earlier threads and adds depth to the story. I agree with Esme-Weatherwax in that there is an American Gods feel to it. I love the down to earth Human characteristics that the Gods have; it makes the realms of Hell and the Dreaming all the more strange.

My particular favourite was the boarding school episode. It was a great ghost story.

On it's way shortly to Nell-Lu

Journal Entry 18 by Nell-Lu at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, January 28, 2012
This arrived today -- thanks you MKtiny for sending it (and for the pretty postcard) and LilyKlip for sharing. I'll move onto this when I finish my current read.

Journal Entry 19 by Nell-Lu at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, February 03, 2012
Interesting.

I'm enjoying reading these books, although I have to confess there's an element of duty to it ("I really ought to read The Sandman"). There were some nice moments in this volume, particularly in the artwork.

Thanks, LilyKlip.

Journal Entry 20 by Nell-Lu at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, February 03, 2012

Released 9 yrs ago (2/3/2012 UTC) at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom

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This is all packaged up and ready to go to Vekiki. I'll take it to the Post Office later today.

Journal Entry 21 by Vekiki at Greater London, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, February 11, 2012
phew. this had been in the post a while but arrived today... thanks!

Journal Entry 22 by Vekiki at Greater London, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, February 13, 2012

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Gobbled this up in a couple of big greedy bites :) I liked meeting more of Dream's familiy (Desire reminds me of David Bowie, which I suppose is rather the point since I heart Bowie) , and the various people who came to try to trade, with all their motives and methods

I, (unlike esme-weatherwax's husband), really enjoyed the introduction, Harlen Ellison is so funny and dark, perfect for this series. But I know his writing style is far from everyone's taste :)

Popped in the post this afternoon, on it's way to Norway

Journal Entry 23 by winglunaciawing at Sandnes, Rogaland fylke Norway on Thursday, February 16, 2012
Hurrah! Volume four is now with me! :-D

Journal Entry 24 by winglunaciawing at Sandnes, Rogaland fylke Norway on Thursday, March 15, 2012
I'm as usual very sorry it's staying for me so long, but I'm still allergic for perfume... I have no idea what makes the albums smell so much before it arrives here.

Will read and pass on as soon as it's less "smelly".

Journal Entry 25 by winglunaciawing at Sandnes, Rogaland fylke Norway on Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Lovely read, as always.

Journal Entry 26 by winglunaciawing at South Kensington, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 04, 2012

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As I brought this along for my Easter break, I managed to read it quickly. Mailed off from London today.

Journal Entry 27 by wingAppelsiiniwing at Lempäälä, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Friday, April 13, 2012
This one arrived today, thanks Lunacia!

Journal Entry 28 by wingAppelsiiniwing at Lempäälä, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I didn't enjoy this one as much as I have enjoyed the previous books, although there were many entertaining points in it! I liked the creepy school chapter and also all those gods and other characters trying to convince Dream to give them the key but somehow the end was a bit boring and too much a happy end. Of course, what can you get in a situation like that. I would have liked to see what Hell would have been with different gods in charge, maybe Dream could have rented it? :) Anyway, I already have vedranasters address so this one will continue its journey soon!

Journal Entry 29 by wingAppelsiiniwing at Lempäälä, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Released 9 yrs ago (5/2/2012 UTC) at Lempäälä, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland

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On it's way to Croatia!

Journal Entry 30 by vedranaster at Zagreb, Zagreb City Croatia on Thursday, May 10, 2012

Arrived, safe and sound, to sunny Croatia! :)

I'm currently reading The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo as part of a bookray spiral, but as I usually read that one before going to bed when things quiet down, and seeing how this is not really a book, I suspect I'll gobble this one up greedily some time in the next few days, during breaks from my work. Nom nom nom! ;)


Journal Entry 31 by vedranaster at Zagreb, Zagreb City Croatia on Thursday, May 31, 2012

I liked this one slightly more than the previous ones, perhaps because the story flowed a bit more slowly and coherently. I'm still having a bit of trouble keeping track of who's who in Dream's family, partly because they keep being drawn ever so slightly different each time they appear, and partly because we're reading this as a spiral so I forget who's who from one volume to the next. :)

I think I might come back to this series one day again, with all volumes in front of me.
The stories are definitely complex enough to warrant more than one reading.


Journal Entry 32 by LilyKlip at Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on Saturday, June 02, 2012
I asked vedranaster to hold on to the book for another two weeks as I'm going on holidays. However, I will send Volume 6 out to Xirxe early next week so there's no hold up in the spiral.

And please can I ask everyone who is before lunacia to keep the books away from any perfume. Thank you!

Journal Entry 33 by vedranaster at Zagreb, Zagreb City Croatia on Monday, June 18, 2012

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The book is now in the care of the Post Office, on its way back home to LilyKlip in Germany. Thanks for sharing! :)


Journal Entry 34 by LilyKlip at Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Number 4 is back home!

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