Sandman fans should feel lucky that master fantasy writer Neil Gaiman discovered the mythical world of Japanese fables while researching his translation of Hayao Miyazaki's film Princess Mononoke.

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At the same time, while preparing for the Sandman 10th anniversary, he met Yoshitaka Amano, his artist for the 11th Sandman book. Amano is the famed designer of the Final Fantasy Sandman fans should feel lucky that master fantasy writer Neil Gaiman discovered the mythical world of Japanese fables while researching his translation of Hayao Miyazaki"s film Princess Mononoke. At the same time, while preparing for the Sandman 10th anniversary, he met Yoshitaka Amano, his artist for the 11th Sandman book. Amano is the famed designer of the Final Fantasy game series. The product of Gaiman"s immersion in Japanese art, culture, và history, Sandman: Dream Hunters is a classic Japanese tale (adapted from "The Fox, the Monk, & the Mikabởi vì of All Night"s Dreaming") that he has subtly morphed into his Sandman universe.Like most fables, the story begins with a wager between two jealous animals, a fox and a badger: which of them can drive a young monk from his solitary temple? The winner will make the temple inlớn a new fox or badger home page. But as the fox adopts the form of a woman to woo the monk from his hermitage, she falls in love sầu with him. Meanwhile, in far away Kyokhổng lồ, the wealthy Master of Yin-Yang, the onmyoji, is plagued by his fears & seeks tranquility in his comm& of sorcery. He learns of the monk và his inner peace; he dispatches demons lớn plague the monk in his dreams & eventually kill hyên ổn khổng lồ bring his peace to lớn the onmyoji.

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The fox overhears the demons on their way to lớn the monk và begins her struggle to lớn save sầu the man whom at first she so envied.Dream Hunters is a beautiful package. From the ink-brush painted endpapers to lớn the luminous page layouts--including Amano"s gate-fold painting of Morpheus in a sea of reds, oranges, và violets--this book has been crafted for a sensuous reading experience. Gaiman has developed as a prose stylist in the last several years with novels & stories such as Neverwhere & Stardust, and his narrative sầu rings with a sense of timelessness and magic that gently sustains this adult fairy tale. The only disappointment here is that the book is so brief. One could imagine this creative team being even better suited khổng lồ a longer story of more epic proportions. On the final page of Dream Hunters, in fact, Amano suggest that he will collaborate further with Mr. Gaiman in the future. Readers of Dream Hunters will hope that Amano"s dream comes true. --Patriông chồng O"Kelley ...more
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