Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Joint Book(s) 1.15: The Sandman (1-20)

Dear Jenny,

As you know, we are mixing it up this year, by reading four joint books together. The first of these is The Sandman (books 1-20). I suggested this "book" (which are actually books) and you concurred.  Sooo... why is The Sandman on my TBR list?

Basically, I am a bit of a graphic novel junkie and The Sandman is a classic in the world of graphic novels. It's one of those "How have I not read this before?!" scenarios like... an English major who realizes they have never read a single work of Shakespeare. So it has long been on my TBR list.

At least, virtually. I've always planned to read these, even though they were not actually, physically, on my shelves. In fact, I had them checked out of the library at the very time that we decided to read these together last October. Soooo... we're getting a little off-track from the actual original "TBR" plan with this, buuut... I have long intended to read these books. So thanks for agreeing to read them with me! :)

It's worth noting that we are reading 1-20, which coincides with either The Absolute Sandman, Vol 1 (1-20) or the first three trade paperbacks: Preludes and Nocturnes (1-8), The Doll's House (9-16), and Dream Country (17-20). But these books continued through to #75. If it's as good as I have heard that it is, I'm not sure we're going to be able to stop at 20. In that case, you can come visit me, we'll get the rest out of my library and read them all together. (Sounds like an awesome weekend, doesn't it?)


1 comment:

  1. That actually does sound like an awesome weekend. Hah!

    So, I'll tell you why I agreed to them---I teach a graphic novel, American Born Chinese, and it's hard for me! I'm so word-oriented, and it's hard for me to attend to the images. One of the tenets of the graphic novelist is: I write what I can't draw, and I draw what I can't write. I actually make the kids write it on the inside front cover of ABC.

    One of the things I'd like to do is read more graphic novels, but I usually read the ones that are for middle schoolers, or the ones commonly taught in schools.

    I think this is going to be good for me! Mine are coming in the mail today (or so say the many texts from Amazon) and I'm looking forward to it.

    PS I think you're right that we are going to have a hard time stopping at 20. Some friends were discussing it on FB, and the consensus was that it just keeps getting better!