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  • Hardcover
  • 263 pages
  • Fables Reflections
  • Neil Gaiman
  • English
  • 22 August 2016
  • 9781563891069

10 thoughts on “Fables Reflections

  1. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    Death was a little older than Dream Things had the potential to die before they had the potential to dream The brilliance of this series resides in the fact that it can go anywhere and be almost anything We all have dreams and across the ages there has been a huge variety of hopes and wishes and visions of a better world And to capture the vastness of dreaming this volume takes on the form of a collection of short stories each with a different dream and a different idea Naturally my favourite was the one that involved Dream’s older sister Death There's just something fascinating about the way Gaiman has envisioned her She is so happy and welcoming which bespeaks the idea that all must meet her in the end Even dreams die Sometimes you wake up Sometimes the fall kills you And sometimes when you fall you fly The collection sits somewhat aside from the main Sandman story arc if you can call it an arc and it includes a real eclectic bunch of stories and characters I just love seeing how the Endless interact with the world and the people in it because despite their immortality and their ever influencing presence on man they are still surprised by his actions They don’t ever seem to fully understand that their existence depends on each other Dream understands and I think Death does too but the others are yet to get there So this was another strong volume in the series I’m really looking forward to finally finishing it this year – on to volume 7FBR | Twitter | Facebook | Insta | Academia

  2. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    The sixth collection—as its title suggests—is a somewhat random grab bag of tales only tenuously connected with the Sandman story Still there are a couple of themes present here 1 the fate of empires and emperors and 2 the ways in which narrative—in dream and song—can sustain hope and foster illusionFour of the stories feature historical rulers—Emperor Caesar Augustus revolutionary leaders Robespierre and St Just Caliph Harun al Rashid and San Francisco native Joshua Norton self proclaimed Emperor of America—all of whom led lives profoundly affected by dreams The best of these four—in fact the best of the entire collection—is the story of the Caliph of Baghdad and the bargain he makes with the Lord of Dreams Gaiman wrote it during Operation Desert Storm and although the tale is not only filled with magic but also inked in a marvel of colors suited to the city of the Arabian Nights it is touched with melancholy and loss rooted in the devastation of war in IraThe second most powerful story in Fables and Reflections is the life of the poet and musician Orpheus In Gaiman’s mythology Orpheus is the son not of Apollo but of Morpheus and Dream’s entire family who attends Orpheus’ wedding are caught up in the tragic events surrounding the death of his wife Eurydice Gaiman’s economic method of connecting Orpheus to the Sandman story is ingenious but the real attraction here is the straightforward telling of the legend of Orpheus itself and the memorable illustrations of the wedding the palace of Dream the cottage of Death the wraiths of Hades and the rage of the frightful Maenads The other stories here are all enjoyable too I particularly liked the lycanthrope grandpa telling his “old country” story to an inattentive granddaughter and each acknowledges—sometimes grimly sometimes sweetly—the power of narrative both to distort and to transform the world

  3. Alejandro Alejandro says:

    A priceless journey through history and folklore Creative TeamWriter Neil GaimanIllustrators Shawn McManus P Graig Russell Bryan Talbot Kent Williams John Watkiss Jill Thompson Duncan Eagleson Stan WochCovers Dave McKeanLetterer Todd Klein EMPERORS CITIES MONTHS TEARS SONGS In this sixth volume Fables Reflections you will find an illustrated short story right in the beginning of it even before the introduction written by Gene Wolfe which by the way no offense but it’s uite spoiling so in this ocassion I recommend that if you still want to read the introduction it’s better to do it after reading the TPB to enjoy the surprises contained here Hey I don’t want to bore you Are you interested in dreams? You might say that There is nothing wrong is reading fiction but having in mind that real life can be as fascinating fantastic and almost impossible to believe than fictionSometime we read fiction because we think that life is too ordinary too real but if you wander through history you will find so many chapters defying logic and common sense and yet they’re realReality isn’t a bad thing sometimes people find fiction like that land where any dream can come true but reality has the same chance if you embrace it as wellWhat’s real? What’s fiction?If something is real does it really need fact to support it? It’s real after all therefore it is not matter if you believe it or not So if you really believe in something that born in fiction and may other do too then isn’t that fiction become something real in this world? You shouldn’t trust the storyteller; only trust the story That’s the power of believeAnd if you believe that a man can fly there is no limits boundaries even thermidors to stop anything to become realIf it’s real in your heart how can be less real in your mind? Does the mind any right to say what’s real in the heart?If only you believe in something is it less real? Galileo Galilei was the only one who believes the “insane” concept of that Earth was orbiting around the Sun and not the contrary Who was right at the end? His madness keeps him sane And do you think he is the only one my sister? Neil Gaiman shows us in this sixth volume Fables Reflections how wonderful is real life of course why not adding some dreams into the formula but at the end at the bottom of the stories they are based on real events not matter if you can’t believe themAn emperor in the United StatesHeadless marionettes made of real bodiesCalendars rebooted and months renamedCities impossible to forget Are you always so pale? That depends on who’s watching When a story tell you right away what to think of it when it tells you in plain sight what’s the message of it well it’s not like it makes it wrong but certainly keeps away the reader a bit from the story itself Neil Gaiman is such master storyteller that in many cases and you will find formidable examples here that he won’t tell you what to think of the story he won’t explained you the message of the story he won’t print the morality about it You will have to do it and therefore the story becomes a gift to you the story will become of your own since it will have your own interpretation different from the one thought by anybody else so those stories will become part of you will have a piece of you Death was a little older than Dream Things had the potential to die before they had the potential to dream Leadership never is easy People tend to think to hope that their leaders know what they are doing But aren’t they as human as their followers? And you will amaze how many leaders now watched as insane dictators they thought that they were doing the right thing Hell is paved with good intentions is the common saying and it is right since while some of those dictators were plainly crazy they didn’t reach the top alone many crazier people should help them to get thereWhat’s wrong in a self appointed mad leader who doesn’t do any harm to anybody compared with a mass appointed mad leader who does fill the streets with blood?Leaders as any other person they are hard to judge since you may know what they do in public but hardly you will ever know what they did in private how were their days before of becoming leaders and what kind of things they endure It’s not a matter of justifying but at least to understandIf cities are full of people how can’t they have a soul? The very name of certain city is able to feel with certain emotions the heart and mind of a person Even those cities can be already far away from their golden ages but the romance about them will be eternal The emotion won’t die You are a god I am not a god But I am here as a favor to a god A favor? All gods begin in my realm Caius Octavius They walk your world for a span and when they are old they return to my world to die You never know what tomorrow has for you Today you may be well having the time of your life and tomorrow can be just the opposite that’s why seize the day is so important and also how you treat other peopleParenthood is never easy Children don’t come with an instructions’ book And you never stop to be parent not matter how old are your kids even if they got married and now they have kids on their own Sometimes if not always they think that their parents never were as they that their parents never had to endure what they are so it’s important to let them know that parents know what they are dealing with since parents very likely were in the same situation beforeLove is a matter of trust Love doesn’t need eyes Therefore if you really love someone you don’t need to try to look back Love is there right behind you You have to trust with close eyes on it orit isn’t really love Maybe something else but not loveNeil Gaiman takes us in a fantastic journey melding lore and folklore from many cultures Arabic Hebrew Greek Roman American European and from many time periods since the very beginning of history as well as visiting times of terror and times of wonderNeil Gaiman can be calm since the rooks will fly away without making any harm and after thathe will fly too

  4. Bradley Bradley says:

    Re Read 6120I still like all the things I've always liked about this volume but with special emphasis on Fiddler's Green and Marco Polo That one really got to me this time And strangely The House of Mystery bits The brothers always did have a special place in my heart but it was the Rook that really sparked me up Original ReviewI'm really in the swing of my Sandman re read and loving every second of it nowI love the retelling of Orpheus Hell that entire seuence sent chills down my spine and kept making me think along with the original storyline making fantastic connections It's not for the faint of heart My only complaint was the script It wasn't the easiest to read Still what lies underneath is the most important French revolution and the Furies indeedI liked all the stories really and even while they don't come with the same kind of kicks I'm used to uiet reflection isn't exactly a bad outcome Watching Emperor Augustus play a beggar was priceless as was the examination of what makes an everlasting empire But the First and Last Emperor of America was brilliant Nuff Said

  5. Sean Gibson Sean Gibson says:

    My long overdue journey through Sandman continues I’m not sure which streak lasted longer—my not reading Sandman or my virginitywell no that’s not true; we all know which streak lasted longer Another excellent volume though the one off nature of each of the issues contained herein made the flow a bit uneven than the past couple of volumes Still the series as a whole gets better with each volume and my passion for it has grown considerably since the end of Vol 2 at which point I wasn’t wildly enthused not unlike my first lover though in her case she felt that way halfway through Vol 1 Onward to Vol 7

  6. Johann (jobis89) Johann (jobis89) says:

    Absolutely LOVED The Song of Orpheus and Fear of Falling A fun collection but I’m left wondering if the stories are meant to be connected or not? Who knows with Sandman 😂 Full review to come

  7. Algernon (Darth Anyan) Algernon (Darth Anyan) says:

    Dreams are composed of many things my son Of images and hopes of fears and memories Memories of the past and memories of the future Volume six is a collection of shorter stories one shot issues that may or may not be related to the main story arc but they offer the author the chance to explore different aspects of the way Dreams shape our world and define our personalities I actually believe Gaiman is better in this form than in the longer seuences as he has creative liberty and can concenrate better on the core message he wants to tackle with each issue Another positive outcome of these innovative experiments is the invitation extended to guest artists to come and try their hand at illustrating the universe Gaiman imagined The resutling diversity in subjects and visuals is rekindling my interest in the overall series by avoiding routine and predictability Without further ado let's look at each issue in the order from the original run Thermidor features Lady Johanna Constantine who has graced the series with her presence previously and who merits as far as I am concerned her own spin off story arc Set in the darkest hour of the French Revolution the story is an adventure romp coupled with a look at how absolute power corrupts and how the victors are attempting to erase the past and rewrite history in accordance with their own ideology Despite praising liberty and fraternity free thinkers and independent spirits are seen as dangerous enemies of the state August Emperor Augustus spends one day each year disguised as a beggar in the company of a dwarf actor jester More than trying to understand the lives of his subjects Augustus is attempting to exorcise demons of his youth Dreams as nightmares and also decide about the benefits of absolute imperial power is it a force of progress or a path to corruption decadence dissolution? Three Septembers and a January is the clear winner for me of this sixth volume because it deals with a real character from late XIX century in San Francisco not a prime mover of the wheels of History but an oddball nobody whose only importance came from the yellow pages of scandal sheets looking for an unusual story What's so special about Joshua Abraham Norton the first last and only Emperor of the USA? Gaiman answers the uestion by making him the subject of a wager with his fellow Endless proving that our Dreams are stronger than Despair Desire Delirium and even Death The Endless fight it out over the soul of Norton in a fashion that reminded me of the myth of Dr Faustus with each immortal trying to trick him to steal his sanity his amiable disposition More than the battle between the Endless the story of the Emperor of San Francisco is the story of his contemporaries who instead of cruelly mocking him or locking him up in a mental asylum played along with his delusions offered him free meals and drinks and proudly showed him off to visitors from out of town Sometimes kindness is important than sanity For about Joshua Norton check out the great portrait of him in the fiction of Christopher Moore which I read without knowing the character was based on a real person Ramadan Harun al Rashid another ruler who likes to wander in disguise among his subjects reflects on the transience of beauty and makes an appeal to Morpheus to preserve the most magnificent city in all history Baghdad by moving it into his realm of Dream becoming the stuff of legends and myths the only form of beauty that transcends Time I liked in paerticular the colour palette and the Oriental scrollwork of this anniversary issue no 50 The Hunt goes for inspiration to the Russian endless forests Trees there were old as trees can be huge and grasping with hearts black as sin Strange trees that some said walked in the night and touches on the legends of Koschei the Deathless and Baba Yaga as well as a variant of Sleeping Beauty The sory has a personal appeal to me as I grew up reading some of these Slavic fairytales and recently the same subject came up in Deathless by Catherynne Valente Gaiman explores here family relations the call of the unknown a princess in a tower an adventure in far off lands a magical artefact the importance of traditions and of living among your own kin Soft Places has Marco Polo as a protagonist and is set in a desert where it is very easy to cross the border between Reality and Dream It ties up with previous stories featuring Fiddler's Green and the initial imprisonment of Morpheus at the start of the series This is the one issue where the artwork was below the high uality I have come to expect from the series and it had the curious effect of making me less interested in the actual story told The Parliament of Rooks follows the toddler Daniel Hall who can cross into Morpheus Realm at will as a conseuence of being born there his story is told in one of the previuos volumes Daniel gets to play with the tiny gargoyle while Eve Cain Abel and Matthew are telling him stories Gaiman is at his best at these stories within stories subtly altering the familiar ones and inventing weird new others like the myth of the three wives of Adam As a bonus I loved seeing the denizens of Dream and the endless portrayed as children I understand Daniel will play an important role later in the series so probably this issue is part of his build up training for what is to come The Song of Orpheus closes the collection in a symetrical fashion seeing as Thermidor is concerned with the recovery of Orpheus head Here we learn how the head became separated from the body of Dream's son Gaiman mixes the Greek Gods with the Endless in the story about the power of art to defy Death but also the ultimate defeat of the artist in trying to rise above his limitationsAs with the previous volumes I look forward to a re read after I finish the series eager to see how the isolated pieces of the puzzle will fit into the big picture Gaiman is telling here

  8. ֆɦɛʟʟʏ ȶɦɛ քǟȶʀօռ ֆǟɨռȶ օʄ ƈʊʀʍʊɖɢɛօռʟʏ ƈʀօռɛֆ ֆɦɛʟʟʏ ȶɦɛ քǟȶʀօռ ֆǟɨռȶ օʄ ƈʊʀʍʊɖɢɛօռʟʏ ƈʀօռɛֆ says:

    I feel bad every time I don't love a Neil Gaiman book which seems to be a lot He's a genius if you didn't know So I know my cool factor is pretty low but especially when I rate one of his books poorly So I'm sure it's just me I am unable to see the brilliance I know This was a longer volume and there were a few stories I liked However I admit I skimmed most of it because I can never get into the stories based in different time periods They just seem to ramble on Sometimes I really don't even like MorpheusDream This one just wasn't my thing I guess

  9. Rowena Rowena says:

    I read a lot of graphic novels Asterix Tintin etc as a child but this was probably my first adult graphic novelI was seriously impressed Despite the fact that it was a comic book and I generally expect to see simple writing in those the calibre of the writing was very high and the stories were uite intellectual and thought provoking The graphics were great too And as a history lover seeing all the famous historical characters in this book was really uite coolJust one teensy little gripe in one of the earlier stories the cursive writing was extremely hard to read and I have excellent eyesight I am definitely going to read the other books in the series Speaking of which I started the series on Volume 6 because I received this volume for my birthday thank you Shirley 3 but I don't think that hurt my enjoyment of the book in any way

  10. Trish Trish says:

    This 6th volume is as the title suggests a collection of fables and reflections People remembering and reflecting upon certain events in their past; fables from all around the world that have to do with morpheus the Lord of DreamsThe individual tales are about 1 the French Revolution Orpheus’ Morpheus’ sons’ head returned to Greece by one of Constantine’s ancestors2 Augustus Octavius Caesar and his dreamsnightmares about the future of Rome that tie into the deeds of his long dead uncle3 the first and last emperor of the US4 the „old people“ in the „old country“ and of dreams better left unfulfilled5 Marco Polo and Rustichello in a soft place where dreams and reality whirl around and time runs differently I loved the notions of such places being gone because explorers bound them on maps6 three stories told to Daniel a special child that had contact with the world of dreams in a previous volume in the House of Secrets one about Adam and his wives yes plural one about the parliament of rooks and one about Cain and Abel themselves7 Baghdad back when it was the jewel of Arabia; it is Ramadan and we are taken to the palace of pleasure and wisdom where a very troubled ruler lives and makes an interesting bargain Jafar was is vizier lolWhat they all had in common was that they are fables and tales of magic and wonder and the source of both dreams There was a definite parallel between the second and second to last story which was kinda weird and also kinda cool The best one though at least to me as the 7th story about Baghdad That one sent shivers down my spine One of the tales had one of my all time favorite rhymes in it One for sorrow two for joy three for a girl four for a boy five for silver six for gold seven for a secret never to be toldThat like many other mythological easter eggs and nods was a delightful extra It’s Gaiman’s ability to not only tell a great story but to pepper it with cultural context and oh so many details that make him a truly fantastic writer The art it has to be said in every review is still nothing too nice though I seem to find an improvement at least in some issues Or maybe I’m just getting used to it This has easily been my favorite volume of the series thus far The single issues tales do not all take place after the 5th volume but since they are all self contained and only have a few hints at previous events here or there it really doesn’t matter I love fairy tales and this volume definitely has the fairytale vibe to it That plus all the magical elements strewn in to make the worlds even colorful and fascinating had me marveling at every page

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Fables Reflections❰Read❯ ➳ Fables Reflections Author Neil Gaiman – Thomashillier.co.uk Fables Reflections 1993 is the sixth collection of issues in the DC Comics series The Sandman It was written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Bryan Talbot Stan Woch P Craig Russell Shawn McManus John Fables Reflections is the sixth collection of issues in the DC Comics series The Sandman It was written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Bryan Talbot Stan Woch P Craig Russell Shawn McManus John Watkiss Jill Thompson Duncan Eagleson Kent Williams Mark Buckingham Vince Locke and Dick Giordano coloured by Danny Vozzo and Lovern KindzierskiDigital Chameleon and lettered by Todd Klein The introduction is written by Gene WolfeThe issues in the collection first appeared in and The collection first appeared in paperback and hardback in The book contains four tales under the banner of Distant Mirrors containing Issue Thermidor August Three Septembers and a January and Ramadan Three of the issues making up the Distant Mirrors group were published between the Season of Mists and A Game of You story arcs The last Ramadan was written contemporaneously but because of art delays DC published it as Issue after the Brief Lives arcThree other issues appearing in Fables Reflections published as the Convergence story arc are also single issue short stories Convergence appeared between the A Game of You and Brief Lives story arcs It contains Issues The Hunt Soft Places and The Parliament of RooksThe collection also includes the Sandman Special The Song of Orpheus retelling the Greek myth of Orpheus and a brief piece from a Vertigo promotional comic.