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Fables & Reflections

(The Sandman #6)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  43,531 ratings  ·  1,088 reviews
THE SANDMAN is the most acclaimed and award-winning comics series of the 1990s for good reason: a smart and deeply brooding epic, elegantly penned by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by a rotating cast of comics' most sought-after artists, it is a rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama, and legend are seamlessly interwoven. Th ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published January 4th 1994 by Vertigo (first published 1990)
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A priceless journey through history and folklore!

Creative Team:

Writer: Neil Gaiman

Illustrators: Shawn McManus, P. Graig Russell, Bryan Talbot, Kent Williams, John Watkiss, Jill Thompson, Duncan Eagleson & Stan Woch

Covers: Dave McKean

Letterer: Todd Klein


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 off
Bill  Kerwin
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it

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 illusion.

Four 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-pro
Sean Gibson
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My long overdue journey through Sandman continues (I’m not sure which streak lasted longer—my not reading Sandman or my virginity…well, 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 more 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 ...more
I'm really in the swing of my Sandman re-read and loving every second of it, now.

I love the retelling of Orpheus. Hell, that entire sequence sent chills down my spine and kept making me think along 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, indeed!

I liked all the stories, really, and even while they don't
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, comics

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 sequences, as he has more creative liberty a
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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 reall
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I read a lot of graphic novels (Asterix, Tintin etc) as a child but this was probably my first adult graphic novel.I 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 quite 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 quite cool.

Just one teensy little

Άλλος ένας τόμος με short stories, τον οποίο και ξεκίνησα με επιφύλαξη αλλά τελικά μου άρεσε ακόμη περισσότερο από τον αντίστοιχο τρίτο!
Ουσιαστικά σε όλες τις ιστορίες πρωταγωνιστές είναι τα όνειρα και οι επιθυμίες των ανθρώπων που μπλέκονται με την πραγματικότητα και επηρεάζουν τις ζωές τους. Όλες οι ιστορίες μου άρεσαν αν και βρήκα τις August και Ramadan λιγάκι πιο φλύαρες από ότι θα ήθελα, ενώ η δεύτερη είχε και κάπως περίεργο σχέδιο, διαφορετικό από τις άλλες ιστορίες, το οποίο δεν μπορώ

When introducing people to graphic novels (especially those who think they're just comic strip superheroes for kids with no depth) I point them in the direction of this beloved series. It chronicles the trials and tribulations of Dream, an Endless being who is something like an Old God who is superior to most known godly beings. He operates in many worlds most specifically Earth.

The Sandman was one of Vertigo's flagship titles, and is available as a series of ten trade paperbacks. It
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, fantasy
This is my least favorite volume so far, most stories bored and I couldn’t care about the characters and the conclusion of the story especially since they aren’t connected.

Issues 29-31: 2 stars
The Hunt (#38): 4 stars
Soft Places (#39): 2 stars
The Parliement of Rooks(#40): 3 stars
Ramadan (#50): 3 stars
Jul 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Fables & Reflections was probably my least favorite Sandman volume so far. While I delighted in the single-issue stories in Dream Country, the ones contained in this one didn't thrill me as much. I lost my focus a few times and wished there weren't so many grouped together without a common theme. Dream Country, on the other hand, was the perfect taste of outside-the-plot mini tales.

The stories about Orpheus were the most interesting, being the most relevant to Dream, and I found myself wishi
Anthony Chavez
Being the sixth volume in the Sandman series, "Reflections and Fables" takes a different twist than readers are accustomed to - a volume entirely of the past. There are nine stories in the volume, each relating to the Sandman universe in its own way, yet each remarkably different and unique in their own way (minus the Orpheus volumes).

The opening chapter, Fear of Falling, really a prologue, is in itself wonderfully written and in only a few pages it packs a powerful message. Other notable chapte
Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections: Luminous tales of rulers, adventurers, dreamers

After Vol 5: A Game of You, my least favorite Sandman volume so far, I’m happy to report a resounding return to form in Vol 6: Fables and Reflections, a collection of stand-alone stories centered on various prominent figures in different periods of history, including the Emperor of the United States in 19th century San Francisco (“Three Septembers and a January”), Robespierre in early 18th century revolutiona
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though the first seems more like a preface than a fully realized story, I was impressed by every one of the nine short stories in this volume, thus the 5 stars. While it's true that each is a standalone, some contain themes that seem to comment (reflect?) on each other; or include recurring characters, such as Orpheus, or even characters from the main storyline, such as Lyta and Johanna Constantine. I discovered another "comment/reflection" as I was, fittingly enough, falling asleep.

I was amused
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Broj po svemu paralelan trećem, više zbirka priča gde je Morfeus epizodni lik nego jedan dug, povezan arc. I to nije loša stvar sa obzirom na kvalitet ovih priča koji po svemu zasenjuje treći broj. Posebno izdvajam Ramadan i The Parliament of Rooks.

1/9/2017 - This is my 3rd time reading this collection. I decided to add to the previous review I did last year, since writing an entirely new review for each of the stories seemed like too much work. (Also, I've edited this review so the only spoiler tags are for later volumes; I haven't said anything about major twists in these stories.)

I think this is my favorite of the short story collections, especially for the stories "Thermidor," "Orpheus," and "Ramadan." The 9 stories in this volume all
Wing Kee
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful pallet cleaner of little tales that build the world.

World: The art is just as beautiful as the rest of the series, so good. The world building here is great, after the huge arcs we've had it's a great little change to have small little intimate character stories that build on the world as a whole. I like the characters we meet and Dream showing up and the interactions are just brilliant, then we get the son and the Greek myths and it's fun. Fantastic.

Story: Little tales that were cha
After reading the fifth volume in Neil Gaiman’s fantastic “Sandman” series, “A Game of You,” I just had to read the sixth volume of the “Sandman” series called “Fables and Reflections.” In this volume, we are introduced to more miscellaneous stories that involve Morpheus and his siblings’ involvement with various characters’ dreams.

Just like the third volume of the “Sandman” series “Dream Country, “ “Fables and Reflections” is mainly a collection of different tales that detail the adventures tha

"A veces, te despiertas. A veces, te mata la caída. Pero hay una tercera alternativa: a veces, cuando te caes, vuelas"

Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2015
In this sixth book of the Sandman series, Gaiman takes a brief pause from the main storyline. There are nine of new stories in here, some short, others longer, with characters from earlier stories and a host of new ones.

Compared to earlier books, this is not as dark or bleak, and Gaiman has dusted the stories within with a touch of whimsy, but they still have depth and the ability to make you think. Some are based in America, but he travels time and the world in the tales, with Morpheus appeari
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Like volume 3 this part also consists of short stories from several different authors where Sandman himself is more or less secondary character.
Stories in this collection where lot better than those in volume 3, which I thought was low point of the series.
It's definitively not as good as volume 2 or 4 but still worthy read for fans of series.
Caro the Helmet Lady
The Ramadan arc was wow, just wow. Still, not enough Morpheus in this volume. 4.95.
Nicolo Yu
Sep 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: collected-comics
The last chapter, "Ramadan." Gets 5 stars though. A nice stand alone tale with great art and design by P. Craig Russell.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
aPriL does feral sometimes
Hairless boy Fables revealed...
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Von den in diesem Band erzählten Geschichten gefielen mir sehr die über den amerikanischen Kaiser (auch wenn Anlass ein Geschwisterdisput auf dem Rücken dieses Mannes ist) und die um Harun al Raschid (Erzähl- und Illustrationsstil und das Ende), sehr berührt hat mich in ihrer Tragik "Der Gesang des Orpheus" (auch wenn die Darstellung zum Teil drastisch war; ich hätte zudem diesen Gesang im vorliegenden Band vor der Geschichte um Lady Constantine platziert). Ich mochte auch die Geschichte, die ei ...more
Kyle Berk
Sandman: Fables and Reflections is a collection of stories that are at best loosely connected. But they aren’t meant to, they all work very well on their own.

My least favorite was Soft Places but I still liked it which is just an indicator of how good this series and volume is. One story connects to another through the way of Morpheus’ son Orpheus and his stories are both really awesome even if that inane cursive script is hard to read.

Sandman is good, very good, really good. You should read it
Sally ☾
“Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.”

I like some stories a bit better than others, but most of them were as magical and lovely as usual.
Eh, I kind of zoned out during this one.
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