I was wondering if anyone had gotten and thought the Annotated Sandman was worth getting?
From the few pages that are available for a look-see it seems like most of the comments are wikipedia-ish, or not particularly scholarly, thematic, or interesting. They also didn't seem to be any greater than online publications such as "Ralf Hildebrandt"'s annotated Sandman notes.
I was looking for something like "The Absolute Sandman" series, but with annotations. It seems like this misses the mark.
I'm a little underwhelmed so far. Couple of little things: there's a lengthy discussion on page 1 about which train station Hathaway would have travelled to, but no explanation of why he should have come by train at all - there's nothing in the text to say he didn't drive all the way from London, for instance. And when Unity wakes up having dreamed she had a baby, you might think it a teensy bit relevant to mention that the baby was Rose Walker's mother, fathered on her by Desire.
Having just received the book I am amazed by the utter lack of attention paid to the myriad of detailed notes and observatins available (meaning the Ralf Hildebrandt/ Greg Morrow/ David Goldfarb) any and all of which could have been confirmed by NG who, apparently, was fully cooperative with Leslie Klinger's work on this volume.
This book is far from complete and, now that I've had a good look at volume one, I can only suggest that anyone reading this print out a copy of the aforementioned notes and insert them into copies of The Absolute Sandman
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You really don't get much for your money (£38 in the UK) and I'm frankly disappointed with Neil for promoting this. The Hildebrandt effort has its flaws but as Chuck says, this would have been an opportunity to sort out the wheat from the chaff.
for me I am glad I got it. the absolute sandman is way more $$ than I want to spend for something in all honesty is not something I would in fact read. the annotated sandman was $30 on amazon, pretty cheap considering on TPB is like $12(aprox)
the notes arent as extensive as they could(should) be, but they are interesting at times. as I said, I enjoy the black and white artwork, and the book is nice IMO. if you already have the absolute, it really isnt neccisary to buy. but f you DONT, it may be something to look into