The Sandman Presents
The Taller Tales

Authors: Various
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP: £15.99
ISBN 1 84023 769 4
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Meet Merv Pumpkinhead: Agent of Mystery, called in when good dreams go bad. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about dreams and learn the answers to all those nagging queries about sex and death. Confront the Thessaliad, and join a gruesome hunt for a witch turned college student. Experience the further adventures of Danny Nod, and unearth library books fro the dregs of myth...

The Sandman Presents: The Taller Tales is a bizarre cocktail of stories from another realm. The collection kicks off with the very funny On Her Majesty's Sleeping Service which sees Merv Pumpkinhead called upon once again to help save mankind. It also sees the man with a real pumpkin for a head falling in love with a human. I loved the Epilogue (The Pie Who Loved Me) which nicely rounds things off.

The Danny Nod story included here sees the child assistant librarian setting off into fairytale land to recover all the missing books from the library. A nice touch here is that there are different artists for each of the mythical lands that Danny travels to.

But possibly the greatest section is the Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Dreams... But Were Afraid to Ask. This answers many questions like: What causes nightmares?, Why are so many dreams sexual in nature?, and Why aren't you supposed to wake a sleepwalker?

This is a great collection that can be read in its entirety, or dipped in and out of when you feel the need for a quick laugh.

Pete Boomer

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