This volume kind of a kind of Volume 12 or Volume 0 for the series of paperback collections of the original Sandman magazine, and it reads like the extra scenes from the four volume Absolute Sandman. Maybe not the place to start despite the title and despite the fact that Gaiman writes in the introduction that it comes after Volume 10, The Wake and the short story collection Endless Nights and before the first volume, Preludes and Noctures. It also has a more consistent look than the main series, with only one artist J. H. Williams. I will read this again, and have more to say, but for now, read the series and then read this. The Sandman is not to be missed. Everyone needs to read it.