I was able to appreciate more this time around (re-reading for Mark Reads) the way the stories in this volume belong together. I still slightly prefer for the "month" comics to be separated from the others, but since the whole volume deals with stories about stories, it still works. I love the issue about Emperor Norton, which might be the "happiest" issue in the entire series despite Desire's machinations. The Orpheus issues are essential to the story (and to understanding Dream), and "Ramadan" is one of the most beautiful and stunning things that comic books have ever produced. This volume is a wonderful demonstration of what Gaiman can do with this world, and of the power of stories.