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The Sandman, Vol. 8: Worlds' End (The Sandman #8)

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Reminiscent of the legendary Canterbury Tales, THE SANDMAN: WORLDS' END is a wonderful potpourri of engrossing tales and masterly storytelling. Improbably caught in a June blizzard, two wayward compatriots stumble upon a mysterious inn and learn that they are in the middle of a "reality storm." Now surrounded by a menagerie of people and creatures from different times and ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Vertigo (first published July 1st 1995)
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A reality storm is coming! Look for some safe place!

Creative Team:

Writer: Neil Gaiman

Illustrators: Mike Allred, Gary Amano, John Watkiss, Mark Buckingham, Shea Anton Pensa, Tony Harris, Vince Locke, Steve Leialoha, Dick Giordano, Michael Zulli, Alec Stevens & Bryan Talbot

Covers: Dave McKean

Letterer: Todd Klein


Pictures and word-balloons don’t mean dumb.

That first quote isn’t from the pages of the vo
And so we get our first taste of the infamous House of Mystery, the harbor at World's End, where safety and drink in the limbo between dimensions can be bought with the price of a tale.

I'm pretty fond of these short stories, but perhaps not as fond as I was the first time I read them. They're solid and thought-provoking, but not overly so.

I suppose what really got to me was the end of the volume. The wake. *shiver* Okay, that was some seriously deep shit. When death looked at us like that? Oh lo
Oct 27, 2013 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013


Brief Lives proved to be a hard act to follow. I found myself re-reading some of the single issues in this following album in order to fully enjoy them, after an initial lukewarm reception. I was sucked back in after a while, as connections with the overall plot become evident, and as the framing story linking together the individual tales ended with a promise of troubled times ahead for the Endless.

This framing story is a familiar device, of strangers seeking shelter from a storm and pass
Bill  Kerwin
Apr 24, 2017 Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it

This eighth entry in the series is, like Dream Country, a collection of individual tales only tangentially connected to the characters and concerns of the series. Gaiman, in a brief afterward, tells us that he crafted these stories to take advantage of the talents of some of his favorite artists, and in this he has succeeded admirably. The visual styles are pleasantly varied, and many of the individual images are haunting and memorable.

The tales are presented to us through a Decameron style fram

Historias dentro de historias, dentro de historias, dentro de historias… Perdidos por una tormenta un par de amigos llegan a La Posada del Fin del Mundo, donde descubren que no son los únicos que se han perdido, ya que existen personas y seres de distintos mundos, épocas y dimensiones, todos sentados esperando que pase la tormenta para regresar, ¿y qué mejor forma hay para pasar el rato que contando historias?

Así tenemos historias de elfos y hadas, de marineros y monstruos, de presidentes, de
Sandman: Vol 8: Worlds' End: "The Golden Boy" is a bittersweet fable of leadership
After Vol 7: Brief Lives, which focused on Morpheus’ dysfunctional family and a road trip in search of Destruction, Vol 8: Worlds’ End is another stand-alone story collection similar to Vol 4: Dream Country and Vol 6: Fables and Reflections. Once again the Endless retreat to the corners of the stage, making way for a cast of characters gathered at the Inn at Worlds’ End to tell tales to while away the time during a
Nicolo Yu
The first time I read this trade paperback, I went straight to the story pages, completely ignoring the wonderful Stephen King introduction. It was his thoughts and praise on Neil Gaiman and his work on Sandman that would make it worthwhile to pick this trade, even if you already have the issues that comprised this arc. King wrote in his introduction that Gaiman’s work was a filling meal even if it was served in bite sized chunks in a short story collection like this trade or as longer arc that ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
One of the top three in the series so far for sure. (In my own opinion anyway)
Feb 20, 2014 Teresa rated it liked it
3 and 1/2 stars

The blurb on the back states that this volume is in the tradition of The Canterbury Tales, but The Decameron is a more apt allusion. The storytellers aren't in a villa waiting out the Black Death; but they are in an inn, seeking refuge from a mysterious storm (or storms) that has deposited each one of them there: perhaps they too are facing Death.

I wasn't engrossed in any of the stories until I arrived at the tale of a necropolitan (yep, he lives and works in a necropolis). And wh
Caro M.
I wish this story never ended. This time I could forgive even the lack of Morpheus.
Rebecca Skane
Jan 26, 2017 Rebecca Skane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
A reality storm brings people from different times and worlds together at an inn at the end of the world to wait out the storm. This volume tells the tales of these travelers.
Apr 11, 2015 El rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think I would like this collection as well once I realized that it was more short stories or whatever. But luckily my contradictory nature kicked in again! These stories worked fairly well for me. I still miss my peeps, but a few made appearances here, so it wasn't all wasted. What I especially liked was the story-within-a-story thing going on. It was done artfully (for lack of a better word). We're not talking Boccaccio here or anything, but similar to that or, as Stephen King says in ...more
Aug 11, 2015 Cheese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this starts with a couple driving along a motorway and in the middle of June (English Summer) it starts snowing. They veer off the road and crash. When they awake they are lost and see a pub to get help. Inside are several other travellers from different realms.

The pub is called the World's end. None of the travellers know how they got their and they find out that the pub is at the end of all worlds. The Inn keepers says they must tell stories to pass the time and to keep away the evil spiri
Amazing short stories of people intertwining into one big framework. Wonderfully coloured and beautifully drawn.
And the ending...The ending was mind-blowing.
Nov 22, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it
This one wasn't one of my favorites but Gaiman is such a brilliant storyteller I still feel it deserves 4 stars.
Now just looking at the title of this volume “The Sandman: Worlds’ End,” you might be thinking that this might be the last volume of Neil Gaiman’s fantastic “Sandman” series, but it is not the final volume! “The Sandman: Worlds’ End” is actually a series of stories woven by several characters in this volume who are stuck at an inn called Worlds’ End. Be prepared for some engaging storytelling from the great Neil Gaiman in this classic volume!

In the eighth volume of the “Sandman” series which is
Javier Muñoz
Sep 16, 2016 Javier Muñoz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books, comic-hc
Este tomo es un gran homenaje a los relatos de tradición oral, a los cuentos o historias que se relatan a la luz de una fogata en una acampada o que los padres contaban a los hijos en la cena cuando no existía la televisión, los móviles, internet...

En la posada del fin del mundo se reúnen un grupo de personas y seres de distintos lugares y épocas, reales o mitológicos, que tienen en común que se perdieron durante una tormenta antes de encontrarla... para pasar el tiempo cada uno de ellos cuenta
Jul 20, 2009 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worlds' End is another set of short stories, but what I really liked is how it was all woven together. It's a story about a group of people trapped in an inn at the Worlds' End during a "reality storm" - to pass time, they each share stories. Some of these stories contain other stories, so that the result is a bit like nesting dolls. It was very well crafted, and most of the stories involve characters we've met earlier. Therefore, not only are the stories enjoyable on their own, but it's nice to ...more
Evelyn Medina
Jan 23, 2017 Evelyn Medina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is HANDS DOWN my favorite in the series! First off, the amazingly heartfelt intro by Stephen King was a perfect way to start this. It's hard to talk about how great this volume was without giving anything away but I will say it's full of intrigue, action, horror, it's a bit morbid but just the right amount and the storytelling is perfection. As only Gaiman can do. And the ending was FANTASTIC! It's gonna be hard to follow this one!
5/5 stars FOR SURE!!!
This volume is set in Worlds’ End Inn, a "free house" according to the sign outside its entrance. The Sandman Annotations explain that “A 'free house' is a pub or inn with no ties to a brewery, as opposed to a ‘tied house’ where the land or pub is owned by the brewery and the publicans are merely tenants.” The main difference is that a free house can serve any beer they wish, while a tied house will usually only sell beers produced by the brewery the pub is tied to. In the context of the story, ...more
While still immensely readable and entertaining, this volume is my least favorite of the Sandman series, for some reason.

For me, it feels like Gaiman wasn't firing on all cylinders with this one, but most especially since this is followed by the truly outstanding "Kindly Ones" arc!
Airiz C
In the tradition of Dream Country and Fables and Reflections, World’s End is yet another omnibus of short tales where Gaiman utilized certain elements from the Sandman’s mythology to weave more accounts that tell us something more about the Endless. Apparently, after setting the whole Sandman universe’s mechanism in full motion, Gaiman would like to take a wee breather. Basically, all the tales in this volume are told by a bunch of travelers trapped in an inn called World’s End. They are, in one ...more
Paul Hamilton
Feb 19, 2013 Paul Hamilton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unlike previous Sandman volumes that featured side-stories, Worlds' End is the first that I didn't find to be, at least comparatively, just a little lacking. Fables & Reflections has been (by a small margin) my least favorite volume so far; Dream Country was 75% fantastic with one story that wasn't quite as amazing as the others. But in Worlds' End, Neil Gaiman manages to weave tales that flirt with the Endless, particularly Dream, without necessarily featuring him and still feels cohesive a ...more
David Schaafsma
Stephen King's introduction is really useful for understanding what is going on in this volume, where the brothers and sisters of the Endless Family play a minimal or background role. As King says, the stories in this volume are like nesting dolls, Russian Matryoshka dolls, stories within stories within stories. The model for the setting is a kind of fantasy Chaucer's Tales, a bunch of people and creatures thrown together at an inn that is not in space or time, called World's End, where they gat ...more
Dec 13, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2015
The story begins with Brant Tucker, and his co-worker Charlene Mooney being involved in a car crash. As he staggers out of the car and helps the injured Charlene, he realizes that he is being directed to a building by a hedgehog! This building, rather than being your regular pub, this is one of four inns that travellers are able to take shelter in when there are reality storms in the fabric between worlds.

They are welcomed into the inn, and their injuries are dealt with. Soon after the other gu
Nicholas Talty
Bittersweet. Sometimes the world of fantasy has a profound emotional effect on your real world, and sometimes the real world manipulates your opinion of whichever fictional world you’ve entered. Bittersweet.

World’s End was a wonderful volume of short stories. Similar to volume three and six, where the plot line isn’t particularly linear, but instead through many different stories a single theme is emphasized.

And like volume three and six, some were really good, some were just okay, but the final
Mike Keirsbilck
After some great stories in which Morpheus was central to the story, we're treated to another collection of stories in which Morpheus (and indeed all of the Endless) only play a marginal role. I can't help it, but those collections just don't stick with me. Don't get me wrong: it's a very clever collection indeed. This one is set up as a frame story, just like The Canterbury Tales or The Decameron. A nod to the old classics always can count on my approval. Some travelers get stuck in a freak sto ...more
Ryan Rebel
Jun 11, 2011 Ryan Rebel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone--just read the rest first.
Recommended to Ryan by: Brian
Shelves: reviewed
This is one of the first Sandman titles that I did not think was either an improvement over or on par with the previous title. I found 6 and 7 to both be better than 8. However, this compilation is still very much worthy of 5 stars. Anything that can capture the imagination like this book is well worth the highest accolades.

Part of why I didn't like this quite as much is probably because this is one of the Sandman titles in which the Endless only play cursory roles. There is an upside to that, h
Dec 13, 2011 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This book uses the convention of strangers telling each other stories, in the vein of The Canterbury Tales, The Decameron, and more recently (but most likely not standing the test of time) Haunted. Neil Gaiman uses this device to the utmost and sometimes the stories are so deeply nested, one inside another inside another, it seems like you're reading Russian dolls.

While I'm not sure what exactly the theme was, beyond perhaps the power of stories and how everyone has something to tell. It was ver
2015 reread


I don't tend to enjoy the standalone tales in the Sandman series as much as the single-story arcs. This volume is a collection of standalone tales (and sometimes tales within tales), so I came in ready to drop this from the original 4-stars to 3. Instead, here we are with 4.5.

I'm not sure why this collection of stories worked so well for me. The volume is tied together by having all of the storytellers together in an inn at the end of the world during a reality storm. I bring this
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So excited to find there are more books and spin-off series! 5 41 Nov 24, 2014 06:46AM  
  • Lucifer, Vol. 3: A Dalliance With the Damned
  • Fables, Vol. 7: Arabian Nights [and Days] (Fables, #7)
  • Transmetropolitan, Vol. 8: Dirge (Transmetropolitan, #8)
  • Swamp Thing, Vol. 5: Earth to Earth

Other Books in the Series

The Sandman (10 books)
  • Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman #1)
  • The Doll's House (The Sandman #2)
  • Dream Country (The Sandman, #3)
  • The Sandman, Vol. 4: Season of Mists
  • The Sandman, Vol. 5: A Game of You
  • The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections
  • Brief Lives
  • The Kindly Ones (The Sandman, #9)
  • The Wake (The Sandman #10)

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