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

4.48 of 5 stars 4.48  ·  rating details  ·  26,872 ratings  ·  478 reviews
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 December 1994)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Paul Hamilton
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
Ryan Rebel
Jul 21, 2011 Ryan Rebel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone--just read the rest first.
Recommended to Ryan by: Brian
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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
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
Alex Ristea
Holy storyception Batman.

World's End sees Chaucer's frame narrative and goes all in.

We have a story told by Gaiman, about travellers in an inn telling stories, many of which have stories within them, and even some that have stories within those. Phew!

Remember what I said about Gaiman being a storytelling genius? He proves it beyond a doubt here.

The best part is that this volume is short enough to pick up for a quick read. I see myself coming back to Sandman in the future. Definitely as a full re
Sunniva Korsbakke
I wish I could give this a higher score than two stars, because I really like concept of The Sandman. Unfortunately this was really boring and flat. The only story worth reading in this volume was the one with Klaproth. The stories were nothing special - nothing I haven't heard before. The thing I like about Sandman is its uniqueness - but this was everything but unique. I think the problem with Sandman is that it has SO MUCH potential, but unfortunately Gaiman is basically too much of a pussy. ...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
Eva Nickelson
Stephen King's introduction to this work highlighted that what I was about to read was drawing on a number of literary sources to retell old stories in a new way. The reader follows in two Americans on a car trip into the Worlds' End Inn (and I do love the placement of that apostrophe) where the charge for staying is a story. Thus, each character starts telling stories about their world. And thus starts stories within stories (within the overarching story).
I found the Americans at the start bori
First things first: the front cover is amazing!

Then, the story in a story in a story in a story thing. Comes so naturally that one barely noticed of this occurrence. Speaking of stories, the one of Petrefax is particularly peculiar.
5 approved methods of bodily disposal at the city of Necropolis.

In Golden Boy the art changes. I did notice how Prez is so Clark Kent-like, but I didn't mind.

Then, suddenly, Death and Dream look like a real estate agent and a former famous playboy writer who spills b
I am a huge Neil Gaiman fan and have been slowly working my way through his Sandman graphic novels. Slowly because I want them to last as long as they can. This book was lots of fun. It was less pilosophical than the last book and more fun; but there are still deep underlying messages woven into the stories that are told.

In this book a guy and girl get into a car accident and find themselves taking shelter from a June snowstorm at a strange inn. In the inn a number of fantastical people from var
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
Thoughts on a Re-Read Six Years Later

For the first time, a story-collection volume has a Chaucerian frame story, which is a neat addition and does have a surprisingly satisfying payoff. The stories themselves are, as usual, a mixed bag, but fairly strong, the weakest tales being "Cerements," which gets lost in its nested stories and forgets to actually have a point in and of itself, and "Cluracan's Tale," which Cluracan himself says is boring. The other tales, however, make up for it. "A Tale of
Michelle Johnson
World's End is the prelude to The Kindly Ones and is best read immediately before that book.

On the whole, the Sandman series rewards rereading. When you know where Gaiman is going, it's fascinating to watch him find the path. And Gaiman's references, self and otherwise, throughout the series can be hard to catch the first time through. This volume, though, is the single volume that improves the most with rereading. I remember not much liking World's End when I first read it--many of the stories
There's a storm brewing and at the Inn where worlds overlap and a group of assorted stranded travelers sit around, having a drink and telling their stories.
I love these kind of stories and Neil presents a nice mix of fantasy tales from a dark one about cities, to a boy's own adventure on a sailing ship, to a planet of undertakers, to the return of Prez.
I've enjoyed some of the big epics that came from Sandman, but generally had more fun when Neil did one of these collections of shorter pieces
This reading felt just like a dream. One of those crazy dreams with mythical creatures and stories inside of stories inside of other stories. I really like it, as always.
Another really good story here. I read part of the introduction and knew that it would be comprised of several smaller stories within the main one, which disappointed me a little, since I always like the volumes that follow one story the best. However, this was so interesting and had such amazing connections and stories included that I think it is one of my favourites.

And then the ending... What does it mean? How could you leave me like this, Gaiman?

My favourite stories would have to be Jimmy's
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This collection of Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics is truly something special. Here we are told the tale of a collection of travelers, all caught in strange storms of one sort or another, and taking refuge together in the inn at the end of the worlds. Here they pass the time until they can leave again by trading stories, whether it be the tale of the young man in some other America who proved to be the greatest President in history, or the young lad and his tale of the sea, or maybe the apprentice ...more
Julie Decker
The dreamlike mood inside an inn is conducive to epic storytelling. You have arrived.

Brant Tucker and Charlene Mooney seek shelter from a raging storm in a little inn, which turns out to be like a cosmic hole in reality. Inside, people tell stories as they wait out the "reality storm" outside.

The first storyteller is Robert, who tells of wandering in a deserted city after meeting Dream, and after talking with an old man, concludes that he must've gotten caught in the city's dreams. He escapes th
Late at night a sudden June snowstorm and a bizarre creature dashing across the road send a drive careening into a tree. As he stumbles out of the wreck and attempts to carry his unconscious companion back to the road to summon help, he’s overcome by the bitter cold and collapses. Before they both freeze to death, he hears what he thinks is a disembodied voice directing him to a nearby inn. There they find shelter and join the others, a few humans and some otherworldly creatures including a cent ...more
More stories. Always more stories. We tell stories to teach lessons, to convey history, to explain things, or just to pass the time. We are all storytellers in one way or another. We all have a story within us.

The Canterbury Tales was one of the first books to show us that, and this volume of the Sandman series accomplishes that same task. People from across time and space are stranded at an inn, The Worlds’ End, while a reality storm rages outside. As they wait for the storm to subside, they en
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Yehia Shehata
The eighth volume, in which a storm causes travelers from different worlds to take refuge in the inn at World's End, where each of them has to tell a tale to pass the time, and as a sort of payment for their stay. The result is a collection of seemingly unrelated tales as this series has tended to progress, with cameo-like appearances from the Endless in most stories. Also a collection of different artists with different styles, added to the vastly different settings transport us through many wo ...more
Basic Premise: Travelers from across time and across worlds meet in the Inn at the End of the World (I thought immediately of Douglas Adams then quashed the thought just as quickly) and tell stories to pass the time until a dangerous storm outside abates.

Phenomenal storytelling that spans many genres with equally impressive artwork. Another volume with only a loose connection to Morpheus or the rest of the Endless, but incredibly worthwhile.
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