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Death: The Deluxe Edition (Death of the Endless #1-2)

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From the pages of Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman's THE SANDMAN comes fan-favorite character Death in a new deluxe hardcover edition collecting her solo adventures!The first story introduces the young, pale, perky, and genuinely likable Death. One day in every century, Death walks the Earth to better understand those to whom she will be the final visitor. Today is that da ...more
Hardcover, The Deluxe Edition, 320 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Vertigo
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Richard Wright
You don't need this book. It's absolutely unnecessary. That said, unnecessary things can often be extraordinary. The book collects together the various stories of Death, older sister of Dream, and frequent player in Gaiman's classic Sandman series. The physical book, as with the four volumes of Absolute Sandman, is a glorious thing - hardcovered in a slipcase, oversized, stunningly designed. Unlike the Sandman books though, the contents are on the slender side. The first two stories about Death ...more
Katy-Del
Having read all of the stories and seeing the other hardback collections of the series, I know this will be an excellent volume to add to my collection. If I ever get to see Neil at a signing, I will have to bring my little red wagon so I don't hurt myself under the weight of the books.

Edited to add: I did get to meet Neil at a signing a The Majestic Theater in Dallas in 2013. We were limited to bringing one book and having a signed copy of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. After much contempla
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Wayne Barrett
"When the first living thing existed, I was there, waiting"
Gavin
I have to give this 5 stars based on content, quality of writing, and just philosophical ideas not usually attempted in a Comic Book/Graphic Novel.
The last Gaiman I read was Black Orchid, which was OK, but didn't capture me like Death did.
Death is a teen goth girl, or at least her manifestation is that.
This is a collection of a bunch of Death stories, including those that appeared in Sandman.
I would gush about this, but I'll just say, I found this very interesting, and one of the few books I wa
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Kevin Fanning
"Liked it" but I think I mainly liked it because of the character of Death herself, not any of her stories in particular. Actually I would argue Neil Gaiman has never really told a jaw-dropping 5-star story about Death, i.e. she has not gotten the story she deserves.

"The Sound of Her Wings" is a classic, we all love it, a little shmaltzy but OK.

"The High Cost of Living" is OK. Mainly interesting as a backdrop for the next story. I don't super care for the Mad Hettie framing, especially her rando
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Sam
This volume brings together some of the best stories all based around my favourite character from the Sandman series, that of Death, sentient being, older sister to Dream and all round awesome 'person', as she travels the world to to experience life in its various forms and guises. I enjoyed these stories more than the Sandman volumes, probably because I prefer Death as a character compared to Dream so can get more engrossed in the story. The illustrations are superb and follow the same styling ...more
Bree Taylor
Love this. love it love it love it. The whole story told in one volume. Is it weird that I want to be Death for Halloween?
Kris
Aug 25, 2010 Kris rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: graphic novel fans, neil gaiman fans
Shelves: own-it, favorites
This is a collection of stories about Death, who is a character in Gaiman's Sandman graphic novels. It is a beautiful hardback edition, in a box slipcover. The stories inside are just as wonderful as the outside!

Death is the sister of The Sandman (or Dream), one of the Endless Immortals. And this Death is not the grim reaper of popular lore. She's a twenty-something cute girl, a bit Goth, but not at all scary. She loves her job because she gets to meet everybody! The only thing she misses, being
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Antonomasia
[4.5] In many ways wonderful. I so wish I'd read it all in the 90s; there are bits I'd read before at friends' houses or I can't-remember-where, yet even when I didn't know the exact story already, it's all more familiar than expected - the characters often themselves like friends, the whole thing swathed in a haze of nostalgia almost as strong as if I was looking through a stack of NMEs from 1995.

Some of it would surely have read better in my teens than today. Unfortunately other recent reading
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Penny Raspenny
Neil Gaiman is a pure, sparkly diamond. Priceless.
Shelley Daugherty
I will say straight out that I am a huge Neil Gaiman fan and this was my first real dose of Sandman so I didn't know what to expect. I loved becoming familiar with the character of Death.
The problem is that I was reviewing this in hopes of putting it in our high school. Since we live in a fairly conservative area I would probably have to put this book on a back shelf for more mature readers. It contains language,nudity,drugs, LGBT, and violence. Not too much for me but definitely too much for s
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Aaron
There are few writers out there who can evoke the kind of emotion Gaiman brings out while remaining firmly in a fantasy world nothing like our own. This book, a more portable release of Absolute Death, is a shining example of his ability to do this. Essentially collecting every major Death storyline from Gaiman's Sandman universe, this feels like a complete story despite being spread out across various single issues and miniseries. Reading all of this at once made me realize how thorough Gaiman ...more
jillian
Death, as portrayed in Gaiman's graphic novels, is endearing and adorable. Not all the Endless are. Death, in these novels, is the "cute gothette", always with a smile, always in love with life. Death will keep doing her job until the universe ends, and then she'll lock the door behind her when she leaves. Like all 1990s goths, I wear ankh jewelry as a reference, not to Egyptian mythology, but to Death of the Endless.

My husband bought me this book for my birthday. My husband knows me well - he
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Paul
A beautiful oversized slipcase hardcover collecting the miniseries DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING and DEATH: THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE together with "The Sound of Her Wings" and "Façade" from THE SANDMAN #8 and #20, the P. Craig Russell-illustrated "Death and Venice" from THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS, and the never-before reprinted stories "A Winter's Tale" and "The Wheel."

I had already bought both mini-series when they came out as single... then later, when they published the min-series as hardcover
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Michelle Durnsford
One of the best spin off characters ever! The story itself is not that deep or dark as many Gaiman tales but it doesn't matter. In fact I think it compliments the character as it is the complete opposite of what you imagine stories revolving around Death should be. Considering she is Death, she has a surprisingly bright and sunny disposition. Out of all of the endless, she is the one that understands people and humanity best because of the gift she brings to them/us. I've always enjoyed sandman ...more
Fantasy Literature
Death, the Deluxe Edition, was published by Vertigo in 2012. It’s a handsome book, slightly outsized (7 by 11 inches), perfect bound with a hard cover, dust jacket and matte black endpapers. The cover has a collage look, filled with shades of black and shell-pink, with Death in profile. The spiral tattoo below her right eye is prominent, and her hair sweeps in a curve like a wing.

All the stories in Death, the Deluxe Edition were written by Neil Gaiman. This collection includes the following sto
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Otherwyrld
Contains both the main stories which have featured Death of the Endless, namely The Time of Your Life and The High Cost of Living, as well as a number of shorts and one-off. As with all of the Absolute Editions, it is a beautifully produced Hardback in a slipcover which is well worth the expense.
A book that really makes you think about death (as opposed to Death), and in doing so, makes you think about life. Like all of Gaiman's work, highly recommended, but probably not as a standalone work. Yo
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Arthur
Com certeza deve ser mais interessante pra quem já leu (ou lê) Sandman etc., mas eu gostei bastante mesmo assim. A introdução de Amanda Palmer (que coisa estranha) fez essa edição me ganhar logo de cara. Recomendo. (Dá vontade de ter, pra reler.)
Serena
A wonderful collection of comics with the focus on Death of the Endless, Dream's sister, and what a lifetime of living may mean in the end, although her "gift" is shown and discussed, her realm, the Sunless Lands remain a mystery.
Laika
In comics Gaiman's ability to take his time to unfold a story truly comes to life. The art was so delightfully 90's that this reading experience felt like a time warp. Likey!
Marilag
I've always thought Death needed her own set of stories! So I was glad to find this gem at the library. I've read some of the stories already in previous Sandman volumes, but I did love the two stories that took the majority of this volume. And Death in Venice was my first intro to Death and the Sandman world, so that was still good to read a second time.
Luiz
It was pretty good :D
Joshie
in all honesty, i just got this graphic novel off the bookstore shelf out of IMPULSE (it's Gaiman. i'm looking for something dark to read. just had this need to buy it) so i didn't have any idea that this is a spin off from The Sandman series. confession: i haven't read The Sandman series.

but, reading this made me want to start the series. Death, i love Death. i think she's sexy in her own way (i can't believe i'm saying Death is s-e-x-y lmao) and although i thought some of the stories were jus
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Sassy
So having read the first book of the Lucifer series, I thought I would give some other works in this canon a try. The main sandman storyline held very little interest for me, so I was a bit hesitant about picking this one up as Death was one of the central characters in Sandman, and Neil Gaiman was the head writer on that series as well. But, I was so in love with the Lucifer comics I gave this one a chance.

Ah man I'm so disappointed. Neil Gaiman hasn't really mastered the art of comic book wri
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Hrishi
I jumped at the chance of reading this when a friend kindly lent it to me. I'd been meaning to read it for a number of years; ever since I read the ten volume Sandman series in fact. Way back when; was it 2001? 1998? Who knows?! Reading it has covered me a lot of ground when it comes to reading up on all the Sandman spin-offs.

So - Death (the character) is a fascinating chic gothette. She is also one of the "Endless", and counts among her siblings the maudlin Dream (aka the Sandman), crazy Deliri
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Matthew Quann
What has made Gaiman's "Sandman" one of my all-time favourite comic book series is that it uses the supernatural and fantastical as a backdrop for the real human stories that go on within the pages. Dream is the lead character, that is to be sure, but each arch has a set of excellent characters living in the real world, getting messed up by whatever unbelievable dream creature (usually a metaphor for some part of the human experience). With "Death," Gaiman takes Dream's sister, a level-headed f ...more
Jacquline
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Jim
I had read all of the stories before, but it was nice coming back to revisit the goth girl of death, one of my favorite graphic characters. I like her even more than Dream. The collection of portraits by different artists was nice. I read the AIDS comic with my thirteen-year-old. "Yeah, Dad, I know all this stuff." But he listened anyway. I also read some portions of the stories to him and he seemed interested.
Federiken Masters
Todavía no leí esta edición en castellano de ECC pero sí leí la gran mayoría de su contenido en dos tomos: El alto coste de la vida de Norma y Lo mejor de tu vida de Planeta. Igual, si cae en mis manos, quizás se gane otra relectura (segunda para "Lo mejor" y tercera para "El alto coste".
Chelsea Grindstaff
Death is my favorite character in the Sandman series, and possibly my favorite female fictional character of all time. Even though I already own most of these stories in other Sandman books, I did not hesitate to buy this beautiful collection of stories featuring Death. If you're a fan of Death and/or the Sandman series, this is a must-have book for your collection.
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