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The Sandman: Endless Nights (The Sandman #12)

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Before becoming a New York Times two-time best-selling author, Neil Gaiman revolutionized the comic-book arena with THE SANDMAN. The most acclaimed and award-winning comic series of the last decade, THE SANDMAN is a rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy, in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven. THE SANDMAN set new standards ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Vertigo (first published 2003)
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Trebro
Singer-songwriter Fish has a line about returning to your past. When asked, as he often is at concerts, to play one of the seminal songs from his former band Marillion, he responds, "I'm not playing fucking Grendel!" His point is that to try and relive the past like that would make no sense--he can't sing it the way he used to, the meaning's not there. It would be nostalgic at best, off-key at worst. Trying to relive something you did years ago and have moved on from is not the best plan.

Which b
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Ronyell
4.5 stars!

After reading almost all of Neil Gaiman’s fantastic run on the “Sandman” series (to the point where I called the year 2012 “The Year of the Sandman” since I had spent the year reading the Sandman comics), I wanted to read Neil Gaiman’s latest story on the “Sandman” series, “The Sandman: Endless Nights,” even though The Sandman, Vol. 10: The Wake was actually considered the final story arc in the “Sandman” series. “The Sandman: Endless Nights,” which is also a Bram Stoker Award winner
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Brooke
Endless Nights was written years after the Sandman series ended - Gaiman returns his characters and provides a story for each of the 7 Endless.

I liked some stories better than others, and for the first time, I think my 4th star in my rating for this book is solely because of the artwork. It's a little more interesting and experimental than what was in the rest of the series - Despair's and Delerium's stories are really noteable in this aspect. While their stories weren't my favorite (my beloved
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Airiz C
Endless Nights is a sevenfold compilation of stories featuring each of the Endless, set in various times ranging from when the solar system is not yet a system in itself to the period after Lord Morpheus’ downfall. I enjoyed it for the most part, but some tales didn’t quite quench my thirst for a satisfying treat concomitant to the phenomenal ten-volume series.

SPOILERS ABOUND. The first installment, “Death and Venice,” is divided into two narratives: one about a kingdom in Venice whose duke made
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Nick
Endless Nights is a mixed bag of very good and so-so in the world of the Sandman. Each chapter chronicles a tale of the mythic figures, focusing on each in the past, present and future timeline the overall series worked to establish for the better part of nine years. Up first is Death, and despite being one of the more popular characters in the series, her tale here is a bit meddling. There are two stories running parallel to one another that do end up at the same place, but Death herself isn't ...more
Roman
Neuveritelne krasna sbirka povidek s famoznim ceskym prekladem.
Ivon
Terima kasih banyak untuk kebaikan Qui (nama panggilan dari seseorang ber-nickname
Δx Δp ≥ ½ ħ http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/16... (don't ask, real name unknown)) karena telah menyempatkan diri meng-email kisah Endless Nights ini. Thanks, bro :).

Endless Nights adalah komik pelengkap kisah The Sandman, yang, officially, berakhir di komplikasi nomor 11 (The Wake). Masih dengan Neil Gaiman sebagai penulis ceritanya, Endless Nights berisikan tujuh chapter, dibagikan pas untuk setiap anggota kel
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Jim
I never really got into Sandman. I mean, Gaiman is a fantastic writer (though it's just been in the last couple years that I read some of his stuff), and even though I've been into comics a long time, Sandman just wasn't something I read. I tried the first couple collected volumes a while back, and didn't think they lived up to the hype, so I just quit.

But I probably should have stuck with it. I just finished Endless Nights, and I really, really liked it. At worst, they were weird and intriguin
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John Kirk
There are some interesting trivia points in here, e.g. seeing the first incarnation of Despair. However, there was nothing that really stuck with me after I'd read it.

The artists are well chosen for each story. In particular, I've often found Bill Sienkiewicz's artwork unclear, so I didn't like the Spider-Man stories that he drew, but he's a good fit for Delirium's story. Similarly, Frank Quitely seems to have trouble with feet: when he drew The Authority, all the characters looked like apes. Ho
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Drown Hollum
I finished reading Sandman many years ago, but something kept me away from Endless Nights. When the new edition came out and was promptly put right back in my face as a glaring gap in my collection, I decided to finally let the story end and read it.

Endless Nights is a collection of seven short stories, each of which explores the world of each of the endless. Art duties are preformed by a different artist in each chapter, creating a unique tone for each of the narratives. Every tale adds to the
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jhelum
Some stories are better than others. Some visuals are better than others. A lot of times visuals did better than the lines. I can draw no connections whatsoever to any of the characters as this is the first sandman books i ended up reading.

One such poem that stood out within-

Despair remembers.
It is a peculiar, flat memory,
in which things become bleak and bounded by the dark
There is joy in there, of course,
and love, and touching.
The presence that makes the
present absence unbearable.
Without triu
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Jacquline
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Valeska
No me aburro de decir que Neil Gaiman me deja alucinada con sus trabajos.
Una vez más me atrapó con estos personajes que amo tanto y de los que no me aburro nunca, siempre tan únicos y familiares.
Missy
The Basics

A collection of stories taking place in the Sandman universe, each focusing on a member of the Endless.

My Thoughts

This is currently the last of the Sandman stories as written by Neil Gaiman. It’s not essential to the main plot to read these, but for a fan, it’s a satisfying read and worth adding to the collection. If you have a favorite Endless, chances are they’re given their moment to shine here. Even Destiny, with his cool-but-one-note ways.

For my part, Desire has always been my fav
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Megan Cook
I can't quite bring myself to give this five stars, but it definitely deserves more than four--4.5 perhaps? As a fan of the Sandman and Death series, I was excited to read this and it did not disappoint! Personally, I loved the Death and Desire stories, finding them to be that perfect Gaiman-ish mix of a good story with a lot of philosophy on the nature of death, time and desire. The artwork in the Despair and Delirium stories was ambitious and incredibly emotive (and the lettering is amazing in ...more
Morgane Zephyr
Long time ago I saw the picture of the Endless family somewhere on the internet, and thought "hey, they seem interesting, kind of morbid and..familiar". But I haven't investigated further.
Some years later I heard about the Family again, and my wish to meet them was granted in form of a birthday gift from a friend. So this book as the last of the series was my first, and the Death story was the first handshake in line.
Death felt familiar, close and known, and for me that was a grand, deafening si
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Aaj
Disappointing...try best to avoid it!!

This book is supposed to explore the Endless family through seven different tales, each of their own. However, some of them are unneccessarily complex and others nothing much special. Rating for each story as below:

Death : Good story. Not very clear though!
Desire : Same as above!
Dream : Lovely! (Especially, the hint about Sun and life on Earth)
Despair : I went to her realm for a month after reading these protraits. (Or is that what Neil wanted to achieve?)
De
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Ruth
This was, somewhat crazily, the first Neil Gaiman book I had read, which meant I was a little confused about what was going on at first, but once I'd got over that I realised it was pure genius :) The man is a world apart, an imagination like no other. Loved it.
Fred
This collection of stories enlarges Gaiman's mythology of the Endless through almost entirely unconnected tales focusing on each of them. In some, they are central to the plot or theme (Death, Desire, Delirium). In others, they are significant characters, but their particular nature is less important (Dream and Destruction). And in two, they are evoked without really being drawn into a tale (Despair and Destiny). Some stories succeed more than others, but the art throughout is both stunning and ...more
Caroline
In this addition to the Sandman chronicle, each of the Endless gets their own short story. As with many Sandman stories, they're all somewhat dark and full of improbabilities that we take in stride. Death and Dream's stories were probably my favorites, Death because she is my favorite, and it felt the most like the stories I liked best from Sandman. The dark side isn't overwhelming, despite the way the teller of the tale ends his story, it explores a little loop in time and death, and Death is g ...more
Elin
After finishing the Sandman series and completely falling in love with the characters I was so looking forward to reading this. And then I started.

The book is separated by the endless characters Delirium, Despair, Desire, Destruction, Dream, Death and Destiny and we follow their interactions with the humans. The first stories are intriguing and I am as happy as you can be. But then it dwindles. And it starts to get boring.

I find myself longing for the book to end.

I am so sad to not even get a
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Hannah
Now I have read all of this series, I can safely say that SANDMAN is my favourite graphic novel/comic book series. Endless Nights sees Neil Gaiman return to his cast of 'the Endless' (Dream, Death, Despair, Destiny, Desire and Delirium, and their renegade brother Destruction) and tells a story about each of these characters with a different artist for each one.
My personal favourite was "Dream: The Heart of a Star" drawn by Miguelanxo Prada. It has a mysterious, kind of happy/sad atmosphere to i
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Scottsdale Public Library
Endless Nights is a collection of seven short stories each featuring one of the Endless from the Sandman comic series. The Endless are seven immortal brothers and sisters that personify an abstract concept like Death, Despair, Dream (aka The Sandman), etc. You don't need to know any of the previous Sandman installments in order to enjoy this work. Gaiman continues his reputation as a master storyteller with haunting, bittersweet, and nightmarish tales. If you like this book, check out Gaiman's S ...more
Hamish
Sometimes I'm suspicious that Neil Gaiman's real talent is in making works that have the appearance of being much deeper than they actually are, and that if you inspect them too closely they all fall apart. It's still just a theory, though. Mostly I admire his clever story-telling and that feeling that you get when you read his books, when it seems like he always picks the right piece of dialogue or plot twist or change of scene at exactly the right time. Endless Nights has a lot of examples of ...more
Bree Taylor
More from Neil Gaiman does not disappoint. An amazing collection and companion to The Sandman series.

Each story is about a different Endless character and well done. Each story compelled me in a different way.

But the stories of Death, Dream, Desire, and Destruction will stick with me. I continue to be least in tune with Delirium and Despair (I'm ok with this), as their stories were bewildering. Ending with Destiny was a stroke of genius... and simplistic and fabulous.

A must read.
Andrea
Sette piccole storie per finire una grande storia. Alcune sono piccoli capolavori, altre piccole e basta.
Un'ultima opportunità di conoscere fino in fondo i sette Eterni.
Non tutte e sette le storie sono splendide, ma quelle che lo sono compensano ampiamente.

Quindici Ritratti di Disperazione è stato il mio preferito. E' un personaggio che è stato delineato pochissimo nella saga, qui Gaiman compensa con quindici brevissimi racconti che, affiancati alla potenza terrificante delle immagini di Storey,
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Emily
Ive always been an avid reader, but when I was 14 I was stuck in hospital for a while. I had many visitors and one was of my friend and her mom, who had a whole room of books by authors Id never heard of at the time. She braught me a bag full of books where the majority of them were by a guy named Niel Gaiman. There was Coraline, Neverwhere, Fragile Things and The Sandman: Endless Nights. Endless Nights was the very first Gaiman book I ever read and I loved it. Despite the fact I had no idea wha ...more
Fox
It seems I am attempting to read every single book in the Sandman collection. We shall see how this plays out - I'm not quite certain that my library carries all of these side stories. Hell, I feel lucky to have gotten the ten main volumes of the comic from the library. Anyway, that is beside the point. Endless Nights.

Endless Nights is a side story, a volume of seven short stories, each corresponding to a different member of the Endless. In addition to being entertaining, the volume does answer
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Nicole Bunge
I know these are classics, and it's sacrilege to criticize them, but part of the reason I never read them is because I don't like the art style(s). I love Gaiman as an author. I started out with his short stories and novels though, and any time something is held up as 'you HAVE to read this' - especially because I like gothic, ooky-spooky stuff and mythic/fairy tale literature.

But as a feminist (or more accurately, a post-feminist) I'm still disturbed by the amount of T&A in this volume. An
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