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The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones (The Sandman #9)

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The Penultimate volume to the phenomenal Sandman series: distraught by the kidnapping and presumed death of her son, and believing Morpheus to be responsible, Lyta Hall calls the ancient wrath of the Furies down upon him. A former superheroine blames Morpheus for the death of her child and summons an ancient curse of vengeance against the Lord of Dream. The "kindly ones" e ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 6th 1999 by Vertigo (first published September 1st 1989)
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Superbly written but too long for what the story is about

Creative Team:

Writer: Neil Gaiman

Illustrators: Marc Hempel, Richard Case, D’Israeli, Glyn Dillon, Teddy Kristiansen, Charles Vess, Dean Ormston & Kevin Nowlan

Covers: Dave McKean

Letterer: Todd Klein


We do what we do because of who we are. If we did otherwise, we would not be ourselves.

Before of anything, I want to comment that it was very nice to find that The Kindly Ones TPB price remained in $19.99, the same as oth
This one is probably the one that I love the most, but not because of the quick pace, the literary references, the art, or the final act. Or maybe it's because (or not because) of all of it.

No spoilers, but the furies can be a real bitch, and so is their puppet.

Then again, who's really pulling the strings?

This one brought me to tears both times I read it. It sneaks up on you. Even when you know it's coming from the previous volume's foreshadowing, it still sneaks up on you and you expect somethi
Nov 26, 2013 Algernon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013

The most ambitious of all Sandman albums, the highpoint of the series, the convergence of all the random plot threads and part time characters into a spectacular denouement. The tragic nature of the story doesn't come as a surprise: the seeds were planted right from the start, with Morpheus imprisoned in a country manor in England in Preludes and Nocturnes and reflecting on his past mistakes and ways to redeem them. Every subsequent volume added to the morbid and apparently inevitable conflict
Jul 17, 2012 Brooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've rated both this and The Sandman Vol. 7 Brief Lives 5 stars, but I think I liked Brief Lives better, for the sole reason that it contained more scenes with Delerium. Here, Delerium is searching for someone again, this time her talking dog Barnabas, and the scene where they're reunited was charming as all get out.

Practically every other character we've met along the way shows up in the Kindly Ones, and it was just more proof that Gaiman is the master of making everything he writes have a purp
Nicolo Yu
Apr 11, 2012 Nicolo Yu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collected-comics
This is the penultimate arc in Neil Gaiman’s original Sandman run. The seeds for Dream’s ultimate fate has been foreshadowed in previous storylines, with its seeds reaching fruition here. The actual machinations for his demise are contained in this story as we see characters with a vendetta against Morpheus working towards his downfall. This is the longest arc in the title, with the appropriately thickest trade paperback, taking over a year to complete it. I thought that this was a bargain when ...more
6 stars!!!

Now, you are probably looking at the title of the ninth volume of Neil Gaiman’s fantastic “Sandman” series, which is called “The Kindly Ones” and you are probably thinking to yourself about how this volume will be all sunshine and roses. Definitely not! Do not let the innocent title of this volume fool you! The ninth volume “The Kindly Ones” is probably the darkest volume out of all the “Sandman” series since “A Game of You” and yet this is probably the best volume out of the entire
Mar 05, 2014 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just about all the disparate plot lines and characters come together in this volume, even several that originally appeared to be random. In only this aspect (speaking of "aspect," the facet of a gemstone is my favorite image in this book), I was reminded of how while reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I was so amazed at how everything came together that I reread all the HP books just to see how Rowling did it.

As this is volume 9, it seems appropriate that there are three sets of three
Oct 01, 2015 Ivan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Best Sandman volume so far. Sadly illustrations are worst in series and this is series that has pretty bad illustrations overall.
Paul Nelson
The Kindly Ones is quite simply the best graphic novel I have read, the bar is raised for a series that was already at the top limit of the vault. A true masterpiece that deserves 6 out of 5 stars, I read it twice which I have only ever done with the Lord of the Rings trilogy and that in itself says a great deal.
The thirteen episodes of this volume feature many characters that we have met in the series so far and significantly add to the excitement that builds almost page by page.

Lyta Hall leave
Sandman, Vol 9: The Kindly Ones: The climax we all saw coming

If you are reading this review, I’ll assume you’ve read and liked the previous eight volumes. If you haven’t read them, I suggest you start with Volume 1 and go from there. Otherwise, this review will be full of spoilers and I don’t want the Furies or Corinthian to visit me in my dreams in retribution.

The entire series shifts between collections of short stories and single longer narratives, and some of my favorite Sandman stories hav
Caro M.
I want to learn how to draw a pentagram, into which I will catch Neil Gaiman to make ask him to tell me bedtime stories every night.
Aug 27, 2012 Tahmeed rated it liked it
This is my lowest rating of the entire Sandman series thus far, and the main and only reason for this is that I absolutely hated the artwork in this volume. It was childish and very cartoon-ish and it prevented me from enjoying the story.

The story itself was quite good, well great in fact, although I feel that its length could have been curtailed somewhat. Rose Walker's story-line in particular felt forced, especially since it distracted from the main arc of the Kindly Ones hunting down dream.
Aug 11, 2016 Milutin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Priča se konačno konkretizovala, ali što je bedan crtež,
bukvalno jeste li vi u Vertigu rertardirani?
Nadam se da će jednog dana doći do reizdanja kompletnog
serijala, nacrtanog od strane lika koji je radio Sandman Overture, na isti način.
Mar 14, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gr-specfic-brs, 2016
Best one yet! All the peeps make an appearance. I feel like I need to start reading the entire series again now that I'm finally starting to get a grasp on all the many characters.
Mar 09, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Need more than 5 stars for this one. Definitely my favorite so far. I know I know I keep saying that but this one really is :).
Jesus, the artwork is awful on this.

So here we finally get to see seeds that have been sewn, the kindly ones get their wish and Morpheus accepts that his sister must do her job and take his life, but all because he loved. Very sad, but all part of his destiny.

Not my favourite volume.
Aug 05, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2015
The ninth in the Sandman series gathers a number of threads, some started as far back as the second book in the series, and brings them to a conclusion. Morpheus is a stubborn character, someone who is not always prepared to compromise, and sometimes makes difficult choices. Characters from earlier books, including Hippolyta Hall, three witches, a Norse god and Thessaly are determined to settle those grudges
But there is a cohesive and separate storyline in the book too. A child is taken, and the
David Schaafsma
Jul 31, 2015 David Schaafsma rated it it was amazing
At more than 200 pages, this is the longest of the ten volume epic series, and pulls out all the stops to complete the story. I waited to write this review until after I finished the tenth and last volume, "The Wake," which I liked even better. This volume is about the variously named Furies, The Dirae, The Erinyes, the Eumenides: agents of vengeance, and if you see the final title, and you know who the series is basically about, well then you know the object of their vengeance and the result. I ...more
Airiz C
After the eeriest and perhaps the biggest portent of a character’s demise in World’s End, Gaiman pulls all the finished literary embroideries that were the previous story arcs and knits them together into this penultimate volume and apex of The Sandman series, The Kindly Ones.

ABUNDANT SPOILER-ISHNESS! The volume is pretty rich with subplots, but the main premise is this: Lyta Hall’s three-year-old baby, Daniel, is missing. With all the peculiar appearances and statements of the Dream King about
Dec 14, 2010 Ryan rated it it was amazing
While reading Songs of Love and Death, a fantasy and science fiction anthology compiled by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, I was surprised to find that Neil Gaiman's "The Thing About Cassandra" was my "stand out" story. I was surprised because after reading American Gods, I became convinced that Gaiman's best work was behind him. After all, he wrote the Sandman comics.

For those not in the know (shame on you!), Sandman is the Dream Lord. Among other things, he is also the patron of stories
Well I just started reading this. Here is something about that. I won't even save it til I write the proper review, because, god.

F to this volume's introduction. F F F F F F it. There is the most giant spoiler in this introduction, and I didn't even read it. I'm so annoyed. It's just sitting there in a conspicuous spot on the page, and I think that's on purpose. I saw it as I flipped past and my jaw dropped, so then I stared at it, and ugh. This guy. It is just the most flippant and obnoxious wa
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This is the account of what happens when the Kindly Ones enter the Dreaming. There is some great stuff in here, and some surprises. I loved learning more about the characters living in the dreaming, particularly Matthew the Raven. I always love Delirium, but she really made me laugh in this particular volume. The randomness is a welcome respite sometimes from what is going on otherwise.

"Most people don't realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the
May 08, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, fantasy, 2012
Basic Plot: Dream killed his son Orpheus, and now must deal with the wrath of the Kindly Ones...

This was one long, strange edition of the Sandman series. This was, oddly, not a bad thing. I was reading it in dribs and drabs, which is really not the way I generally recommend someone to read a Neil Gaiman graphic novel, so I think I didn't appreciate it the way I should have. The book probably deserved a full five stars, but my pace of reading it didn't help my enjoyment. The plot seemed to move a
Evan Leach
Feb 06, 2016 Evan Leach rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 1990-1999, dc
img: Sandman 1

The Kindly Ones is the penultimate Sandman storyline, and it is easy to understand why it is many readers’ favorite. While I will keep this review spoiler-free, suffice to say this is a truly epic story – even relative to some of the other heavyweights this series has to offer. Within its 352 page, 13-issue bulk, The Kindly Ones manages to pull in a wide range of supporting characters that have appeared in the eight Sandman collections before this one, making this collection feel like a culminat
Jul 24, 2014 Kaora rated it it was amazing
I want this series to never end.
2.6-2.8 stars

The writing was all over the place, and even dull at times. After knowing how insightful and witty Gaiman can write (see Brief Lives, for example) and how fluently he can articulate the myriad of his characters, this honestly feels like a lack of effort.

The Kindly Ones themselves were a little of a problem here. For being the title characters (something DREAM didn't even get the honor of being), Gaiman didn't give them enough built up. Sure, they appeared many times before, but in
I can't even pretend that I got all of this. I'm not sure it's possible for anyone to get all of it in a single reading. Perhaps in the kind of intensive studying one associates with a doctoral thesis. But even then only maybe.

Fun coincidence: I was reading this and also reading Hades: Lord of the Dead, because every time I got up some kid would swipe one of my books, and I'd have to switch to the other. Two books starring the Kindly Ones at once.

I'm starting to view Greek mythology the same way
Aug 05, 2012 Sunil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2006, 2012, favorites
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Ryan Rebel
Jul 24, 2011 Ryan Rebel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed

Not much more to say. The tragic epic that is Sandman is concluded emotionally and satisfyingly. This series may start out seeming disjointed and without focus, but it all comes together in the end, in a big way. Bigger than I ever thought the series might go.

This book is like a who's who in the Sandman universe. Characters from all of the previous books return, just as beautifully, entertainingly, and poignantly realized as they were before. The difference is that this time, there is a
The Kindly Ones is the heaviest of all the volumes, and the hardest to get through, because there's a lot packed into it and it's quite emotionally hard-hitting.

As a story, it's pretty amazing. A lot of threads come together in this book and you can finally see where everything was going all along -- so many characters are revisited and their stories tie firmly into the whole. I especially liked the reappearance of the Corinthian, and Nuala's story, which I was anticipating but still got me righ
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