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Sandman 08 Worlds' End (The Sandman #8)

4.48 of 5 stars 4.48  ·  rating details  ·  29,546 ratings  ·  553 reviews
SANDMAN ist aus gutem Grund die am häufigsten gelobte und mit Preisen ausgezeichnete Comic-Serie der 90er-Jahre: Die intelligente, tiefgründige Story, elegant geschrieben von Neil Gaiman und abwechselnd illustriert von den gefragtesten Künstlern der Comic-Branche, bietet eine reichhaltige Mischung moderner Mythen und finsterer Fantasy, in der zeitgenössische Literatur, his ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published June 22nd 2009 by Panini Verlag (first published January 1st 1994)
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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


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
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
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 Márquez
I wish this story never ended. This time I could forgive even the lack of Morpheus.
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
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
Amazing short stories of people intertwining into one big framework. Wonderfully coloured and beautifully drawn.
And the ending...The ending was mind-blowing.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Paul Nelson
Hints at the conclusion of the series wonderfully and my appetite for the Kindly ones is thoroughly whetted.
The antepenultimate volume in the collected Sandman is one of the "short stories" entries in the series--a reality storm strands many characters, some of whom we have met before, at the Inn at the World's End, where the travellers while away their time telling stories. It's a well-tried formula, and it gives Gaiman a chance to do some shorter things that don't necessarily fit in with the larger narrative arc but resonate with it in different--sometimes a bit forced--ways. Each story within the s ...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 will say that this part of the series I had some different thoughts. It's different because the characters that are focused are not the Endless themselves or people to do with the endless (although they are brought up in the stories that are told at World's End Inn).

For the first half, I was doubting if I should continue this part of the series and skip on ahead. However, since I brought it I thought I should at least finish it.

Luckily it picked up by the second half, and I enjoyed the stories
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
The weakest of the Sandman offerings that I have read, this installment probably was not helped by the fact that I read it out of order - in fact last in the series. It seems I had inadvertently skipped it and proceeded directly from 6 to 8.

On the other hand, this book does very little to actually add to the greater story and is essentially a collection of short stories which have only the vaguest of connections with the main story arc which is Sandman. I'm not a huge fan of the short stories in
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
Another favorite. I'm not sure my heart can take much more excellence. I gotta say, the confluence of Canterbury Tales homage, Hob Gadling, and the faerie dude make this one unmissable. And there was another nightscape that brought tears to my eyes. You're on a roll, Gaiman.
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  • The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1)
  • Præludier (The Sandman)
  • The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll's House (The Sandman #2)
  • The Sandman, Vol. 3: Dream Country (The Sandman #3)
  • The Sandman, Vol. 4: Season of Mists (The Sandman #4)
  • The Sandman, Vol. 5: A Game of You (The Sandman #5)
  • The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections (The Sandman #6)
  • The Sandman, Vol. 7: Brief Lives  (The Sandman #7)
  • The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones (The Sandman #9)
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