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Worlds' End (The Sandman #8)

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A reality storm draws an unusual cast of characters together. They take shelter in a tavern, where they amuse each other with their life stories. Although Morpheus is never a focus in these stories, each has something to say about the nature of stories and dreams. With an introduction by Stephen King.
Published June 22nd 2009 by Panini Verlag (first published December 1993)
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Algernon

[9/10]
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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...more
Teresa
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...more
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
Ronyell
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...more
Brooke
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
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
Tom
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...more
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...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...more
Irena
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...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...more
Karissa
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...more
Mkeirsbi
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
Sunil
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...more
Travis
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...more
Kristen
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...more
Shira
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Kat
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.
Federiken Masters
Mar 03, 2010 Federiken Masters rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Todo el mundo.
Recommended to Federiken by: Esteban Ruquet
Aunque no sea mi favorito, creo que este es el tomo de Sandman que mejor representa el espíritu de la serie. El hecho de que tenga relatos dentro de relatos dentro de relatos hasta un punto donde es indistinguible qué pasó y qué no. Y, para una serie que transcurre gran parte en el mundo onírico, eso es lo mejor que podría pasar. Cuando lo relea seguro lo rerreseñe.
Collin Huster
Volume 8 of Sandman was yet another fantastic set of stories woven into the sandman universe by Neil Gaiman. For someone who has read and enjoyed Chaucer's Canterbury Tales it was easy to love this volume set in a similar nature. Each character who tells a story is someone who we've met before which is one thing that I love about Gaiman, every character no matter how small a role they have previously is expanded upon and has a larger role and a deeper story. It gives each character a sense of gr...more
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
...more
Lani Hannah
I love Sandman. I love that each volume is something different, and I never know what I'll end up reading.

This was one of my favorites. The word story is one that is unrecognized sometimes, but it means a lot in this context. This book is made of story, and I loved it.
Aleksandar Nikolov
"Краят на света" настъпва и за Пясъчния! Само че това според Геймън се оказва името на таверна в която се осъществява сбирка на доста интересни чиляци. Всичките до един попаднали "уж" случайно. Да, но както и предполагате "случайно" е доста НЕслучайна дума.

И такаа.. събрали са се тез чиляци , и си пийват и си хапват , и вземат да си разправят някоя и друга история, ей така за разбообразие. Истории за далечни земи и необичайни преживелици. Мда интересни биха били ако имаше някакво дейстие , а не...more
Rowena
It's impossible to know what to expect in the Sandman series. Such great characters and fantastic storylines. Thoroughly entertaining.
Ben
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...more
Paul Nelson
Hints at the conclusion of the series wonderfully and my appetite for the Kindly ones is thoroughly whetted.
Abby
The World's End in an odd place between places, a place between times. It is a tavern that belongs to no world in particular and no time in particular, that serves as a haven during a great storm. People are drawn to the tavern from across the worlds and across times. The present meets the future and the past.
To pass the time in the tavern, people tell stories. We are treated to a great variety of stories and illustration styles. Pretty great, as always. I especially enjoyed the illustrations w...more
Lloyd
While this may not be my favorite volume of The Sandman, one has to recognize the genius involved in this book.

It is another volume like we've seen in prior Sandman volumes, in that it contains many short stories which stand on their own, yet have a slight unifying thread.

What's so genius about this book is that the characters are stuck in the World's End Inn. They have all been caught in unseasonably weird storms and somehow deposited there. The lodgers pass the time until the storm is over b...more
Tom
The first time I read through The Sandman, I picked a random book from a store shelf and read it first. I had no idea it was the next to last volume, the 9th of 10, so as a result, when I finally went back and finished everything, I got to Worlds' End last. The last few pages actually sort of work as a conclusion to the series, but overall, I found this volume rather disappointing. Taking a page from Chaucer, Gaiman has his characters for this arc stuck in the mysterious title inn, the Worlds' E...more
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