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World's End

(The Sandman #8)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  40,624 ratings  ·  1,028 reviews
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. SUGGESTED FOR MATURE READERS. Collecting The Sandman #51–56
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published July 16th 1999 by Vertigo (first published July 1st 1995)
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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.

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Bill  Kerwin
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This eighth entry in the series is, like Dream Country, a collection of individual tales only tangentially connected to the characters and concerns of the series. Gaiman, in a brief afterward, tells us that he crafted these stories to take advantage of the talents of some of his favorite artists, and in this he has succeeded admirably. The visual styles are pleasantly varied, and many of the individual images are haunting and memorable.

The tales are presented to us through a Decameron style frame: a
And so we get our first taste of the infamous House of Mystery, the harbor at World's End, where safety and drink in the limbo between dimensions can be bought with the price of a tale.

I'm pretty fond of these short stories, but perhaps not as fond as I was the first time I read them. They're solid and thought-provoking, but not overly so.

I suppose what really got to me was the end of the volume. The wake. *shiver* Okay, that was some seriously deep shit. When death looke
Jack Tripper

A group of strangers all end up in an old, hidden inn/tavern to seek shelter during a storm. The storm appeared differently for each: for one it was a snowstorm in the middle of June while driving somewhere in the U.S. Midwest; for another it was a violent thunderstorm while at 1914. The tavern is packed with people from different realities and timelines (including non-human creatures from Faerie and myth), and the only thing to do while they wait for the "reality storm" to end is swa
Sean Gibson
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What do you get when you wrap stories inside of stories featuring people in the stories telling stories about the people telling stories in the other stories? Neil Gaiman at his Neil Gaimaniest. This series continues to delight (and occasionally confuse), even when, or perhaps especially when, it veers away from what is loosely the main narrative. This volume is no exception, and we can go ahead and add World’s End to the list of fantastical and imaginary places I desperately want to visit, whic ...more
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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 ahea
Sandman: Vol 8: Worlds' End: "The Golden Boy" is a bittersweet fable of leadership
After Vol 7: Brief Lives, which focused on Morpheus’ dysfunctional family and a road trip in search of Destruction, Vol 8: Worlds’ End is another stand-alone story collection similar to Vol 4: Dream Country and Vol 6: Fables and Reflections. Once again the Endless retreat to the corners of the stage, making way for a cast of characters gathered at the Inn at Worlds’ End to tell tales to while away the time during a fierce
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Για τη reality storm, για την κηδεία και για το βλέμμα της Death στο τέλος. Φοβάμαι λίγο για το τι θα ακολουθήσει.

-What's a reality storm? I mean, it does sound like something from Star Trek or something.
-Well, sometimes big things happen, and they echo. Those echoes crash across worlds. They are the ripples in the fabric of things. Often they manifest as storms. Reality is a fragile thing, after all.

I think I fell in love with her, a little bit.
Isn't th
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 could b ...more
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 w
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
One of the top three in the series so far for sure. (In my own opinion anyway)
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kellan Gibby
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, reviews
As much as I love this series when the plot really gets going, I'm going to go out on a limb and say the pacing in Sandman is awful. There's all this stuff going on in the main story and it takes this full volume to interrupt itself and tell me a bunch of random short stories I don't really care about. I know they tie into the main story in many ways but I can't help but feel like these sort of volumes completely destroy any forward momentum the main plot about Dream has going. World's End isn't a bad boo ...more
Caro the Helmet Lady
I wish this story never ended. This time I could forgive even the lack of Morpheus.
Rebecca Skane
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
A reality storm brings people from different times and worlds together at an inn at the end of the world to wait out the storm. This volume tells the tales of these travelers.
Sally ☾
“Is there any person in the world who does not dream? Who does not contain within them worlds unimagined?”

Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
So this starts with a couple driving along a motorway and in the middle of June (English Summer) it starts snowing. They veer off the road and crash. When they awake they are lost and see a pub to get help. Inside are several other travellers from different realms.

The pub is called the World's end. None of the travellers know how they got their and they find out that the pub is at the end of all worlds. The Inn keepers says they must tell stories to pass the time and to keep away the evil spiri
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Amazing short stories of people intertwining into one big framework. Wonderfully coloured and beautifully drawn.
And the ending...The ending was mind-blowing.
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one wasn't one of my favorites but Gaiman is such a brilliant storyteller I still feel it deserves 4 stars.
Delirious Disquisitions
Just pure perfection. Lyrical and profound in its storytelling. This volume broke my heart into a million tiny pieces. All I'm left with are the jagged pieces of stories and an all encompassing awe of Neil Gaiman's boundless imagination and writing.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely one of the best, one of the roundest volumes; it is a set of six stories told at an inn, while the universe goes through a reality storm. And I don't think I can tell a lot more about the reality storm without spoilers, but definitely, the stories are worth their salt; Gaiman shows here that he's an amazing story teller, and he knows how to dive into fantasy amazingly well. As the introduction said, the best part about it is that he doesn't make it more complicated, more complex than ...more
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Neil Gaiman's Sandman series!!!
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” seri
Jul 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Evelyn Medina
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is HANDS DOWN my favorite in the series! First off, the amazingly heartfelt intro by Stephen King was a perfect way to start this. It's hard to talk about how great this volume was without giving anything away but I will say it's full of intrigue, action, horror, it's a bit morbid but just the right amount and the storytelling is perfection. As only Gaiman can do. And the ending was FANTASTIC! It's gonna be hard to follow this one!
5/5 stars FOR SURE!!!
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My favourite "The Sandman" volume. "A Tale of Two Cities" is very haunting, and has been on my mind for years since I read it.
Alex Bright
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Somehow I forgot to add this when I read it. I think I went from volume seven straight into eight, and gobbled it in one sitting. If I'm remembering correctly. Either way, it's The Sandman. It's fantastic!
Andrew Greatbatch
Wow. I wasn't looking forward to this one much, but it exceeded my expectations so much.
This volume is set in Worlds’ End Inn, a "free house" according to the sign outside its entrance. The Sandman Annotations explain that “A 'free house' is a pub or inn with no ties to a brewery, as opposed to a ‘tied house’ where the land or pub is owned by the brewery and the publicans are merely tenants.” The main difference is that a free house can serve any beer they wish, while a tied house will usually only sell beers produced by the brewery the pub is tied to. In the context of the story, ...more
David Schaafsma
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
While still immensely readable and entertaining, this volume is my least favorite of the Sandman series, for some reason.

For me, it feels like Gaiman wasn't firing on all cylinders with this one, but most especially since this is followed by the truly outstanding "Kindly Ones" arc!
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