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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 1995)
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Alejandro
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


THE END IS NIGH

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 o
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Bill Kerwin

I remember reading somewhere that Bleak House is one of Neil Gaiman’s favorite novels, and The Kindly Ones, the penultimate volume of The Sandman, reminded me a great deal of Bleak House. Like the typical Dickens novel, The Sandman series contains a multitude of characters and plot threads, and The Kindly Ones is the volume which, gathering these characters and threads together, brings them to climax (though not to conclusion, a matter reserved for the next volume, The Wake.) It is precisely thi
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Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Nov 20, 2013 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
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Sean Gibson
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I guess it’s like Sammy Hagar sang (nay, emoted) in a criminally underrated deep cut* off the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album: dream another dream—this dream is over.

Sandman has never shied away from going into dark places; reading it is often akin to that time when you were a kid and were forced to go down into your grandmother’s unfinished basement to fetch a jar of homemade jam. Logically, you knew nothing bad would happen, but it was still terrifying to open the dingy door at the top of
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Johann (jobis89)
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Got quite emotional towards the end, but also felt a little confused at times... I think a complete reread is required in future!!
Brooke
Jul 20, 2009 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
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Nicolo Yu
Sep 10, 2009 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
Ronyell
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 entir
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Caro the Helmet Lady
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.
Teresa
Mar 05, 2014 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 immediately afterward I reread all the HP books just to see how Rowling did it.

As this is volume 9, it seems appropriate that there a
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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
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Ivan
Nov 16, 2014 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.
Trish
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There's but three Furies found in spacious hell
But in a great man's breast three thousand dwell.

Oomph. What a volume!

At the end of the 8th volume we saw the funeral of an Endless and rightfully guessed that it was Morpheus'. Still, I believed there would be a way out for him. Apparently, so did he. I guess we were both wrong.
Because the titular Kindly Ones, also known as the The Furies - often seen as the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone - have a bone to pick with the Dream Lord for somethin
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Zachary F.


I thought coming back to Sandman after a seven-month break would restore my waning interest, but nah, I just can't get the old excitement back. I'll read the last collection for completion's sake, but I won't be sad when it's done.

I've stuck with these books so long because in conception this series is really incredible: the blending of fantasy and mythology and history is super cool, and Gaiman of course knows this stuff like no one else. But in a story sense Sandman just so rarely comes togeth
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Tahmeed
Aug 27, 2012 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.
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Stuart
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
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Tanya
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a tenth volume to conclude the main Sandman series, but I consider it an epilogue, while this ninth and longest volume is the ambitious climax, the inevitable culmination of every story arc that went before—(most) loose ends are gathered up, knots are untangled, threads are cut, consequences are faced.

"Can't say I've ever been too fond of beginnings, myself. Messy little things. Give me a good ending anytime. You know where you are with an ending."


In the preceding volumes, we've met
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Cheese
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rebecca Skane
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
"Lady, I'm your worst nightmare--A Pumpkin with a gun."

Oh, yeah. It's on.
Sud666
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy
The Kindly Ones was a rather large volume, but well worth it. It draws together many of the differing story arcs throughout the Sandman series.

The child, Daniel, is stolen by Loki. Loki convinces the idiot Lyta, blames Morpheus and sets into motion events that will have terrible consequences. Lyta brings in the Furies to destroy Morpheus, who has come under their purview for the killing of his son, Orpheus.

Meanwhile, this volume also draws to an end many of the unresolved story lines such as Clu
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Linda
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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.
Kellan Gibby
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is what I signed up for when I bought the entire Sandman collection.
Ashley
I feel like I might be missing something here. I liked reading this but it wasn't my favorite of the Sandman comics, and I don't get the rapturous praise for it. I think some of my reaction may be again that I have read this series so spread out and I'm not making the connections with previous characters like I should. Some of it is also probably that it's not just vibrating on the right frequency for me. Shrug.

This is the climax, denouement of the story started back in the first volume. A bunch
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✷ Antonella ✷
WOW... just WOW.

I loved the previous volumes, but the stories on them at times felt loosely related and never seemed to lead anywhere.
Now everything makes sense.

Lots of characters (if not all) we've seen throughout the series are back and the way all things tied up together and every single story lines wrapped up is brilliant.

This is hands down the best volume of The Sandman series and possibly the best comics volume out there.
Lizzie
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
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David Schaafsma
Dec 02, 2014 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
Wing Kee
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A melancholy penultimate tale.

World: The art is great, it's atmospheric and sets the tone wonderfully. It's not the best in the series but it's still pretty great. The world building is phenomenal this time, this is the penultimate book and with it comes all the pieces that Gaiman has created for the Sandman series, it's a culmination of the world building and all the things he's created and set in motion for the entire run. Seeing them all interact to each other is absolutely amazing.

Story: Th
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Paul
Dec 13, 2014 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
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Kaethe Douglas
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
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Dorin
May 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'll wait for the lynching brigade patiently while I'll tell you how I felt about „The Kindly Ones”.

It was too dense. Way too dense, and too self-referential, in a very inconsistent manner. The same character is drawn in a different manner two pages back, the story links things that were (for me as a slow reader) long forgotten. There's no patience for the reader - the reader has to work for it, has to work for it hard, to understand what's going on. And it won't make sense until close to the en
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