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The Sandman: Endless Nights
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The Sandman: Endless Nights

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by Neil Gaiman, Glenn Fabry (Illustrator), Milo Manara (Illustrator)
 

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Featuring the popular characters from the award-winning Sandman series, THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS reveals the legend of the Endless, a family of magical and mythical beings who exist and interact in the real world. Born at the beginning of time, Destiny, Death, Dream, Desire, Despair, Delirium and Destruction are seven brothers and sisters who each lord over their

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Featuring the popular characters from the award-winning Sandman series, THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS reveals the legend of the Endless, a family of magical and mythical beings who exist and interact in the real world. Born at the beginning of time, Destiny, Death, Dream, Desire, Despair, Delirium and Destruction are seven brothers and sisters who each lord over their respective realms. In this highly imaginative book that boasts diverse styles of breathtaking art, these seven peculiar and powerful siblings each reveal more about their true-being as they star in their own tales of curiosity and wonder.

Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
What makes Gaiman's "Despair" so haunting is the disturbed quality of the author's vignettes -- oscillating between courthouse cogency and madhouse incoherence -- and Barron Storey's phenomenal artwork. Storey commands multiple styles to render human misery: pencil, charcoal, watercolors, humanistic and geometric, the kind of works Amnesty International exhibits as evidence of mental and physical torture, with the same scary impact. Rest assured, the Sandman is back -- and he will rob you of sleep, not deliver it! — James Rosen
Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Now that he's a bestselling fantasy novelist, Gaiman returns to the comics series that made his reputation with this new volume of seven gorgeously illustrated stories. Gaiman specializes in inventing fantastic allegories for the quotidian, in a voice that casually shifts between uneasy realism and Borgesian grandeur. In Sandman cosmology, "The Endless" are seven immortal siblings who personify abstract concepts: Dream, Death, Destiny and so on. This work devotes a story to each of them, drawn in distinctly different styles by an all-star lineup of American, British and European cartoonists and fine artists. Gaiman is famous for writing to his artists' strengths, and he does so here. P. Craig Russell draws the surreal fantasia "Death and Venice" with the opulent brio of his opera adaptations. "What I've Tasted of Desire" is a darkly sexual fable, painted by Milo Manara in the style of his more X-rated work. A couple of the stories find Gaiman working in a more experimental mode than usual, notably "Fifteen Portraits of Despair," a set of anecdotes and prose poems accompanied by Barron Storey's tormented, abstract drawings and paintings. Longtime comics fans will notice plenty of inside jokes in "The Heart of a Star," but most of this book is a red carpet-or perhaps a Persian rug-rolled out for Gaiman's prose readers to see his visions turned into lush, dramatic images. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
With a new collection of seven stories, Gaiman returns to the world of Sandman (Dream) and his Endless siblings-Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction, and Destiny . A young army soldier returns to Venice, where, as a boy, he had encountered Death, whom he meets once more as she deals with a Count who had cheated death. Kara bargains with Desire to ensnare the chief's son, using the gifts from Desire for revenge when her love is taken from her. Dream brings his love, Killala, to meet his family at a cosmic conference before Time-and suffers his first betrayal. Chapter 4, subtitled "Fifteen Portraits of Despair," uses art and words to describe despair in various formats ranging from vignettes to descriptive statements such as "It is a writer, with nothing left that he knows how to say." Delirium rounds up a rescue squad of crazy people to help a catatonic girl recover. A young woman who works on an archeological dig off the coast of Sardinia, which has uncovered long-buried artifacts from the future, meets Joe and his kooky sister (Destruction and Delirium), who warn her away. And blind Destiny walks always in his garden, holding a book that is the Universe. Most stories include more overt and graphically portrayed sex than in previous Sandman volumes. The story of Kara and Desire shows people engaged in sexual acts throughout, and because of it, most libraries will most likely want to keep it in their adult collections, where older teen fans will find it. This collection is not one to introduce new fans to the series, but it will appeal to those fans who have read all the volumes and want more. Libraries that already own previous volumes will want this striking book as well. VOYACodes: 4Q 2P S A/YA G (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults; Graphic Novel Format). 2003, Vertigo/DC Comics, 160p., Ages 15 to Adult.
—Kat Kan
Library Journal - Library Journal
After several years away from comics, celebrated writer Gaiman (American Gods; Coraline) returns to the dark fantasy series that made him a sensation: the Eisner, Harvey, and World Fantasy Award-winning Sandman. This oversized volume features seven stories, one devoted to each member of the Endless, the ancient and powerful family to which the Sandman (a.k.a. Dream) belongs. All are masterfully illustrated, each by a different artist, covering a wide variety of styles, from the mainstream DC look of Glenn Fabry's illustration in the chapter "Destruction" to the nightmarish collage of Barron Storey's "15 Portraits of Despair." Bill Sienkiewicz's multistylistic mastery, from jagged black-and-white sketches to lushly colored realistic paintings, is perfectly matched to "Delirium." Italian artist Milo Manara, famed for his erotic work, is also exactly right to draw one woman's encounter in "Desire." The story focusing on Dream himself, marvelously painted by Spanish artist Miguelanxo Prado, touches on-of all things-the backgrounds of two of DC's most famous superheroes. Gaiman's tales are deep, subtle, multilayered, and powerful, and this book is sure to delight his legions of fans. With nudity and sex, this is one for adult collections-for which it is absolutely essential. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401201135
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Series:
Sandman Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
183,410
Product dimensions:
7.19(w) x 10.77(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
17 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Originally from England, Neil Gaiman now calls the United States home. He is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling novels—including Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods and Coraline—as well as the Sandman series of graphic novels. His work has been honored with many awards internationally, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals as well as the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
November 10, 1960
Place of Birth:
Portchester, England
Education:
Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77
Website:
http://www.neilgaiman.com

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The Sandman Endless Nights 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
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Two of the greatest, in my opinion, comic book creators to ever come out of Europe are featured in this book. There is, of course, the Sandman's creator, Neil Gaiman, who has been writing comics for over twenty years, and single-handedly changed the perception of literary comics in the States. Then, there's artist (and writer of some of his own works) Milo Manara, one of the most gifted illustrators of European comics, whose playful eroticism makes his works infinitely enjoyable. Both of these men are featured in this fantastic collection of tales, from one of the greatest titles in comic book history. HIGHLY RECCOMENDED
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a Neil Gaiman fan for a while now, having read American Gods and Neverwhere. I was at Barnes and Noble yesterday and I saw this book. I noticed the name Neil Gaiman at the top and I had to get it. This is my first Sandman book. I was truly amazed after reading this book. It was great. Chapter 3 is what will make me buy the rest of the series. I'm going to have to cut this review short because I got to go buy some more of these books now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was amazing. I was looking for something to read on the plane, when I went to the roleplaying game Isle, and saw this book. This is not a roleplaying game, but a marvelous read none the less. I have to say that I read this book BEFORE the rest of the series, and I liked it as a overbrief of the story arc, but I had to read it again after the rest of the stories. If you do not want to read the rest of the books, then dont pick this up because it will HOOK you. If you are under the age of 14, or over that age and not mature, dont read this, there is alot of nudity(gotta love that Milo Mannara).