The Sandman Volume 8: World's End (NOOK Comics with Zoom View)

The Sandman Volume 8: World's End (NOOK Comics with Zoom View)

by Neil Gaiman, Michael Allred

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ISBN-13: 9781401236427
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 06/12/2012
Series: Sandman
Sold by: DC Comics
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 241,657
File size: 111 MB
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About the Author

NEIL GAIMAN is the NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author of AMERICAN GODS and CORALINE, as well as the Vertigo/DC Comics series SANDMAN. His other books include the novels ANANSI BOYS, NEVERWHERE and STARDUST (winner of the American Library Association's Alex Awards as one of 2000's top ten adult novels for young adults) and the short fiction collections M IS FOR MAGIC, FRAGILE THINGS and SMOKE AND MIRRORS. With Roger Avary, he is the screenwriter of the motion picture BEOWULF (Paramount, November 2007), direct by Robert Zemeckis. His illustrated novel STARDUST was released as a major motion picture Summer 2007 starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro. With Terry Pratchett, he is the author of the novel GOOD OMENS. He is also the author of the children's books THE WOLVES IN THE WALLS and THE DAY I TRADED MY DAD FOR TWO GOLDFISH. Among his many awards are the Eisner, Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy and the Bram Stoker.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

November 10, 1960

Place of Birth:

Portchester, England


Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77

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The Sandman, Volume 8: World's End 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
theboylatham on LibraryThing 5 months ago

Seven out of ten. CBR format.

A "reality storm" strands travelers from across the cosmos at the "Worlds' End Inn". To pass the time, they exchange stories.

deslni01 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
While some readers may believe Worlds' End may not be as entertaining as other volumes because Dream and the Endless are only briefly shown, Gaiman spins another yarn of a tale and what may not seem to be about Dream actually is. A large collection of characters from different worlds are drawn together at a tavern called Worlds' End. A large "reality" storm brings these travelers together to the tavern, where the many different characters tell tales to pass the time. These tales include "a swashbuckling adventure, a sea story, a gangster story, a grisly boys' funeral story, and even a little ghost story." Each of these tales is unique and a splendid read, but the funeral at the end is big (and explains the reality storm), and it is clear Gaiman has drastically changed the Sandman series and is setting up the reader for a monumental volume to follow.
ragwaine on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Some high points but mostly boring.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A group of travelers are brought to the Inn of World's End due to circumstances they don't understand. A terrible storm prevents them from leaving, so they pass the time telling stories. There's some memorable tales here, my favorite being the story of a city's dream and what may happen when it awakes.
RogueBelle on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Perhaps best summarised as "Gaiman does 'The Canterbury Tales'". While each of the individual stories here is engaging and entertaining, it's the frame narrative that is the real treat. I also think that Worlds' End has some of the most spectacular artwork out of the entire series -- there are several two-page spreads that you can't help but gawk at, they're so intricate and beautiful.
krau0098 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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 various times and realities are waiting out the reality storm. While they wait they tell a number of interesting stories.This story is a bit of a break from the stories about the mythological gods. The gods are still in some of the stories and, in the end, it ends up that even this whole novel is really about them in a very direct way.I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was fun to read about all these different stories. The idea of an Inn at the end of reality is fun and interesting. The artwork throughout the book went through a number of different styles but all of them were fantastic.A wonderful addition to the Sandman series. I can't wait to read the next one!
pokylittlepuppy on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Another 2.5 stars, but I'm kind of getting tired of rounding these up. This book is rather close to the end of the series -- why doesn't it mean anything? There have been so many short stories in this series already.As a framework for the stories it worked ok all together. And Brant's epiphany at the end was really nice, and Charlene's outburst. I even liked the spooky end of the Necropolis story even though the rest of it is all sorts of things I don't like. I actually missed the Dream King.
cromanelli927 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
SPOILERS AHEAD!!! SPOILERS AHEAD!!!So much for quitting Sandman for a while. I was in a weird mood last night, so I picked up World's End, and I finished it today after I exported my grades. I have a bad feeling about this one, and I want to remind myself to talk about the artwork again. But, quite obviously, I still need to finish my blog on Brief Lives, so one thing at a time, eh?Oh the perils of blogging out of order once the plot thickens! My first thought about this book is that it is out of order! Haha, what I mean to say is that the events in this book take place after the events in the next book. One of the introductions mentions that Gaiman is meticulous about time, but I really beg to differ. Perhaps he knows when all the events take place, but it would take a thesis to figure out the timeline for The Sandman. Worlds' End is another collection of stories. I guess it's a function of the medium. They were produced monthly, and every once in a while, it must be nice to buy your comic once a month and have the story actually be self-contained. Dream is in most of the stories, but not all. Still the book is about him, and that becomes clear at the end of The Kindly Ones. No matter. The basic plotline is that a large group of travelers are stuck in an inn at the Worlds' End (a place where all the worlds end) because there is a reality storm. We don't know why there is a reality storm, but if we read Brief Lives (and we did), we can surmise that the reality storm might have something to do with Dream having killed Orpheus. The main characters are: Charlene Mooney, Brant Tucker, Klaproth, Cluracain, Jim (only he's really a girl named Peggy), and Petrefax. I say these are the main characters because we learn their names, but really they are only fleeting characters in the greater drama. In any case, much like The Canterbury Tales, each traveler must tell a tale to pass the time at the inn. Actually I think this makes it more like The Decameron.Mister Gaheris tells a tale of a dreaming city and the man who roamed its streets. Cluracain tells a story of envoy to Aurelian, a city where the position of Lord Carnal and Psychopomp have been usurped by one individual. Cluracain's story is interesting because the climactic moment occurs when he decides to tell the truth about something. He says of his species, "Sometimes we will say true things. And these things we say are neither glamour nor magic, neither prediction nor curse: But sometimes what we say is true." Again, we come back to that recurring theme in Sandman about truth being something other than what has really happened. It's different from reality. Anyway, Jim tells a story titled "Hob's Leviathan," which features our friend Hob Gadling. This story was kind of interesting because of the possibilities for gender analysis. Hob tells Peggy that he is "Old enough to hae learned to keep my mouth shut about seeing a bloody great snake in the middle of the ocean," and somehow this is evidence that Peggy can trust him with her secret as well. The idea of the great submerged snake and the great submerged secret have some possibilities. The next story is told by an unknown slightly Asian looking man, and it is about Prez Rickard, the boy President. There was something very cool about the folding of mythologies, but other than that the story was a little weird. I might have to give it some more thought. The final story was told by Petrefax, and it was about Litharge, the Necropolis. There were a few tales imbedded within this one, and I enjoyed it. There is an interesting foreshadowing/warning about having the tale about the Necropolis in this book. The citizens of the Necropolis are supposed to respect the dead, respect the passing of life, and it is certainly placed so that we heed their beliefs.The ending of the book is the part most worth writing home about, however, at least in terms of the larger Sandman plot. At the end of the book you see a funeral procession where the Endle
iftyzaidi on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Once I realised that this collection was going to be another collection of 'short stories', few of which had anything to do with the Sandman or the other Endless, I was all prepared to be disappointed, particularly coming after the brilliant 'Brief Lives'. But much against my will, something else happened as I read through these stories - I was absolutely captivated. The stories themselves are excellently written and rendered, and the framing device - a diverse array of people and fantastical beings end up at the inn at worlds' end and tell each other stories to while away the time - is also excellently done, in a manner reminiscent of Chaucer. To delve into the various stories and their qualities would only act to spoil the joy of discovering them, so instead I'd just urge fans of the Sandman to put aside their disappointment at not getting more tales of the Endless and enjoy these wonderful, literary, fantastical tales for what they are.
stipe168 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
a collection of short works set in the Sandman universe, in an Inn at World's End. Right in the thick of it.
gillis.sarah on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I love this story arc. It might be my favorite volume in the series. The way Neil Gaiman manages to connect all of the stories and characters throughout 'Sandman' is really amazing.
xicanti on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Trapped in a free house called the World's End, travelers from many different lands pass the time by telling stories.The stories in this book are far more connected than those in either of the two previous Sandman short story collections. Diverse as these yarns are, they are all, at heart, stories about stories. Cluracan deals with a dicey political situation by spinning tales. Jim and Hob both come to terms with their place in the world by altering their own stories to suit their needs. Prez's story becomes such a valuable commodity that he attracts interest from several powerful beings. Petrefax honours the dead by listening to three tales. And through it all, the lot of them sit in the midst of a story so large it will change all their worlds forever.It's good stuff... though not, perhaps, one of the stronger Sandman volumes. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it the first time through, but six readings on it's lost a little of its sparkle. It's still damned good, but it pales in comparison to the rest of the series. Still, it makes its contribution, and helps highlight many of the themes that run through Sandman as a whole. If you've enjoyed the rest of the books, you won't want to miss this.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
*Book source ~ Library From Goodreads: A reality storm draws and 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. Strangers stranded at an inn during a storm, but in this volume the strangers are all from different years and different realms. Most of them have a story to tell and they’re all interesting. Each story is illustrated differently and all of the artwork is enjoyable.
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