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Off the Shelf: The Sandman: Endless Nights

The Sandman: Endless Nights (The Sandman, #12)The Sandman: Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A collection of tales about each of the Endless illustrated by a variety of talented artists–mostly for the completists. Each story focuses on an individual member of the Endless but in some cases raises more questions than it answers. Dream’s story looks at the origin of his & Desire’s falling-out, while also giving some extra hints to The Sandman: Overture. (Killala’s final fate adds some creepy implications about the Mad Star’s domination.) Death’s story is charming despite its nightmarish characters mainly because of the appearance of Death herself. (She really does love all of us, you guys & she has all the time in the world to wait.) Continuing with revealing how the Endless involve humans in their lives, Destruction’s & Delirium’s stories hinge together nicely as each call to certain people as a way to help them face unpleasant duties. Out of all of the stories, Destiny’s is the most static (duh), while the accompanying art is nicely detailed.

Endless Nights is a nice little cap to the series and works as a cool artistic exercise. But in general, this collection is more of a lovely excuse for readers familiar with the series to lose themselves a little more in the landscape. Interesting & at times, moving, but not essential.

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