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The Sandman: The Kindly Ones [Paperback]

Neil Gaiman , Marc Hempel
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19 April 1996 Sandman
The Corinthian, Lucifer Morningstar, the Three Witches and others - a host of old friends, ancient enemies and unlooked-for betrayers - all come together for a mythic conflagration of nightmare proportions that will affect the future of the Endless and the fate of the Dreaming for all time.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; New edition edition (19 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852866837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852866839
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neil Gaiman is a tour de force of creative talent. He is the bestselling author of Coraline and Stardust, both of which are major motion films. Neil also co-wrote the script for Beowulf starring Anthony Hopkins and Angeline Jolie. He is the creator/writer of the award-winning Sandman comic series and has written several books for children. His latest title, The Graveyard Book, won the Teenage Booktrust Prize 2009. Neil has been immortalised in song by Tori Amos, and is a songwriter himself. His official website now has more than one million unique visitors each month, and his online journal is syndicated to thousands of blog readers every day.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It really *doesn't* get any better than this 30 May 2001
By A Customer
We all know how wonderful "Sandman" is (was). And "The Kindly Ones" is the climax of it - but, more importantly, it's also the apex of brilliance. It's long. It's epic. It's moving. It's filled to the brim with superb characters (of course, all of "Sandman" is, but "The Kindly Ones" manages to get almost everyone in there). You will laugh, and you will cry. Often. Every single line is quotable, and most are brilliant even out of context. The art, so unconventional, fits it perfectly, giving the best interpretations ever of most of the characters that appear. While the rest of "Sandman" could, at a pinch, be described as some of the first comics work (behind anything with the name "Alan Moore" on the front) to be held as literature, "The Kindly Ones" really is a work of epic, literary genius that will stand up in years to come.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Things Come Together 28 Jan 2005
In THE KINDLY ONES The Sandman has invoked the wrath of the furies for having killed his son, Orpheus (even though this is what Orpheus asked for), but the story stretches far greater than the vengeance of The Furies, because in this penultimate volume of THE SANDMAN everything comes together. And I do mean EVERYTHING.
Gaiman brings many characters back, like Hyppolyta, Rose Walker and Hal from A DOLL'S HOUSE, Cluracan and Nuala (SEASON OF MISTS and WORLD'S END), Thessaly (A GAME OF YOU), some of The Endless, as well as Puck, Loki, The Corinthian and Lucifer and ties up all their stories. We see what becomes of Hyppolyta's boy, Daniel, we see how Rose Walker makes sense of her life after the events in A DOLL'S HOUSE and we see how Loki, Thessaly and Nuala respond to The Sandman's involvement in their lives. Some characters discover a sense of closure or, at least, their stories reach a conclusion and some of the characters have (and have had) a direct influence on drawing The Furies towards The Sandman.
Gaiman's writing, which is always good, is even better here as he's written a story with a strong focus. Along with the main story the reader can also enjoy many shorter stories which are conclusions of events in previous books, but also feed into the greater story itself. The artwork is rather different to previous books and takes some getting used to, but is still fittingly plain and actually suites the story well.
The book is extremely satisfying to read, not only for the feeling of conclusivity, but for what the story means in itself; I think through all the books Gaiman has subtly been trying to say certain things about love and responsibility, which are complicated and very difficult to express and in this novel what he has been saying becomes clear.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible 24 Jan 1999
By A Customer
utterly, totally, magnificently, almost frighteningly brilliant. buy six. the only thing i can complain about is only being able to give it five out of five. even if you are the kind of sneering fool that dismisses all graphic novels as simple comics, you should buy this, purely because it will change your mind and possibly your life.
this book has a psychotic serial murderer as one of the heroes. you will cheer for him. THIS IS NOT A NORMAL BOOK.
but what it boils down to is that everyone should be made to reads work of art of this calibre purely for reasons of self-betterment. from the painful degradation of hippolyta's sanity to the corinthian doing what he does to the ending, this is full of images that will stay with you for a long time.
seven crowns!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Kindly Ones: The Climax of a Fantastic Comic 26 Mar 2011
By pk1225
"The Kindly Ones" is the climax of the Sandman series. This is where all the work that came before reaches it's pentacle. Several of the characters mentioned in early arcs are back, and this arc serves as a good beginning of the end for the series.

Lyta Hall sets off to get revenge against Dream who owns her child, Daniel, and whom she believes has taken him from her. And whilst the plot is about her, the story is about knowing that the end is coming and facing it with dignity and about accepting punishment for one's actions with grace. As in several other arcs, the plot has little to do with Dream, but the story is all his. Like the rest of the stories, this is one that needs to be read multiple times to get everything that's going on because Gaiman weaves several layers.

Whilst you might miss Dream, the ending to this series helps you realise that which is Endless never ends, it just becomes something new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Check this out! 5 May 2013
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...but not before checking out the previous ones in the series. Glad I got it and oh so easily. I'm addicted to the Sandman now but help! I'm reaching the end...what am I going to do with the rest of my life?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The powerfully inevitable climax of The Sandman 15 Jan 2013
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The Kindly Ones, three powerful beings also known as the Furies. They have the power to even harm the Endless, if they should be summoned to do so by a mortal with a just grievance...and if that member of the Endless has spilled the blood of one of their own family. When Lyta Hall's young son Daniel goes missing, she blames Dream and calls upon the Kindly Ones for aid. When they agree - for Dream has the blood of his own son on his hands - a sequence of events is set in motion which will profoundly change everything.

The Kindly Ones is the ninth of the Sandman graphic novels and is also the largest. It is a sustained storyline, originally published across thirteen issues of the title's original comics run. It was also deliberately written by Neil Gaiman to be read as a single graphic novel, a decision that provoked the ire of some readers of the comic who felt that many of the individual issues failed to satisfy when taken on their own merits. However, read as a single story it becomes clear that The Kindly Ones may be the strongest of The Sandman's long storylines.

The Kindly Ones takes no prisoners. Previously, Gaiman was careful to reintroduce older characters in a way that newer readers would still be able to follow and enjoy what was going on. He has no truck with that here, instead pulling together dozens of characters and narrative strands from earlier issues and collections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A work of genius
This is the 9th and penultimate book in the Sandman series. As such it is difficult to review in isolation, tied as much to events that occurred earlier in the series and obviously... Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2011 by HelenGB
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I am selling my Sandman collection paperbacks and Hardcovers cheap on EBay for about $1 a condition and some first editions. Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2010 by Janis
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch
I only did this review because I was bugged by the book burners. A grandly tome, The Kindly Ones or Sandman 9 as the spine tells it. Read more
Published on 19 July 2009 by H P Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars My introduction to Sandman
I've been a fan of comic books for many years and mainly kept to obscure titles like "Warriors of Plasm" which are rare and hard to get hold of but well worth it and then my friend... Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2002 by Nathan Crossland
5.0 out of 5 stars This is probably my all time favourite book
I am not a comic book reader, in fact I was very snobby about the whole weirdo graphic novel bunch, preferring to stick with my modern-yet-challenging novel authors. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kindly Wonder!
The breathtaking finale (excepting the postscript of The Wake) to a landmark seies in comic history. Read more
Published on 11 Dec 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb the series` finest hour
The best of the Sandman books Hempels art is fantastic and the re-entry of several members of the supporting cast really leaves the impression that everything was planned all... Read more
Published on 1 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable
Possibly the crowning achievement of Gaiman's Sandman saga, the story winds towards its natural conclusion. Read more
Published on 19 May 1999
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