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on 19 September 2003
As you might be aware, The Sandman saga (1988 to 1996) is one of the finest comic stories ever told for adults. Well, this beautiful volume contains some of the most wonderful Sandman stories ever written by Neil Gaiman. And all new too!
What is more, Gaiman has collaborated with some of the finest artists one might find for the job. Like Milo Manara and Bill Sienkiewicz. Just amazing stuff.
One warning: this is not your father's comics. It is not particularly easy reading. One might even call it challenging without fear of exaggerating. And this goes for both the writing and the art.
One will get a little extra from the stories if one is familiar with Gaiman's Sandman epic. But it is not necessary, and I doubt anybody who appreciates brilliant avant-garde comic storytelling will not find this to be more than interesting.
To be honest, I was moved to tears several times. Thanks Neil, you rule, hard.
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VINE VOICEon 9 February 2005
An addendum to the Sandman canon, a celebration of the series, and a chance for Gaiman to
work with some of the greatest graphic artists of the age.All laudable aims- and with talent such as P.Craig Russell, Milo Manara, and Frank Quitely on board, not to mention the legendary Barron Storey and the design talents of long-time collaborator Dave Mckean, this was never going to be a
complete waste of time. And yet.......
And yet, this is an average collection of tales,and Gaiman is NOT an average writer. Too many of the stories leave the reader thinking "So what?"..a particular offender here is the Destiny tale, beautifully illustrated by Frank Quitely, but bereft of plot or interest. This heightens the fact that Gaiman never knew what to do with Destiny in the series proper,other than having him wander around omniscient
and aimless- an atheist's idea of Destiny, perhaps. Likewise Despair-ugly and gripping illustrations, yes, but ultimately pointless. The Destruction tale- a cast-off RA Lafferty idea reads like a cast-off Twilight Zone episode. Gaiman-and we-deserve better than this!
There are bright spots. As always with Gaiman, Death and Dream inspire him to write interesting stories,and these tales come to life, though the Death tale is essentially "Masque of the Red Death" revisited, and the Dream tale is really a nod to DC comics continuity, though appealingly done.
Is it worth the money?For the art, the design, the presentation-emphatically, yes! A beautiful presentation. For the content ..no. This is Gaiman at his worst,derivative,aimless, sometimes twee. Do NOT read this as an introduction to Sandman..it will put you off what was an astounding work of imagination and a genuine piece of graphic literature.This isn't.
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on 2 September 2009
Endless Nights was written/drawn some years after the completion of the series. It features stories of the Endless, all seven of them, where each one has/her own chapter.
First: while this work can be read as a stand alone, I would recommend against it because Delerium's tale would be very hard to understand, and you would miss some background information.
Gaiman is known for his deep, thorougly researched and non-linear plot lines: and he delivers again.

Endless Nights features some fine artwork, by great artists (among whom P. Craig Russel, Milo Manara, Glen Fabry) that only would merit the buy of this (dare I say it) comic...if I can name it a comic. True, Vertigo is the publisher and thus it must be...or must it? If you regard the tales of Delerium and Despair, for instance, these are so wonderfully created, with complex and haunting images and a so non-linear (nor straight-forward) plot but they are more post-modern stories than chapters in a comic book.

The story of Death gives a nice view on Death, but to those who read the two Death spin-offs of the Sandman it will bring nothing new.
Desire's tale, is a haunting and for the main characters devastating story of lust and desire and it shows the works of Desire of the Endless in a pre-Roman society.
Dream's tale is an important tale for the Sandman fans for it answers a few of the remaining questions: such as who was the first mortal love of Morpheus? Why does he dislikes Desire so much?
Despair's story, are in fact 15 views on Despair, while it is brilliantly crafted: I was hoping to learn more of the Old Despair, and how she dies (this is referred to in the Sandman series)
Desire's tale is a twisted and wildly confusing tale that takes one into her realm of madness.
Destruction's story is sort of a conclusion to Delerium's tale, but again I was hoping to learn about Destruction and why he abandoned his post (and what happened to his domain)?
Destiny's sequence, since it is not really a story, is just that it explains little and just 'shows the reader', just as Destiny's book shows how destiny unfolds for him. It still has great pictures and for one way or another it will make you feel that you actually have learned quite a lot.

Concludingly: great artists have drawn Gaiman's challenging stories that are strongly recommended to those who have read the rest of the series, but might also be interesting for those who want to read a more off-the-beaten-track challenging graphic novel.
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on 13 June 2014
I'm a massive fan of the sandman series and once I read the kindly ones and the wake went through a phase of consuming every spin-off even remotely related to sandman or neil gaiman. The artwork in this is simply amazing but I personally thought some of the stories weren't quite up to the standard. That being said did give a new dimension to endless and completed the collection so still worth it as far as i'm concerned.
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on 6 January 2004
The concept seems great - a story for each of the endless. However, i was disappointed by this book. The art work is good and the cover is amazing, but the content is below average for Gaiman.
It seems to be put together badly - there is no single mood that goes throughout it and the different themes in the chapters don't compliment each other.
In some chapters, the particular Endless that the chapter is named after hardly appears! - eg. Dream. In other ones, their presence seems irrelevant - eg. Destruction.
I'd give it one star if it wasn't for Despair's chapter. This chapter is amazing and portrays her so well through the many situations it describes. Had Endless nights come out in installments, this is the chapter i would buy.
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on 13 January 2006
Endless Nights evoked many things for me, not least a wispy nostalgia for a period that really wasn't that long ago, although it seems so: the time when Sandman was, barring Alan Moore product, the comic whose appearance I and many others most looked forward to each month. It was like slipping back a decade, as if Gaiman's Endless had never really gone away (which, of course, being the Endless, they hadn't).
The amazing wish-list of artistic talent on this book was also, for me, a draw and a treat. Art on the original series was often a, shall we say, somewhat hit-and-miss affair. For every P. Craig Russell there was a Kelley Jones, for every Marc Hempel there was a Jill Thompson. Here, Gaiman has managed to assemble a roster of illustrators who are at worst interesting, at best downright inspired.
Gaiman also hasn't lost his Sandman "voice"; that measured, superficially simple tone which, back then, kept you intrigued even when some of the plot arcs (A Game of You, for instance, or The Kindly Ones) dragged. The stories in Endless Nights fit neatly into the interstices of the existing Sandman mythos, and while that means that inexperienced readers are not advised to start here, experienced readers will love slotting these literary jigsaw pieces into gaps in the big picture which they didn't necessarily know were there.
One thing, however: Gaiman's claims notwithstanding, Endless Nights isn't a novel. It's most definitely a collection. But even so, it's an integral part of a vast and still unfolding epic; a large, beautifully produced, and welcome appendix to a saga we all thought was finished but thankfully isn't.
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on 25 October 2010
If you have even a shred of artistic appreciation, there is no way that you won't be blown away by the incredible art on offer in this book. For his long-awaited return to the dysfunctional family that made him a superstar, Neil Gaiman enlisted the aid of some of the greatest artists in the world of comics to create this brand new collection of Sandman short stories. But, therein lies the drawback this book...

After finishing 'The Sandman: Endless Nights', I wasn't left with the impression that Gaiman wrote these scripts because they were stories that he absolutely had to tell. Rather, I can't help but feel that Gaiman wrote them because he absolutely had to work with these artists. But, is that really a problem? Seeing such comic book luminaries as Milo Manara, Frank Quitely and Bill Sienkiewicz playing around with the cast of The Sandman, with stories written specifically for their personal talents, can't possibly be a bad thing, can it? Well, that depends on the reader, really. Most of the stories in here are, frankly, quite average. But there are very few graphic novels out there that you can really say constitute being labelled a "work of art", and this is definitely one of them. As a collection of short stories in its own right, I'd rate 'Endless Nights' below all of the short story volumes in the main Sandman series. But, as an artistic showcase, this is in a league of its own.
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on 1 January 2004
I am writing this review as a Gaiman enthusiast, and as such I feel compelled to give a word of warning to those of you who are not sure whether this book may be worth to have or not. The answer is no.
Apparently, Neil can make stupid things just as any of us mortal beings. Endless Nights is probably the weakest thing he has written so far. Any of his previous works fly miles higher than Endless Nights. The stories in this book are so pointless and boring that the real nature of this operation surfaces long before you reach the end of the book: Endless Nights is just a plain commercial operation. There is really nothing interesting in it, apart from the good illustrations. Neil can do so much better than this!
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on 21 May 2004
In the sixties people used to graffitti "Clapton is God" all over the place because, with a guitar in hand, Clapton was God. In the world of Graphic novels Gaiman is God, he pulls in the best Ginger Bakers and Jack Bruces of the comic/art world and blessess us with his talents.
The chapter on despire should not be in a book, it should be given it's own exhibition at the Tate art gallery.
A must buy item for any Sandmand fan....
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on 28 October 2003
Gaiman finished the Sandman saga several years ago. Finally he returns with a new story of The Endless. There is one story for each of these strange beings who are older and more powerful than Gods.
Each story is a beutifully crafted gem in it's own right.
It doesn't matter whether you have read the Sandman or not, although a couple of things from the series are made clear (such as the emnity between Dream and Desire). If you are a fan of comics then you MUST own this book!
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