The Sandman: Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman
Review by Lauren
Copy From: borrowed from a friend!
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Official Summary: Joined by a dream-team of artists from around the world, Neil Gaiman - the Hugo Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of American Gods and the children's book Coraline - returned to the beloved characters he made famous for THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS, the comics event of 2003.Alternately haunting, bittersweet, erotic and nightmarish, the seven stories in this book - one for each of the Endless siblings, each illustrated by a different artist - reveal strange secrets and surprising truths.
Review: The Endless siblings are all things that are, well, endless. These include Death, Dream, Desire, Delirium, and more. About a year and a half ago, I took a class all on graphic novels and we read The Sandman: Season of Mists and I loved it. I'd been wanting to read more in the series, and actually start at the beginning, for awhile now. This past semester though, I was talking to a friend and she offered to let me borrow Endless Nights, because she said it's a great place to start when you aren't that familiar with this world.
Believe me, she is right. If you're intersted in The Sandman books, then I would suggest starting here (I haven't read the first book, but obviously starting there should be fine too). I liked Endless Nights though because each chapter focused on a sibling and it allowed me to get to know them better and figure out just what their role is in this series. While I loved Seasons of Mists, reading that first made me jump into a series midway, and I wouldn't recommend that. It's especially not good for those of you who aren't big graphic novel readers.
Actually reviewing Endless Nights is a bit difficult, though, since it's not a cohesive story. Each chapter is a moment in the siblings' lives as well, so those aren't even all full stories. It works, though, because it allowed me to learn about them and become even more curious to read the rest of the series.
The Sandman novels are quite imaginative with some wonderful artwork. I love that the chapters were done by different artists. It gave each story and sibling their own personality. As for the writing, it's very well-done and reads a lot like a novel. To be honest, The Sandman novels are the only works I've read by Neil Gaiman (his others are own my TBR list, though!) but they are very well done and should not be passed aside as simple "comics" with very little substance. That is most definitely not the case!
I do want to warn those of you who aren't famililar with these works, though, that there are sexual moments in the stories and as a graphic novel, there is nudity. If that bothers you, you might want to skip this. However, in my opinion, it's not overdone and doesn't take away from the stories.