Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Sandman Volume VIII: World’s End

First line: Looking back on it, the thing that still surprises me is my own reaction to it all.

Why you should read this book: There’s a Canterbury Tales type frame story that involves a massive reality storm, one which strands hundreds of travelers from all different times and places in a cozy inn, the only place they can take shelter until the storm passes. While there, the travelers, some of whom we’ve met in other volumes, are all compelled to tell their own story, and, as the book progresses, we see that all the stories concern death in their own way. Finally, the climax, in the form of a gigantic piece of foreshadowing, frees the travelers to continue their journeys.

Why you shouldn’t read this book: Easily the goriest part of the series. 

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