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A reality storm draws an unusual cast of characters together They take shelter in a tavern, where they amuse each other with their life stories Although Morpheus is never a focus in these stories, each has something to say about the nature of stories and dreams With an introduction by Stephen King SUGGESTED FOR MATURE READERS Collecting The Sandman reality storm, DeathWhat s a reality storm I mean, it does sound like something from Star Trek or something Well, sometimes big things happen, and they echo Those echoes crash across worlds They are the ripples in the fabric of things Often they manifest as storms Reality is a fragile thing, after all.I think I fell in love with her, a little bit Isn t that dumb But it was like I knew her L reality storm, DeathWhat s a reality storm I mean, it does sound like something from Star Trek or something Well, sometimes big things happen, and they echo Those echoes crash across worlds They are the ripples in the fabric of things Often they manifest as storms Reality is a fragile thing, after all.I think I fell in love with her, a little bit Isn t that dumb But it was like I knew her Like she was my oldest, dearest friend The kind of person you can tell anything to, no matter how bad, and they ll still love you, because they know you I wanted to go with her I wanted her to notice me And then she stopped walking Under the moon, she stopped And looked at us She looked at me Maybe she was trying to tell me something I don t know She probably didn t even know I was there But I ll always love her All my life. A reality storm is coming Look for some safe place Creative Team Writer Neil GaimanIllustrators Mike Allred, Gary Amano, John Watkiss, Mark Buckingham, Shea Anton Pensa, Tony Harris, Vince Locke, Steve Leialoha, Dick Giordano, Michael Zulli, Alec Stevens Bryan TalbotCovers Dave McKeanLetterer Todd Klein EMPERORS AGAIN, CITIES AGAIN, BUT THIS TIME ALONG WITH GRAVEdIGGERS, FAIRIES SHIPS Pictures and word balloons don t mean dumb That first quote isn t from the pages of the volu A reality storm is coming Look for some safe place Creative Team Writer Neil GaimanIllustrators Mike Allred, Gary Amano, John Watkiss, Mark Buckingham, Shea Anton Pensa, Tony Harris, Vince Locke, Steve Leialoha, Dick Giordano, Michael Zulli, Alec Stevens Bryan TalbotCovers Dave McKeanLetterer Todd Klein EMPERORS AGAIN, CITIES AGAIN, BUT THIS TIME ALONG WITH GRAVEdIGGERS, FAIRIES SHIPS Pictures and word balloons don t mean dumb That first quote isn t from the pages of the volume World s End but from the introduction written by none other than Stephen King that I guess you may have heard that he has written some books here and there Indeed it s impressive the list of personalities that they have figured so far in the introductions to each The Sandman TPBs, and having Stephen King here is evenimpressive.I mean WOW Maybe my only humble critique is that when the Master King did a comment about how The Sandman is a comic book series suggested to mature readers and that if the readers wouldn t understand the stories, they should get back to Spider Man, X Men or Fantastic Four Honestly I didn t like one little bit that comment, for two reasons One, clearly he only mentioned Marvel titles, what All DC material is so adult oriented Sure, I was amazed how mature was the brawl showing none strategy against Darkseid in the first storyach of New 52 s Justice League Geez And Two, I wonder if he ever heard of materials such as Spider Man Kraven s Last Hunt, X Men God Loves, Man Kills or even a single issue like 267 A Small Loss from Fantastic Four I love DC AND Marvel, AND Indy comic book houses too, so I don t like when it s made a direct comment attacking the competition without need I don t need to choose I don t need to limit myself only choosing certain publishing house, franchise or literary genre.It s nobody s secret that many comic books aren t those great literary masterpieces, but hardly all prose novels have always a depth content It s not something about the writing format but about the writers And in any case, sometimes we aren t looking for a mature material to make us to mediate and to expand our intellect, sometimes we are in the mood of just want to read about a brainless brawl against a intergalactic tyrant, without looking to expand our understanding of the universo but just to relax a while.That s the magic and beauty of books, any kind of books, there are enough for any kind of reading that we wish to do, depending of our mood, our situation, our available time, etc Does everyone have a drink Good So let my auditors feel themselves transported far, far from here to lands far distant Like some other previous volumes in this run of The Sandman, this TPB is a collection of short stories, even the collection is so shaken but not stirred that you will have short stories inside of the short stories, I mean, you are reading a short story and before you know, you re reading another short story but inside of the current short story.There are some similitudes about elements, but definitely new stories from the developed in the sixth volume Fables and Reflections since cities and emperors will be pivotal in this totally new selection of tales.You will visit cities evenambitious about its surreal ambiances, abandoning for good the realms of Earth or maybe not but definitely out of the ordinary.The reality storm is comingBut no, you won t be involved in the taking of any throne, no, but you will visit a very special inn even amazing enough not the only one of its kind where you can be safe from reality storms and the price for your beverage and food is as cheap as a story.But that doesn t mean that they are cheap stories, oh no, imagination have no boundaries and when the tales are constructed with bricks of dreams, you can be sure that reality while may be storming out there, but you will be warm enough inside having the comfortable blankets of fantasy around you Sir Who are youJust one with an interest in tales I am Prince of Stories The name of the inn is The World s End I guess that Simon Pegg the actor read this TPB, since there is a movie with the same title and it s referring too about an inn, maybenot as astonishing as the one in this TPB but definitely not normal either By the way, I didn t like much that movie since I found it too similar the angle to the done in the wonderful Shaun of the Dead also made by Pegg An odd detail about the illustration work was there is a character named Cluracan who is a male fairy, and he wears pointed ears on the scenes inside the inn, but when he appears in some stories, while he is a fairy and everybody knows that he is a fairy so there isn t any point to hide it, the artists assigned to those other section didn t draw him pointed ears.You can be sure that Morpheus, our dear Death, and other regular characters from the series, they appear here, and while some apparitions are clear in the opoen, even you will have to be quite observant to realize at some moments that you are meeting them.Obviously, since this is The Sandman, dreams are a pivotal element once again, here, in these short stories, where you will meet all kind of dreams, from the general American Dream to others kindaindividual.And maybe, just maybe, a grim glimpse of things to come in the series Whose tale is next Storytelling is such a fundamental aspect of human nature it is how we connect with each other and how we make sense of the world and the people in it Stories can tell us so much and the right one, the right one can totally change your life.Gaiman touches on that here he touches on the transformative power of stories he celebrates them in there many varieties Some stories are similar, told differently by different people across different times and cultures And, for me, this is the most imp Storytelling is such a fundamental aspect of human nature it is how we connect with each other and how we make sense of the world and the people in it Stories can tell us so much and the right one, the right one can totally change your life.Gaiman touches on that here he touches on the transformative power of stories he celebrates them in there many varieties Some stories are similar, told differently by different people across different times and cultures And, for me, this is the most important aspect of this volume the realisation that stories, for all their power, are destined to repeat themselves in some way or some form Kurt Vonnegut once said that there are only eight types of stories, and each tale we might try to tell will always fit into one of these story shapes somehow It is unavoidable The narrative arc will always adhere to this basic idea And I saw that here The same stories told in a different way in alien cultures Even our dreams follow a pattern And I love the way Gaiman interacts with classic literature, engaging with old ideas to tell his own stories I feel like he is one of the few writers to truly acknowledge this sense of literary debt So this was another interesting volume, one that showed the scope of Dream s power across many different worlds The fundamental idea behind the Endless will be the same wherever it is felt or believed in You can connect with me on social media via My Linktree. This eighth entry in the series is, like Dream Country, a collection of individual tales only tangentially connected to the characters and concerns of the series Gaiman, in a brief afterward, tells us that he crafted these stories to take advantage of the talents of some of his favorite artists, and in this he has succeeded admirably The visual styles are pleasantly varied, and many of the individual images are haunting and memorable.The tales are presented to us through a Decameron style fram This eighth entry in the series is, like Dream Country, a collection of individual tales only tangentially connected to the characters and concerns of the series Gaiman, in a brief afterward, tells us that he crafted these stories to take advantage of the talents of some of his favorite artists, and in this he has succeeded admirably The visual styles are pleasantly varied, and many of the individual images are haunting and memorable.The tales are presented to us through a Decameron style frame a diverse group of people gather at an inn for shelter and safety, and tell stories to pass the time They seek shelter, not from a plague, but from a reality storm, an event that disrupts the lives of people living in many historical periods and different dimensions, and consequently the tellers of these tales are an extraordinarily diverse group.I particularly enjoyed A Tale of Two Cities a Mr Gaheris, traveling through his own city, finds himself in a dreaming city similar yet different from his own for artist Alec Stevens modernistic, one dimensional images which give to Gaheris cities a contemporary yet dreamlike reality I also enjoyed very much The Golden Boy an alternate United States in which an eighteen year old named Prez follows Dick Nixon as president and does very well and Cerements a series of tales told by the masters and apprentices of the necropolis Litharge, who discuss their work among the dead , but the other two tales were also entertaining, as was the resolution of the frame story itself.All in all, a worthy contribution to the series