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The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones

(The Sandman #9)

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THE SANDMAN is the most acclaimed and award-winning comics series of the 1990s for good reason; a smart and deeply brooding epic, elegantly penned by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by a rotating cast of comics' most sought-after artists, it is a rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama, and legend are seamlessly interwoven. Th ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Vertigo
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Alejandro
Superbly written but too long for what the story is about


Creative Team:

Writer: Neil Gaiman

Illustrators: Marc Hempel, Richard Case, D’Israeli, Glyn Dillon, Teddy Kristiansen, Charles Vess, Dean Ormston & Kevin Nowlan

Covers: Dave McKean

Letterer: Todd Klein


THE END IS NIGH

We do what we do because of who we are. If we did otherwise, we would not be ourselves.

Before of anything, I want to comment that it was very nice to find that The Kindly Ones TPB price remained in $19.99, the same as oth
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Bill  Kerwin

I remember reading somewhere that Bleak House is one of Neil Gaiman’s favorite novels, and The Kindly Ones, the penultimate volume of The Sandman, reminded me a great deal of Bleak House. Like the typical Dickens novel, The Sandman series contains a multitude of characters and plot threads, and The Kindly Ones is the volume which, gathering these characters and threads together, brings them to climax (though not to conclusion, a matter reserved for the next volume, The Wake.) It is precisely thi
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Algernon
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013

The most ambitious of all Sandman albums, the highpoint of the series, the convergence of all the random plot threads and part time characters into a spectacular denouement. The tragic nature of the story doesn't come as a surprise: the seeds were planted right from the start, with Morpheus imprisoned in a country manor in England in Preludes and Nocturnes and reflecting on his past mistakes and ways to redeem them. Every subsequent volume added to the morbid and apparently inevitable conflict
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Sean Gibson
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I guess it’s like Sammy Hagar sang (nay, emoted) in a criminally underrated deep cut* off the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album: dream another dream—this dream is over.

Sandman has never shied away from going into dark places; reading it is often akin to that time when you were a kid and were forced to go down into your grandmother’s unfinished basement to fetch a jar of homemade jam. Logically, you knew nothing bad would happen, but it was still terrifying to open the dingy door at the top of
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Brooke
Jul 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I've rated both this and The Sandman Vol. 7 Brief Lives 5 stars, but I think I liked Brief Lives better, for the sole reason that it contained more scenes with Delerium. Here, Delerium is searching for someone again, this time her talking dog Barnabas, and the scene where they're reunited was charming as all get out.

Practically every other character we've met along the way shows up in the Kindly Ones, and it was just more proof that Gaiman is the master of making everything he writes have a purp
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Nicolo Yu
Sep 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: collected-comics
This is the penultimate arc in Neil Gaiman’s original Sandman run. The seeds for Dream’s ultimate fate has been foreshadowed in previous storylines, with its seeds reaching fruition here. The actual machinations for his demise are contained in this story as we see characters with a vendetta against Morpheus working towards his downfall. This is the longest arc in the title, with the appropriately thickest trade paperback, taking over a year to complete it. I thought that this was a bargain when ...more
Ronyell
6 stars!!!

Now, you are probably looking at the title of the ninth volume of Neil Gaiman’s fantastic “Sandman” series, which is called “The Kindly Ones” and you are probably thinking to yourself about how this volume will be all sunshine and roses. Definitely not! Do not let the innocent title of this volume fool you! The ninth volume “The Kindly Ones” is probably the darkest volume out of all the “Sandman” series since “A Game of You” and yet this is probably the best volume out of the entire
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Teresa
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Just about all the disparate plot lines and characters come together in this volume, even several that originally appeared to be random. In only this aspect (speaking of "aspect," the facet of a gemstone is my favorite image in this book), I was reminded of how while reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I was so amazed at how everything came together that immediately afterward I reread all the HP books just to see how Rowling did it.

As this is volume 9, it seems appropriate that there a
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Ivan
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Best Sandman volume so far. Sadly illustrations are worst in series and this is series that has pretty bad illustrations overall.
Paul Nelson
The Kindly Ones is quite simply the best graphic novel I have read, the bar is raised for a series that was already at the top limit of the vault. A true masterpiece that deserves 6 out of 5 stars, I read it twice which I have only ever done with the Lord of the Rings trilogy and that in itself says a great deal.
The thirteen episodes of this volume feature many characters that we have met in the series so far and significantly add to the excitement that builds almost page by page.

Lyta Hall leave
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Caro the Helmet Lady
I want to learn how to draw a pentagram, into which I will catch Neil Gaiman to make ask him to tell me bedtime stories every night.
Stuart
Sandman, Vol 9: The Kindly Ones: The climax we all saw coming

If you are reading this review, I’ll assume you’ve read and liked the previous eight volumes. If you haven’t read them, I suggest you start with Volume 1 and go from there. Otherwise, this review will be full of spoilers and I don’t want the Furies or Corinthian to visit me in my dreams in retribution.

The entire series shifts between collections of short stories and single longer narratives, and some of my favorite Sandman stories hav
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Tahmeed
This is my lowest rating of the entire Sandman series thus far, and the main and only reason for this is that I absolutely hated the artwork in this volume. It was childish and very cartoon-ish and it prevented me from enjoying the story.

The story itself was quite good, well great in fact, although I feel that its length could have been curtailed somewhat. Rose Walker's story-line in particular felt forced, especially since it distracted from the main arc of the Kindly Ones hunting down dream.
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Panagiotis
Το βρίσκω βαρετό, λίγο μάταιο να πρέπει να εκφέρω λόγο για κάθε μέρος μιας σειράς. Ο Γκέιμαν είναι αποδεδειγμένα ένας άνθρωπος με συνέπεια και όραμα. Δεν μπορώ να φανταστώ πως στο τέλος μιας επικής ιστορίας, που θεωρείται άκρως επιδραστική στα κόμικς, αλλά και γενικά ένα λογοτέχνημα μεγάλων διαστάσεων, θα μπορούσε να τα θαλασσώσει.

Είναι μια κλιμάκωση που ο προσεκτικός αναγνώστης ίσως είχε εντοπίσει κάπου στο βάθος αυτού του ψηφιδωτού. Η καταστροφή επεκρέματο ως σπάθι κοφτερή πάνω από τους ήρωες.
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Milutin
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Priča se konačno konkretizovala, ali što je bedan crtež,
bukvalno jeste li vi u Vertigu rertardirani?
Nadam se da će jednog dana doći do reizdanja kompletnog
serijala, nacrtanog od strane lika koji je radio Sandman Overture, na isti način.
Rebecca Skane
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
"Lady, I'm your worst nightmare--A Pumpkin with a gun."

Oh, yeah. It's on.
Linda
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Best one yet! All the peeps make an appearance. I feel like I need to start reading the entire series again now that I'm finally starting to get a grasp on all the many characters.
Cheese
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kellan Gibby
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is what I signed up for when I bought the entire Sandman collection.
Amanda
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Need more than 5 stars for this one. Definitely my favorite so far. I know I know I keep saying that but this one really is :).
Wing Kee
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A melancholy penultimate tale.

World: The art is great, it's atmospheric and sets the tone wonderfully. It's not the best in the series but it's still pretty great. The world building is phenomenal this time, this is the penultimate book and with it comes all the pieces that Gaiman has created for the Sandman series, it's a culmination of the world building and all the things he's created and set in motion for the entire run. Seeing them all interact to each other is absolutely amazing.

Story: Th
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Airiz C
After the eeriest and perhaps the biggest portent of a character’s demise in World’s End, Gaiman pulls all the finished literary embroideries that were the previous story arcs and knits them together into this penultimate volume and apex of The Sandman series, The Kindly Ones.

ABUNDANT SPOILER-ISHNESS! The volume is pretty rich with subplots, but the main premise is this: Lyta Hall’s three-year-old baby, Daniel, is missing. With all the peculiar appearances and statements of the Dream King about
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Lizzie
Well I just started reading this. Here is something about that. I won't even save it til I write the proper review, because, god.

F to this volume's introduction. F F F F F F it. There is the most giant spoiler in this introduction, and I didn't even read it. I'm so annoyed. It's just sitting there in a conspicuous spot on the page, and I think that's on purpose. I saw it as I flipped past and my jaw dropped, so then I stared at it, and ugh. This guy. It is just the most flippant and obnoxious wa
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Ryan
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While reading Songs of Love and Death, a fantasy and science fiction anthology compiled by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, I was surprised to find that Neil Gaiman's "The Thing About Cassandra" was my "stand out" story. I was surprised because after reading American Gods, I became convinced that Gaiman's best work was behind him. After all, he wrote the Sandman comics.

For those not in the know (shame on you!), Sandman is the Dream Lord. Among other things, he is also the patron of stories
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David Schaafsma
At more than 200 pages, this is the longest of the ten volume epic series, and pulls out all the stops to complete the story. I waited to write this review until after I finished the tenth and last volume, "The Wake," which I liked even better. This volume is about the variously named Furies, The Dirae, The Erinyes, the Eumenides: agents of vengeance, and if you see the final title, and you know who the series is basically about, well then you know the object of their vengeance and the result. I ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This is the account of what happens when the Kindly Ones enter the Dreaming. There is some great stuff in here, and some surprises. I loved learning more about the characters living in the dreaming, particularly Matthew the Raven. I always love Delirium, but she really made me laugh in this particular volume. The randomness is a welcome respite sometimes from what is going on otherwise.

"Most people don't realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the
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Paul
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2015
The ninth in the Sandman series gathers a number of threads, some started as far back as the second book in the series, and brings them to a conclusion. Morpheus is a stubborn character, someone who is not always prepared to compromise, and sometimes makes difficult choices. Characters from earlier books, including Hippolyta Hall, three witches, a Norse god and Thessaly are determined to settle those grudges
But there is a cohesive and separate storyline in the book too. A child is taken, and the
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Kaethe
I can't even pretend that I got all of this. I'm not sure it's possible for anyone to get all of it in a single reading. Perhaps in the kind of intensive studying one associates with a doctoral thesis. But even then only maybe.

Fun coincidence: I was reading this and also reading Hades: Lord of the Dead, because every time I got up some kid would swipe one of my books, and I'd have to switch to the other. Two books starring the Kindly Ones at once.

I'm starting to view Greek mythology the same way
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Kat
Apr 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy, 2012
Basic Plot: Dream killed his son Orpheus, and now must deal with the wrath of the Kindly Ones...

This was one long, strange edition of the Sandman series. This was, oddly, not a bad thing. I was reading it in dribs and drabs, which is really not the way I generally recommend someone to read a Neil Gaiman graphic novel, so I think I didn't appreciate it the way I should have. The book probably deserved a full five stars, but my pace of reading it didn't help my enjoyment. The plot seemed to move a
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  • Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1)
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  • Brief Lives (The Sandman, #7)
  • World's End (The Sandman, #8)
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