The Sandman Reread: World's End
Tor continues its reread of Neil Gaiman's Sandman series with World's End:
Full Story: HEREBut, as I’ve mentioned many times in my reread of Neil Gaiman’sSandman, the series is as much about stories and the art of storytelling as it is about the specific adventures of a pale king of dreams, and what World's End gives us is a nest filled with tales of all types. In his introduction to the collected edition Stephen King says, “It’s a classic format, but in several of [the chapters] there are stories within the stories, like eggs within eggs, or, more properly, nested Chinese boxes.” King calls it “challenging stuff,” and he’s right. It’s similar to what Gaiman had done before in previous short arcs that collected one-off tales in the corner of his Sandman mythology, but Gaiman’s narrative ambition in World's End pushes it to ever farther extremes. The stories—and the storytellers—comment upon themselves and their own traditions, while fitting into an elegant framework that ties the whole bundle of lives into the larger scope of the Endless adventure.