Brief Lives (The Sandman, #7) by Neil Gaiman

Brief Lives (The Sandman, #7)

Dream's youngest sister, the loopy Delirium, convinces him to go on a quest for their missing brother, Destruction. But Dream may learn that the cost of finding his prodigal sibling is more than he can bear. collecting The Sandman #41–49

Details Brief Lives (The Sandman, #7)

TitleBrief Lives (The Sandman, #7)
Release DateMar 1st, 1999
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews Brief Lives (The Sandman, #7)

  • Alejandro
    A mad journey about change. Creative Team:Writer: Neil GaimanIllustrators: Jill Thompson & Vince LockeCovers: Dave McKeanLetterer: Todd Klein COINS, BUTTERFLIES, PONdS, QUESTS & FAMILIES In the review about the sixth volume, Fables & Reflections, I recommended that it was better to read the introduction after reading the TPB, and surprising enough in this seventh volume, Brief Lives, they just decided to putt he introduction at the end of the TPB...
  • Bill Kerwin
    This volume is one tale, one quest. Delirium (one of the less frequently seen of the Endless Family) misses her brother Destruction intensely and is determined to find him. Desire and Despair refuse to join her, but she does persuade Dream. Their quest takes them from a travel office in Dublin, Ireland to a strip club called Suffragette City, from the Palace of Bast, Queen and Goddess of Cats to the Temple of Orpheus (where the head of the bard s...
  • Algernon (Darth Anyan)
    Fasten you seatbelts, folks! It's going to be a bumpy ride!Watch out! Delirium is behind the wheel and she's looking for Destruction!She misses her brother, the one that got away: Donde esta mi hermano? She stares at the world with two mismatched eyes: one emerald green, the other pale blue through which silver flecks flicker and swim like a shoal of tiny fish. . The Endless are a family, but what's a good word for 'disfunctional'? Is Delir...
  • Bradley
    What is really a road trip is really a helluvalot more than just a roadtrip when Dream and Delirium search for their long lost brother of change, Destruction. Nothing is quite as funny and quirky in these Graphic Novels like Delirium, and nobody is quite as quietly disturbing, deep down. How does one need to so completely retreat from Delight by willingly throwing oneself into deepest madness? *shiver*I really loved this volume. Things change.The...
  • Sean Gibson
    Does Dream and his sister Delirium hitting the road and wandering the earth in search of truth (and fun) and their brother Destruction make for the weirdest road trip ever? Well, no—that would, in fact, be the Gibson family trek to Disneyworld in 1987 (don’t ask). But, it’s certainly up there, and certainly good (if thought-provoking) fun. This Gaiman kid is going places, I tell ya.Onto Vol. 8…
  • Lᴀʏᴀ Rᴀɴɪ #BookDiet2019
    Brief Lives was personally perfect in every way. It was the volume of The Sandman that solidified my love for the entire series. Not only was it a sublime story about brevity and forgiveness; it was an affirmation of what the Endless was supposed to stand for (and all seven of them too, because we finally get to meet the prodigal sibling who abandoned the responsibilities of his realm). Jill Thompson is the collaborative artist for this volume, a...
  • Kyriaki
    Κάπως πιο μελαγχολικός αυτός ο τόμος με μια κάπως πιο θλιμμένη ατμόσφαιρα.......μου άρεσε πολύ!. -And what of your realm-I'm surre it's still there, in it's fashion. People and things are still created; still exist; are still destroyed. They tear down and they build. Things still change. The only difference is that no one running it any more. It's nothing to do with me any ...
  • Sh3lly (
    The great thing about this volume is that it is all about The Endless, aka the Sandman's family. Death, Desire, Despair, Destruction, Delirium... they all make appearances. The main story is that Delirium asks Dream to help her find their brother, Destruction, who has disappeared for 300 years. Delirium is like a younger version of Tori Amos on acid.There is even a Tori Amos song playing in the background of a club Delirium goes to in the beginni...
  • Brooke
    Coming off the least interesting volume in the series (The Sandman Vol. 6 Fables and Reflections), Brief Lives was a welcome high point. Delerium wants to look for Destruction, who left the Endless family and disappeared 300 years prior. Dream is the only sibling who agrees to accompany her; he doesn't want to find Destruction, but he does want to take his mind off a love affair that just ended.Delerium was what made Brief Lives. She is absolutel...
  • Stuart
    Sandman, Vol 7: Brief Lives: Even the Endless must changeOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureAfter the stand-alone story collection Vol 6: Fables and Reflections, Vol 7: Brief Lives brings the focus back on Morpheus’ dysfunctional family, the Endless. For a group of avatars representing some fundamental concepts that underpin human existence (but only those that start with ‘D’), they can’t seem to get along or understand each other muc...
  • Rowena
    This was so good! Delirium was quite the character.
  • Char
    This entry in the series was different from the others in that the entire volume was the continuation of one story-the search for the missing member of the Endless-Destruction.We also get to see the final story of Orpheus, Dream's (Morpheus') son. It was a very sad note to end on, or was it? I felt a little bit of hopefulness that perhaps Orpheus was finally reunited with Eurydice after years of suffering.This volume also had a nice afterword fro...
  • Alyssa
    I hope I don't come across sounding like a fanboy, but the thesis of my review is this: WHY AREN'T MORE PEOPLE READING THIS SERIES? For that matter, why aren't more people talking about this series? Seriously, why did it take a random conversation with a Facebook friend for me to hear about this series for the first time? Especially considering that one of my most intellectual and well-read friends apparently adores this series? Or the fact that ...
  • Teresa
    Though this volume starts and ends with a "modern" take on the Orpheus myth, it mostly deals with the Endless siblings. The rendering of Delirium is sometimes sad but mostly hilarious, and though 'change' has not been kind to her (she was once Delight), she's the impetus for a journey to find Destruction, the most "human" of the siblings. I think I enjoyed the side-stories (the consequences of their trip) more than the interaction of the siblings...
  • Rebecca Skane
    Of the Endless, brother Destruction is missing. Delirium has lost it (not that she ever had it) and wants to find him. Despair and Desire turn her down, but Dream agrees to go on the quest. It ends up costing him more than he expects. One of my favorite volumes.
  • Ronyell
    After reading the sixth volume of Neil Gaiman’s famous “Sandman” series, I just had to keep reading more and more of this fantastic series! For the past six volumes of the “Sandman” series, we have been reading about mainly Dream’s (Morpheus’) side of the story, but now in the seventh volume, “Brief Lives,” we are finally reading about Dream’s other siblings, mainly the youngest sibling of the Endless, Delirium, and how she tr...
  • David Schaafsma
    This is about the Endless family and a quest where Dream and Delirium seek Destruction, their brother, and Dream also seeks the lover who has rejected him. The conclusion of the Orpheus arc happens in this issue and is pretty powerful. I guess the central theme here is the inevitability of change. Death plays a pretty central role in this one, yay. One interlude takes place in a strip club called Suffragette City. Pretty terrific stuff, I thought...
  • Siria
    Oh, this is one to wallow in. I loved the interaction between Delirium and Dream - Dream's terseness and Delerium's ramblings which always seem to have an odd kind of sense to them contrast so nicely. Their two very different personalities also serve to nicely point out the Really Big Dysfunctionality of their family.And Ishtar! With the temple prostitution! A scene in Dublin that is recognisably taking place on O' Connell Street! Hades and Perse...
  • Wing Kee
    Beautifully poetic.World: The art is amazing, once again the art really drives the tone and the feel of the book, it would not be what it was without it. The world building here is great, it's interconnected and a call back from the past and the hints of the lost sibling is finally revealed. The characters and the places this place goes is consistent to the world and it being character driven is the best thing about it.Story: The story of the los...
  • Emm - One Thousand Years of Books
    I plan to write a wordy, obnoxiously-eloquent review on this one day. Eventually.For the time being, I'll say two things : A) That cover is boss. The one with the skeleton, if you're looking at a different edition.And B) If you've read the series this far and liked it, you will probably love this one. If you've read the series this far and hated it, why are you on the seventh book, anyway?
  • Liliana
    I'm not crying... I just got something in my eye that will stay there forever T___TIt had been a long while since I read a Sandman comic. I must say that I had a bit of a "burn-out" from them, and I was feeling that I wasn't enjoying them so much. After, what, half a year, I felt the urge to pick them back up and I'm so glad I did because WOW, I think this was my favourite issue so far.It focuses more on the The Endless, that cosy family of the c...
  • Patrick
    Delirium was annoying as heck but the story overall was ok.
  • El
    By far my favorite of the issues thus far. I enjoy all of them that involve the Endless mythos, focusing on their stories; this is just the first that really involves all of them individually and interacting with one another, so we get a real grasp on all of their personalities and relationships with one another.This story primarily revolves around the youngest sister, Delirium (formerly known as Delight), and Dream who, against his better judgme...
  • Sally ☾
    “I like airplanes. I like anywhere that isn't a proper place. I like in betweens.” OKAY SO. Delirium may be my new favorite, though I do really love Death.Both of them are just so amazing. All of the Endless together are just hilarious and adorable.I want more of their family reunions.
  • Cheese
    Gaiman has some incredible imagination toWrite this. That's the best thing about Sandman, however, I found this chapter difficult to pick up. It's been a bit of a slog but it seems to get moving towards the end.
  • Beth
    My shorter, spoiler-free review first: I’ve given 5 stars to two of the earlier volumes, but this is probably my very favorite. The title indicates the theme of this volume: the briefness of life, even for the very long-lived; and change in general, and the characters’ resistance to it. The first few issues are very meandering, in a fun way, but the second half becomes pretty intense as important things start to fall into place. The Endless a...
  • Alex Bright
    I think my brain might explode from this volume. It's my favourite so far in a series I've adored from the beginning, and I don't think I've even scratched the surface of it all. This one will require a re-read for sure. It's wonderful to see a story, finally, where the Endless are front and center more than in any other volume thus far. Makes it easier to understand them all more fully, and I'm grateful for the chance.
  • Liz
    Best Volume so far. Dream/Morpheus/the Sandman/the Dreamking goes on a quest with his younger sister Delirium, together they search for Destruction, their brother who left 300 years ago and whom everyone else refused to search for. Primarily, Dream hopes to just distract himself on this quest, but as he proceeds, as he dives deeper with Delirium into their past and into their present Dream realises that there are two sides of a coin, and one alwa...
  • Sam
    Roadtrip with Dream and Delirium. It's great.“I like the stars. It's the illusion of permanence, I think. I mean, they're always flaring up and caving in and going out. But from here, I can pretend...I can pretend that things last. I can pretend that lives last longer than moments. Gods come, and gods go. Mortals flicker and flash and fade. Worlds don't last; and stars and galaxies are transient, fleeting things that twinkle like fireflies and ...
  • Jeff
    As I stated awhile ago, these graphic novels are all good or great, and continuous reviews would be repetitive, so I am not going to bother putting lengthy reviews up. These just need to be read by all. They are great.