The dark tower book review

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The Dark Tower Series Collection: The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, The Waste Lands, Wizard and Glass, Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, The Dark Tower by Stephen King

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Well, its been a few years since I finished reading The Dark Tower Series and I have decided to share a few thoughts. First of all, I have to say that this was a massive undertaking from Stephen King and he didnt disappoint ( well, until I got to the ending anyway...) The books are beautifully written and he has managed to create a whole new universe of places and characters whose only relation seems to be that mysterious Dark Tower. The prose flows flawlessly, the characters are extremely well defined and you get emotionally attached to each and every one of them on their journey, the pace varies from action-packed to slow to flashback and then action again. Theres so much in terms of story telling that itd be impossible to even begin to describe what happens in the books- theres time travel, part of the plot takes place in the 70s, then the 80s and the present day, all of that intertwined with the alternate universe where the Dark Tower exists. The descriptions of people and places are so vivid that to this day I can recall most of them. He even inserted himself in the books as another character in what I can only call a very bold move.

But...yes, theres a but. After 7 very long and enjoyable books, it was time to end the saga and this is where he found himself in trouble. He admitted so himself at the end of the last book- there had to be an ending and he knew he was going to disappoint many people. I was furious myself by the time I finally got the end...but he really didnt have a choice. After some years of reflection I realize now that if you read the books you have to enjoythe journey and not so much the destination, frustrating as it is since it seemed for a while that the Dark Tower had taken over his whole life, even going as far as mentioning it in other books of his which had nothing to do with it or, as I mentioned, inserting himself in the series. I see that now but I cant deny that at the time I was pretty angry :)

I guess at some point Stephen King will be finally recognized as one of the best writers of his generation because his imgination has no limits and his writing skills are some of the best around.

Would I recommend these books to you? If youre a Stephen King fan, of course, go ahead. But remember that at 7 very long books, this is a commitment and it will take very long. My advice would be for you to enjoy the ride and not obsess over the mysterious Tower. Follow the characters on their journey and share with them their love and their grief, focus on the different places he describes and enjoy the different parts of this particular universe hes created. If you do that, youll love the books and maybe you wont be as disappointed in the ending as I was.

I took away half a star because of the ending so lets give these books a solid 4 and a half stars.

Enjoy the ride!
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Start by marking “The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)” as Want to Read: In the first book of this brilliant series, Stephen King introduces readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger. *** I think the Dark Tower series as a whole is a.
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The first book, The Gunslinger , came out in The novel was serially released in five parts in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction , and the first installment was five years prior. There was a five-year wait for the second book. A five-year wait for an author as prolific as King was an eternity! In , he released the seventh book, the Dark Tower.

Hindsight is everything. I first picked up book one of the Dark Tower series, The Gunslinger , when I was in the deepest throes of my teenage King addiction. I had read a lot of his books by this point around and was ploughing through them. I came to The Eyes of the Dragon , a book that looked different from the others on the shelf, read it … and hated it. Hated it with every part of my horror-loving self. I knew what I wanted from Stephen King. I wanted the horror.

2 thoughts on “The Dark Tower Series Collection: The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, The Waste Lands, Wizard and Glass, Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, The Dark Tower by Stephen King

  1. My thoughts can be read in the preceding six reviews but I will try to recap my The first three Dark Tower books are amongst the best I have read in the genre.

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