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Old 03-24-2008, 02:04 PM
'The Dark Tower' - Stephen King

I finally ordered this today off Amazon ($21 for boxed set of books 1-4, hell yeah...), and am looking to what many and most say is King's magnum opus. It is of course based off of Browning's poem, and I've heard that it could be either be a masterpiece of fantasy or an insult to the poem and a literary abomination.

Thoughts (without spoilers, please)?
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Old 03-24-2008, 02:29 PM
I love it. I thought book 5 had a shitty ending, and book 6 was too short and should have been mixed into books 5 and 7.
However, the shitty ending of THE WOLVES OF CALLA really put book 7 into its proper place, and I was no longer upset with it. It was pretty ingenious.

I've read the first 3 books five times each. WIZARD AND GLASS I've read 3 times...

I think it's great.
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Old 03-25-2008, 08:33 PM
I'm dying to read these books. I have the first 3 but I just can't get into the first one, its not very well written and just kinda drags. I stopped reading it about 60 pages in. I regret not finishing it. I might pick it up later and give it another go.
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Old 03-25-2008, 08:54 PM
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I'm dying to read these books. I have the first 3 but I just can't get into the first one, its not very well written and just kinda drags. I stopped reading it about 60 pages in. I regret not finishing it. I might pick it up later and give it another go.
I'm sure you've heard this before (heck, even King says it), but the series does pretty much "find its voice" in volume 2.

I loved THE GUNSLINGER, but I understand how it can be hard to get through. THE DRAWING OF THE THREE is ass-kickin', though.
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Old 03-26-2008, 11:41 AM
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I'm sure you've heard this before (heck, even King says it), but the series does pretty much "find its voice" in volume 2.

I loved THE GUNSLINGER, but I understand how it can be hard to get through. THE DRAWING OF THE THREE is ass-kickin', though.
Ya, I read one of the introductions that say that. Would you say you have to read The Gunslinger to get Drawing of the Three?
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Old 03-26-2008, 11:50 AM
There is some fairly essential shit in THE GUNSLINGER and it's not that thick of a book.

Otherwise, read a synopsis online and head to the second book. *shrug*
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:16 PM
I like the first book, it's a good beginning to the saga, but I can't honestly say I was as involved with it as I was with The Wastelands or Wizard and Glass. I think it got better once more characters were introduced and more King mythology was tied in (Randall Flagg, the Captain Trips superflu).

I have Wolves of Calla on CD, I may listen to it first since I've never been able to set aside time to read it.
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Old 03-27-2008, 03:00 PM
i just started re-reading The Gunslinger for the 3rd time hahaha. I dont know, i read most of it, but i just get caught up in different stuff that i forget about it, and i hate going back to read stuff after i left it alone for a while.

But i'm definitely going to finish it this time around....hopefully!
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Old 03-27-2008, 04:18 PM
The Dark Tower book by Marvel is pretty good. The first one is a comic adaptation of Wizard and Glass.

I don't know if this is true, but I read once that Stephen (after the last book came out) King said that the books we have now are like the "first drafts" of the story.

I love the DT books, but I feel the last two were really rushed. Especially the last one.
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Old 03-27-2008, 04:23 PM
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i just started re-reading The Gunslinger for the 3rd time hahaha. I dont know, i read most of it, but i just get caught up in different stuff that i forget about it, and i hate going back to read stuff after i left it alone for a while.

But i'm definitely going to finish it this time around....hopefully!
Know the feeling. I'm currently refusing to restart 'Wheel of Time' after stopping it in transition from boarding school back home.

I should get the boxed 1-4 at the beginning o' next week; I'm debating whether or not to finish 'A Confederacy of Dunces' since I just started (p. 20) and rally don't have the time...hmph.
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:19 AM
I'm interested in this series.

I read "The Gunslinger" and I sort of liked it. I'm a fan of fantasy stuff, though this was too weird a merging for me. I got bored of "The Drawing of the Three" somewhat fast and left the series. I've been told endlessly that I should read the entire series but I keep putting it off.

I have two behemoth series ("The Wheel of Time" and "Sword of Truth"), both of which's first books I enjoyed far more than "The Gunslinger"; I wish I had more time and didn't read at the pace of a dry snail that fell asleep in quicksand. On crack.
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Old 04-10-2008, 11:39 AM
'Eye of the World' was pretty good, but the entire first 150 pages could've made just the first chapter; it's mammoth like you say, as the twelfth doorstopper--they're each around a thousand pages--is due out. Have the first three, never ifnished the first.

I'vve actually very much enjoyed the first 3/4 of 'The Gunslinger' thus far, and am rather fond of the fantasy/western duo. Roland seems an interesting enough character, and it really is some of King's better prose, even at 19.
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