If you're a fan of this series you already know this book is good. If you have not read/heard any of these pick up the first gunslinger book and get yourself hooked. Great book, but you need to read the previous ones to really get into it.
King introduces you to some old friends!
I recomend you read/listen to "Salems Lot" for some rewarding Tie ins before you read this one! You will not regrit it...
You'll want to read all these stories again, and again!
5 stars because I finished it and truely felt something.
Further development of deep, original characters.
Great action, great story, great reader.
After reading the can't-put-it-down fourth book in this series, Wizard and Glass, I was a bit disappointed by Wolves of the Calla. This may in part be because Salem's Lot is quite possibly my least favorite King book and characters from that book reappear in this one. Many of the plot twists seemed extraneous and didn't add much in terms of action or interest. I can only hope they play some sort of role later. And I hate it when the author of the book becomes part of the story, which he does in this and the following book; it's such a big no-no that only someone of King's stature could get this by his editors! On the plus side, the characters become better developed, and the folks of the Calla are a joy to meet. I only hope they reappear again "along the path of the beam." Can't wait for Dark Tower VII!
My wife and I are loving the Dark Tower Series and has become part of our daily commute to work. The Dark Tower V takes getting used to, as the narrator is new (King talks about this in the afterword) and not as good as the narrator from the first four books. But bear with it, took me two listens to the first CD to get used to the new voice, the narrator gets better with time.
This episode really puts you in the "Old West" Sci-Fi style. I loved the way he brought the "Salem's Lot" priest to life. There is no stopping King. I became attached to the towns people and felt their courage and was touched by their losses. Highly recommended!
The texture that Stephen king conceives in this novel is exceeded only by the aching bittersweetness of volume IV. He creates a delightful cross-section of the Calla Brin Sturges townsfolk, uncovering not evil in their hearts, but a complex mixture of frailty and fortitude. Meanwhile, Roland and his ka-tet struggle with the opposing forces of their quest for the Tower and their duty to help innocents in need. As a longtime Constant Reader, I found Father Callahan's return a welcome surprise. Western and Samurai movie buffs will enjoy the familiar themes. Dark Tower fans, celebrate!
King is a genius and earns every penny he gets. This book will make you cry, scared and full of wonder as how he can have such an imagination. Follow this series, and this book and I GUARANTEE you will not regret it.
I've been a longtime fan of King's work, and especially the Dark Tower series, but this one left me kind of flat. I would never call King a great character writer, but pretty much all of the ka-tet have become one dimensional cariacatures. Eddie is the sarcastic apprentice, Susannah the dark and mysterious schizo, Jake the boy with a father figure complex, and Oy the charming dog. Now, with this installment, we get introduced to the aging alcoholic priest.
Maybe I just hope that some of these stories will focus more on advancing an engaging plot, and less on trying tired devices to make thing seem suspenseful (So, did everyone catch the similarity between "Calla Bryn Sturgis" and "Callahan", huh, huh? How about how nineteen and ninety-nine keep coming up? Isn't that SPOOKY??)
If you're keeping up with the series, by all means go ahead and give this one a listen. Just don't expect anything really mind-bending.
26, in the Army. I'll read just about anything
The story.. obviously. King is a master and this is a master's Magnum Opus.
Roland, just like everyone else. He's Clint Eastwood in every movie from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly all the way up to Gran Torino. Roland is my favorite book character ever.
He sounds like a geriatric patient.. his voice sounds wet, like he has that white foam at the corners of his mouth but doesn't care. He sounds like he's drooling or his tongue is too thick for his face, or like his teeth are gone.
And he doesn't do voices well at all! I HATE the way he does Eddy's voice, Eddy is from friggin' New York.. he should sound like a New Yorker! Not to mention Jake and Eddy sound the same. Roland sounds like a regular guy.. not like what a gunslinger should sound like. His voice for Susana is just God awful too!
BRING BACK MULLER!