This series just keeps getting better as the pages pass... now we have revealed the ultimate writer's paradox, a story that takes on it's own life - whose character's ask the writer to keep writing! I, for one, don't want this series to ever end. In this book, Stephen King (with the help of his characters) starts to pull all of the loose strings together. You won't want to miss this one. However, you can't start with this book - read the previous 5 first or you will be lost for sure!
A very interesting and incredibly different book in the series. A lot of reviews are either a 1 or a 5 for this book. Many of the one's seem to involve the fact that there is little action, which was my original gripe with this book as well, just too much dialog. But it does finish very strong so my rating is closer to a "5". I would give it 4.5 if I could.
I groaned at the end of DT5 when SK was hinted as a pivotal character in the series and this book adds to that a great deal. But it is also very cleverly handled to not be annoying, well not too annoying anyway.
The Susannah / Mia conflict is very pivotal in the book (hey, look at the title). Be prepared for some bizarre stuff, I'm still not sure I understand her pregnancy after this book...
I think this book would get a 2 or 3 if I didn't know that DT7 was just around the corner because this ends just too abruptly.
Give it a chance, you may hate it, but I think if you don't mind a little psychology and philosophy that you'll come out thinking it was ok afterall, in fact it might even be pretty dang good.
If you want to skip one of the books, this is the one to skip.
2 STARS FOR THIS BOOK 6 IN THE SERIES:
A lot of writing about not much. I’d condense the main events into something short and put it at the end of the former book or beginning of the next book. The main stories in this book are:
Mia inhabits Susannah’s body and forces her to sneak away from the rest of the group. She goes to 1999 New York. Jake, Oy, and Callahan go after her.
Roland and Eddie travel to 1977 Maine. They want to buy vacant land from Calvin Tower. They also meet with Stephen King the author. Roland asks S King to finish writing the Dark Tower books.
At the end of the audiobook, there are 51 minutes of Stephen King talking about things happening in his life at various times during the writing of The Dark Tower - like being inspired by a movie or book he had seen and putting that into The Dark Tower. Also, his wife tried to get him to stop taking walks along a certain road, but he wouldn’t stop. Later he almost died when hit by a vehicle on that road.
The narrator George Guidall was fine, but he’s not as good as Frank Muller.
Genre: apocalyptic time travel fantasy.
3 STARS FOR THE ENTIRE 8 BOOK SERIES:
One of the books is number 4 ½. The last book is number 7. The main character is Roland, a gunslinger, inspired by the Clint Eastwood character in his spaghetti western movies (ex: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly). Set in an apocalyptic future, Roland is on a journey to the Dark Tower to stop evil forces from destroying the world. The books should be read in order. There are many wonderful ideas and stories. There is also too much clutter, rambling, and things I think should have been edited out. The Harry Potter series was better because everything developed the characters and moved the plots forward. Here at times I felt the author was writing short stories and getting off track. Overall I’m glad I read it. And there were a some wonderful parts that I will remember.
I was disappointed with the last two books. Instead of enjoying the journey, I wanted them to be over. I did not like Roland’s ending. It left a bad taste in my mouth. There was such potential and it felt piddled out. I liked one reviewer’s comment “in his rush to end this series the author has given up its soul.” (Amazon reviewer Roger FitzAlan “Aranarth”)
Overall, with the Gold plan this series was a great buy, I saved at least $100 over the itunes price and got over 100 hours of listening. Great value.
This, for me, was the worst book in the series. Stephen King writing himself into the series ruined it for me because it messed up my suspension of disbelief. It's hard to care about characters that even the narrative imples are not "real".
It's true, as others have noted, that there is too much introspection in this book, and the plot plods along slowly. I don't mind that so many new types of characters were added.
The last book redeems the latter part of the series somewhat for me, but it was downhill for me as soon as SK added himself to the book.
I have invested so many hours in this saga that I have no capacity to nit pick its minor shortcomings or flaws. I am all in. Bring on the final book.
This series seems to be a great idea that has lost its focus. King sometimes has a real problem letting go and ending a book (or series). This series drones on and on like he doesn't want it to end. The map seems incomplete in his mind and this is just filler. If you've gone through the others in the series, you have to go through this one as well. Just don't expect too much
I've seen complaints about George Guidall's narration of this series, and I think the complaints are unwarranted. There is only one Frank Muller, and it is understandable that some people are going to judge Guidall against Muller's impossibly lofty standard. But that's not fair to Guidall.
I've listened to V and VI now, and I have grown quite fond of Guidall's narration. Sure, he doesn't delineate voices as beautifully as Muller did, but there is something to be said for his more understated approach. In fact, I rather prefer Guidall's rendition of Susanna/Odetta/Detta, especially Detta; Muller's Detta was a bit overdone, in my opinion. And I really loved Guidall's "Andy" in Wolves of the Calla.
As for the story, it is classic King: compelling to the point where you can't put it down! I wonder exactly HOW he's going to tie up all these loose ends in VII, but we'll see.
I do feel that some of King's plot twists are cop-outs. I mean, it almost seems as if he's constructed huge elaborate subplots just to explain a few mistakes in the earier volumes (e.g. Co-op City being in Brooklyn, not the Bronx.) It seems like he's always trying to explain away some contradiction in the "rules of the world" he's created.
It leads me to believe that this story, which spans over 30 years of King's own life, has gotten away from him, and he's spending most of his time trying to reel it back in.
Or maybe VII will resolve all and it will make perfect sense in the end. We'll see...
After listening to this through twice, I'm really happy I did. It gave a great insight into the Susannah/Mia plotline but also brought the author into the story. If you take what he says in the "diary" into account, I think the next book is going to be very interesting...
But I have to ask, did any of the negative reviewers even LISTEN to the whole story?? Didn't you get any of it? It doesn't appear so, given some of the questions being asked here. Did you really think that was King's actually diary? Heh? Uh, did you notice what the very last section was about?? The dates? Hello?
Anyway, can't wait for the last book...
Mr. King offers a nice diversion in this edition of the Dark Tower
series. We can finally see the end near. Constant reader will be interested in his latest twist, and the ending, though not final is worth every minute spent on this novel.