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”)
Very good story, and narration. Enjoy the time line jumps, and changing story lines. Get's a little wordy, but I've come to expect that from King stories. Those extra parts to the story probably come into play in later books, or are from other books that I haven't had the pleasure of reading yet.
I am writing this review from the perspective of a first time reader who started the books about 6 months ago. I never had to wait the years and years to find out what happens with Blaine the Pain or anything like that. That being said, given the fact that the next book is just waiting for me, I loved this book in the series. I thought King executed this wonderfully.
I am a cross country trucker that "reads" 3-5 books a week lets face it I have 70 hours a week to fill while I stare out the windshield.
As much as I loved is book some are going to hate it for it ends the same way as Blane the train ended. Yes that's right a really big cliff hanger! Grrrrr