Of the Dark Tower novels, The 3 that are the best, are Drawing of the Three, Song of Susanna, and The Dark Tower.
The others, are tales that stand as stories on their own. These, however, blend together as one story PLUS the last two chapters
of the Wolves of the Calla.
Truly, King's best work. I read Drawing of the Three, several times. It still rides as the Favorite of the Stories. I
always like beginnings more then endings, and it has a great fast pace.
Song of Susanna moves just as fast, and is just as captivating. A great Book
The Dark Tower moves both fast and slow. I think King was a bit over giving in this one. We get a chapter (sometimes more), on characters, who are only crossing paths with the Ka-Tet for a page, (sometimes less). But when it moves, it moves well, but....
It's hard on the heart, say True.
5 stars because I finished it and truely felt something.
Susannah's character in greater depth.
A great story.
The story continues and it just leaves you wanting more.
I have read every book in the DT series now. I can honestly say this one is a good one although a bit on the low action side. One of the things that made this book series exciting were the big fight scenes in every one of the books. Unfortunately this one has a lack of such a scene and almost seams like the action parts of this book were "gotten out of the way" in order to concentrate on other elements of the story. This wasn't the best book by far in the series, but all in all it was ok by DT standards. If you think about putting down the series after this one you will be really missing out on a lot of good material for the ending.
This 'chapter' of the series is less interesting than others. There is some good action, but it is a much more predictable straight-forward story, no real twists or new insights. What I did enjoy (and hate) was the way in which King writes himself into the story as one of the pillars holding up the world from destruction. It's pretty funny.
Long awaited the continuation of this series. Felt it was a little drawn out, (but it's King). Find that the travel through the different worlds is not as fun as previous in this series or as in the Talisman. Still think the series is a must for King fans.
Character development in the Tower series is always good, but with this one, Mr. King has outdone himself. You feel for all the characters. Can you imagine what Mia's centuries must have been like, the lonliness that brought her to this impasse? The deep frustration of Susanna and of Detta, travellers through the darkness, as their universe twists around them.
I feel like I am coming to know Mr. King much better through this series, and admire the person behind the books as much as I admire the books. Yes, there are some things I would change about the book - but who sees and feels and lives with his characters more than the author? This is HIS vision, children, and as much as one may wish to twist and turn the plot to fit ones own idea of what the story "should" be to fit your own concept, it is true conceit to believe that only your own idea of plot and story line is the correct one, and worthy of print. Nasty comments are unproductive, like a fat man with a beer sitting on a couch making comments about what a loser an Olympic medalist is for winning only five medals instead of six. If you don't think the author did a good job, sit down, pull out your pencil, and start writing. When you have written your own opus, and had it published to stunning review, I shall bow to your opinions. Until then, state your concerns clearly and precisely, in a linguistically correct manner, with reference to your exact complaints, in order that we may have a true conversation regarding both the literary accomplishments and shortcomings of the novel and the series.
Listening to this series gives the story line a depth and richness that is even better than the voices which I created in my own head as I read. Bravo! I look forward to the final book in the series, but I must get to work to finish my thesis before then - I admit to spending too many hours listening, and not enough writing during this story!
I love the reaction this book has gotten from so many fans. King has made some very strange decisions in this book, and I for one am excited to see were the story goes from here. I think what he's attempting here is impressive, a unification of his entire life's work into one universe. Following Roland's quest for the Dark Tower has, apparently, lead the author to discover his own.
I do have a MAJOR gripe with this book though, and that is that it has no climax. King spends the entire book moving pieces into position and building tension, but then ends the book. I don't mind cliffhangers, Empire Strikes Back has always been my favorite Star Wars movie, but you've got to give me something before the thing ends! Freeze a main character in carbonite, reveal a startling truth about the hero, have an epic duel, something! This thing gets Han in the freezing chamber and Luke on the landing platform and then just ends, that's unforgivable.
I'm still giving it top marks because I'm now dying to see where the story goes from here. But, as a book on it's own, it's only a bridge to the final chapter.
Stephen just keeps them coming, I know he feels bad that it has taken him so long to complete, but I will regret the end of the quest. Yet Like Roland I yearn to reach the tower.
I am a wife, mother, grandmother and friend. I love to listen to audio books all the time. At the pool watching grandchildren, mowing, driving. I never go anywhere without my audio books.
I've been waiting for this book along time and was not disappointed.
Now I'm waiting again and loving it. Thanks King, keep up the great work.
Incredible addition to the series that sends the reader into an incredible paradox hurtling towards a conclusion I can't wait to get my hands on. I really think those who accuse this book of going nowhere need to reread/relisten. Of all the Dark Tower books this one answers (and asks) more questions than any of the others. Although King swears he didn't have any idea where this was going from the beginning, this one starts to tie up the loose ends as though he knew it all along. Now on to the tower to find out if what lies in the top room is really just the id of the King's own imagination.