Imaginative plot development weaving all the threads into the changing tapestry of this epic. Sometimes it's chilling, sometimes it's like one of those moments in the old "road pic's" from the past where characters look out at you then draw you in making you chuckle.
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.
I'm a hardcore listener! I find time for a min of 6 books a month. Sci-Fi & Fantasy is mostly where I live, but I can stretch to others.
ok, so I write this after listening to the whole DT series.... and it suffers because of that.
The characters and their development, the performance and production are first rate and I listened to all of the books in sequence. But in the end, and all things must come to an end, I found myself back at the beginning. And no better for the journey. The Beams, the Rose and the sidgles I will accept, but what of the residual technologies and elder peoples in the worlds we traveled through..... I am left empty and wanting, but I think not for more.
This book is very good and will naturally lead you to want the next book, but the flight path of the series ends suddenly when it eventually collides with the appearance of the Dark Tower. If the journey takes 1000 years to complete, will the next cycle (representing a century ?) have the tower being 20 stories tall, with each flight of stairs being 20 long....
I kept waiting for things to get boring...didn't happen.
I liked every bit of it. The Susannah/Mia story was great. I was concerned about "the writer" - but even that was done well. The restaurant is VERY creepy and very interesting. And how can you not like low men, vampires, and...well the other things in this book?!
There are things in ALL the books in this series that I think I would have done differently, but there are FAR more really GREAT things in them that I, and I'd wager the negative reviewers, couldn't possibly have done.
But, by all means, go into it expecting it to be bad, and maybe you'll be as pleasantly surprised as I was.
This book is really weak compared with the prior books in the series. I couldn't wait for it to end....it was so boring. I hope the last book in the series recaptures the magic.
I won't give away the ending, but I will agree with another reviewer and suggest you stop reading when Stephen King suggests you stop reading. His ending to this book is like a cheap Outer Limits and not worthy of the body of the series (which is fantastic).
I have listened to many of King's books and I think that they are all keep you entertained and satisfied. The Dark Tower series has not been an exception... until this one.
King listened to the first five books on audio in order to receive inspiration for his last two books. The inspiration could not have come from God, because I have just found out that King is God. What? How can someone even think of puting this in a book they write even if it is fiction? Why would such great characters and a great story be twisted to make King God? I am baffled by where he is taking the story. It makes me wonder if I will even use my audible credit to get Book VII or if I should just read a spoiler to find out who survives in the end. I wish that I would have done it for this book.
He goes into some spill about how readers 'expect' books and that we have some right to receive them just because they exist. That is ironic since I could care less if I even read Book VII.
Like other reviews I have glanced at I am disappointed I can't give King a negative star.
Stephen king has gone over the edge with this one. The book was entertaining at times, but I can't figure out if Stephen King is a self depricating megalomaniac, drinking more than he claims during the writting of the novel, or trying to give meaning to his life.
If you read the rest of the books you probably will have to read this one because you've come so far, and it is so close to ending, but I suggest you rent it from the library.
Unfortunately, the Dark Tower series is just getting worse. The story failed to go anywhere at all. Compared to the earlier parts in the series which contain complex images and clever narrative, this book is vague and rambles on with characters being developed and then mysteriously dropped from the narrative. Frankly, you can skip this one as it will not bring you any closer to the Tower...