King?s Gunslinger series started out interesting and got better, with volumes 2 & 3 quite good! But this final volume is more like one very long bad dream ? mind you, not a nightmare, but just a chaotic, drawn-out dream that you just wish would end... The series started going downhill after maybe book 4 or 5 when King ran out of good ideas and started to repeat over and over the same stale ideas in an effort (I guess) to fill paper. The final volume is just one giant fruit cake of stale nuts and raisins. I guess you'll have to read it, if only to end the series, but if you love a well-crafted book of fiction, you'll be sorely disappointed!
I've read a lot of Stephen King over the years and enjoyed most of what I read. The Dark Tower series however, has been a special treat. I came into it late, drawn to it via the Talisman. Once started I have been unable to stop. DT VII is the best of the lot, with DT III a close second. Roland is his most human and most endearing in this last part of the story. His Katet family each shows his or her greatness, proving to be real gunslingers in their own right.
As to the ending, it was a twist that I just about expected. Though it does raise a lot of questions about the character of Roland's universe. I guess I preferred the ending before the ending. Still, it is a great book and the audible version is very well read.
It hurt coming to the end, but the end was worth it. I've followed this story both written and in audio format for years. If you've reached this far, you'll be both pleased and dissapointed in the finality of the tale.
Loved the series. This was a great book with a great ending. Thanks King for creating such a magical place.
I finally realized why I have been very disappotined with the last two books in the Dark Tower series: King started by writing "science fiction" and finished by writing "horror". The Drawing of the Three, Wastelands, and Wizard and Glass were as engrossing as as anything I have read. Things started to deteriorate with Wolves and hit rock bottom with Song of Susannah. Vampires, Low-Men, Cantoy, Tahine? Gimme a break. I have always enjoyed King's horror books and I have enjoyed his science fiction. But why blend the two? I found myself wishing the story would end instead of hoping it would go on. Dark Tower VII was okay, but the change in King's style really killed a brilliant story. If you have read the first six, you have to finish. I promise it is better than DT VI. However, it has none of the magic of the middle installments.
For the better part of a year while I've been training for my first Ironman here in Arizona. During this time, I have listened to the entire Dark Tower series. A few weeks back I finished the Triathlon, and a few minutes ago I finished the last book. I have felt like I have been watching people I know, all trying to make their way to the "finish Line". We all did, each in a different way. Thank you "Steven King of Maine" for your gift. I had not known of it before. Those just starting, enjoy the journey. Although I'm confident you will enjoy it-Perhaps, it may have an entirely different ending for you. If you say so , let it be so.
So anyways the series has an ending... Have we forgotten the other 28 hours? From start to finish, 'The Dark Tower' killed me with its limitless amount of climactic moments. For any true fan that has made there way through King's other works, only to wonder what might happen next, this is the time to pick up the Dark Tower series.
My first exposure to King came with the miniseries based on 'IT'. That remained my only King experience until I happened to pick up 'The Gunslinger' a few years back. Since then I've powered through anything and everything by King that I can get my hands on and I can say with confidence that the Dark Tower series is King at his best. You will not be disappointed! It provides closure not only for the Dark Tower series and the seeming subtrilogy that has happened in the final three books, but also for countless other storylines and worlds in King's universe. For those of you fearing the end: it comes, but slowly, throughout the book. You are eased out of the worlds of the Dark Tower and left with the constant hope that Roland Deschain embodies so well. Long days and pleasant nights.
PS you might want to pick up Talisman and Black House if you can bring yourself to hold off on the final Tower book. Those of you that have read these two know what I mean.
I've been along for the enitre ride to the Dark Tower. Not sure any other writer could have kept me so involved for such a long, long time. Can't say I'm not glad this is the end; am trying to ease up on the "I can't put it down" category!