In this fourth volume, Roland, Eddie, Susannah, and Jake survive Blaine the Mono's final crash, only to find themselves stranded in an alternate version of Topeka, Kansas, one that has been ravaged by the superflu virus. While following the deserted I-70 toward a distant glass palace, Roland recounts a story about a seaside town called Hambry, where he fell in love with a girl named Susan Delgado, and where he and his old tet-mates Alain and Cuthbert battled the forces of John Farson, the harrier who - with a little help from a seeing sphere called Maerlyn's Grapefruit - ignited Mid-World's final war.
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"Blazing action." (Booklist)
"As compelling as ever." (Kirkus Reviews)
"King at his most ebullient sweeps readers up in swells of passion." (Publishers Weekly)
Frank Muller is amazing. I really don't know what else to say. His preformence kept me engaged despite the often slow pacing of the book. The story fits nicely into the seires and covers a lot of ground but it's needlessly detailed at times; creating frustration (i.e. "Get on with it!") instead of anticipation.
I love the world Steven King has created in the dark tower series so I'll stand true and remember the face of my father... But I do hope the next book doesn't feel like a trudg fest.
I would and will recommend this book and series regardless of my griping.
I'm now halfway through Kings dark Tower series, which I think is the best work he's done. I have to add add that my enjoyment of this remarkable story -- with its wide array of characters, plot lines, environments, moods and literary & cultural references -- has been incredibly enriched by the dramatic range and richness Frank Muller's voice and his phenomenal ability to become John Wayne, an African-American prostitute, a gravel-voiced gunslinger, a frightened young boy, a vengeful maiden aunt, a cynical New York junkie or a young woman in love. His impressions of very different well-known people are dead-on, and he can even sing well when called for. He is not only believable in all the roles he plays, but his emotional intelligence adds to the heights and depths of the roller-coaster ride that King takes us on. I will seriously consider buying any book that he narrates; he's that good!!
I am not a huge fan of flashbacks, especially long ones, but man.. This book was absolutely incredible! It might be my favorite of the series so far, which is saying a lot. I look forward to the next 4 books in the series which I am going to start reading in about 5 minutes!
Roland as a young man, more please. this is by far my favorite literary work. 5th time through the series and it has lost nothing for me.
a prequel of a prequel ? I must admit I've come into this series very late .with that being said I love how things I've read and seen come together to make me even more interested In what happens next , and I didn't even think that could be possible.
Main quest essentially a bloated framing device for extended flashback story. I wish King had committed to this novel just being a prequel, because the flimsy narrative explanations for the framing device left a bad taste in my mouth. The contents of the prequel parts are excellent though- probably my favorite bits of storytelling in the series so far- much more cohesive world, with very compelling characters. As always with the series, this book has its problems but I'm very interested to see what happens next.
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