In this long-awaited fifth novel in the saga, their path takes them to the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis, a tranquil valley community of farmers and ranchers on Mid-World's borderlands. Beyond the town, the rocky ground rises toward the hulking darkness of Thunderclap, the source of a terrible affliction that is slowly stealing the community's soul. One of the town's residents is Pere Callahan, a ruined priest who, like Susannah, Eddie and Jake, passed through one of the portals that lead both into and out of Roland's world.
As Father Callahan tells the ka-tet the astonishing story of what happened following his shamed departure from Maine in 1977, his connection to the Dark Tower becomes clear, as does the danger facing a single red rose in a vacant lot off Second Avenue in midtown Manhattan. For Calla Bryn Sturgis, danger gathers in the east like a storm cloud. The Wolves of Thunderclap and their unspeakable depredation are coming. To resist them is to risk all, but these are odds the gunslingers are used to, and they can give the Calla folken both courage and cunning. Their guns, however, will not be enough.
Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower series is unlike anything you've ever heard. Here is Stephen King's most visionary piece of storytelling, a magical mix of fantasy and horror that may well be his crowning achievement. Don't miss the other volumes of Stephen King's The Dark Tower.
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"Gonna be a humdinger of a fight! Fore and aft of the showdown, King stuffs the book with juice...One of the greatest cavalcades in popular fiction is back on track." (Booklist)
"The high suspense and extensive character development here...plus the enormity of King's ever-expanding universe, will surely keep his 'Constant Readers' in awe." (Publishers Weekly)
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His inflection and range of character voices is great!!
Yes and no you need the breaks to process the story.
Yes and have
Very interesting! This series is such a great series you never want to put the books away.
3 stars for Callahan story, 2 stars for Calvin Tower story.
4 STARS FOR THIS BOOK 5 IN THE SERIES.
Three stories are divided into sections and interrupt each other. I would have preferred each be told completely before moving to the next. However, some of the author’s ideas and creativity are wonderful. I’m enjoying the language and phrases he uses in this world. “We are well met.” “You forgot the face of your father.” Si (pronounced sigh) instead of Mr. or Miss.
I loved the story about the wolves. It’s inspired by the Magnificent Seven movie. The gunslingers (Roland’s group) help a farming community fight bandits who periodically rob them. Here the bandits wear wolf masks and ride horses. They steal children. It was well done. Neat characters.
A second story was pretty good. It starts where the book Salem’s Lot ends. Father Callahan survived the vampire and left the town Salem’s Lot. He became a drunk and periodically worked as a day laborer. He ends up in the future in the farming community of Calla where he meets Roland’s group. (You do not need to read Salem’s Lot for this.)
The third story is Calvin Tower in 1977 New York City. He owns a vacant lot where a magic rose grows. Some bad guys want to buy that land. Roland wants to buy it to protect the rose. There are a few trips through time to interact with Calvin. Parts of this were repetitive. Eddie and Jake are seeing the same things we saw in earlier books. I’d prefer a shortened version of this story.
NARRATOR: George Guidall was ok. His voice for Eddie was weird.
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”)
I didn't realize the importance of the narrator in a book story until this book, books 2,3,4 from the dark tower series were narrated by Frank Muller and i enjoy his vivid and characterization to the max, now that George Guidall return for volume 5 i found it like a 100 years old grandpa telling a story, with a monotonous voice and dragging words, making my mind drifting away from the story every 5 minutes and making it really hard to follow the story line just like book 1 "the gunslinger"
Yes, I like this series and am glad he finally finished it. It's the continuation of the first ones, so why wouldn't I want to continue to see what happens? Why does he finish books where he does?
Jake, I always like Jake, young, but savvy after such a short time with the group.
The different voices.
The padre, he really had a good story and the way it went with all things.
Book 5 in the Dark Tower series, Wolves of the Calla is really the first to create a new world. The group comes in from an apocalyptic wasteland into reasonable civilization again, civilization that's in trouble. If you're looking for King's horror, this is not it. It's closer to a Sci-Fi spaghetti western. But the characters are engaging and the story has enough unexpected turns to keep you pleasantly surprised.
The new narrator picks up an excellent job from the first few books. I was initially upset at the change, but after hearing King's reason why the change was made, it's entirely appropriate. Guidall, though different in technique, is just as engaging as Muller was (and I continue to wish the best for him and his family).
Start from book 1 if you haven't already. The later books are more interesting if you understand that all 7 were written over the course of 30-some years. Knowing a little about King's actual life and biography will help, especially his near fatal car accident in 1999.
Most definetely! This one really keeps you on the edge of your seat.
This was my favorite book out of the entire Dark Tower series. It's almost a stand alone novel, and the story is just really intense. The folk of the Calla are all really well written and they just come to life when narrated by George Guidall. You really care about their unique and tragic plight.
If your a fan of the Dark Tower series, this audio cannot be missed!
I'd recommend this audiobook, the story gets more riveting and characters more interesting and compelling.
Rolland or Eddie
I found myself trying to find excuses to work in the yard or go on long drives so I could finish it.
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One more knockout book in the Dark Tower Series. This one chronicles the experiences of our favorite ka-tet as they battle evil child-ruiners. I love the allusions to his other works and to pop culture—they’re like little inside-joke-like awards for readers. I love that Jake finds himself a friend. Sometimes the forceful way he was thrust into adulthood without ever growing up makes me sad for him. It made me happy to see him get to taste being a kid again. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoy's Stephen King's work.
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