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dark tower? posted 19 Jul 2004, 23:07 by painbird, Candidate

has anyone here read any of the dark tower books? i am a big fan of king and i've enjoyed his foray into fantasy. his books were the reason i tried reading a fantasy book. i always thought i wouldn't be able to stomach it. thankfully i tried or i may have missed some great books and some wonderful stories. view post

posted 20 Jul 2004, 05:07 by saintjon, Auditor

For me it was the other way around, Dark Tower was my foray into Stephen King :). I love these books. Roland embodies (particularly in the Drawing of the Three) such a stark, unapologetic, IMMORTAL! I don't know how King pulls off this conflicted, guilty man who nonetheless cannot hate himself. Roland's almost like Don Quixote meets Clint Eastwood. The other characters all have their appeal as well, and the story just such an interesting mishmash! I can't wait to read the end, really. view post

posted 20 Jul 2004, 12:07 by Kingslayer, Candidate

I am reading the Dark Tower Books. I have read the first 2 and will begin Waste Lands soon. Good Books so far, took some getting used to but good so far! view post

posted 20 Jul 2004, 12:07 by Replay, Auditor

Yeah they're not bad books. I especially like the tone of the first one (which many seem to be not keen on), and the others aren't bad either (though they do tend to get a bit bogged down in places). view post

posted 20 Jul 2004, 12:07 by painbird, Candidate

i loved the first 4 books, drawing of the three being my fav. the last 2 books seem to change the tone of the series. i hope the 7th book goes back to the old west, post nuclear war vibe. view post

posted 20 Jul 2004, 14:07 by Grantaire, Moderator

Unfortunately, I have yet to read the Dark Tower series, but it's on my list of books to read (however, considering how long that list is, it could be quite a long time :wink: ) view post

posted 21 Jul 2004, 00:07 by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I read the bit in Legends or Legends II, don't remember which, from the dark tower and really liked it. They're on my list. view post

posted 26 Jul 2004, 14:07 by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I read the first three years ago and will have to dig them out and reread before i pick up the two latest. Cant remember to much what happened although probably a few pages will remind me what had happened. Still Im funny like that. lol view post

posted 03 Sep 2004, 16:09 by AjDeath, Didact

I got about midway through Wizard and Glasss and lost interest, is it worth it to slog through it? view post

posted 04 Sep 2004, 03:09 by Epitaphs, Candidate

Am I the only person whose favorite of the Dark Tower is [i:qgg02y54]Wizard and Glass[/i:qgg02y54]? I mean, I love all the DT books(well, the first four for sure, and from the prologue King posted on his website, the last one coming out here in a few weeks as well)but W&G I thought was just awesome. I get chills everytime I read the scene of Roland screaming in the ball(trying to avoid spoilers). I can understand being frustrated by the lack of forward progress towards the Tower. Is that it, though? Too much romance? view post

posted 04 Sep 2004, 04:09 by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Epitaphs":343jebxk] I can understand being frustrated by the lack of forward progress towards the Tower. Is that it, though? Too much romance?[/quote:343jebxk] No, no. It just seems the whole thing got bogged down. I am 187 pages in to the book and it just hasn't clicked yet. As a rule, I allow 200 pages a book for it to really get my attention, less than twenty to go with this one. I am just wondering if it is really worth it to keep at it, I bought all the books when I started the series, I really enjoyed the first three, but at this point in the whole story I can not see myself reading these books. view post

posted 27 Sep 2004, 19:09 by painbird, Candidate

the series is complete, the final book came out 9/21. i just started it. not into it enough to say what it think but i am looking forward to reading how King finished it. view post

posted 29 Sep 2004, 04:09 by Da-krul, Auditor

I TOo have just begun the final volume, and I really hope it turns out good :) view post

posted 01 Oct 2004, 17:10 by Alric, Auditor

For those interested, I'll be hosting an impromptu Dark Tower Series discussion over at on the OF page on 4 October. It'll be a loose post allowing for the discussion of each book in the series. If you're not familiar with the posting format at wotmania, you can post under different headings without fear of getting a spoiler if you haven't read the final book yet. I'll post a link when the time comes. view post

posted 02 Oct 2004, 02:10 by painbird, Candidate

sounds cool. i am about 200pages into it and so far so good. some cool things revealed. view post

posted 04 Nov 2004, 23:11 by saintjon, Auditor

So what'd you guys think of book 7? I thought it was a blast, it seems like he saved a lot of good stuff so the final book would be one to remember. view post

posted 05 Nov 2004, 14:11 by painbird, Candidate

i enjoyed the final book but i felt the last 3 books lost the scope of the previous 4. the first 4 set up and epic story and the last 3 just seemed to be in a rush to end it. good but not great. view post

posted 05 Nov 2004, 22:11 by saintjon, Auditor

I think the fact that he wrote 3 at once for a change had a definite impact. All the years between the other ones I think lent them a more self-contained feel. I was happy with the second half of the series as a whole but I can see where you're coming from. view post

posted 14 Dec 2004, 00:12 by DarkMatter, Peralogue

I read the first two books in Swedish a long time ago, and I started reading the books in English a few months back. I didn't figure out it was the same books until half the second book :oops: Now I'm halfway through the third book. view post

posted 19 Dec 2004, 04:12 by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

i gotta pick these up. King is a great writer and for him to take the chance to write a fantasy series - if that is what it really is - is a great experience to read. I saw The Gunslinger in waldenbooks in hardcover so ill have to stop back in and pick it up when i have some money after christmas. view post

posted 07 Jan 2005, 22:01 by saintjon, Auditor

well, it really kind of tosses a bunch of genres into the blender, but the whole thing is so bizarre you can't really call it anything but fantasy. And it's awesome. view post

posted 29 Mar 2006, 01:03 by glaz, Peralogue

been wanting to finish the whole series for almost a year now, but i got sidetracked by other great fantasy books (what with Erikson, Marint's 4th book, Jordan's 11th, Prince of Nothing, etc) i found out i got no time (and money) to finish the series soon. hope to finish it sometime this year or the next, or right before Martin's, Jordan's, and Erikson's (and probably Bakker's) next installment. view post

posted 01 May 2006, 22:05 by ezekiel1111, Commoner

I really enjoyed the dark tower, I had some gripes though. without spoiling too much, particularly the introduction of one of the characters later in the series (if you've read them you can probably guess at who I'm referring to) the one glaring use of deus ex machina ....and that ending, I wanted to pull my hair out. view post

posted 03 Nov 2006, 18:11 by Guardsman Bass, Candidate

Anyways, I enjoyed the first two books of the Dark Tower series. [i:22su1qa9]Gunslinger[/i:22su1qa9] was enjoyable, and different from normal fantasy (I remember thinking "Holy s*&t!" when the main character did a certain something to an entire town). [i:22su1qa9]The Drawing of the Three[/i:22su1qa9] wasn't bad, although I think it got less enjoyable as it went on. The reason I didn't continue the series is because, to be honest, I really don't like the Dark Tower universe and setting. It just gives off this "Alice in Wonderland" type of vibe, when I personally prefer self-consistent, world-like fantasy worlds. view post

posted 04 Dec 2006, 18:12 by TheDarkness, Peralogue

Well i gotta say that i can understand where all or maybe just most of yall are coming from. Personally i loved the Dark Tower series. my favorite book probably being Wizard and Glass, first of all cool title! I would have to say that i am somewhat of a romantic so the love story alone i thought was epic. man what great emotions!! Aside from that the old west setting of that book was amazing plus the look into some of roland's training and maturations as well as the connections between his old and new groups were great. Other than that the Wolves of the Callah was great! gotta love the courage to attempt to connect the stories of almost all the books he has written into one series, and with that explain the working of the universe. dont want to say to much so as to avoid spoilers. but maaan what great books! trust me you wont regrert them. view post

posted 07 Feb 2007, 18:02 by fixedMind, Commoner

The Dark Tower is one of my favorite series. King is a prolific writer who has inumerable ways to take hold of his reader. Guiding them through strangly fascinating surroundings, or dragging them through tragically currupted landscapes. The plot does get convoluted in places, but King's vision always left me wanting more after each book. King himself has called The Tower his opus, stating in so many words, that The Dark Tower envelopes almost all the worlds he has brought to life. view post

posted 20 Feb 2007, 06:02 by Anonymous, Subdidact

The books sort of lose their power towards the end. (as in the last 2 or three books) Don't get me wrong it's still King, so it's still readable, but they lost the dream-like, surreal, quality that was so strong in "The Gunslinger". I think King jsut added to much detail in the later books, he lost sight of the simplistic "The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed" storyline. That said, I still feel that the Gunslinger is, in its own unique way, one of the best books I have ever read. Just be ready for some serious weirdness towards the end of the series view post

aesthetic nerd posted 15 Aug 2007, 21:08 by fros0072, Commoner

I read the first four Dark Tower books, and loved each one, but I have put off reading the last ones (and taken their place with a million other books on my list) due, unfortunately, to the fact that I loved the covers on the old penguin editions so much. The black cover, with some sick artwork, and the pistol with a rose entwining it on the spine of the book showing off which number it is... It just kills me that penguin couldn't pick up the rights to the books that he wrote later. Oh well, the first four rule, and eventually I'll cave in and read the others to, I am sure. view post

posted 16 Sep 2007, 12:09 by The Marquis de Carabas, Commoner

I love the Dark Tower series--Roland stands in a class pretty much by himself among heroic characters. Book seven is probably the best one--I actually cried for one of the deaths, which is something I never, [i:oli2cyju]ever[/i:oli2cyju] do, so you know it must be pretty good. And the artwork for the last book is just amazing, especially the cover picture. view post

posted 08 Oct 2007, 11:10 by Deornoth, Candidate

[quote="Anonymous":3o6yhlh2]The books sort of lose their power towards the end. (as in the last 2 or three books) Don't get me wrong it's still King, so it's still readable, but they lost the dream-like, surreal, quality that was so strong in "The Gunslinger". [/quote:3o6yhlh2] Right there with you, 'Wolves of the Calla' was ok but I just did not see the point of 'Song of Susannah' at all :roll: I for one loved the ending of 'The Dark Tower', seemed to be the only way it could possibly go. However, I would like to see a fan-fic alternate ending where Roland gets to the top of the tower and has a big party with all his mates :wink: view post


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