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I'm STILL waiting for Volume 6 to turn up!

 

I thought that the sheer atmosphere (such a difficult thing for an author to create, I'm not really sure how they do it) of Wizard and Glass was outstanding. And in Wolves of the Calla (I'm going to be vague so as not to give the game away) there were some clever references which actually made me laugh out loud when they were revealed right at the end. Five books in, I can honestly say that I have never found a series of books that has entertained and delighted me as much as the Dark Tower.

 

Fiona - when you next get to a Book Barn or Waterstones, look out for Stephen King's The Talisman which he co-wrote with Peter Straub. Then read the sequel, Black House. Both include visits to the world of Roland of Gilead.

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Well, my copy of DT VI did eventually arrive, and I'm about a third of the way in. Don't get much reading time at the moment as I'm working in Reading which means 3 or 4 hours in the car, and a fairly long working day as well.

 

Fiona-1984 - have you made a start of DT V yet?

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MFJ - I've kinda started DT5.... its the current book by my bed, but I'm only about a chapter in so far. I also seem to remember being told to read Salem's Lot before DT5, so I'm trying to decide which to tackle first! :confused:

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Fiona - having now got to within 30 pages of the end of DTVI, I can assure you that it doesn't matter if you haven't read Salem's Lot - there is plenty of explanation and flashbacks. That said, I guess you might appreciate the flashbacks a bit more if you have read SL...! Be aware, though, that SK was a more conventional horror writer at the time of SL, even though he had already started work on DTI by that time - but you'll find more about that when you reach DTVI!

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Well I decided to leave SL til after I've finished DT - I really want to get through these books - I need to know what happens! :P Sadly it's going very slowly at the moment though, I'm only 60 pages into DT5. I'm hoping my workload will let up soon and I'll be able to finish the series before my exams (although given that they're less than a month away I think that may be a bit optimistic!) :(

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Excellent MFJ, I can finally discuss the final book with someone! I haven't visited this thread for a while or I would have posted sooner, anyways, shall we...

 

 

What did you think of the loop ending? I know some people were disappointed but I thought it was fantastic. King mentions the journey being the most important thing, many people were eagerly anticipating what would be at the top of the tower and by making it another journey was a brave but very cool move from King.

 

I was physically shaking as I turned over the last few pages. When King pauses to give you a choice to continue I had to put the book down and take some deep breaths, I have never been affected by a book in that way, as you have so perfectly said -awesome!

 

I also cried like a baby over the deaths of Jake, Eddie and my darling little Oy!

 

 

 

Long nights and pleasant days :D

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Hiya, Tess. Actually, the post you responded to was me finishing Vol VI, but I've now finished VII as well!

 

 

I liked the ending, too. The alternatives were either (i) a fully happy ending - and as SK says, no-one lives happily ever after - or (ii) the Crimson King wins. SK's loop idea was clever and unexpected, which was what I was hoping for.

 

One thing that I've been wondering is, does Roland end up with a different set of companions each time, or do Eddie and co join him each time? And what will happen when Roland turns up at the Tower with the Horn of Eld?

 

I never cry over books or football, but the deaths of Roland's companions certainly brought a lump to my throat!

 

I think I'm going to have to revisit a number of SK's other books (many of which I've read before). I've seen lists of books that are supposed to have a DT link, and I'm sure that IT was one, but I can't recall any obvious link (although I was half expecting Mordred to be the link). Any thoughts?

 

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I feel I need to say that its taking a huge amount of willpower for me to not click on that little spoiler button in the last two posts. Not that I want to know what happens, but its just so tempting! :(

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Well I'll catch up with you eventually... As soon as exams are over I'm going to make an effort to read quicker (or more often anyway :P) so give it a few weeks and I'll be after DT6 off you.... :D

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Sorry to tempt you Fiona but best of luck for your exams :D

 

 

I haven’t read IT so wouldn't no of the connections although I believe this to be one of the minor ones. King has many connections in his books with some being very obvious such as Salems Lot, others I think are just a nod to his fans and leaves you with a satisfied smirk when you find them ;)

 

I think the horn makes this time Roland's last journey. This is because this was Roland's quest and not that of a gunslinger, yet it was repeatedly mentioned that the Gunslinger's were the Guardians of the Tower. Roland is not going to the Tower to protect it, so much as to find it and unlock it; he has forgotten the face of his father. He is not doing this as a guardian of the Tower as he seeks the top room by any means required. Now, with the Horn, he is not doing this quest out of sheer personal feelings, but also as a true gunslinger, one who has remembered all those who have died. He honours these by bringing the symbol of Gilead to the Dark Tower, signifying the Guardianship of the Tower.

 

Rolands love for his ka-tet may have helped him to subconsciously realise this and so when the loop occurs he now has the horn, the ka-tet has helped Roland and he has helped them, although sadly, I now believe their paths will not cross again.

 

'And will I tell you that these three lived happily ever after? I will not, for no one ever does. But there was happiness. And they did live..... that’s all, that’s enough.'

 

Spine-tingling stuff!

 

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Thanks, Tess, I like that.

 

You should read IT - one of the best books about childhood that I've ever read. Sure, it's a bit creepy, but SK creates a wonderful atmosphere, a feeling of nostalgia, a kind of yearning for lost youth - very clever story-telling.

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I must confess, I recently read 74 or so pages of The Gunslinger, and couldn't finish it! Am I the only one who doesn't like these books?!! I have read a Stephen King book before ("The Shining") and liked it, but I couldn't get on with this one. I don't normally like 'fantasy'-style books, but after hearing so many people rave about this series, I thought I'd broaden my horizons and give it a go... oh well!

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Stick with it, Lady L, it gets better.

 

I'm part way through "Wizard and Glass" (DT 4) at the moment and so far, although it is the shortest, I found "The Gunslinger" the hardest to get on with of the volumes I've read. I think this is because it was the most un-Kinglike.

 

If you have the revised edition published a couple of years ago, in the introduction to that King more or less admits that "The Gunslinger" is really a piece of juvenilia in thrall to "The Lord of the Rings" et al and should be viewed as such. The subsequent volumes are much more recognisably his in style - and length!

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I'm with Grammath! Although I've not read any of King's other work I'd definately say that each of the Dark Tower books gets better as you go along, and with each one you get more and more hooked! I can't wait for tomorrow when my exams are (finally!) done and I can get back to having enough time to read them again!

 

Stick with it! :)

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Shame, LL, but there's no point in carrying on if you're not enjoying it - especially with another 6 volumes before you get to the end.

 

Have to admit, I struggled the first time I tried the Gunslinger, in 1992/3. I tried again last year and suddenly it clicked.

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I believe that (pre-apocalypse) both RR and Opal had said they were reading this series (in fact, Opal has been reading it for years!). I am amazed to see that it's nearly 2 years since I finished the series - I still think about it from time to time, and would still put it at the top of my all-time favourites.

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Well I started reading The Gunslinger a couple of weeks ago and found it rather hard-work I have to say. Eventually finished it but it felt very much like a scene-setter and not an awful lot more. It merited a meagre 2 stars on my (admittedly pretty harsh( ratings.

 

However I launched straight into The Drawing of The Three and loved it! Top notch stuff.

 

I have now moved straight onto The Waste Lands and am about 100 pages into that already. Enjoying that a lot as well so I am very pleased I stuck with it!

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Glad to hear you're enjoying the series RR (and that the DT discussion survived The Crash), whenever I hear of a new reader I feel like joining them and starting the series again.

 

I agree that The Gunslinger is a little hard to get into first time but I think it becomes better once you've read the other books. The Waste Lands is my favourite in the series, not that I think it gets worse thereafter.

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