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Dark Tower: Dark Tower v. 7 [Paperback]

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The final volume sees gunslinger Roland on a roller-coaster mix of exhilarating triumph and aching loss in his unrelenting quest to reach the dark tower. It is a journey which means he must leave his faithful friends Eddie, Susannah, Jake, even Oy, as he closes on the Tower. His steps are followed only by Mordred, half-human, half-terrifying creature heir to the Crimson King. In the end, it is an unlikely ally who will hold to key to the Tower itself, centre of all time and all place.

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At one point in this final book of the Dark Tower series>, the character Stephen King (added to the plot in Song of Susannah) looks back at the preceding pages and says "when this last book is published, the readers are going to be just wild." And he's not kidding.

After a journey through seven books and over 20 years, King's Constant Readers finally have the conclusion they've been both eagerly awaiting and silently dread ing. The tension in the Dark Tower series has built steadily from the beginning and, like in the best of King's novels, explodes into a violent, heart-tugging climax as Roland and his ka-tet finally near their goal. The body count in The Dark Tower is high. The gunslingers come out shooting and face a host of enemies, including low men, mutants, vampires, Roland's hideous quasi-offspring Mordred, and the fearsome Crimson King himself. King pushes the gross-out factor at times--Roland's lesson on tanning (no, not sun tanning) is brutal--but the magic of the series remains strong and readers will feel the pull of the Tower as strongly as ever as the story draws to a close. During this sentimental journey, King ties up loose ends left hanging from the 15 nonseries novels and stories that are deeply entwined in the fabric of Mid-World through characters like Randall Flagg (The Stand and others) or Father Callahan (Salem's Lot). When it finally arrives, the long-awaited conclusion will leave King's myriad fans satisfied but wishing there were still more to come.

In King's memoir On Writing, he tells of an old woman who wrote him after reading the early books in the Dark Tower series. She was dying, she said, and didn't expect to see the end of Roland's quest. Could King tell her? Does he reach the Tower? Does he save it? Sadly, King said he did not know himself, that the story was creating itself as it went along. Wherever that woman is now (the clearing at the end of the path, perhaps?), let's hope she has a copy of The Dark Tower. Surely she would agree it's been worth the wait. --Benjamin Reese

A King and His Tower
Over 30 years in the making, spanning seven volumes, Stephen King's epic quest for the Dark Tower has encompassed almost his entire body of fiction. Amazon.com editor Ben Reese caught up with King to chat about the then-unpublished volumes of his Dark Tower series, rumors of his retirement, and the horrors of genre classification.

Authors on Stephen King
Mystery writer Michael Connelly thinks Stephen King's "one of the most generous writers I know of." Thriller author Ridley Pearson says, "King possesses an incredible sense of story..." Read our Stephen King testimonials to find out what else they and other authors had to say about the undisputed King of Horror.

The Path to the Dark Tower
There are only seven volumes in Stephen King's Dark Tower series but more than a dozen of his novels and short stories are deeply entwined with the Mid-World universe. Take a look at the nonseries titles, from Salem's Lot to Everything's Eventual. Can you find the connections?

History of an Alternate Universe
Robin Furth, an expert on Stephen King's Dark Tower universe if ever there was one, has created a timeline of Mid-World, the slowly crumbling world of gunslinger Roland Deschain. Read it and get up to speed on a world of adventure.

Hail to the King
Fans applauded and critics howled when Stephen King was awarded the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Service to American Letters. In typical fashion, King accepted the honor with humility and urged recognition for other "popular" authors. Listen to a clip of his acceptance speech, then order the entire speech on audio CD. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

A pilgrimage that began with one lone man's quest to save multiple worlds from chaos and destruction unfolds into a tale of epic proportions. While King saw some criticism for the slow pace of 1982's The Gunslinger, the book that launched this series, The Drawing of the Three (Book II, 1987), reeled in readers with its fantastical allure. And those who have faithfully journeyed alongside Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake and Oy ever since will find their loyalty toward the series' creator richly rewarded.The tangled web of the tower's multiple worlds has manifested itself in many of King's other works— The Stand (1978), Insomnia (1994) and Hearts in Atlantis (1999), to name a few. As one character explains here, "From the spring of 1970, when he typed the line The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed... very few of the things Stephen King wrote were 'just stories.' He may not believe that; we do." King, in fact, intertwines his own life story deeper and deeper into the tale of Roland and his surrogate family of gunslingers, and, in this final installment, playfully and seductively suggests that it might not be the author who drives the story, but rather the fictional characters that control the author.This philosophical exploration of free will and destiny may surprise those who have viewed King as a prolific pop-fiction dispenser. But a closer look at the brilliant complexity of his Dark Tower world should explain why this bestselling author has finally been recognized for his contribution to the contemporary literary canon. With the conclusion of this tale, ostensibly the last published work of his career, King has certainly reached the top of his game. And as for who or what resides at the top of the tower... The many readers dying to know will have to start at the beginning and work their way up. 12 color illus. by Michael Whelan.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Oct. 30 2013
By Gbytes
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After reading through the entire series I found the last book mediocre. The quickness with which the "bad guys" are taken care of was anticlimactic and almost felt rushed. The constant references to himself in the storyline became, in my opinion, obnoxious. The last book seemed to enlist more pseudo science and magical realm objects/characters/actions than I felt comfortable with, leading me eventually to feel the story was silly. After reading the series I would not recommend it unless the person was a Steven King fan. I was disappointed.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I won't ruin any elements of this story for those who are still reading, or have yet to discover this amazing series by Stephen King. All I will say is that after years of waiting, King has given an astounding finale to his masterwork.....Roland the gunslinger is ever so close to his tower, he and his friends experience joy, sadness, loss....and you will find yourself unable to put this book down, wanting to find out what happens next as the tower looms closer and closer....as King puts it, "Come a bit further constant reader, for the tale is almost done..." All will be revealed, and I love the ending!! Read this series! GREAT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The last chapter? We will see :) Nov. 25 2010
By Joel Andrews TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was eagerly yearning for the ending, after started reading this in the 80's. At first I detested the ending, then after some thought, decided it was in fact perfect. It's not the end of the tale but the journey. This series will maintain a perminant place on my shelf for the rest of my life, that's for sure!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Marathon Series that leaves an impression... Dec 8 2007
By JD
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a general review about "The Dark Tower" series from Stephen King. I have memorable highlights from each and every book and they are all very much separate and unique and very much part of each other...
"The Gunslinger" contains one of the most intense and vivid action sequences that is still playing in my mind...
"The Drawing of the 3" was surely some wacked out view point and probably the most captivating in the series...
"The WasteLands" contain some signature Stephen King horror which is simply mesmerizing...
"Wizards and Glass" was probably my toughest read (yawn) but one I simply cannot forget his friends...
The last three books in the series are equally complete. Each dealing with the challenges of our "ka-tet". But the highlight here(for me) would be the new character introduced in the last and seventh book. As for the end of the series, well I must admit that I was expecting something...more...There were so many sacrifices and the journey was so challenging...But yet, as "Twirling Finger" pointed out, or the way he said it, well I can live with it. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless. Beyond compare. Aug. 21 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The perfect final book in a perfect series. An absolutely addictive combination of love, adventure, fantasy, magic, gunfire and everything else you might dream about. I await anxiously the day another story will make me feel the way King's Dark Tower series has. However, I'm afraid that day shall never come. This book sincerely brought me to both tears of joy and sadness. It made me forget all else in my life for hours upon hours every day and night that I spent in the world of the Dark Tower. I felt like I was there, a spirit from another world watching everything unfold, knowing everyone from Roland and Eddie to Jake and his little billy-bumbler Oy from the inside out like a true friend. And this seventh installment brings it all to an end - and what an end! Not only did I experience the story of Roland Deschain so intimately and realistically, I was even given a choice of my own to make when all the dust settled.

Thank you Stephen King. May your magic tales touch the lives of countless others like they have mine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good journey, Feb. 10 2006
By Rylin
Format:Paperback
Thoroughly enjoyed the series. It captivated me and made me think. Hard to put down and always looked forward to the next one. Sad to see it end. Or did it? You never know!
Another series I've begun reading recently that lovers of this one may enjoy is The Unsuspecting Mage, Book One of the Morcyth Saga by Brian S. Pratt. It's a good read too. I love it so much, I'm telling everyone. He's new on the scene but I think is destined to leave his mark on the genre of fantasy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do me fine, say thankya! Jan. 21 2006
By Irish1
Format:Paperback
This has been one of the most amazing reading experiences of my life! (I'd say the most amazing, but I have a vivid memory of discovering Tolkien when I was a kid.) The sheer sweep and scope of the story is awesome, and the intricacies of the plot keep the reader's attention focused - if you plan to read this, bring your attention span along!
One of the things I loved most about the books (apart from Stephen King's own involvement in the tale) was the many links to his other works - eg., finally discovering what became of a character from a much earlier book, and finding answers about 'low men in yellow coats'.
Go ahead - join the 'ka-tet'. Go on the gunslinger's journey, and find out if all manner of things will be well.
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