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There's something about a crippled, black, schizophrenic, civil rights activist-turned-gunslinger whose body has been hijacked by a white, pregnant demon from a parallel world that keeps a seven-volume story bracingly strong as it veers toward its Armageddon-like conclusion. When Susannah Dean is transported via a magic door on the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis (the scene of much of The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla) to New York City in the summer of 1999, the "demon-mother" who possesses her, Mia, has only one thing on her mind. She must give birth to her "chap" at a predetermined location in Manhattan's East 60s, as instructed by the henchmen-or "Low Men"-of the evil Crimson King. Pressed for time, Father Callahan, preteen Jake and talking pet "billy-bumbler" Oy follow Susannah and Mia's trail in an effort to prevent an act that would quicken the destruction of the Dark Tower and, in turn, of all worlds. Meanwhile, gunslingers Roland and Eddie travel to 1977 Maine in search of bookstore owner Calvin Tower, who is being hunted down by mobster Enrico Balazar and his gang, who first appeared in Eddie's version of New York in The Drawing of the Three Avid readers of the series will either be completely enthralled or extremely irritated when, in a gutsy move, the author weaves his own character into this unpredictable saga, but either way there's no denying the ingenuity with which King paints a candid picture of himself. The sixth installment of this magnum opus stops short with the biggest cliffhanger of King's career, but readers at the edge of their seats need only wait a few short months (Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower) to find out how-and if-King's fictional universe will come to an end. 10 full-color illus. not seen by PW.
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King's epical Dark Tower hastens to a close, and its penultimate volume is one of the speediest. The gunslingers of Mid-World and other alternate Earths have defeated The Wolves of the Calla (2003) but lost one of their number. Susannah Dean, nee Odetta Holmes, lacking her lower legs after a minion of the Satan of Mid-World, the Crimson King, pushed her in front of a subway train, and whose personality is sometimes split between black bourgeoise Odetta and viciously paranoiac Detta Walker, has been taken over by the spirit Mia to be the body in which Mia will gestate a boy who will eventually kill head gunslinger Roland. The child is to be born in New York in 1999, which is where Susannah-Mia repairs through one of the doors between worlds. The other gunslingers pursue through the same door, but only 11-year-old Jake Chambers, accompanied by former 'Salems' Lot priest Don Callahan, get to New York. Roland and Susannah's husband, Eddie Dean, tumble into an ambush in New England in 1977. Each chapter--called a stanza and ending with two songlike quatrains--advances one subset of gunslingers' progress. King keeps us on tenterhooks throughout--and leaves us there. Before quite departing, he tacks on a clever coda about the gradual creation of the Dark Tower--but in which world? The series concludes with The Dark Tower in September. Ray Olson
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I have read all the series including The Dark Tower VI. I think it is some of Stephen King's best work. I am glad he has continued with the saga.Published 17 days ago by SteveH
Ok its probably my least favourite book of the 8 (if you count 'Wind Through The Keyhole') but it does play a crucial role in 'The Dark Tower' series and sets the stage for the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ty2K
Well I still prefer paperbacks; long hours on a screen mean distorted eyes. This series is awesome but complex. Loop.Published 21 months ago by Jesse Couvillon
After all I hear about this story I am a bit disappointed in it. This particular novel in the series was okay. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2013 by Gbytes
The above would have been a more apt title to the sixth book in the dark tower series. Just seems to reaching to get to the final book. Read morePublished on May 5 2013 by J. D. Butler
Huge Stephen King fan, so I read through this pretty quickly. I can't wait for the movie to come out! I am not sure if I am allowed to post links on here. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2010 by Joel Andrews
King should pack it in. These last 2 books of this series are nothing compared to the first 3Published on Jan. 3 2005
I can understand why some people didn't enjoy this one as they did the others, because I think you have to look at this novel as part of the seventh book, in a way. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2004