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The town of Candleton was a poisoned and irradiated ruin, but not dead; after all the centuries it still twitched with tenebrous lifetrundling beetles the size of turtles, birds that looked like small, misshapen dragonlets, a few stumbling robots that passed in and out of the rotten buildings like stainless steel zombies, their joints squalling, their nuclear eyes flickering. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Roland and friends go on a coffee break June 5 2004
Earlier this year, upon hearing that Stephen King had completed the Dark Tower series and that the last 2 books were to be published in 2004, I chose to finally crack up this series. I was immediately enchanted by the truly grandiose landscape that King was painting and thought the first 3 books were excellent, especially #3 The Waste Lands. It is in this third novel that the path to the dark tower finally became clear and oh so much happened in that book to advance the story. The fourth novel Wizard and Glass, although a fine literary achievement, does practically nothing to advance the series.
The story of Wizard and Glass picks up immediately where the third book left off, with Roland and his companions trapped aboard Blaine the monorail, a suicidal train running at a speed of about 800 miles an hour. Blaine, who adores riddles, cuts a deal with the group whereby they must ask him a bunch of riddles and if they happen to stump him on one he'll let them off the train safely. Once safe and sound, the group sit around a campfire and it is here that Roland will tell them the tale he had promised to tell. It is a tale of Roland at the age of fourteen and two of his friends, Cuthbert and Alain, who leave the land of Gilead after being sent west on a mission by Roland's father. They settle into the county of Hambry, where Roland will fall in love with a woman named Susan, and make enemies with almost everyone in town.
I was aware before diving into Wizard and Glass that the majority of the novel was set in Roland's past and welcomed the idea with open arms, wanting to learn more about Roland. The book focused on the wrong things however.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What happened? April 13 2004
This series was doing so well! The first book, I liked a lot. The second (The Drawing of the Three) took some getting used to, but then it all came together in the third (The Waste Lands), and then this dropped.
This book, to which I was looking forward because it would explain more deeply Roland's youth and what society was like before the world moved on, but it was really, really, boring. I skipped to the end, skimming occasionally, and never looked back.
Unless you must have completeness, and say truthfully that you have read the whole series, let this book go.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Even years later... Its still crap. Feb. 19 2004
When I had first picked up the Gunslinger series, it was unlike anything I had ever read before. The descriptions of a post- apocalyptic future rang horribly true and real for me, and Roland had the dark appeal of a man with a noble cause doing questionable acts in the hopes that one day it would all be justified by the ends.
The more I read the more I became trapped in the world that King had created, and as a reader Roland's quest became my quest. What was the Dark Tower? What would happen in the final climax? Who would walk away in the after math to start the day anew?
Needless, to say King had me wrapped around his pinky in a manner of speaking.
However, the spell was not to last.
The fourth book came out, and with it came perhaps the one of the greatest insults to story and innovation I have ever witnessed a creator inflict on his own creations.
The DT series went from being a powerful tale that lampooned many of the stereotypes associated with the genre, to one that shamelessly espoused it.
The love interest has always been the bane of almost every form of entertainment be it film or literature. S/he is the anti-thesis of the hero and often makes one either gag or roll their eyes in exasperation at his or her blandness and/or sheer stupidity. Susan here is no different from every other typical damsel in distress we've been forced to swallow since childhood in fairytales. As another reviewer once stated there is nothing particularly beautiful or admirable about her, and we only know that she is pleasing to look at because King tells us so, however other than that she is merely a foil for Roland's own character rather than a real character herself.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pete Dec 19 2003
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I thought the first two books of the series were great and the third was good, but this was a major disapointment. Almost the whole book is a flashback that has nothing to do with the main dark tower story. And it's a sappy lover story to boot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Tower series falters a bit Nov. 24 2003
After three books spanning countless years, one would hope Roland and his team would be somewhere near the vicinity of the tower during this book. Unfortunately, their not. Instead, while walking toward the tower, Roland flashes back to his teen years. If you're a fan of the series this might seem interesting to you, maybe even be exiting news. Don't get too excited however, as King takes Roland's teen years and turns them into a whacked out post apocalyptic New England version of Romeo and Juliet. The world of the young Roland doesn't even match the feel of the old books and his back story doesn't quite match what was revealed in the first book. Luckily, the story doesn't end with Roland's flashback. Instead, it carries on a bit more and we begin to see evidence that the ka-tet is actually nearer to the tower. Some old enemies return and there are characters from King's other books that are introduced making the DT series seem like a giant crossover for all Mr. King's books. To me this cheapens the series overall and disappoints me to no end. I hope the next book is better.
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Published on Nov. 5 2007 by Perschon
4.0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review
Fourth book in the Dark Tower series, and marking its mid-point, Wizard and Glass is mostly taken up with Roland's past, and the tale of his first ka-tet. Read more
Published on April 30 2007 by A. J. Cull
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't understand how people can dislike this book
Roland's back stories are my favorite parts of the series. I don't consider reading a race to reach the finish line. Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
The worst of the series by a long shot unless the 7th is a tremendously bad book that will stand true. Read more
Published on July 27 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A late start into a great thing.
So, sadly, I have finished Wizard and Glass, skipping ahead a couple of books in the Dark Tower series. I read The Gunslinger awhile back, and wasn't all that impressed. Read more
Published on July 3 2004 by Jacqueline Ennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
All I have to say is the dark tower series is the best reading I have ever done and this was my favorite book by far.
Published on July 3 2004 by Arman Kellejian
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