The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass v. 4 Paperback – 1997
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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 life—trundling 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 Browse Sample Pages
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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.Read more ›
If you allow yourself any emotional involvement in this book, it feels like you're beginning a bad relationship and being played every step of the way. I haven't felt this unsure of myself since high school. Should I keep reading, should I move on? Is there something incredible that will make these 600+ pages worth reading? Well, I have a little more respect for myself and my time than to allow this. Maybe I've read too many good authors between Doroles Claiborne and now. Maybe I've just grown up. It's a shame Stephen King's writing hasn't grown up with me. At at time not too long ago, Roland was the man.
I struggled to finish the story only for the small fraction of pages that dealt with the storyline of our small band of heroes. That was as excellent as the previous books. The flashback to Roland's past, however, was horrible, and I hated every word of it.
I would still recommend the series to anyone who loves any genre, even those who do not like King's work, as they are, as I aforementioned, outstanding. This book, however, is not up to par with the rest of them.
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I'm only 30% into the book, but it doesn't disappoint. Just as captivating as the first three books of the dark tower.Published 4 months ago by David MacNeil
Stephen King is my hero, and this epic saga I read over and over every couple years. I've read through 2 copies already, this looks more durable.Published 11 months ago by gwen glaser
An Excellent world to be lost in full of passion, danger, deceit and denial!
I was lost in this world and the dangerous game of chess(castles) they play.
In my opinion this is one of, if not, the best book in 'The Dark Tower' series. More a prequel to 'The Gunslinger', this book is impossible to put down, and holds a tonne of... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ty2K
I ordered this item in April 2011, now Dec 2011 still no show or refund!!! this company is ripping me off!!!Published on Dec 6 2011 by DA
I had to purchase one book in the Dark Tower Series to fill in my collection. I am enjoying re-reading the series in order as Mr. King took a long time to write each book. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2009 by Bernice A. Aasen
This is easily the best work of the Dark Tower series. Political intrigue, adventure, action, love, tragedy. Everything is here.Published on Nov. 10 2007 by Christian Eid