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The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass v. 4 Paperback – 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: PENGUIN PUTNAM TRADE (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340696613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340696613
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.4 x 4.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 921 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 541 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,924,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved the Dark Tower Trilogy, and when I saw this on the shelf (a day before my summer vacation, no less) I couldn't wait to get into it. I read a chapter, and still I couldn't wait to get into it. I read another, and another. I never go into this book, and I never finished it (the only reason this gets a 1 instead of a 0). Every chapter was exactly the same. Sure different things happened, but the character developement went absolutely nowhere. Here are the first 250 pages, chapter by chapter. The kid from the wrong side of the tracks screws around with the princess. His friends don't like it (half jealousy, half worry). Her father wouldn't like it. They almost get caught. End chapter. The kid from the wrong... I should take this book off my bookshelf because every time I catch a glimpse of its spine, I ask myself if I should start reading it again. Fortunately, and unfortunately, I know better.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
Although Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series is by far the most gripping and suspenseful set of books I have ever had the joy of reading, Wizard and Glass was, in my opinion, a poor addition to the series. Not only is King's grasp of human emotion desperately melodramatic, but the ungodly amount of cliche was practically unbearable.
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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