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.