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Wizard and Glass, the fourth episode in King's white-hot Dark Tower series, is a sci-fi/fantasy novel that contains a post-apocalyptic Western love story twice as long. It begins with the series' star, world-weary Roland, and his world-hopping posse (an ex-junkie, a child, a plucky woman in a wheelchair, and a talking dog-like pet named Oy the Bumbler) trapped aboard a runaway train. The train is a psychotic multiple personality that intends to commit suicide with them at 800 m.p.h.--unless Roland and pals can outwit it in a riddling contest.
It's a great race, for the mind and pulse. Movies should be this good. Then comes a 567-page flashback about Roland at age 14. It's a well-marbled but meaty tale. Roland and two teen homies must rescue his first love from the dirty old drooling mayor of a post-apocalyptic cowboy town, thwart a civil war by blowing up oil tanks, and seize an all-seeing crystal ball from Rhea, a vampire witch. The love scenes are startlingly prominent and earthier than most romance novels (they kiss until blood trickles from her lip).
After an epic battle ending in a box canyon to end all box canyons, we're back with grizzled, grown-up Roland and the train-wreck survivors in a parallel world: Kansas in 1986, after a plague. The finale is a weird fantasy takeoff on The Wizard of Oz Some readers will feel that the latest novel in King's most ambitious series has too many pages--almost 800--but few will deny it's a page-turner. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Frank Muller's reading of King's fourth book in a projected seven-part series (e.g., The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower, Bk. 3, Audio Reviews LJ 2/15/92) is effective in creating a suspenseful and fearful atmosphere. We find Roland, the knight errant/gunslinger, continuing his quest to attain the Dark Tower, the source of destructive forces in his Mid-World. A major portion of this work is a recounting by Roland of his ill-fated love affair with Susan Delgado. The writing is expectedly imaginative, the story line engrossing, and the characters vivid. The listener is carried along through alternating Western, urban, and futuristic settings. The work stands on its own, incorporating a summary of Books 1-3, but will be better appreciated if listened to as part of the whole. Recommended for sf/fantasy collections and Stephen King fans.?Catherine Swenson, Norwich Univ. Lib., Northfield, Vt.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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 6 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 16 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
The fourth installment of King's Dark Tower series more than makes up for the sloppy mess of the third book, as well as the ridiculously long wait inflicted on fans of the series... Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2007 by Perschon