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

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340832266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340832264
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 17.9 x 5.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 545 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,072,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 re-read value. Do not miss out on the gem of Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower'.
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A rediculously enjoyable book. An enthralling exploration of the whole gamut of the human experience, from the heights of beauty and love to the offal of all the ugliness in the world. All set in a fun fantastical/western setting. Joy*
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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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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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed the first three Dark Tower books, so I figured I would read this one. After the first few pages, Stephen KIng goes back into Rolands past to write about Rolands first love. Gag me. It would have been ok if she was a tough female and had some substance, but she didn't! And why do we want to read a love story in the middle of a horror novel? I wanted to skip past that part, but somehow I finally got through it all and the only reason I did was because I thought that maybe it would get better. I guess it did, because she died so now we don't have to hear about her much more. However, the first three books in the series are quite good (I especially liked number 2) so do read those, and just skim this one. Hopefully book 5 will be better.
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This book slows the pace down a lot. King's 4th Dark Tower volume "Wizards and Glass" has Roland telling the story of when he and his former partners went to a town to investigate corruption and rebellion in Roland's father's kingdom. There he falls in love with a youg woman, and then, finaly toward the middle, things begin spirling out of control. The novel takes it cue from the movie "Shane", Shakspearian tragadies (like "Hamlet"), and more specificly "The Wizard of Oz", which gets very wierd. The romance was more of a distraction, and it was a big part of the novel. The link to "The Stand" becomes more solid in this one. This volume is good, but mostly only as a bridge to the next book.
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Format: Hardcover
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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I would give the first three Dark Tower books four stars. This one is offensively bad and to make matters worse, you're forced to read it all to keep up with the tales of the gunslinger. Right in the middle of this novel King makes you muddle through a 236 page Harlequin romance of the chaste Susan Delgado who must sell her virtue to the town mayor at the behest of her evil aunt. Give me a break and get me out of this screed! Just another 120 pages to go...
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