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Stephen King – The Dark Tower | Review

Title: The Dark Tower

Author: Stephen King

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 710

Rating: 8/10

 

Stephen King - The Dark Tower

Stephen King – The Dark Tower

 

And so it ends. This book is the seventh and final book in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, although you could count The Wind Through the Keyhole as an eighth book if you were so inclined. Either way, this rounds off the series and reveals the end of the story, as well as what happens when Roland finally reaches the Dark Tower.

I’ve got to be honest, the first couple of hundred pages seemed to drag for me, and I found it difficult to get into the story line. But a little later on, it got good again, and we were soon rolling along the path of the Beam and towards the Tower and the Crimson King. It’s certainly true that a lot happens here – we get to learn more about Mordred, the anti-Roland, and we learn the ultimate fate of each of the characters that we’ve met along the way.

And so, of course, we have to deal with death – in a series like this, with so many characters, there’s no way that all of them are going to make it to the end. But don’t worry – I’m not going to tell you who dies, because that’s ka’s will, and you’ll find out all about it in your own time. That’ll be fun!

 

Stephen King

Stephen King

 

What I will say is that I saw the ending coming around 50 pages before it happened, which was a little annoying because the whole series was around 3,500 pages long. That said, it didn’t ruin it – if anything, it felt just right. It’s hard to explain it – if you’ve read the rest of your series then you’ll know what I mean, because it felt just like it was meant to be.

Another thing that I ought to mention is the size of the book, and the print. See, my copy doesn’t look as thick as some of the other books, and after the relatively slim size of Song of Susannah, the book that comes before this, I was expecting to blitz through this pretty quickly. But then I started reading it, and I realised that the print is so small that it’s actually difficult to focus on. It’s a book that you’ll need to read in the day, and not because it’s scary – it’s because it’s so damn difficult to see, and you’ll need good lighting if you want to be able to make out the print.

But other than that, I was happy with this – it was a great read, especially during the latter half of the book, and it forces you to keep reading until the end. As the reader, you feel like a part of Roland’s ka-tet, and when the ending rolls around, you feel like a part of the team. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll start to see the symbolism all over the place – roses, towers, and ka. After a while, it all starts to feel real, which made me want to call in sick because I figured that this ain’t Mid-World, so it doesn’t matter.

 

Stephen King Quote

Stephen King Quote

 

Overall, then, I’d say that The Dark Tower is a satisfying conclusion to the series, but it’s far from the best one on the market. I can’t explain why, but The Drawing of the Three was my favourite of the lot so far. This one does a good job of continuing the series, but it’s far from exceptional – good, but not great.

But I’d still recommend it, especially to lovers of fantasy and science fiction, as well as people who just appreciate good storytelling. See, the thing with The Dark Tower is that it transcends genre, and for anyone who appreciates a good read, this is good stuff. Unfortunately, you do need to stick with it, and to spend a lot of time ploughing through the pages.

Luckily, it’s a pleasure – even despite the difficulties I faced throughout it, I’m glad that I stuck with it. In fact, I’ve already started reading The Wind Through the Keyhole, the final Dark Tower novel, which was written after the series was completed and which fits somewhere in the middle of it. I’d recommend it – this too!

 

Stephen King Quote

Stephen King Quote

 

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Stephen King – Song of Susannah | Review

Title: Song of Susannah

Author: Stephen King

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 456

Rating: 8/10

 

Stephen King - Song of Susannah

Stephen King – Song of Susannah

 

This is the sixth book in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, and it’s a corker – it’s also a shorter read than the last two books, which is good because, as the reader, you feel like you’re making real progress towards the Tower. It’s closer than ever now, and you can almost taste it.

This book deals with a pregnancy, and the members of Roland’s ka-tet are split up and sent to different points in time to achieve different missions, all of which have a bearing on the Tower and, ultimately, the existence of everything. And speaking of Ka, it’s a strange thing – that’s why they end up meeting some author guy who wrote a book called ‘Salem’s Lot. He has a wife called Tabby, and he really needs to give up the booze and the ciggies before the fate of the Tower is never decided.

If that’s not a spoiler then I don’t know what is. Either way, I was impressed by the way that the book got meta without being spoiled by it – it’s hard to get it right, and King did a good job. He also does a great job of keeping you interested in the action – because of the split in the ka-tet, we get to jump backwards and forwards and to get glimpses of the action in different times and places. It keeps you going from start to finish, and that’s a good thing.

 

Stephen King

Stephen King

 

Song of Susannah also progresses the story line in a much more tangible way than the last couple of books, and whilst there isn’t exactly a cliffhanger ending, it does help to set up the final book in the series and to whet your appetite for more of the gunslinger’s adventures. By this point, most of the members of the ka-tet are fully-fledged gunslingers themselves, and even Oy seems to have undergone some character development by the end of it.

So yeah, overall, I felt like this was the Dark Tower series back at its best, and it was a pleasure to read it. The fact that it was a little shorter than some of the other, more recent books in the series, combined with the character development and the story line, means that it’s a fantastic addition to your collection.

Besides, the Tower is closer than ever before, and after you’ve whizzed your way through this book, you only have one book in the series to go. Unless you count The Wind Through the Keyhole, which is a late addition to the series. I’m counting that, and I’m looking forward to getting to that one, too.

 

Stephen King Quote

Stephen King Quote

 

Click here to buy Song of Susannah.

 


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