I think cell phones are the work of the devil. I don’t own one myself, although my wife does and I see the wonderful convenience of the devices, but I think they turn people into morons.
Stephen King asks for a lot. Including Afterwords, Introductions and Robert Browning’s original poem the Dark Tower series was inspired by, the books’ grand total length is something close to (or over) 4,000 pages. Personally, I’ve been reading the series off and on since August last year.
After slogging through the twin behomoths of Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla, it was refreshing to zip right through this relative slim chapter of the Dark Tower saga. Especially before going onto the equally monstrous last book, which I will be beginning shortly.
After the extended flashback story of Wizard & Glass (Book IV), Stephen King returns to the forward journey of Roland of Gilead and his motley band of gunslingers. Wolves of the Calla is back in the same vein of the first three Dark Tower books with the main characters criss-crossing between their otherworldly dimension and the supposed “real” world of New York City in the 1970s.
Wizard and Glass is primarily a flashback tale, revealing in great detail one of the pivotal moments in Roland the Gunslinger’s life. The book begins at the exact second The Waste Lands ends, with our heroes racing towards an almost certain doom. Suffice it to say, Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake and Oy survive that adventure and find themselves in a modified version of The Stand, where the deadly “Captain Tripps” flu virus has killed off the entire population.
So far, this has probably been the most aggravating book in the Dark Tower saga. Not to say it was bad, but it was the one I had the most problems with.
I was hoping The Drawing of the Three was going to kick ass. Guess what? It does! The first book, The Gunslinger, was an entertaining enough read, doing a good job setting the tone of the series and introducing the main character.
I decided to start another epic series: Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. I had been searching the library for awhile to find the first in the series. All the others seemed easily available, but the first installment, The Gunslinger, I was to find out was filed in one of the disorganized paperback spinner racks.