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rjzeller
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...okay, maybe I overreact. But I just finished the Dark Tower series and the ending has me, shall I say, just a tad vexed.

Don't get me wrong -- I think it is the right ending and don't see anything else that would "fit" better than this ending.

Nevertheless...grrrr!!!! I can't say much without giving away a spoiler, but those who have read it surely can feel my pain.

Just had to vent, sorry. I know it's been a LONG time since I've posted here regularly (new job -- GREAT job -- but it keeps me VERY busy). After finishing that last book, though, I just had to blow off some steam somewhere. And who better than you folks to vent to?

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He lost me with Wizard and Glass. Book 3 seemed to be leading up to somewhere with Blane, only for it to be pretty easy to stop the train by punching it, and the book of riddles useless. Then at the end, the Oz parody--ridiculous. And in between, that long flashback. Just an excuse of showing Roland vent his lusts.

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I'm about halfway through the first book.

Its okay, but I can put it aside to read something else quite easily. Didn't really care for the lengthy flashback to Roland's childhood. Pulled me too far out of the story. King's writting is otherwise clean and impeccable as far as his descriptions go though and it is an easy and quick read.


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Been thinking of picking it up now that it's complete. I read the scattered parts that eventually made up Vol. 1 when they were published in F & SF all those years ago...then, much more recently, I picked up and read the "revised" Vol. 1 in paperback. I just don't like being left hanging around for multiple volumes---if they're connected, they should say whatever they should have to say in one volume, and let sequels say more or something else...
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Beginning with "The Drawing of Three" (second book) it takes on a very different feel and tone. Some if it I loved, some of it I could care less for. And just to show how different we are:

My favorite books in the series were "Wizard and Glass" and "The Wolves of the Calla". The latter also being the longest book.

But love it or hate it, you got to admit that first line was one of the cleanest, most efficient opening lines in print today.


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I read the books as they were published (in time) so for me the whole story never never really sunk in as a unified whole. On my list of things to do is to sit down with all of them and gain that perspective. There were some things that realy didn't appeal much to me. I was more interested in the story of Roland prior to the beginning of the Gunslinger then all the time travel/universe-hopping, and overall I was somewhat disappointed, although the journey often fascinated me.
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Oh, yeah. When King did "The Green Mile" in serial book form, I waited until it was complete before I bought all of them and then read them. Six separate volumes sure made it easy to not look in the back of the book for the resolutions...
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I liked it through Wizard and Glass (book 4), which I thought was a fantastic book if not just for the storytelling aspect. Book five started very boring but got good at the end. Book 6 is where King lost me, and I never made it through 7. I ended up reading spoilers, which were better than the book, and called it a series.
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I loved book 2 & 3. The fact that the main characters were always near the edge of the clearing for most of those books enthralled me, and kept me skimming and skipping past all the slow and useless parts (mostly the beggining of the Detta arc).

The rest of the books were alright, if a little dull and/or dissapointing.


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