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genericwhitegirl’s CBR book #27: The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

I have to make a confession…I’m not a Stephen King fan. I’ve tried reading a couple of his books (The Tommyknockers and IT) and couldn’t get through them. Disappointingly, it’s not because I’m a huge wimp and am just too terrified by his books. It’s because I find them so BOOOOORING. Go ahead, feel free to mentally flog me if you disagree.

So now you’re probably waiting for me to say how I’ve read The Dark Tower and I’m a changed women…sorry to disappoint again. But at least I got through the entire book!

In case you’re still reading this review, The Dark Tower books are a 7 book series (with an eighth related short story as well). The series revolves around Roland, a gunslinger. The books are a kind of sci-fi western where the time and place are a bit vague. Things seem primitive at times, but then things seem other-worldly and even magical at times. Roland is pursuing a man in black and is also on a quest for the dark tower. You’d think I’d have another reference for “man in black” besides THE Mr. Cash after reading this book, but alas, I have no idea who he is in Mr. King’s eye. And the dark tower? Not a clue.

I don’t know if it’s just that King gives more information than I’m retaining and I’m just too bored to absorb it. Or if he just likes to leave mystery and unanswered questions in his books so that you slowly…slooooowly learn bit by bit what the hell is going on after reading all of the books. But I really can’t tell you what The Gunslinger is about. I know there’s Roland, there’s a kid from another time and place, and there’s an underground cave with scary creatures, and there’s a lot of wandering.

So…I think I’m done with this review. It’s just going downhill. I warned you. Not a fan. Why’d I’d read the book then? A friend gave it to me so I thought I’d give it a shot. Oh well.

Hmmm…maybe I can offer you a consolation prize. I read Stephen King’s Bag of Bones last year and it wasn’t half bad. Just a good old fashioned ghost story. No giant spiders or aliens or anything silly like that. Read that one instead.

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Tara’s CBR-III Review #20: The Dark Tower by Stephen King (The Dark Tower series #7)

Series: The Dark Tower Book VII
Cannonball Read III: Book #20/52
Published: 2004
Pages: 1072 (9,551 total so far)
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure

I finally finished the series! It was a little rocky in some parts, but am I glad I finished? Yes. Will I ever read this series again? Probably not. I’m going to review the final book first, then do a brief review of the entire series as a whole.

So, I was not a huge fan of the last couple books in this series. However, the final book in The Dark Tower series was what I wished the entire series had been. It flowed well and King didn’t go off on hundred page tangents that had little to do with the central story. With each book, I just wanted Roland and his group to continue their journey to the Dark Tower without taking detours that took up entire books, such as the whole fighting with the wolves in The Wolves of the Calla or Rolands 600 page backstory. They covered more ground in this final book than I think half the other books combined.

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Tara’s CBR-III Review #19: Song of Susannah by Stephen King (The Dark Tower #6)

Series: The Dark Tower Book VI
Cannonball Read III: Book #19/52
Published: 2004
Pages: 560 (8,479 total so far)
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure

**Possible spoilers if you haven’t read the previous books in the series.**

Six down, one to go! This is the next-to-last book in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series which continues with Roland, Eddie, Susannah, and Jake on the path to the Dark Tower.

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Tara’s CBR-III Review #18: Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King (The Dark Tower V)

Series: The Dark Tower Book V
Cannonball Read III: Book #18/52
Published: 2003
Pages: 960 (7,919 total so far)
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure

Wolves of the Calla is the fifth book in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. It continues to story of Roland and his “ka-tet” (Eddie, Susannah, and Jake) as they journey to the Dark Tower.

They didn’t really journey anywhere in this book since it all took place in Calla Bryn Sturgis (a town in Mid-world). The town has been plagued once per generation with a visit from “the Wolves”. Calla Bryn Sturgis has an unusually high birthrate for twins (singles are very rare) and the Wolves come once every twenty or so years to steal one child out of each set of twins and send them back later “roont” or mentally and physically damaged. Roland and the other gunslingers decide to help the town fight back against the Wolves – and to find out what they really are.

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Tara’s CBR-III Review #17: Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower IV) by Stephen King

**I’m going to include a spoiler warning just because this is a book in a series and it’s almost impossible to talk about it without any spoilers if you haven’t read any of the previous books.

Well, this definitely wasn’t my favorite book of the series so far. It starts out interesting enough: continuing with the travels of Roland and his friends. Then we have to drudge through hundreds of pages of Roland’s past. I’ve said before that I wasn’t a fan of reading Roland’s backstory in The Gunslinger and I’m still not a fan. The odd thing is, it’s hard for me to grasp WHY I’m so disinterested. Usually backstory on a character is a GOOD thing.

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Tara’s CBR-III Review #16: The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower III) by Stephen King

This is the third book in the Dark Tower series and I’m definitely glad I kept reading after being not so impressed with The Gunslinger. I loved the second book and this one was good as well. I did find it a bit slow at times, but it really picks up during the last third and keeps going until the cliffhanger ending.

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Tara’s CBR-III Review #15: The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King

 

This is the second book in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series and I have to say I liked it much better than the first. The story flowed a little better and we added a few much-needed characters to keep the mystery of Roland from becoming too dull.

This book continues right where The Gunslinger ended. Roland wakes up on the beach and immediately enters a battle with these giant lobster-like creatures that results in him losing a couple of fingers and toes. After defeating the creatures, he continues his journey up the coast until he finds a door standing upright in the sand.

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