Back at the beginning of the series seems kind of obvious in retrospect but caught me completely by surprise As King noted in the afterword it s not a happy nding but it s the right nding I agree with that Roland s ultimate damanation wasn t that he sacrificed his friends to get to the Tower it s that he risked the Tower again by pressing on to satisfy his own obsession to see it after it had already been saved that puts him in his own personal hellI also like how that sneaky bastard King made us all complicit with Roland s fate By offering us the chance to opt out and leave the book knowing that Roland reached the Tower and that Susannah was reunited with Eddie and Jake in another version of New York King made us all Roland by proxy We couldn t resist We had to know what was in the Tower And when we find out we all share Roland s fate of going back to the beginning hide spoiler B 79% Good Notes A memorable final hundred pages to a book and series that were highly imaginative but also drawn out and uneven Finishing this book is like nding a relationship you don t want to be over but is was certainly a relationship that needed Codependent Forevermore: The Invention of Self in a Twelve Step Group ending You will be frustrated angry and WANTING MORE LIKE A DAMN DRUG Stephen King is the master of mind fcking his readers Rarely has he done it so well as here Full Review Here The 2011 re readThe uest for the Dark Tower comes to a brutal conclusion Can Roland and his friends stop the Breakers of Algul Siento safeguard the Beam protect the Rose stop Stephen King from being run down and killed and reach the Dark TowerThis is thend of my favorite Conscience and Memory: Meditations in a Museum of the Holocaust epic of all time I m just going to mark the rest of the review as spoilers Read at your own riskview spoilerHere we are again Has it really been seven years since the last time I read thisWhen the last Dark Tower book was finally published in 2004 I took a Friday off work to make sure I d have plenty of time to read that first weekend I don t remember how many days it took to read through the 800 pages but I know I tore through it The re read has almost been like a completely new book ExceptWell there s no real way to sugar coat this The first time through I shed silent man tears at the deaths of Eddie Jake andven Oy the billy bumbler Since I knew what was coming you d think I d be able to brace myself during the re read Nope There were silent man tears shed once again I think it was actually worse this time since I knew what was going to happen So much has changed since 2004 when I last finished this book People have passed through my life and some have passed on altogether To the clearing at the Conscience and Memory end of the path as Roland would say A lot happens in seven years When Roland calls out the names of his ka tet and the others outside the tower I d be lying if I said I hadn t thought of doing something similarThere s a feeling of suspense throughout most of the 800 pages from the battle at Algul Siento to the saving of Stephen King to the final fight at thend Roland s feeling of loss was a very real thing I know because I felt it too I think it was actually Roland s feeling of loss that pushed my buttons rather "THAN THE ACTUAL DEATHS AND THE "the actual deaths and the of the ka tet When the toughest son of a bitch in all the worlds cries it s some serious shit By the time this book rolls around Roland is a vastly different person from the ruthless Man with No Name he was in The GunslingerEven before the Dark Tower was completed it was one of the books against which I measured all The GunslingerEven before the Dark Tower was completed it was one of the books against which I measured all Since re reading the ntire saga a second time I m happy to say that it still isThat s not to say I don t have any complaints about the saga For one thing I felt like Eddie and Walter both went out like chumps Walter s portrayed as a big bad throughout the series and didn t really do much It made Mordred seem like a capable threat but I would have preferred Walter dying by Roland s hand Speaking of Mordred his storyline almost felt tacked on and I felt the whole Susannah Mia thing was overly complex The Crimson King was a little bit of a letdown as well The final battle felt like something out of a video game and I couldn t help but picture The Crimson King looking like Dr Robotnik from Sonic the HedgehogThe nding seems to be a big problem for a lot of people I didn t have a problem with the Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods ending during the first read nor do I have a problem with it now The underlying theme of the series is that Ka is a wheel Roland going back to the beginning reinforces that fact King also let himself an opportunity to redo the series if he is so inclined in Roland having the Horn of Eld in his possession at the resumption of his uest hide spoiler Learned a valuable lesson with this booknever recommend a series to friends until it is finished I am one of Stephen King s constant readers Usually I am a big fan and I ve boughtnough of his Elizabeth I expensive hardcovers over the years that I m perfectly comfortable throwing in my two cents about the dreadful way hended The Dark TowerI m applying that two stars rating to the last three books of the series Wolves of the Calla Song Of Susannah UGH and this The Dark Tower They all seem to have been written in a rush after King s brush with mortality when he was hit by that van What a waste of all the great material he had to work with If I was rating the first four books my review would have been five stars UnfortunatelyHated the way the vast world of the gunslinger kept getting smaller with constant trips back to good old New York to dabble in real Education in a New Society estate and investing in Microsoft Real frigginpic Oh and ANOTHER personality for SusannahAll the metafiction King attempted by writing himself into the story falls flat and I think breaks the contract he made with readers in Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education earlier books to play it straight with us and deliver something majestic All the lame Harry Potter references begs for comparisons between this series and Rowling s which just wrapped up I hope King read Deathly Hollows and saw the way a writer cannd their story with a satisfying bang instead of this muddled poorly plotted disappointmentI could go on and on but it is getting lateGotta say though I m surprised by all the five star ratings. Turm“ wo seine Suche ndet Mit „Der Turm“ liefert Stephen King das große Finale ines Romanzyklus der schon jetzt als moderner Klassiker gilt und in inem Atemzug mit „Der Herr der Ringe“ genannt werden mus. .
Ka is a wheel my friendSo I loved the Dark Tower series It s one of the best works of fantasy I ve read If you haven t started ita do sob don t read the spoilers hereThe Dark Tower series is an incredibly varied set of books written over the course of than 30 years written by a young man starting out on a wholly uncertain writing future written by an old man looking back on a glittering career and punctuated by all his xperiences discoveries piphanies King brings all his talents to these pages and some of his weaknesses You should read it it is forgive the pun a towering work of imagination and characterizationThis last volume is a curious mix for me containing some great writing an amazingly good idea for nding what must have been a very difficult tale to nd well and in some places some bewilderingly disappointing xecution This mix of brilliance and weakness has re It s not just that one understands the whole inner logic much better after finishing this it s a feeling of having xperienced something so uniue in its special uality that I would call it incomparable to any other series so far But make sure you reach the nd in one piece view spoiler as Mordred will be in stalking and backstabbing and keep looking out for not stereotypical glittering vampires to Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation enhance your chance of survival too hide spoiler WARNING THIS REVIEW IS FULL OF SPOILERS ONCE YOU GET PAST THE PART THE ENDING DO NOT READ ON UNLESS YOU WANT IT SPOILED FOR YOU YOU WERE WARNEDI finished the Dark Tower last night I hadn t plannet to I really needed to get to bed but once I got so close I had to continue Wow hard to find the words really Thismail will likely be longishTHE SERIES I think the Dark Tower series is King s crowning achievement as a writer He has created a world as rich as any other fantasySci FiHorror pic replete with a fasincating history and characters that make you aching for In Roland Deschain he s created I think his greatest and most dynamic character He is dark brooding yet classicly heroic all at once full of like all real people many contradictions and inner turmoils His uest for the Dark Tower I feel is not only a holy one not just his destiny but something of his own personal validation an obsession the only way he could justify the deaths of so many loved ones and companions over the years The series clearly has taken on a different life from the one it started with as most series probably do I think King switched gears a number of times which makes for slightly shaking continuity but I think he did his best at finding ways to weave it together A lesser writer wouldn t have been able to do so He has said he plans or at least would like to rewrite them and I think that is interesting and would love to read them again I probably will whether he does so or not THE ENDING The part you re waiting for The part we all read seven big books for I realized at least two or three books ago that there would be no way he could nd it that would please Generations and Collective Memory everybody And as I read on I had no idea how he dnd it and decided to have no preconceived notions or hopes But boy I sure didn t xpect thatI have to say that upon reading the intro to the final chapter from the Storyteller himself the warning to not read on and leave the story as it is I was tempted to do so I know many wouldn t agree with me but I think Roland ntering the Dark Tower and the doors shutting behind him wouldn t be a bad way to From Notes to Narrative end the book It would leave it to your imagination what he would find there I really almost put it down to sleep on it But then I thought no I have to go on I ve come this farYes in a way thending is tragic sad and xtremely unfair We have read now thousands of pages worth of Roland Deschain s torments
and struggles he s gone through to get this far and then struggles he s gone through to get this far and then to have BEEN BLASTED BACK TO THE BEGINNING IT S HORRIBLE blasted back to the beginning It s horrible makes you angry Or at least shocked A knee jerk reaction might be to say that it was a cop out that King didn t know how to nd the book at went this route at the last minute I don t really believe that In a way yes I find the nding bittering My heart really is broken for Roland I don t think I ve ver read a book with an Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) ending that has left me soffected I ven reread the very nd of it again this morning over breakfast Yes the nding is bittering and yet I love it in a lot of ways too Not love it as in this is the way I think it should have nded but love it because it knocked me on my backside love it in the way that you can love a bad thing at times In a way to me at least the Foraging for Survival ending just might make a little sense It you really think about it what did youxpect to happen "to Roland once he reached the top of the Tower Would "Roland once he reached the top of the Tower Would pass into a sort of Heaven rejoined with his love Susan and his former Ka mates That is probably the Fragments ending some people wanted And if that s what happened I would have been fine with that too Would he have confronted God himself And if so what would Roland have done before such a God Roland one of the things that makes him so wonderful is kind of a jerk After all that trouble all that sacrifice if said God said something Roland didn t like I think much like Conan he d tell his Maker to take a flying leap maybeven draw his gun on him and get blasted into nothingness But why this Why the torture I think the answer is in Roland himself I think it s a sort of punishment for Roland s arrogance and pride I think Roland s destiny was to save the Beam save the Dark Tower He did that But he insisted on moving on He insisted on going to the top of the Dark Tower something that is perhaps forbidden by Gan or the Powers That Be He saved the Dark Tower saved the Beam and yet it was not Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology: Classic Papers with Commentaries enough As always and aschoed by the voices he hears at the nd of the book he has to have it His way And for that I think like something out of Greek myth he has to pay a price And as King himself says in the Afterword there is a bit of hope In the next incarnation he has the Horn of Eld Something he didn t have in the previous Perhaps just perhaps with some trial and rror once the Beam and the Tower saved perhaps stilling getting all the way so as to kill the Crim. Kings wichtigstes Werk findet seinen krönenden AbschlussDer neue große Roman von Stephen King ist gleichzeitig das grandiose Finale seines Zyklus um den Dunklen Turm Sein Held Roland der Revolvermann und seine Gefäh. ,
Son King Roland may just turn around and go back to the Callas and live out the rest of his days uiet and peacefully maybe as a sort of Sheriff then going to the Clearing at the End of the Path and THEN be united withi Susan Cuthbert Alain and the rest Maybe I m just grateful that King didn t nd it the way I feared The I read on and the sai King appeared I was terrified and and certain that once Roland met face to face with the Crimson King that it would be Stephen King himself I ven started to fear that the name the Crimson KING was a clue Thankfully I was wrong And then I feared ven worse that once he got to the top of the tower that there he d find Stephen King sitting in a pseudo office of sorts surrounded by old books and manuscripts as mad as the Hatter banging away at an old typewriter and tossing the crumpled up pages over his shoulder making a big pile That s what I feared and compared to that I like this nding just fine It ll be your damnation boy You ll wear out a hundred pairs of boots on your way to hell How does one One Ticket To Texas even begin to review the conclusion to what I believe is one of the greatest series of all time I simply cannot put into words what this series means to me and how much of anmotional rollercoaster this final book is It s also really freakin hard to review any book in a seriesIf you re in any way invested in this series the last book is pretty much 800 pages of saying goodbye which is incredibly heartbreaking And Kin Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews The uest for the Dark Tower is Helpmate ending All the weary milesndless deaths heroic stands and lost loved ones is finally coming to an Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy end for Roland Deschain of Gilead and his ka tet And the weary but dedicated fan can finally savor thatnding An nding that will somehow someway tie up all the loose plots and cause all their frustration about the years between novels the ndless lore changes the confusing multiverse and Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader even Stephen King writing himself into the story to disappear from their minds For thend of the Dark Tower Saga will be a wonderful dramatic Gypsy World: The Silence of the Living and the Voices of the Dead earth shatteringnding The same kind of Bryozoan Evolution ending Tolkien provided fantasy fans with in The Return of the King where a reader watched breathles sniff Oh you surprised me Is it time for the review Just a second What Crying Me Don t be ridiculous I was just uhchopping some onionsand I ve got a coldthen somebody broke into my kitchen and pepper sprayed meI certainly wouldn t be shedding a few manly tears over a Stephen King novel would I Oh fine You spend almost twenty years reading this series and tell me you got through the conclusion without a lump in your throat Liar Roland and his posse of gunslingers have to wrap up their business on Earth so they can get back to Mid World In our world they ll have to safeguard the rose in New York by founding a corporation dedicated to its protection some of them will have to battle a very nasty nest of vampires and low men and Susannah has to give birth to something that is supposed to be thend of all of them The ones who can make it back to Mid World will have to launch a desperate attack against overwhelming odds to stop the Crimson King s breakers from destroying one of the last Beams holding the Tower and all of reality in place and if they survive that there s a Very Important Person who still needs saving The Dark Tower series was written in fits and starts by
KING FROM THE TIME HE WASfrom the time he was college to wrapping up the whole thing in a three book burst following his close Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court: Formal and Informal Politics in the Caliphate of Al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) encounter with a minivan He didn t always know where it was going he littered many of his other books with DT tie in stories and he famously claimed for years not to know how it wouldnd So the series as whole isn t the most tightly plotted thing you ll Silvers Edge ever read and at thend King focused on delivering on the motional journey rather than trying to wrap up very loose Going Berserk end he had hanging out thereHe chose wiselyI consider this King s flawed masterpiece Some have focused on the flawed part of that I decided to dwell on the masterpiece side of theuation I ll go a little in depth on that in this spoiler section but for any newbies not reading that I ll just say that all the years waiting between books turned out to be worth itview spoilerThe FlawsThe biggest let down to me in this was that the whole Modred thing was so anti climatic His birth was a huge focus in the final three books yet in the nd all he managed to do was send poor Oy to a grisly death In fact there s precious little satisfaction to be found in any the ndings of the major villains Modred was dying of food poisoning anyhow Oy spoils his attack and Roland dispatches him with Come Hell or High Water: Feminism and the Legacy of Armed Conflict in Central America ease The Crimson King is just crazy old man on a balcony throwing bombs around and he gets taken out by a pencilraser wielded by a kid with no tongue Maybe worst of all was the nding of Randall Flagg aka Walter aka Martin This one was specially galling because not only had he been Roland s nemesis he d been a boogeyman in King s books for years Yet he gets aten by Modred the baby That suckedI m still not sure about King writing himself into the story ither I don t think he did it out of Unbeatable Mind (3rd Edition): Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level (English Edition) eBook: Mark Divine: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. ego because he made himself look pretty awful overall but at some point after his accident I think he couldn t separate what he d gone through from the story it inspired him to finally finish It didn t ruin the series for me but I kind of wish he d come up with somethinglse Having gotten that out of my system let s proceed toThe MasterpieceI loved the whole concept of the Tet Corporation and I continue to hope that someday King will give us a book detailing its war against N Central Positronics and Sombra I could have read several chapters regarding that piece The character deaths were incredibly well done and still painful the third time regarding that piece The character deaths were incredibly well done and still painful the third time this We ve known since Roland let Jake fall into the abyss in The Gunslinger that this uest to find the Dark Tower would cost Roland dearly but I was not prepared for how high the price turned out to be Which brings us to my favorite part the nding The idea that Roland has been stuck in an ndless cycle of climbing the Tower only to find himself. Rten sind am Ende ines langen Weges angekommenÜber dreißig Jahre hat Stephen King an seinem Opus magnum im Geiste und auf Papier gefeilt und geschrieben Nun steht sein Held der Revolvermann Roland vor dem „Dunklen.