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Old Jun 22, 2007, 09:44 PM   #1
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I'm about to pick up book 1 of the Dark Tower series, the Gunslinger.

This thread is for the discussion on the books. What are your favorities? Is it King's best work? Overrated? Rather read Harry Potter novels?

Discuss it here. And for the love of god - use spoiler tags.
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Old Jun 22, 2007, 09:53 PM   #2
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1st couple were excellent... the third marginal, and the fourth awfull, IMHO. I still bought the 5th, but was so dissapointed, never got around to finishing it or purchasing the rest.

Not to mention, I started reading the series over 20 years ago, and waiting for the next in the series became quite annoying. Maybe you'll have better luck now that there's no waiting.

I wouldn't comapre them to Harry Potter. Potter is just mind candy. Potter pulls you in, but in a different, "light" way. Nothing light about Roland.
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Old Jun 22, 2007, 09:58 PM   #3
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my favorite author is dostoevsky...but the most fun ive ever had reading was the dark tower series, bar none. i wish the story never ended.
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Old Jun 22, 2007, 10:18 PM   #4
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my favorite author is dostoevsky...but the most fun ive ever had reading was the dark tower series, bar none. i wish the story never ended.
The story never ended....at least not for Roland...
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Old Apr 19, 2008, 02:17 AM   #5
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good series, first 3 were awesome and then he started to lose me some with the rest.. but well worth the read..
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Old Apr 19, 2008, 06:20 AM   #6
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i read part of the series @ the library many years ago when i was about 10 or so and really liked it. i bought the reprints a year or two ago and have been unable to get back into it. i got into a quarter of book 1 and just stopped.
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I ran out of steam on the last book. I liked the story about Rolands gal the best. I thought that was King's best story that I've ever liked.

That last book just really didn't do it for me. It seemed like typical King drivel......drag the story out but in this case, try to tie up the loose ends and include as many of his previous novels as possible.

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Old Jun 22, 2007, 10:22 PM   #8
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it seems there's a movie/series planned about the saga...Personally i hope it's going to be a series,cause The Dark Tower is way to difficult to make a movie out of it...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Tower_%28series%29
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Interesting you guys bring this up now...i just finished the first one and have started the second one...i'm liking the second one even better than the first and the first was excellent!

Edit: "Pick up" the entire audiobook experience and enjoy hours of road trip goodness
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1st couple were excellent... the third marginal, and the fourth awfull, IMHO. I still bought the 5th, but was so dissapointed, never got around to finishing it or purchasing the rest.

Not to mention, I started reading the series over 20 years ago, and waiting for the next in the series became quite annoying. Maybe you'll have better luck now that there's no waiting.

I wouldn't comapre them to Harry Potter. Potter is just mind candy. Potter pulls you in, but in a different, "light" way. Nothing light about Roland.

I had a similar experience. Although I started reading them about 10 years ago. At first I thought the books were amazing. But the fourth was such a huge dissapointment I couldn't even finish it and haven't touched the series since.
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Old Jun 23, 2007, 11:26 AM   #11
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hmm...seems like the first half of the series is good and the other is meh. Don't know if I want to start something I can't finish.
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Old Jun 23, 2007, 11:33 AM   #12
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once you start the first books,something deep inside you orders you to read the rest too;just to know what happens next.
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the first few books are excellent however the others seem to lack that somethign special of the first ones.. overall tho its a very good series..
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I love the series but am having a hard time finishing Wizard and Glass. It's good, but I can't stick with it for long like I could with the other books.
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I read the first one when I was like 14 (so about 7 years ago). It was amazing. I was blown away by the ending, just blown away. However, for some reason I just never made it to reading the rest. I started the second one, but I think I was just too young to really grasp it all, and stopped about a fourth of the way through. I mean I was just like, wtfz0rz when the whole doors, beaches, crabs, modern city thing popped up. .

Im sure there's plenty of 14 year olds that could keep it all straight, but the most I was reading at the time were Animorphs and The Young Jedi Knight Series. The Dark Tower was way above and beyond any of that.

I really should just re-read the first and see if it still grabs me, and then dive right into the rest. I dont read as much as I used to, no thanks to gaming, work, college, and the general craziness of adjusting to adulthood. Right now I'm (slowly) getting through the Zombie Survival Guide my friend let me borrow, so maybe I'll try and keep the reading going afterwards.
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The closest thing to philosophy that King has ever done. Tho I should add The Talisman and Blackhouse. Books 1 and 4 are my favs but havent read 5-7 yet. The character development book 2 was a bit long but King loves to dev characters.

I hope to get around to the last 3 on my summer vacation...
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1st couple were excellent... the third marginal, and the fourth awfull, IMHO. I still bought the 5th, but was so dissapointed, never got around to finishing it or purchasing the rest.
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I fought my way through to the last book but gave up half way through.
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I fought my way through to the last book but gave up half way through.
Wait,wut?You put the last book aside,and missed one of the weirdest endings ever to appear in a book?
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Wait,wut?You put the last book aside,and missed one of the weirdest endings ever to appear in a book?
Yeah. The back end of the series was a real slog for me, in the end I just got so bored of the meandering I gave up and read Hitchhikers again.
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Yeah. The back end of the series was a real slog for me, in the end I just got so bored of the meandering I gave up and read Hitchhikers again.
Do me a favor,and start reading the last 40 pages
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