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Old Sep 23, 2004, 10:40 AM   #1
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The last book in the Dark Tower series came out a day or two ago (Book 7). I havn't picked it up since I'm still in the 3rd book (Wastelands). Anyone else reading these books? From the two that I have read, and the third that I'm reading, they're pretty good books, I could read them for hours almost as easily as I can playing PC games for hours.

Just curious to see if there are any other readers on Rage, if so, what are your thoughts about them? You like them?
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Old Sep 23, 2004, 10:50 AM   #2
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I started reading them a few years ago, back when the first 4 books came out at the same time(in french at least). I went thru the first 2 books and I was totally sucked in. This is Stephen King at its best.

Thanks for reminding me of those, I think I'll borrow them from my friend. He's really into that series.
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Old Sep 23, 2004, 10:56 AM   #3
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what are these books about?
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i've read the first 4 and it seems like part 5 came out just recently. i'm suprised that king was able to get 5,6, and 7 out in that short of a time frame, considering how long it took for the first 4.

anyway. the books are about the last remaining gunslinger, roland, and his quest to make it to the dark tower and end whatever is poisoning his world.
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You'll have to forgive me being vague, it's been quite a long while since I read the first two books, I just recently picked up the 3rd and 4th book. But I'll try and give you a good idea as to what they are about. MAybe someone else could better explain.

Well, the first book starts off with the main character Roland, who is in persuit of man called "The man in black". Roland is the last gunslinger of his world, which is different from ours. He is also in pursuit for a "Dark Tower" which I believe he is being compelled to seek it, rather than choosing so himself. In the first book, it is about his journey trying to catch this man in black, who I think his information on the Dark Tower Roland is seeking. During the journey he meets some other characters (including a young boy named Jake). Things really get interesting in the second book (The Drawing of the Three), which I think was better than the first, simply because of imagination King shows in it.

I think I did a pretty bad job describing what these books are like, probably be better if someone else did. I'd recommend getting the first book from the libary and reading it to see if you like it.
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I've read them all up to the last, will have to pick up the new one soon.. I think its a great series and some of the best work King has put to paper..
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Old Sep 23, 2004, 11:36 AM   #7
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It's almost impossible to really describe the story without giving any major spoilers.

I prefered the first book since it was not entirely based on our world, unlike the second book and there was also suspence elements. The second book, while still amazing, felt much more like sci-fi story.


aww man, now I REALLY want to finish the story!!!!
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I forgot about that series. I read the first 4 and loved the first 3 'The Wizard and the Glass' pretty much sucked. So what are the next in the series?
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The last book in the Dark Tower series came out a day or two ago (Book 7). I havn't picked it up since I'm still in the 3rd book (Wastelands). Anyone else reading these books? From the two that I have read, and the third that I'm reading, they're pretty good books, I could read them for hours almost as easily as I can playing PC games for hours.

Just curious to see if there are any other readers on Rage, if so, what are your thoughts about them? You like them?
It's funny you mention this. My mom picked up the first three books (signet, soft cover) at a garage sale a little over a month ago. Since she brought them home I have read all three books and totally love the series so far. In fact you could say I've been totally pulled and can't wait to read the rest of these books.

As soon as I get some extra money I will buy the rest of them.


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I've read them all up to the last, will have to pick up the new one soon.. I think its a great series and some of the best work King has put to paper..

agreed !


you may also want to check out Insomnia, Black House and the Talisman as they are all tie-ins to the Dark Tower series. The Talisman & Black House should be read Talisman first for best result, but Black House stands on its own just fine.


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'Wolves of Calla" won't hit paperback till 2006?!?! Cripey, milkin it for all its worth!
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i'm waiting for a complete hardbook set. i have the first 4 in hardback but i want all the covers to match.
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I read the first three books when they came out and loved them. Then it took him 300 years to get any more out, and by the time they came out, I completely forgot what the hell happened in the first three. So maybe someday I'll pick up the complete series and read it from start to finish, but for now, I'll pass.
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I've read up to Wolves of the Calla and I have to say the part where Susannah is having her feasts is Stephen King at his best!
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sounds like fantasy, didnt know king did ne of that
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He does a fair share. Another book I absolutely loved was The Eyes of the Dragon.
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the last book??! already? I've read up to Wizard & Glass, and I enjoyed Wastelands the most out of the ones I've read. Wow. Didn't expect the rest of the series to come out so fast. I guess I'll have to head down to my bookstore. When did books 5 and 6 come out anyway?
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you may also want to check out Insomnia, Black House and the Talisman as they are all tie-ins to the Dark Tower series. The Talisman & Black House should be read Talisman first for best result, but Black House stands on its own just fine.


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A friend of mine is completely infatuated with the books. He tells me that the books are DEFINITELY worth it, especially once you finish The Wastelands and move on to Wizard and Glass (or Wizard's Glass, something like that). "Keep going", he says, "as the series just gets better and better." I think you need to take his advice.
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damn !! how could I have forgotten that one ??? I just finished reading "Wolves" about 2 months ago !!!

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Ah, the series that hooked my on S.K.! Last time I read them was probably 10+ years ago; didn't realize the series had continued! Time to visit the bookstore!

Speaking of S.K., lots of people are shocked to hear that he's the one who wrote Shawshank Redemption, which was later turned into a fantastic movie starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Although he can be accused of being a tad long-winded, the man has some serious range to his writing ability.
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and don't forget to read the Harry Potter books as they also tie into the series

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Does it have Randall Flagg?
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Read 'em....

Had to re-read 'em again when part4, 5, and 6 fianlly came out.....because the time in between some of the books was so ridiculously long, I had forgetten amost everything.....
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I just got a junk mail - "Get the first 6 Dark Tower books for $20 plus Book 7 for $8".

Sounds good, but I didn't read the fine print yet.
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I belive he's the one Roland refers to as the Man in Black.

yup...of-course I never did finish reading the Stand....
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Ah, the series that hooked my on S.K.! Last time I read them was probably 10+ years ago; didn't realize the series had continued! Time to visit the bookstore!

Speaking of S.K., lots of people are shocked to hear that he's the one who wrote Shawshank Redemption, which was later turned into a fantastic movie starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Although he can be accused of being a tad long-winded, the man has some serious range to his writing ability.
Shawshanks is one of my favotire movies, S.K also wrote the Green Mile too, which was another excellent movie.
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