“In the mysterious and haunting land of Stephen King's dark tower, Roland Deschain of Gilead move on from the land of Oz and the Wonderful Wizard aong with Oy of mid-world, and Jake, Eddie and Susannah of New York. They come across some calla- folken who ask for help... every twenty or so years, the wolves come and take away one twin out of a pair- and twins are almost always born- and send them back roont- meaning they are brainless, giant, and have no genitalia. Roland, a gunslinger with only 8 fingers and the eyes of a hawk, is asked to help. After days of planning, they assemble a team of several people to help kill the wolves of the Calla. At the end of a great battle that lasted only minuits, Jake's new friend gets literally exploded in front of Jake by a sneetch. (Harry Potter version) And Susannah is gone. I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars, because though it starts out slow, it exponentially gains tention- and creepiness. I recommend this book to any good reader and good story follower.”Joey Joey JOEY wrote this review Friday, January 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Long, long, long... took me months to get through it. Very well written, just a lot and I mean a lot of buildup culminating in a two page conclusion. King vividly brings to life fictional stories, sometimes however, in just too much detail.”Clayton Bankson wrote this review Sunday, January 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Part of my plan to read the entire Dark Tower failed, but I made it to the 5th book in the series before the end of the year. Really enjoying the connections to other stories, and the hints at current and past pop culture characters, music, movies, etc.
The stories still lean mostly toward the "Western" adventure, but I like that regardless!”
“Back in high school is when I first read this series, from the front cover of The Gunslinger to the back cover of the Dark Tower. I've finally the strength, nearly 10 years later, to pick it up again as an adult. Still, my feelings toward this particular book in the series has not wavered much.
Book 5 of the 7 book series places our heroes, our ka-tet, just outside of a location called Calla Bryn Sturgis. It is a town that is plagued by what the folken call Wolves. Every generation or so, they come on their grey horses out of the ominous, Mordoresque, Thunderclap to take away children (one out of every pair of twins, which is the norm in the Calla). They steal them away and any opposition is laid flat by technology unknown to the simple farmers. The children are, eventually, sent back what they call "roont". In effect, they are brainless, driveling, giants that live short lives and are forever unconnected with their previous selves. Once more the Wolves threaten to come and take the children away. The only difference is that there are gunslingers on the horizon, and they will evoke the Line of Eld to stand and fight for them.
That is our opening. That is the story. The gunslingers must pause in their quest for the Dark Tower, in effect it takes a back seat, while they help the folken of the Calla. Truly, the book focuses more on the connections between what the reader would call "my world", the world of Kansas, New York, and Charlie the Choo-Choo, with what the reader would call "their world", the world of the Callas, of Thunderclap, of the Beams. A main character, though for how long is anyone's guess, is introduce to us as Father Callahan, more affectionately known as Don, who is from Maine but has been transplanted to the Calla where he has set up his church and converted most of the town to the Man-Jesus. Although the book is a kind of refreshing change of pace, it also seems too detached from its fellows. As I've said, the quest for the Tower takes a back seat. Even the protection of the rose in the vacant lot in New York seems unimportant at times.
Because of this hiccup in the quest, and several "fall back" coincidences (though it could be argued that's what the book is all about), like a new persona emerging in Susannah, and the ideas on how to corral the Wolves to their death is all too convenient and yet displaced all at once. The book is more like a speed bump, an irritating one at that since it's a rather drab read, rather than part of the whole. Therefore, it loses its appeal, at least for me.
Regardless, the book is still a great kind of stand-alone entity that may not quite fit into the whole with the exception that Jake's manhood is tested to the extreme and he must surpass the tasks awaiting him. Although there is limited character development and the Tower takes a time-out in the corner, the story itself truly defines what gunslingers used to be to the world. They were the "calvary" the ones that would save, the White, the good men who would stand against the Black. It defines the Line of Eld more clearly, and starts to introduce the concept of nineteen and ninety nine to the reader. These numbers, their significance, and their ultimate meaning are earth shattering in the upcoming books.
King, as usual, dares to be different, dares to explore, and continues to push the envelope of storytelling as much as he possibly can.”
“This volume had a little of everything. Movement towards the Dark Tower with the story with the lot, bringing in Callahan into their Ka-Tet and the Wolves! Admittedly, I was anxious for the big showdown to finally be done with since this was such a long book. Callahan's story was a bit long and I'm not sure it added enough to the overall story to warrant so much detail.”JimYung wrote this review Thursday, November 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Mia and father callahan come into picture. The mystery of wolves and the vampires and low men.. The story is getting bigger and darker with this one”ashu3009 wrote this review Wednesday, October 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great read!”Connie L. Kruse wrote this review Tuesday, September 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In this one we find Roland and his ka-tet growing much more in tune with each other. They're still traveling along the beam toward the Dark Tower and find themselves in the town of Calla Bryn Sturgis. This town has a serious problem and a quartet of gunslingers (and one billybumbler) is just what they need to aid them.
We learn a bit more about each of the characters in this book. Roland can dance, Jake is really still a boy despite all he's been through, Eddie can be quite the politician when needed, and Susannah hides yet another within her skull. This book is almost three stories in one binding.
I had forgotten much about this installment of The Dark Tower series. Most importantly, that it ends in a cliffhanger. I hate that. SK also does a lot of foreshadowing with ominous single lines at the ends of chapters. I kind of hate that too. But for all his little idiosyncrasies I still really liked this book. It gets us further along the path to the tower and Roland is given the chance to be a little more human.”
“I love this whole series. I held off reading them for a long time, thinking they just wouldn't be like my regular Stephen King fix. They were better. Read these!”KittyBlue wrote this review Friday, August 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No