The Tower For True Love (Wizard and Glass – A Book Review)

Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower IV)
Author: Stephen King
Published: 1997

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Rated T for finding true love only to lose it because of destiny

 

Fools are the only folk on earth who can absolutely count on getting exactly what they deserve.

After winning the game of riddles with Blaine, the monorail, Roland, the Gunslinger, and his group: Susannah and Eddie Dean, Jake, and the billy-bumbler, Oy, get lost and Roland finally tells them the origin of Roland’s journey to the Tower that’s tied to the story of losing his first love.

 

The Dark Tower series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 4 of 7 (technically 8, but I’m not including The Wind Through the Keyhole, though I will be reading it.)

 

So far in the Dark Tower series:

 

The Gunslingerreview here

The Drawing of Threereview here

The Waste Landsreview here

This must be my favorite installment so far! I got caught up in the intense life or death situations of The Waste Lands, but Wizard and Glass brought haunting magic, tragic love, and the start of the epic journey to the Tower. There were many revelations and breathtaking moments. So much detail and emotion.

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I’m a lush for a good relationship and build-up to romance. I don’t care what anybody says. What I admire about King’s storytelling is that he can create an act of sex in an animalistic nature, but also bring to life the act of expressing love. He differentiates the two so clearly though they are the same and that really stuck out for me. Roland and Susan were so sweet and I was sighing away about them. The friendship between Roland, Cuthbert, and Alain as well was powerful in its own way. This journey they took really tested their bonds and I was swept away. Stories that accentuate themes like these always grab my attention, even if you can tell they will end tragically.

The book taking place in a flashback of Roland and his two best friends, Cuthbert and Alain, who have just entered the life of Gunslingers and were sent to a dusty town undercover. I got really strong vibes of the wild west, but a disturbing and sci-fi version of it. Traces of the world we know were in it like a Citgo. It made the place recognizable with these little pieces in such a massive span of a world. It also connected every world together this way too. It came together like a perfectly baked cake. Totally digging it.

 

Overall

Beautiful and haunting. This installment is also personal for Roland. He doesn’t share much so I was drinking it up! This is such an intense and amazingly interwoven story. I’m officially sucked in. With more discoveries and secrets coming to light and the tower growing closer, I’m excited to get to the end!

 

Quotables:

“What’s been spoken for may be unspoken, and what’s done may be undone. Nothing’s sure, but…I want her.” (Roland, p. 172)

“True love, like any other strong and addicting drug, is boring once the tale of encounter and discovery is told, kisses quickly grow stale and caresses tiresome…except, of course to those who share the kisses, who give and take the caresses while every sound and color of the world seems to deepen and brighten around them. As with any other strong drug, true love is really only interesting to those who have become is dangerous.” (p.355)

“You’re in the west. The soul of a man such as you can never leave the west. You’ll live in exile and die as you lived.” (p. 500)

“I left the world I knew to watch a kid try to put booties on a fucked-up weasel. Shoot me, Roland, before I breed.” (Eddie, p. 661)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

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Summer Booklist –2019: Fiction edition

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Hiya, my little book cult!

Like I promised, here’s the fiction list of summer reads! If you haven’t already, take a moment to peek at the Summer Booklist – 2019: YA Edition. If you’ve already gotten to a couple of these that’s awesome! How were they? Have a favorite? Is there one you’d recommend over others?

Creating a booklist is always fun and nifty because not only do I put these up for you, but for myself. I get the chance to put some new book on my ever-growing list. It feeds my inner book-addict and I’m totally okay with that.

Here’s the book list I’ve discovered, partially thanks to Goodreads and partially thanks to my ever-roaming eyeballs in the bookstore.

 

Elevation
Author: Stephen King
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Simon & Schuster

In the small town of Castel Rock, where a good majority of King’s stories take place, Scott discovers he’s losing weight and a few other strange things too. And sure, losing weight seems like a great thing, but when he notices that he weighs the same no matter how much he tries to put on. Other strange happenings occur that bring together unlikely alliances as well as bring out the best in those who have only ever indulged in the worst of themselves.

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California Girls
Author: Susan Mallery
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That California sun is very beautiful after three sisters get dumped in the same week. In the style, only Susan Mallery can bring, Finola, Zennie, and Ali together and they’ll do one of the hardest things ever. Start over. Finola recovers from an affair that her husband was having that’s gone public. Zennie’s decided she doesn’t need anybody, but when she takes up being a surrogate for her best friends it turns out that being pregnant is a lot lonelier than she thought. For Ali, nothing’s hurt worse than her wedding being called off at the last second, but when Daniel keep showing up “for support” she begins to wonder if maybe it was good that the wedding was called off.

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Providence
Author: Caroline Kepnes
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Penguin Random House

Growing up together, Jon and Chloe know each other in a way that only they understand, but they’ve never found the right words to come out with their true feelings. Then Jon disappears suddenly and just when Chloe feels like she can move on he returns. He’s not the same as he was and is struggling with both his identity and this uncontrollable power he now possesses. Rushing to protect Chloe, he discovers that he’s being tracked by a detective that’s fascinated and obsessed by a string of vigilante killing that seems to be connected him. Lines are blurred and feelings are explored between unrequited passion and complete obsession.

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When We Left Cuba
Author: Chanel Cleeton
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The Cuban Revolution took every from Beatriz Perez—her family, her people, country. On a mission of revenge, she’ll go undercover, infiltrating Fidel Castro’s inner circle. It’s all threatened when she’s caught up in a forbidden affair and she must make a choice between her past and future.

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Stillhouse Lake
Author: Rachel Caine
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Amazon

Discovering your husband’s ultimate secret is that he’s a serial is bound to get you to make some serious life changes. Gwen Royal did just that becoming Gwen Proctor. With her ex now in prison, she starts her life over on Stillhouse Lake, still trying to get out of the spotlight of stalkers and internet trolls and just when she starts to get a sense of normalcy back and a body turns up in the lake and threatening letters begin to arrive. After everything, she’s gone through she’s learned how to fight and she’ll never stop. She’ll do whatever it takes to protect her kids and herself.

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The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Author: Stuart Turton
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At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle with be killed—again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. He must solve Evelyn’s murder to have any chance of saving her, but nothing and nobody is what they seem.

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Sea of Memories
Author: Fiona Valpy
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When Kendra visits her grandmother, Ella, who only has one request of her. Write down her story before she forgets. Her story of the summer in 1937 on the beautiful Ile de Re and when she met Christophe. When war breaks out she’s forced to return home to volunteer and she drifts away from who she was on Ile de Re with Christophe and wonders if she would ever find her way back.

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Big Little Lies
Author: Liane Moriarty
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A murder…or a tragic accident? Or is it just parent behaving badly. Whatever the case, someone is dead and Madeline, Celeste, and Jane at the center of it but how when they lead such different lives?

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The Mister
Author: E. L. James
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Penguin Random House

Maxim has everything he’s ever wanted until he met Alessia. She’s a mystery luring him in. She’s musically gifted but harbors a past she doesn’t want anybody involved with. Maxim, dealing with the struggles of inheriting his family’s wealth and all of the responsibilities that come with it. On top of that, he’s determined to protect Alessia from whatever it is that’s threatening her. Both of them are hiding secrets, but what’ll happen when they all come out?

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The Unhoneymooners
Author: Christina Lauren
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Simon & Schuster

Olive is unlucky in her career, in love…in everything. Ami, her sister, is the luckiest person in the world. From how she met her fiancé to how she won an all-expense paid wedding, Olive can’t wait for the wedding to be over. The worst part of the wedding is that she’s forced to spend time with her sworn enemy and best man, Ethan. The two put their differences aside when the wedding party gets food poisoning and a free vacation in paradise is up for grabs. But when Olive unexpectedly runs into her future boss she plummets herself and Ethan into a crazy white lie and tells her boss she and Ethan are just married. It seems she’s unluckier than ever before…or is she, in fact, luckier than ever?

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There you have it! Ten fiction books to add to that summer reading list. There’s some romance, history, mystery, suspense, and drama. Keep a lookout for the nonfiction booklist coming soon!

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Midnight Tease

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You know what they say: you can sleep when you’re dead. LOL. If you’re up at this midnight hour like me then you agree.

This is the Midnight Tease where I share what I’ll be reading and reviewing this month. Maybe you’ll see a couple of books that pique your interest, or that you’ve read already and want to get your chattiness on about it.

I can’t believe we’re in June already. Halfway through 2019. Wow. Summer is my favorite season. All the warmth and sunshine and green. I can’t get enough. I also get to see one of my best friends who visits once a year and I’m so excited.

I know there are also some recent releases I’m excited about like Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard and Finale by Stephanie Garber. Both of these authors are phenomenal. I’ve really loved their books and can’t wait to read these!

Anyway, before I get too carried away, here’s what going on here on The Scarlet Reader this month!

 

Coming Soon…       

Midnight Tease

 

All Souls Trilogy: A Discovery of Witches, The Shadow of Light, and The Book of Life
Author: Deborah Harkness
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Pretty Sassy Cool

I have heard so many amazing things about this spellbinding trilogy and the show was beautiful and breathtaking. I don’t think I can’t fully put into words just how excited I am about finally getting to read this trilogy.

 

The First Men in the Moon
H. G. Wells
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Penguin Random House

Such a great author. I really enjoyed The Time Machine.

 

Wolves of Calla
Author: Stephen King

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On my own journey to The Dark Tower.

 

Zom-B
Author: Darren Shan

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A long while ago, I was going to start this series. Finally doing it.

 

Dreamfall
Author: Amy Plum
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Amazon

 

Currently…

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Good Omens
Author: Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
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Penguin

 

Lothaire
Author: Kresley Cole
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Goodreads

 

The Host
Author: Stephanie Meyer
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Goodreads

 

Wizard in the Glass
Author: Stephen King

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Up for Review…

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Brave
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Goodreads

 

Little Monsters
Author: Kara Thomas
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The Last Magician & The Devil’s Thief
Author: Lisa Maxwell
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Loading it up this month and with some epic reads if I do say so myself! Have a happy June!

 

More to come soon…

  -K

 

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A Rose, A Key (The Waste Lands – A Book Review)

The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3)
Author: Stephen King
Published: 1991

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Rated P for paradoxical twists that’ll leave you mind-bent.

 

Then he realized that it was not blood he was looking at, but roses…

Some time has passed and Roland, Eddie, and Susannah are well on their way toward the dark tower. There is conflict within Roland. He is struggling with two alternate realities since he saved Jake from getting shoved into traffic and run over by a car. Now, he can’t tell what’s real. Is Jake dead from him leaving him to die and go after the man in black or is Jake truly alive because he’d never been hit? Roland must fix himself before he completely comes unhinged. They cannot continue onward to the dark tower until he does.

 

The Dark Tower series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 3 of 7 (technically 8, but I’m not including The Wind Through the Keyhole, though I will be reading it.)

 

This book really picked up the series’s pace. There was much more action than in the books before it. Roland struggled to fix what he’d done to Jake in The Gunslinger and it put a great strain on the journey to the dark tower for him and his companions. Eddie and Susannah were very helpful in guiding him, though all three of them weren’t sure about where they were going. They followed ka-tet and their guts blindly. It’s really crazy but always keeps me guessing. Nothing about this series is predictable.

My hopes didn’t let me down! Jake returned. Granted it was touch-and-go for a good moment, but Jake is back and I’m so glad. While it’s hard to pick a favorite character, the crew feels complete with him a part of it. I got really giddy when Jake created a bond with Oy, a billy-bumbler. They’re very strange-looking creatures and very much in the so-ugly-they’re-cute category but incredibly brilliant. This one is no exception.

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Charlie Choo Choo made his debut in this book. In fact, he was one of the major points aside from Jake. It was the main destination of this book actually and without Jake, they wouldn’t have made it. Learning of Charlie led them to Blaine the Monorail. He helped Roland and crew get to Blaine the Mono. Both Charlie and Blaine are super creepy. The kid’s book unnerved me and when Charlie made his appearance I swear I shuddered.

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The world the crew was in this time is still crazy-wild. So desolate and dangerous. While they moved across the waste lands, there were strange doors, creatures, and crazy, psycho people. The detail is so deep and intricate. King didn’t spare a single sense useless. Sometimes the density made me slow down some, but I didn’t give up on it.

Also really admired the images created to help add to the story, such as Roland’s explanation of the dark tower and how it’s the pinnacle of all universes. It really does help and give better visuals for certain bits. Not only did it give me something better to go on, but I saw it how the characters did.

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The Waste Lands

 

Overall

This book left off on such a cliffhanger! I can’t wait to get to the next one. I’m really glad I didn’t give up on this series. Incredibly inventive and creative and dark. I’m so living for it! While it’s uber twisty and sometimes a struggle to get my brain to keep up with all of the overlapping time paradoxes, I just can’t get enough.

 

Quotables:

“We are ka-tet, which means a group of people bound together by fate. The philosophers of my land sad a ka-tet could only be broken by death or treachery…” (Roland, p. 422)

“You’re a long way from Forty-second Street, sweetheart—hope is a great thing, no matter what anyone says, but don’t hope so hard you lose sight of that one thought: you’re a long way from Forty-second Street…” (Eddie, p.460)

“Old ways are sometimes the best ways.” (Roland, p. 471)

 

More to come soon…

  – K.

 

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Pressing Buttons (Gwendy’s Button Box – A Book Review)

Gwendy’s Button Box
Author: Stephen King & Richard Chizmar
Published: 2017

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Rated S for subtle mystery and the bittersweet nobody expects in life.

 

“Take care of the box. It gives gifts, but they’re small recompense for the responsibility.”

It’s 1974. It was a bright and sunny day in Castle Rock, Maine when twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson met a strange man on a bench. He gives her a box with special buttons and levers, promising that it holds gifts for her. He doesn’t divulge how long she is meant to hold on to it. Just that she takes care of it. Protecting the box changes her life in unbelievable ways.

 

Gwendy is given something remarkable and powerful. A box with buttons on it that if she presses make things happen. Or do they? It’s actually quite mysterious. The box, an unnoticeable thing, except to her, yet it has such a massive presence and effect on everyone around, and including, Gwendy. A real Pandora’s Box feel.

This was such a bittersweet read. It has that haunting veil hanging over it. It’s incredible. Not a top read for me, but a delightful one. I’m glad I read it. Also, the cover art is GORGEOUS and a perfect look into the important parts of the novella. It reminds a bit of Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block. Not the horrifying part, but the stairs.

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Real and raw, this novella shows the true test of humanity and our ability to resist temptation and handle power. The characters were incredibly beautiful and scary. It’s such an oxymoronic pair, but so true. I really admired how they were written. So basic, yet I got attached to them pretty quick.

There was magic that was indescribable. It wasn’t as I’ve read in the many paranormal books I’ve consumed over the years, and there’s quite a few. LOL. It was surreal, almost as if there wasn’t magic at all because I wasn’t sure that some parts involved actual magic. If it wasn’t just humanity inevitably doing what humanity does. But then, I was really wanting to see something big happen!

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Overall

I think this a great read. I’ll have to look into other Castle Rock novels now. More to add to my reading list!! LOL. Certainly, a story that will pull at the heartstrings a little. I enjoyed the comical bits and especially the way it wasn’t over the top. Completely natural. And all in a one-day read. Hell, not even a full twenty-four hours. A two-four hour read, if you’re like me and enjoy taking your time.

 

Quotables:

“Stashed away in this world of ours, are great arsenals of weapons that could destroy all life on this planet for a million years.” (Farris to Gwendy, p, 23)

“Gwendy has a thought: secrets are a problem. They weigh on the mind and take up space in the world.” (Gwendy, p. 30)

“It’s wetter than a taco fart down there and just as smelly.” (Mr. Peterson to Gwendy, p. 83)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Through the Door of Their Minds (The Drawing of Three – A Book Review)

The Drawing of Three (The Dark Tower #2)
Author: Stephen King
Published: 1990

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Rated N for nightmarish, carnivorous lobstrosities with a hankering for human meat and psychotic mind-breaks that’ll leave you wondering if someone slipped you acid.

 

Three. This is the number of your fate.

Roland now follows the path that the Man in Black has set him on, knowing it will get him closer to the Tower. But is the deadly cost worth it? Dodging strange, monstrous crustaceans, the gunslinger follows his path, ready to draw three, as he’s been told he would.

Discovering mysterious doorways out on the beach wasteland, he enters America, as we know it. But he comes through those doorways through defiant Eddie Dean and smart Odetta Holmes. Joining together, they make their way through dangerous struggles and treacherous evils, unveiling that they need one another…for now.

They are getting closer to the Tower.

 

The Dark Tower series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 2 of 7 (technically 8, but I’m not including The Wind Through the Keyhole, though I will be reading it.)

 

This book was intense! Still a little drawn out, but those lobster creature-things were creepy! I also kept wondering what the hell they kept saying and if they were saying anything at all. They are vicious for sure. Fingers getting bitten off type of vicious.

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I’m still reeling at what happened to Jake and crossing my fingers that Roland will cross paths with him again someday. The new additions, Eddie and Odetta, are a handful! Eddie is a heroin addict while Odetta is legless while also schizophrenic with an alternate personality. Totally wild and also puts a kink in Roland’s mission. I really liked the dynamic though. These two are given an opportunity to do something of higher power, like a calling.

While the story pretty much stands still in its setting of apocalyptic beach, so much is happening. King is fantastic at standing still, but making sure the reader sees the whole picture, while also getting into their heads with boundary-breaking stuff. Yep, stuff. The intricate, following a string to see where it goes stuff.

 

Overall

Now I’m invested. After the craziness and unexpected drops, I couldn’t put this book down. This series is still a mind-bending trip that let me wondering if I was on drugs or not. I imagine the next book will be even more intense and WTF-filled.

 

Quotables:

“If you have given up your heart for the Tower, Roland, you have already lost. A heartless creature is a beast. To be a beast is perhaps bearable, although the man who has become one will surely pay hell’s own price in the end, but what if you should gain your object?” (p. 265)

“Who’s gonna come through some magic door and save you, man? Do you know? I do. No one. You drew all you could draw.” (Eddie to Roland, p.461)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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The Chase Is On… (The Gunslinger – A Book Review)

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1)
Author: Stephen King
Published: 1982

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Rated M for a complex, multi-dimensional mindfuck that you just can’t put down because you really want to figure it out more than that puzzle box from Hellraiser.

 

“The man in black fled across the dessert and the gunslinger followed.”

In a desolate reality that mirrors ours in horrifying ways. A lone gunslinger going by the name of Roland makes his way across the desert land with Jake from our reality. As a gunslinger, Roland is charged with protecting good, or whatever is left of it. His world has ‘moved on’ and the only way to salvage what’s left of it is to catch the man in black.

While the journey has been a long one already, Roland knows that the man in black has all of the answers and secrets that will guide him. See, this is only the beginning of the gunslinger’s journey toward the Dark Tower.

 

The Dark Tower series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 1 of 7 (technically 8, but I’m not including The Wind Through the Keyhole, though I will be reading it.)

 

How do I begin with this one?

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This really was a complex mindfuck. With the utmost originality that can only come out of the mind of the King, this is a series of some epic fantasy. It doesn’t touch Lord of the Rings or any other fantasy series because it’s a league of its own. I don’t say that because this is better than them. It’s not. It’s on the level. I say it because it lives on a plane all its own with its own mythology, language, world. It has a universe all to itself that doesn’t touch anything else. It’s an original work.

I both enjoyed and disliked The Dark Tower. When I finished it, I decided that this came across as a primer/prologue than it did a book in series. You spend more time getting to know Roland and his world and what his journey will entail thden you do actually moving in any form of progression.

So, here comes the downside. While taking in what this series would entail, I found the book to be drawn out in detail. There were times where I thought I could fall asleep from boredom because it was so lengthy. I love attention to detail. It makes the story extremely immersive, but it felt overdone, like a burnt piece of barbeque. It comes across as dull at times and I just wanted to move forward.

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Racing to catch up with the man in black proved to be tricky for Roland. There were many obstacles, some of which were put in place by the man in black. Dark and totally on the mark, Roland didn’t let anything get in his way to get to his objective. For me, it was haunting. I wonder if everything he did was worth what he got.

Side Note: I have seen the film for The Dark Tower and I must say it didn’t live up to what I imagined. One day, I hope to see this picked up by HBO or Starz or even Netflix so it can receive the amazing glory and following of that like GOT. It deserves to have the time it takes to tell an intricate tale like this.

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Overall

Reading this book was like starring at a piece of artwork, in a museum, that you don’t understand. But, you’re going to stand there and stare at it until you discover it because it’s beautiful and it whispers some kind of secret and meaning. That’s kind of how it went down. Not a bad read, but damn if I wasn’t enthralled with semi-glazed over eyes. Don’t mistake that for me thinking this book royally sucked. It didn’t. It was fantastic. It’ll definitely need another read though.

 

Quotables:

 “Nineteen would open the secret. Nineteen was the secret.” (p. 56)

“While you travel with the boy, the man in black travels with your soul.” (p. 141)

“Time’s the thief of memory.” (p. 177)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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