The Dark Tower Series

Canada
January 19, 2009 3:48pm CST
The dark Tower Series has got to be the best of Stephen King. His magnum opus. His ability to intertwine reality and fiction is remarkable. I found myself actually staring to wonder if some dreams/ideas are just imagination, or a peek into a world unknown. What did you think of the series?
9 responses
• United States
6 Nov 09
I was fortunate to start the series after it was completed so I could read all of them at my own pace (and not wait impatiently for the next one to be published). I found myself thinking about the books a lot. Now, when I'm starving, I'm a-hongry (only those who have completed the series understand my reference). The only thing I didn't like about the series (but changed my mind later) was Stephen King adding himself as a pinnacle character. I thought it was too self-righteous and a bit pretentious. I got over it after the story unfolded and agreed with the need to include Stephen King, the character, after reading his afterword. I appreciated his way of describing objects and situations through Odetta/Detta/Suzannah's, Jake's, Eddie's, and Roland's vantage points since they each had their own and then I could fully understand what was happening. But it's amazing to me that I finished the series over a year ago but can still remember their names. The series is definitely impactual but I wish I would have read it after reading other books of his. He admitted to including facets of his other books in the series or vice versa; I especially regret I didn't get to read 'Salem's Lot beforehand. And some summaries of other books sound a lot like parts of the Dark Tower series. So in a way, the series has ruined my curiousity in reading his other novels and I have resorted to his short stories for now.
6 Nov 09
I read TDT series some years ago. The first thing that really put me off was the long pause in the series, but I did enjoy reading it. I enjoyed reading it until the end. The ending really pissed me off - all that reading for pretty much nothing. I used to wait for every book he put out but he hasn't put out anything good since his accident. I could not finish "From a Buick 8". "Cell" was too fast, and had too much of a happy ending. It had a rushed feeling to it.
• United States
6 Nov 09
I read Gerald's Game because the predicament described in the summary seemed quite unusual plus the plot was character driven instead of dialogue dependent. It wasn't bad but I was pretty relieved when it was over. I cringed a couple of times due to the remarkable details but I wouldn't read it again.
@Krissta (90)
• Canada
23 Jan 09
I love the Dark Tower Series. I have read all of them, and loved every single one.. But then again, I tend to love everything Stephen King writes..
• Canada
23 Jan 09
That's why he is the KING!
@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
20 Jan 09
I'm almost through 'Wizard and Glass' right now. I tried several times over the years to get through 'The Gunslinger' and was never quite able until recently but I'm glad I did. The first two were a little rocky but once I was about 1/3 through 'Wastelands' I was hooked. I am really enjoying the fourth installment and have even been finding myself dreaming of living in Hambry!
• Canada
20 Jan 09
Just wait! The best is yet to come! Your way of seeing this will change by the time you finnish them all
• Philippines
12 Sep 09
i still haven't read the 7th books of the series. i just finished the song of susannah last month and i think it was brilliant. stephen king just never fails to awe and amaze me.
@adriken (25)
• United States
17 Jun 09
I was so dissappointed when the series ended. I wish he could have continued on with it. By far one of his better works.
@chi2nasrin (1102)
• Malaysia
17 Jun 09
I've been following Stephen King's book since I was 13 years old. The Dark Tower series is definitely the best masterpiece from him in my opinion. But I don't really like the ending of the story. The beginning was actually the end and the was actually the beginning. Haha, it's like reading it again and again and again!
@Kdlyn74 (35)
• United States
15 Jun 09
I did generally like the series and I often think that it should be made into a movie "lord of the rings style". The only thing I didn't care for was the "wizard of oz" like part towards the end of the story and I could have done without Stephen Kings part in the story it felt like he ran out of ides for where the story should go. But I came to really love the characters. Especially Roland. Its been years since I read The Gunslinger(book 1) I'm thinking of re-reading the entire series back to back and seeing if I change my mind. I still think "IT" was the best and wish that they would re-make the movie exactly like the book was.
@kingfan (30)
• Canada
14 Feb 09
JonesKnows, have you read the entire series? I started with The Gunslinger when it was first written and couldn't wait for the next one to be published. I thought they got better and better with each installment, although Wizard and Glass wasn't my favourite. However, the last two books were a disappointment to me. They felt rushed and didn't answer a lot of the questions that I had. I don't want to say too much, as I don't want to spoil things for those who are still reading them, but the ending wsn't what I expected. You either love it or hate it, and unfortunately I was among the latter group.
• Russian Federation
29 Jan 09
Reading this the book to not perceive it is a fantasy, and start to search for parallels in our world. I as shall not read last book, it is a pity to finish.