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Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance, Revised and Updated Paperback – November 6, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1451694871 ISBN-10: 1451694873 Edition: Rev Upd

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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Rev Upd edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451694873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451694871
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I found this overview of In-World, Mid-World, and End-World both entertaining and invaluable. So, I am convinced, will you.”—From the Foreword by Stephen King

“Furth’s concordance anticipates—and answers—virtually every question the Constant Reader might come up with.”—Locus

About the Author

Robin Furth was born and raised in Philadelphia and attended the University of Pennsylvania. While enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the University of Maine, she was introduced to Stephen King, who needed a research assistant. Her work with King as he completed the Dark Tower series produced the Dark Tower Concordance. Furth has since written the story lines for Marvel’s bestselling comic book spin-off series The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born. She divides her time among Maine, the south of England, and Mid-World.

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Robin Furth was born and raised in Philadelphia and attended the University of Pennsylvania. While enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the University of Maine, she was introduced to Stephen King, who needed a research assistant. She has been working with King for more than five years and is now busy writing story lines and folktales for Marvel's forthcoming Dark Tower comic book series. She divides her time between Maine, the south of England, and Mid-World.

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I almost wish I'd waited for it to come out before reading the series.
J. Bauer
This concordance was actually put together as a reference for Stephen King himself, as he explains in the beginning of this very excellent and detailed document.
turtlex
A great conversation piece, and interesting to read in short bursts. (you can't read a dictionary for fun).
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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
Apparently being a personal assistant to Stephen King has certain perks, especially when you're writing a concordance to his bestselling Dark Tower series, both volumes of which are contained in "The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance." Robin Furth doesn't outline much that isn't also in the book, but she does an excellent job outlining the information about King's entire series.

Furth includes plenty of data on the seven novels of the series, starting with an essay that refreshes the reader's memory. Furth starts the actual content with a list of characters with biographical info, from "Abigail" to "Zoltan." Then it's the areas of Mid-World, from the lair of the vampire nuns to Roland's long-lost homeland; the areas of our own world, and portals between the worlds. There are some pretty decent maps as well.

Additionally, she describes the various terms and phrases used in the High Speech, Mid-World language ("graf" is apple beer), prayers and sayings ("If it's ka, it will come like the wind"). And just for reference, she includes organizations, dances, holidays, magical items, instruments, as well as outlining various maps, as well as cultural items from our present world, and maps. Not to mention references to King's own work within the series.

The Dark Tower series -- which stretches through seven long novels and one short story -- is enticingly complex and mysterious, set in different worlds and times. It's also interlinked with other novels of King's, like "Insomnia" and "Eyes of the Dragon." So it's inevitable that even the die-hard fans will forget Character X or fair-day Z -- yet Furth's book allows easy clarification and consultation.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Frangules on May 10, 2013
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This marks the third time that Robin Furth has written a "Concordance" to the Dark Tower books. The first time it was split into two volumes; Volume I being for the first four books, Volume II being for the final three. Then Furth re-released it as "The Complete Concordance", which was a revised version that covered the entire series all at once. Now we have the "The Complete Concordance, Revised and Expanded" in light of the currently released eighth book "The Wind Through the Keyhole".

If you haven't got a Concordance yet, then by all means get this one as it's a valuable companion to the series (although it goes without saying that it's chock full of spoilers so make sure you're finished with it). It's not so much something you're meant to read from start to finish as it is an expanded index to the series. If for example if you want to find out when a certain character appeared or you missed something that's important later on, this will be helpful. It does exactly what's it supposed to do. If you're looking for deep analysis or new information on the series then it's not for you.

But if you do have any of the prior Concordances (or if you bought the first two separately and then double-dipped with the combined one), is it worth getting again? To be honest, I don't think so. The eighth book is pretty short, has a relatively simple story with only a few new characters and is largely separate from the larger plot of the series. I can't imagine that most people will get as much use from the Concordance with it as they would with the main series. Unless you're a completist, I don't think it's worth buying just yet. I also have the feeling that King will revisit Mid-World again some day, and if so, then another Concordance is right around the corner...
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Bauer on April 10, 2007
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A concordance, by definition, is an alphabetical index of the principal words of a book, as of the Bible, with a reference to the passage in which each occurs. This does a most excellent job of doing so. Well studied! I almost wish I'd waited for it to come out before reading the series. A must have for all Tower geeks.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By turtlex on August 26, 2008
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Welcome to the world of Roland, his fellow Gunslingers and the Dark Tower - It is a wonderous and complex universe. This tome will act as a kind of guide and assist you with any questions you might have.

This concordance was actually put together as a reference for Stephen King himself, as he explains in the beginning of this very excellent and detailed document.

Here within lies the Dark Tower and all its mysteries, names, characters, locations, mythology, etc.

This is an ideal book for the Dark Tower fan, or fanatic. The details refer back to actual page numbers of the original novels, the new revised editions, etc and the format is easy to use.

Ideally, finding answers to your questions is the key to a well put together reference book - and this book has been researched and put together expertly.

I would strongly suggest this book for an accompanyment to the Dark Tower Series.

Long Days and Pleasant Nights.
turtlex
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Rock on December 22, 2008
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If you are into the Dark Tower series, the Concordance is a must. Keep the characters straight. Find references to characters and places in other works by King. Excellent resource.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Miss Barbara TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 17, 2007
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The Dark Tower series is as long and complicated as the Bible. The Bible has a concordance. This needs one too. There are so many characters and so many meandering sub-plots that you need a road map to keep everything on track. Robin Furth did it for us. Furth is dedicated to this series and seems to know every nuance. THis book helps. And it makes a good campfire game to open the book randomly and start a topic. Well worth your time and $$$...bg
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