I loved Volumes 1 - 5, thought volume 6 was okay, but despite two attempts I just could not get into volume 7! I know how it ends but I still hope to read it all, it's the only King novel to date I couldn't finish. I hope reading DT 4.5 will inspire me to finally finish 7!
I'm curious to know what about the last book made you put it down unfinished? For me, The Dark Tower was a fitting and satisfying conclusion to a much beloved series, though you are not alone in your estimation. Hopefully, this new DT book will be as fulfilling as the others.
I agree. I thought the last book provided a strong sense of closure. I am not excited about this book though. The series already felt complete to me. I guess as a stand alone title it has a chance though.
I have to admit that when I reached the end of the last book I thought about throwing it against the wall (like I did with Volume 4!) but then I realized it was the perfect ending. I'm excited about another book in the series, although this one seems short for a Stephen King novel! But I bet it will be a good read....
I hated the ending to the DT series, in fact the last three books were just not that entertaining to me (the first 5 were amoung my favorite books ever) I saw this one just now, and got mad, because no matter how much I don't want to, I will buy and read it. I said I'd stop reading King's books when he stopped writing horror, but I keep coming back to him like a bad girlfriend. Damnit.
I think it is an eternal shame that Wizard and Glass was not released as a stand-alone novel. It's so much better than the series as a whole. Part six was abominable, and so I've never even read part seven. I'm very interested in this new one though.
I read through 6 pretty quickly even though I wasn't big on it - and I started 7 but then put it down. I think I put it down because I really just wasn't ready for the series to end. However, sometime before the new one comes out I will start it over and finish it.
I find it weird reading all of your comments about book 6, honestly i think it was one of my favorites in the series. I liked 7, but there was so much unnecessary text in it. when i was reading it i felt like pages and pages went by without anything happening and it just dragged on forever. i think he could have trimmed off about 100-150 pages of it and made it a lot more fast paced.
Patrick, it all depends on the reader in which book one finds more or less interesting. Though I did not find book 6 to be the best, I however liked Song of Susanna better than most other books written in a similar genre-even Stephen King's worst efforts are far and away better than a lot of author's best books. For me, book 7 was a perfect length though I can understand your point. Alas, we are all but just one constant reader...
The same here. I am not a Dark Tower junkie and I am yet to read the last three novels but Wizard and Glass is one of the best books I have read. In my mind I still sometimes hear Roland's cries when the town folks were burning Susan to death.
I have been and will always be a great fan of SK, but I was disappointed by the ending of Book 7. When SK tells his "constant readers" to stop, I should have stopped. No spoiler here, but I was disappointed and am looking forward to getting back into the DT series 3 volumes before the Book 7. If I could say one word about the ending of Book 7 it would be that it was "nineteen".
I thought book 1 was decent. Books 2-4 are the heart of the series and the best books. Book 5 was very long and I didn't think a lot happened until the battle at the end. Didn't like Book 6 at all. Book 7 was better than 6 but still not at the level of 2-4.
Agree with many of the above - DT 1-4 were some of the best books I have ever read. Five was pretty good, but 6 and 7 were just terrible. I am looking forward to 4.5 to see if he can recapture the magic.
The Wastelands was the best book of this series;The Gunslinger was the second best, and Wizard and Glass was the third. Honestly, we should be happy that King is going to write another entry because the Marvel Comics stories feel second rate (which they are).