- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (April 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451237994
- ISBN-13: 978-0451237996
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dark Tower Companion: A Guide to Stephen King's Epic Fantasy Paperback – April 2, 2013
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“Wonderful...opens doors to Roland’s world that not even I knew existed. If you like The Dark Tower books, you’ll like this one. Enthusiastically recommended.”—Stephen King
“Bev Vincent is a true King insider....His book is essential to every reader of Stephen King’s magnificent work.”—Peter Straub
“Vincent proves himself a master of the Dark Tower world.”—Publishers Weekly
“An excellent and maybe even vital guide to King’s grand opus.”—Locus
About the Author
Bev Vincent has been a contributing editor with Cemetery Dance magazine since 2001, writing the News from the Dead Zone column that appears in every issue. He is the author of The Road to the Dark Tower, the Bram Stoker Award-nominated companion to Stephen King's Dark Tower series, The Dark Tower Companion, and The Stephen King Illustrated Companion.
His short fiction has appeared in places like Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, From the Borderlands, and The Blue Religion. He is a member of the Storytellers Unplugged blogging community. He also writes book reviews for Onyx Reviews. Vincent lives in Texas with his wife.
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I, like many others, once despaired that King would ever finish the quest, and when he did,I read the last the books back to back. Recently I realized just how long it has been since I did, and reading through this book was helpful in reminding me about the ins and outs along the path of the beam. This is a great resource for the serious fantastic of the series.
Bev Vincent, is definitely a Dark Tower specialist.
Abnd he just released THE DARK TOWER COMPANION, whom is his second book about The Dark Tower, the first being THE ROAD TO THE DARK TOWER.
But you dont need to be a Dark Tower specialist to read and appreciate THE DARK TOWER COMPANION. This book is well structured, and it covers EVERYTHING that could be said & need to be said about THE DARK TOWER.
After an initial introduction, the book opens with a wonderful presentation of the saga ("What's it all about?"), before developping the original work which corresponds to 8 books + a short story titled The Little Sisters of Eluria.
TDC presents all the links between The Dark Tower and Stephen King books & short stories, but also covers the extented universe : Discordia (an interactive experience on the official website, which tends to be forgotten. ie : i personally wasnt aware of the recent update of Discordia), and the graphic novels + its appendices that are the guides & almanachs created by Marvel.
On top of this, Bev Vincent adds to this book a work that seems quite comprehensive in which he presents the characters & Roland's ennemis, the places (fictitious or the true places of Manhattan), as well as the timeline of The Dark Tower.
And finally, let's not forget the different interviews that Bev Vincent conducted and which are relevant for each parts of the book : the original work (with Stephen King), the extended universe of Discordia(Brian Stark & Robin Furth), the project of adaptation in movies+series+games(Ron Howard & Akiva Goldsman in which they present their vision for this ambitious project), and the Marvel graphic novels (with numerous artists & people involved in the comics).
As it was the case with his other bestseller 'companion' book on Stephen King, THE ILLUSTRATED STEPHEN KING COMPANION, Bev Vincent keeps proving, if it was needed, that he is a real Stephen King specialist, and shows with great attention the large scale of the saga that Stephen King wrote over 40 years and that is his magnum opus. Despite the fact that THE DARK TOWER corresponds to 8 books + 1 short story, which span on more than 4,000 pages, the saga do also develops its roots & story arc in the rest of Stephen King's work... and is a lot richer that 'only' 8 books.
This saga will last, and i am certain that if a project of adaptation one days sees the light, despite the challenges that will surround such a project, this saga will only gain in popularity. The same way than did THE LORD OF THE RINGS. But i think that it's honnest to see that, currently, THE DARK TOWER is mostly known by Stephen King fans.
If you want to go back to THE DARK TOWER. If you want to discover more about the saga, or you want to refresh your memory. If you want to find out more about the other side of the mirror of the extended universe of this work, or even if you want to broaden your vision of the adaptation that Ron Howard & Akiva Goldsman wants to do, then do not wait anymore.
You will simply not find a better book about THE DARK TOWER, than this DARK TOWER COMPANION... written by a recognised & great specialist es Stephen King.
Longtime fans and the passingly curious can enjoy this book. It has been a long time since I finished the series and this companion was just the thing I needed to bring it all back and remind me of why I loved it so much. I am not one for rereading anything so it was fun to discover things I missed when I read the series and getting insight into Stephen King's reasons for writing the series the way he did. If you have just read the first couple of books in the series then this companion will help refresh your memory, cause if you have read some of the books then you know how complex and crazy the Dark Tower world can be. If you haven't read any of the books then here is a chance to learn a little about the process of writing an epic fantasy that spans over thirty years of an author's life!
Kudos to Bev Vincent for how he organized the companion and the information he included, especially the information about the status of a movie/TV adaptation. There is also information about the graphic novel series based on the novels and how it came to be. One of the reasons I love this story so much is I felt transported to Mid-World with Roland and his ka-tet every time I opened the book and it stuck with me even after closing it. Stephen King even created a whole new language for his world! Here is a glossary [...] because it is just that awesome <G>
Bev Vincent, I bow down to your Dark Tower knowledge and Thankee-sai for putting this together. Long days and pleasant nights...
"I do not kill with my gun;
He who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.
I kill with my heart." - Roland
"First comes smiles, then comes lies. Last is gunfire." - Roland
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