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The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower (7) Paperback – November 1, 2005
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― The New York Times Book Review
"One gets the feeling that this colossal story means a lot to King, that he's telling it because he has to....He's giving The Dark Tower everything he's got."
― San Francisco Chronicle
"With the conclusion of this tale...King has certainly reached the top of his game." ― Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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- Publisher : Scribner; Reprint edition (November 1, 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 864 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0743254562
- ISBN-13 : 978-0743254564
- Lexile measure : 930L
- Item Weight : 1.7 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.8 x 8.38 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #36,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Overall, yes. Yes, I think it was. None of the individual volumes were spectacular, and in fact, I almost gave up a few times, but I'm glad I got to the end. The Dark Tower series is nothing short of “required reading” for any serious Stephen King fan.
This last volume is LONG, but it has to be, because it has to tie up all those loose ends. King leaves nothing unaddressed. Nothing hanging. As to the ending, I suspect many readers will hate it. Personally, I thought it was perfect. It's sad (most of the book is sad, if I'm honest); it's gut-wrenching, in fact, but I agree with what Mr King wrote in his afterword: it was the right ending, and because of that, I'm satisfied.
I think what makes this series so important, even though none of the individual pieces are exactly “literary masterpieces”, is that once you’ve read it, you realise that every one of King’s books is actually set in the same universe. Whether you’re reading about Carrie, or Dannie Torence, or an evil extra-dimensional clown, you know that outside of the story you’re reading, The Dark Tower looms. And Randall Flagg et al. And The Crimson King.
If you’ve never read the Dark Tower, your subconscious mind is still telling you, as you read those other stories, that there is something bigger at work. Bigger than the story you’re reading, even though you can’t quite put your finger on it.
So if you consider yourself a Stephen King fan, do yourself a favour and read this series. There will be times when it feels like a chore, and there will be books you feel you have to force yourself to get through, but do it anyway. Trust me, it’ll be worth it.
I'm sure that someday I will.
If you have read through book six and are reading this then it's already too late and I wish you well on the final leg of your journey. However, if this reaches you before you have read a single page do yourself a favor and keep it that way, say thankya.
The last book if the series is arguably its best. I always appreciated that the loose ends were tied adequately. For me that was important at the time and I found it satisfying again. This last story is full of the twists and turns you come to expect as you journey to the tower. It is final and at time pulls hard on the heart.
This is a great read. A great way to finish the epic story of Roland and the quest for the Dark Tower.
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Everyone says they disliked book 1 and 6. Overall all books were essential to get the overall story, though I get the feel that if book 6 had never been written the story would not have changed much.
Book 7, the finale, is a must read if you've read the others. After the journey you've been through already I doubt you're not going to buy this. So with that in mind, my impressions:
The Crimson King is pictured in the comics and all the other books as a real hardcore bad guy. However, he ends up appearing at the end, in my mind, like king candy from Wreak it Ralph. Stephen King is known for writing every last detail of a simple walk from one room to another. He never misses out on the detail. Why then did the last few months just get narrated as, and they walked for ages and arrived. That was not typical King and led me to believe he was struggling to see how he could wrap up the story and so he did it quickly and sloppily. My take on the infamous ending, Roland's life has been hell, and it would appear he's in hell, cursed to relive his life over and over again. This made the story feel a bit more like typical King and unlike others I did feel it a fitting end. Saying that, I did wonder what our hero had done to deserve it as he is supposed to be, for all intents and purposes, the good guy.
Overall, I enjoyed the series and hope to re-read it again at some point in my life. Thank you for the memories Mr King, it was a story I'll carry with me always.
"Dauntless the slug-horn to my lips I set,
And blew “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower came.”