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That being said...I LOVE pop culture references in books and films; they make me smile. I laughed at the one in the beginning of this book. However, if you're going to reference something with a cult following like The Dark Tower series, make doubly sure you're right. Please. Roland's guns are wood handled, not wood, and Oy doesn't have razor teeth.
As I said, there was potential, but the story fell victim to rushing. The characters had interesting enough concepts, but they were more or less just thrown into the mix from out of nowhere and weren't really given time for proper introduction. This made them come off as rather bland and generic.
I believe the thing that ultimately made me give up was just the lack of detail. In order for me to really get drawn into a story, I need to know everything. What are people wearing, what do they look like, what do they think, what do they feel, what do they believe, what do they hate, what do they love, what's the weather like, all that junk. I really need to be drawn into the deepest parts of a character's mind in order for me to latch on. I pretty much feel the same way about scenery as well. Paint a picture and make me feel like I'm standing right there with the character.
All in all, my advice to the author would be to slow it down a bit and give your story time to blossom. That sometimes means spending days, weeks, or even longer on a single chapter. It may seem like it takes forever to get anything done and that you're making virtually no progress, but you'll be happy with the results. You need to take the time to bond with your characters and make the reader see what you see. Slow and steady wins the race. I guess that's all I've got. Best of luck.
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