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The most anticipated book in Stephen King’s legendary career, the final installment of his epic bestselling series, The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower.

Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower series is unlike anything you have ever read. The final book opens like a door to the uttermost reaches of Stephen King’s imagination. You’ve come this far. Come a little farther. Come all the way. The sound you hear may be the slamming of the door behind you. Welcome to The Dark Tower.

Topics: Adventurous, Alternate Universe, Post-Apocalyptic, Supernatural Powers, Vampires, Magic, Parallel Dimensions, Time Travel, Suspenseful, Dark, Postmodern, American West, Series, Epic, and Speculative Fiction

Published: Scribner on Sep 21, 2004
ISBN: 9780743266796
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The finale of Kings opus is as contoversial as it is long. Sometimes it seems to start tying everything up for the sake of ending the saga, but it's all worth while. Culminating in an ending that will not be to everyone's taste, it is nonetheless an epic conclusion worthy of Roland himself.read more
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No other way for that book to end. Has to be one of my favorite endings of all time.read more
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Final episode of the Dark Tower. Since i've re-read them all in english, i think they're even better. Amazing twist in how the 'real' and 'fiction' dimensions are interwoven here. Harsh read in the end, no happy ending. But that's how it must be. Ka.read more
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I'm not going to rate these separately as that doesn't make sense to me. I thought this was a wonderful series. I was horrified when he got hit by the car and I thought he may not be able to finish the story. The plot was incredible and the characters were like close friends of mine by the end. His imagery and imagination are an inspiration to those of us who strive to write for a living. His best work by far, IMHO.read more
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As the Dark Tower series has gone along it's had it's highs "The Waste Lands" and it's lows "Wizard and Glass", this final book in the series was another low. For one thing, writing himself (Stephen King)into the book I think was a bad idea, it is a trick that falls flat. Revealing the Deus ex Machina and then showing him to be mostly powerless. He basically says he has no control over what he writes. It "flows from his belly button". *raises eyebrows* He helps the characters out of a couple of spots, but more often he'd rather forget the whole business. Yet the characters can't let him forget and are continually coming to HIS rescue reminding him that writing this story is going to save all the worlds.Which opens up all sorts of questions when it comes to the many endings in the book. I can't really go into them for fear of spoilers. The biggest disappointment, however, comes not from the Deus ex Machina, but from the end of Modred's story line. It builds up and up and then is pretty anticlimactic.If you've made your way through the series you'll probably end up reading this book no matter what I say, but be prepared for a series of let downs, and writing that is not up to par with several of the other books.read more
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Stephen King's piece-de-resistance. I love this series. I read it a few years ago and am currently listening to it on audio. It's all encompassing - massive in scope. It's an epic story, a never-ending one. The descriptions are visually enticing - so typically Stephen King. These books make the statement "in bold" that I believe all his other books do in maybe more subtle ways. Definitely worth a read.read more
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A stunning ending. I'm tired of seeing people complain about the ending to this series. King couldn't have done a better job.read more
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Other than one silly scene involving Roland and Jake going back to our world to save Stephen King from being killed by a minivan , this book was a pretty good ending to the series. It got a little bloated in a few spots but otherwise was pretty good. One of King's better endings, especially looking at recent books (ugh, Under the Dome). I would recommend the entire series--it was a good (and long) read.read more
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And the killer. After having spent countless hours reading the first 6 Dark Tower books I was really looking forward to this conclusion. I had heard rumors of a bad ending but invested myself anyway. Well, I didn't get to the end. I made it to 200 pages of this book and stopped. I tried several times to resume the reading but was left quite disatisfied at the crazy turn of the story. Spider-baby? Fedic? Bird heads on human bodies? What the hay? Sorry, but this is not what I was expecting or frankly what King had gotten me used to with the first 6 books. Brutal ending.read more
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Roland finally catches his Tower in a book that represents a rather amazing rebound from the dreadful Song of Susannah. Looking at the Dark Tower series as a whole, one can track King's progressively self-indulgent writing; The Dark Tower is no different in that regard as the storytelling doesn't even approach being economical. It is, however, an unexpectedly emotional experience- something I'd reckoned we'd be cheated out of after the disaster that was book six. As for the controversial ending, I have no problem with it. I found it to be surprisingly good, and I think it's the right one. It would have been even better, though, if King hadn't broken in on his own story to wonder aloud why anybody even cares what's in the Tower; maybe this is a tacit admission that even he realizes what a turd Susannah had been. In short, The Dark Tower is a reasonably strong conclusion to a series that seemed destined for greatness, then disintegrated, becoming considerably less than the sum of its parts.read more
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Great conclusion to Roland's story. The book's pacing was a little off for me (too much happening too quickly) but I think you can explain that away with time speeding up the closer you get to the Tower. I was disappointed with the Crimson King - we've been reading about this guy for almost the entire series and he's just a lonely, half-mad man on a balcony.I didn't like how Susannah chose to trade away everything she gained on the journey to live with an almost-Eddie/Jake. She was always my least favorite character from the series.After reading King's conclusion I cannot imagine the series ending any other way. In fact, if I had not read about what was in the Tower I would have been really unhappy with the ending of the book. The only thing I cannot reconcile, however, is how the flashback from Wizard and Glass works with the Tower "resetting" Roland to the desert at the beginning of The Gunslinger. The Horn of Eld was dropped after Wizard and Glass, but before The Gunslinger, so does that mean the Tower change both time and space? I like the message of hope, but I think the breaks continuity of the story.read more
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Read this in 2005. Remember it being entertaining but disjointed. Like King was trying to finish it somehow. Good ending.read more
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Dark Tower Series finally complete and bittersweet for me. I came to really get into the characters and hated to see my time with them end. That being said this finale wasn't as perfect as I was hoping it would be.Some of the cons:-I wasn't thrilled with how several characters exited the story.-Kings character of himself played way too big of a role for my liking-The excessive fast pace of the story- a whole lot was thrown into this book that easily could have spread out to 2 books but maybe that was just Ka speeding up time.Some of the Pros:-I liked the twist with the "Chap"- nice additional element-I liked the circle of Ka concept-I liked the new character that was introduced in the latter halfHERE BE SPOILERS (NOT RECOMMENDED TO READ AHEAD IF YOU HAVENT READ YET)I was very annoyed with not only how quickly but how unnecessarily Jake and Eddie were forcibly removed from the story, not to mention it was one right after the other- I barely had enough time to get used to the first one before the second whammy. And then it was pretty much Susannah that was left with Roland since Oy's role was almost nonexistent at that point(and she is my least favorite character). Susannah's exit was pretty lackluster as well. Even though I was very sad to say goodbye to Oy (as I would love to have my own little Oy around), his exit was at least a brave finale fitting for the little warrior that he was.Mordred's finale was a bit pathetic really. I was expecting more from this line. It was practically over as soon as it started. The new character of the artist was a great addition especially since what he could do was pretty cool. The final showdown was shorter than expected and while not wonderful it wasn't really the ending.The actual ending was perfect for the series. I love how Roland's personality forced this aspect; after-all "there are other worlds than this" and the wheel of Ka will continue whether Roland wants it to or not.read more
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The Grande Finale. I thought its publication would be a bigger event but I suppose only the true fans were left standing at this point. Some controversy about how he ended his opus, but I don't know what else he could have done. I was satisfied.read more
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As far as I'm concerned. This book ended the series perfectly. Whether you read the very last section or not. I could not imagine how Stephen King could possibly end this story, and I found that I liked what he did with the story, though I understand how it might frustrate some people! I won't say anything else because I don't want to give away the ending...but honestly, can you actually imagine any different ending than he gives us?read more
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And so it ends. King wraps up pretty much all of the threads and characters in his usual morose way. The final confrontation is a major letdown. But the book is saved/further destroyed by the epilogue that you will either love or hate.read more
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The perfect ending to the greatest American fantasy series I can remember.read more
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The seven Dark Tower books are among my favourite. Roland Deschain and his Ka-tet are seeking the dark tower, which stands at the centre of all the worlds and levels that exist. Roland's world has moved on but his friends are from worlds more like our own. Through the quest they face monsters, demons, robots, mutants, vampires, crazy people, bad people, witches, mafia bosses and just about anything else you can think of, including an intellegent train which is now insane and obsessed with riddles. It sounds confusing and a bit mad and it is confusing and a bit mad but it is also one of the best series of books ever written and it deserves every bit of praise that it gets. Other SK books which are not part of this series still manage to link in.One thing I will say about the ending, which I know some people are upset by, SK writes the natural ending, not necessarily the one the readers will like the best. He said it himself about the ending to one of his other books(I can't put which in case someone here hasn't read it yet) - he wanted that kid to live but sometimes kids die, they can change it for the movie but he writes it how it comes to him. It's an honest ending and a fair one to a fantastic series of books.read more
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The ka-tet is together again and their quest to the Dark Tower continues - and finishes - in the final volume of King's epic Dark Tower series. Roland Deschain of Gilead's journey to the Dark Tower began several thousand pages and seven books ago and King is finally wrapping up the story.This volume has many exciting and entertaining plot twists, and will keep the reader on their toes throughout all 830 pages (excluding the appendix, which includes Robert Browning's poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", the basis and influence for King's series). As the quest continues, the ka-tet is being followed by Mordred Deschain - the son of both Roland and the Crimson King, as well as the son of Susannah and Mia - who is plotting to kill anyone in his way to fulfill his destiny by killing Roland. Along the way, the ka-tet finds itself in Thunderclap, at the place where the children from the Callas are sent to have their brains tampered with before being sent back roont and must save the beam - and in doing so find themselves in the company of a very old friend (and one that many fans will smile, upon reading about again). And finally, along the way, the Artist is drawn, to help accomplish the remaining tasks prior to the showdown between the Crimson King and Roland.Aside from the story, King actually changed his style of writing in some respects, and unfortunately the changes are not for the better. One of his writing changes is he now addresses the reader, and refers to the reader in his tale. For example, "We have reached that point...and all I can do now is point here and there and hope you can bring your own order out of the general chaos" (370), or "This was quite a bit more than Roland actually said (as we should know, having been there)" (623), among others. This is either new to the seventh volume, or very unnoticeable in the previous volumes and the change takes away from the story, ever so slightly.Another unfortunate change in his writing style is that King reveals what is going to happen well before it happens. When a particular happenstance takes place that affects one of the many characters (not necessarily the main characters, and for better or worse), King reveals it is going to happen well before it is able to unfold. Examples include (names are omitted to protect anything from being given away) "little did he know that he stepped on the glass that will eventually kill him", or "this is the last time _____ would ever be together", and many more instances take place in the book. Again, this deviates from the previous volumes, and is an unwelcome change in his writing style.Another issue, this time in the story itself as opposed to King's writing style, is how King handled the character of Randall Flagg in this final volume. (If you've yet to read this volume, perhaps you should skip this brief section). Throughout the series, Flagg is the antithesis of Roland. He is Roland's mortal enemy, one he has encountered many times (and appears in several of King's books). His death is very unsatisfying. It seems as if King merely remembered he had to do something about him and decided "oh shoot, I'll just take care of him here, on this one page."All in all, the series was a blast. King did a marvelous job with his story telling, and brought to life some very memorable characters and developed them very nicely. The growth of Roland is exceptional throughout the series and his change is dramatic from the pages of The Gunslinger to The Dark Tower. This is easily the best epic tale, spanning several books, since Lord of the Rings and should not be bypassed by any curious reader looking for a wonderful tale full of many stories that are sad, happy, exciting, thrilling, and will leave the reader with a sense of wonder unrivaled in modern fiction. While the length of the series (roughly 4,000 pages worth) may deter some readers, King had a particular quote in the final volume regarding such a concern:I hope you came to hear the tale, and not just munch your way through the pages to the ending. For an ending, you only have to turn to the last page and see what is there writ upon. But endings are heartless. An ending is a closed door no man (or Manni) can open.And that sentiment echos in the heart of the series, as the true glory and wonder is the tale that takes place, not the ending itself.And remember, ka is a wheel - Say thankya.read more
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It has its faults and its triumphs, but there was no way that The Dark Tower was going to make every fan happy once it was over and done with. I prefer to look at its positive points, especially the ending, which allows for the possibilities to expand exponentially. A fitting end to the series, Stephen King obviously put a lot of work into this, and it shows. My third favorite of the entire series.read more
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So to the end we finally come. I've loved every moment, though there were times I cursed the name of Stephen King as the tears roled down my face. This epic contains everything love, pain, death, birth, joy and sadness. It has more than lived up to the Browning poem where it found it's inspiration. A fantastic read.read more
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There really was no other way this epic story could have ended. I get shivers just thinking about it.I'm not even going to bother summing this book up. If you haven't read the previous books, pick up The Gunslinger right now. I mean, now. I'll wait for you to catch up... If you've read through book 6, you can't just stop (even though Song of Susannah was a little slow at times). If you've finished The Dark Tower, you know what I'm talking about.There are very few books that are able to evoke strong emotions in me, but amazingly, this one still manages to do it on repeated readings. (It's the line "...I can plant something. Is there anything you'd think he would like?" "Yes, a rose." that gets me every time.) I won't be forgetting Jake's innocence, Eddie's sarcasm, Susannah's vulnerability, Oy's wisdom, or Roland's steel blue eyes anytime soon. This book is, as Susannah would say, "the good kind, mit schlag."read more
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Finally... the end. A bit anticlimactic, considering I have been reading this series for about 20 years. After all the time I put into this, I am left feeling perplexed and disappointed about the ending and especially about Mordred... I worried so much about his presence and what he was going to do to the ka-tet. Wow, what a let down. Then I felt the whole ending was just really ... blah. I loved the first part of this series, the first four books were wonderful, but after Wizard and Glass it just didn't do anything for me. I almost feel like King lost interest and then he had his accident, and it really changed the feel of the series, but he felt compelled to finish it because so many fans wanted it. The Dark Tower had it's moments though, very sad when our beloved characters start dropping off, and I had a hard time adjusting to the idea of what Susannah does as they get closer to the Tower. And then the whole drawing and erasing thing - I kept thinking - that's the answer?? All I can say is I'm glad I finally finished it. I began reading it in print but switched over to audiobooks with the last three books, maybe that had something to do with my ambivalence towards them, but something tells me they just were not up to the same caliber as the first four.read more
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When I started reading the "Dark Tower" series, I was enthralled with the character of Roland. I thought the concept, while not totally original, was exceptionally well done. After book four, I felt the edge begin to slip from the storyline. King is still a masterful storyteller, however, throughout the saga. It is only through the graces of his storytelling ability, and my personal desire to, like Roland, see my quest through to the end, that I continued to read this last book. It was that bad.There is nothing original in the last book. Every device was telegraphed, so there were no surprises in the plot. I fully anticipated the arrival of characters from previous stories, arriving deus ex mechina, to save the day. Even the trite ending of the book was exactly as expected. It was almost as if the author felt compelled to fill his unwritten contract with his "constant reader" and deliver a final installment, even though his heart had gone out of the project.What kept me slogging trough the pages was King's rich descriptions and wonderful dialog. What is really sad is that even when Stephen King is writing a mediocre story, he is way better than a lot of his contemporaries. If I were rating this on plot alone, it would be a sad two star rating.At points in my reading journey with Roland and friends, I waited several years between installments for the next book to be delivered. I was satisfied with installments when they finally did arrive. Each was a well crafted story, carrying the plot further along, filling in background to Roland's world. I almost wish that King had not delivered the last installments and the we were either forced to wait for a return of the inspiration that gave us the first three volumes or this forever remained an unfinished masterpiece.read more
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My rating is for the Dark Tower Series, as it was a fabulous adventure with suspenseful events and developing relationships. Through the series, the reader learns more about Roland and his early life, as well as where all the players in the story fit in to his quest. It was well done and I am pleased with the ultimate ending, though I have a friend who was extremely angered by the way Stephen King chose to wrap things up.As for this final book, The Dark Tower, in and of itself, I was somewhat disappointed in aspects of the book because I feel that King juts needed some filler. As is his style, he makes an appearance in this book, and this is where my qualm lies. I do not like the extent in which he ties himself to the story. This is the part that made me feel like he just wanted to be done with the series. Getting past that, though, I enjoyed the last book very much.read more
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I liked the ending of this book. It was surprising to me, and a logical fit. I felt a nice sense of accomplishment after finishing this book/series. That is odd for me, as finishing a book doesn't do that for me. King writes this series is a topic that runs through all/most of his stories. I think this concept grew over time. When he wrote Gunslinger back in 1970, I don't think it was with a plan. It feels to me the goal is to sell books, and not the literary / spiritual message that is communicated. That is fine with me because the books are worthy.I read the first five books in 2010. I got sick of the series, but came back to them this year, 2013, and enjoyed the last two books. Here are my comments about the series, with my rating:Gunslinger (Rating: 2 stars)This is the first of seven books. I probably will read the others, but this one didn't make me want to run out and get them. One time a person who works at the library asked me if the Dark Tower was worth it. I hadn't read it so didn't know. Figured I would find out.The Drawing of the Three (Rating: 3 stars)This was a tough one to rate. I liked it better than Dark Tower I. However, it gets the same number of stars. Book one was Roland hiking across his world to get to this book. This book was a few short stories getting the players together. I am not a fan of short stories. EDIT: 3/26/2011 - after finishing the fifth Dark Tower book I went back and re-rated previous books. Thus this one now has more star than the first one.The Waste Lands (Rating: 3 stars)Same reaction to this book as I had to the first two in the series. Okay, but nothing special. I have no urge to start the next book. I will eventually. Here are series I think are better: Hyperion Cantos, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Jack Ryan, Joe Kurtz, John Corey (need to read the Lion EDIT: 4/14/2013 - I hated the Lion), Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter.Wizard and Glass (Rating: 4 stars)This is the first Dark Tower book I really enjoyed, but hated that I knew one thing that was going to happen at the end. The spoiler was in the very first Dark Tower book. Got to give Stephen King a break though. He wrote 'Wizard and Glass' 20 years after the first Dark Tower book.Wolves of the Calla (Rating: 3 stars)King described my feelings about the novel very well on page 476 of this 709 page book: "All the rest had been ritual and preparation, necessary but not terribly helpful." Four hundred seventy six pages of not terribly helpful, not terribly exciting, not terribly page turning, but not terribly terrible material was painful to get through. However, the rest of the book, page 476 to 709, was helpful, exciting, and page turning. Not enough for me though. I will take a short break before picking up the next Dark Tower installment.Song of Susannah (Rating: 4 stars)After a disappointing fifth installment of the Dark Tower series, this book, the sixth and next to last one, was well done. The series is reminding me of the television show Lost: time traveling, supernaturally type beings (others = low men,) and, in a hard to describe way, the feel, plot, scenarios, ka? of the whole thing. I am looking forward to checking the last book of the series out of the library. That is very different from how I felt before checking this one out.The Dark Tower (Rating: 3 stars)I liked the ending of this book. It was surprising to me, and a logical fit...Afterward: I recall reading a comment that it was pretty full of Stephen King to write himself into the books. I didn't feel that way, until I read the afterward when he asked his constant readers not to write him or stop into his home for a visit. Mr. King, I have no interest to do either. However, if you want to write or visit me, I would be honored.read more
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Somehow I thought there ought to be an 8 and 9 but I don't remember finishing the series.read more
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The final long-awaited installation of the 7 book Dark Tower series. The final 3 books, I have mixed feelings about. I like that this book brought the narrative home to the Browning poem, "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came". I found the circular nature of the narrative pretty much the only believable result to the story that had been created, but yes, slightly unsatisfying. Mordred never quite worked for me and OH, OY!!!! I wept. Charcaters I'd spent so many years caring about (I picked up the first 3 volumes in high school, so it had been a good 10 years I'd been waiting for the conclusion of their stories)came to their own ends, and my heart was a little heavy for them. I don't know.Overall, the series is marvelous. But I feel like it really hits its peak in The Drawing of the Three and The Waste Land.read more
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I had to wait over 20 years for this book. The first book in the series came out in the early 80s. It's strange, but I was really ready for it to end. I felt like our characters had been searching forever! I really enjoyed the way King provided "the ending," "the epilogue," "coda," poem, and "author's note." It provided the alternative endings and addressed the issues that were still in my mind. That's what I LOVE about Stephen King, he knows his audience, or "Constant Reader" as he called us, so well that he anticipated our thoughts about the conclusion.read more
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SPOILER WARNING!!This book was dense, and had so much going on it felt like several books (like, in the future, I'm sure I'll forget which stuff happened in this book because it felt like it spanned so much time that surely stuff at the beginning must have been in a previous book). Overall I felt pretty happy with how things wrapped up. I was sad about Eddie, but especially about Jake, who I'd really hoped would make it to the end, so I was really happy that Susannah was reunited with an alternate version of them. The ending felt right to me, though I do wonder if Roland is redoing things over and over so that they're different (like maybe next time he will have different companions, etc.) and if so are the Beams really breaking over and over? Or is he just going back in time to relive the same events the same way?Anyway, it feels weird to be done with the series. I first read The Gunslinger in 9th grade, so over twenty years ago. O_o That's kind of a long time to be reading a series.read more
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The finale of Kings opus is as contoversial as it is long. Sometimes it seems to start tying everything up for the sake of ending the saga, but it's all worth while. Culminating in an ending that will not be to everyone's taste, it is nonetheless an epic conclusion worthy of Roland himself.
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No other way for that book to end. Has to be one of my favorite endings of all time.
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Final episode of the Dark Tower. Since i've re-read them all in english, i think they're even better. Amazing twist in how the 'real' and 'fiction' dimensions are interwoven here. Harsh read in the end, no happy ending. But that's how it must be. Ka.
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I'm not going to rate these separately as that doesn't make sense to me. I thought this was a wonderful series. I was horrified when he got hit by the car and I thought he may not be able to finish the story. The plot was incredible and the characters were like close friends of mine by the end. His imagery and imagination are an inspiration to those of us who strive to write for a living. His best work by far, IMHO.
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As the Dark Tower series has gone along it's had it's highs "The Waste Lands" and it's lows "Wizard and Glass", this final book in the series was another low. For one thing, writing himself (Stephen King)into the book I think was a bad idea, it is a trick that falls flat. Revealing the Deus ex Machina and then showing him to be mostly powerless. He basically says he has no control over what he writes. It "flows from his belly button". *raises eyebrows* He helps the characters out of a couple of spots, but more often he'd rather forget the whole business. Yet the characters can't let him forget and are continually coming to HIS rescue reminding him that writing this story is going to save all the worlds.Which opens up all sorts of questions when it comes to the many endings in the book. I can't really go into them for fear of spoilers. The biggest disappointment, however, comes not from the Deus ex Machina, but from the end of Modred's story line. It builds up and up and then is pretty anticlimactic.If you've made your way through the series you'll probably end up reading this book no matter what I say, but be prepared for a series of let downs, and writing that is not up to par with several of the other books.
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Stephen King's piece-de-resistance. I love this series. I read it a few years ago and am currently listening to it on audio. It's all encompassing - massive in scope. It's an epic story, a never-ending one. The descriptions are visually enticing - so typically Stephen King. These books make the statement "in bold" that I believe all his other books do in maybe more subtle ways. Definitely worth a read.
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A stunning ending. I'm tired of seeing people complain about the ending to this series. King couldn't have done a better job.
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Other than one silly scene involving Roland and Jake going back to our world to save Stephen King from being killed by a minivan , this book was a pretty good ending to the series. It got a little bloated in a few spots but otherwise was pretty good. One of King's better endings, especially looking at recent books (ugh, Under the Dome). I would recommend the entire series--it was a good (and long) read.
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And the killer. After having spent countless hours reading the first 6 Dark Tower books I was really looking forward to this conclusion. I had heard rumors of a bad ending but invested myself anyway. Well, I didn't get to the end. I made it to 200 pages of this book and stopped. I tried several times to resume the reading but was left quite disatisfied at the crazy turn of the story. Spider-baby? Fedic? Bird heads on human bodies? What the hay? Sorry, but this is not what I was expecting or frankly what King had gotten me used to with the first 6 books. Brutal ending.
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Roland finally catches his Tower in a book that represents a rather amazing rebound from the dreadful Song of Susannah. Looking at the Dark Tower series as a whole, one can track King's progressively self-indulgent writing; The Dark Tower is no different in that regard as the storytelling doesn't even approach being economical. It is, however, an unexpectedly emotional experience- something I'd reckoned we'd be cheated out of after the disaster that was book six. As for the controversial ending, I have no problem with it. I found it to be surprisingly good, and I think it's the right one. It would have been even better, though, if King hadn't broken in on his own story to wonder aloud why anybody even cares what's in the Tower; maybe this is a tacit admission that even he realizes what a turd Susannah had been. In short, The Dark Tower is a reasonably strong conclusion to a series that seemed destined for greatness, then disintegrated, becoming considerably less than the sum of its parts.
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Great conclusion to Roland's story. The book's pacing was a little off for me (too much happening too quickly) but I think you can explain that away with time speeding up the closer you get to the Tower. I was disappointed with the Crimson King - we've been reading about this guy for almost the entire series and he's just a lonely, half-mad man on a balcony.I didn't like how Susannah chose to trade away everything she gained on the journey to live with an almost-Eddie/Jake. She was always my least favorite character from the series.After reading King's conclusion I cannot imagine the series ending any other way. In fact, if I had not read about what was in the Tower I would have been really unhappy with the ending of the book. The only thing I cannot reconcile, however, is how the flashback from Wizard and Glass works with the Tower "resetting" Roland to the desert at the beginning of The Gunslinger. The Horn of Eld was dropped after Wizard and Glass, but before The Gunslinger, so does that mean the Tower change both time and space? I like the message of hope, but I think the breaks continuity of the story.
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Read this in 2005. Remember it being entertaining but disjointed. Like King was trying to finish it somehow. Good ending.
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Dark Tower Series finally complete and bittersweet for me. I came to really get into the characters and hated to see my time with them end. That being said this finale wasn't as perfect as I was hoping it would be.Some of the cons:-I wasn't thrilled with how several characters exited the story.-Kings character of himself played way too big of a role for my liking-The excessive fast pace of the story- a whole lot was thrown into this book that easily could have spread out to 2 books but maybe that was just Ka speeding up time.Some of the Pros:-I liked the twist with the "Chap"- nice additional element-I liked the circle of Ka concept-I liked the new character that was introduced in the latter halfHERE BE SPOILERS (NOT RECOMMENDED TO READ AHEAD IF YOU HAVENT READ YET)I was very annoyed with not only how quickly but how unnecessarily Jake and Eddie were forcibly removed from the story, not to mention it was one right after the other- I barely had enough time to get used to the first one before the second whammy. And then it was pretty much Susannah that was left with Roland since Oy's role was almost nonexistent at that point(and she is my least favorite character). Susannah's exit was pretty lackluster as well. Even though I was very sad to say goodbye to Oy (as I would love to have my own little Oy around), his exit was at least a brave finale fitting for the little warrior that he was.Mordred's finale was a bit pathetic really. I was expecting more from this line. It was practically over as soon as it started. The new character of the artist was a great addition especially since what he could do was pretty cool. The final showdown was shorter than expected and while not wonderful it wasn't really the ending.The actual ending was perfect for the series. I love how Roland's personality forced this aspect; after-all "there are other worlds than this" and the wheel of Ka will continue whether Roland wants it to or not.
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The Grande Finale. I thought its publication would be a bigger event but I suppose only the true fans were left standing at this point. Some controversy about how he ended his opus, but I don't know what else he could have done. I was satisfied.
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As far as I'm concerned. This book ended the series perfectly. Whether you read the very last section or not. I could not imagine how Stephen King could possibly end this story, and I found that I liked what he did with the story, though I understand how it might frustrate some people! I won't say anything else because I don't want to give away the ending...but honestly, can you actually imagine any different ending than he gives us?
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And so it ends. King wraps up pretty much all of the threads and characters in his usual morose way. The final confrontation is a major letdown. But the book is saved/further destroyed by the epilogue that you will either love or hate.
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The perfect ending to the greatest American fantasy series I can remember.
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The seven Dark Tower books are among my favourite. Roland Deschain and his Ka-tet are seeking the dark tower, which stands at the centre of all the worlds and levels that exist. Roland's world has moved on but his friends are from worlds more like our own. Through the quest they face monsters, demons, robots, mutants, vampires, crazy people, bad people, witches, mafia bosses and just about anything else you can think of, including an intellegent train which is now insane and obsessed with riddles. It sounds confusing and a bit mad and it is confusing and a bit mad but it is also one of the best series of books ever written and it deserves every bit of praise that it gets. Other SK books which are not part of this series still manage to link in.One thing I will say about the ending, which I know some people are upset by, SK writes the natural ending, not necessarily the one the readers will like the best. He said it himself about the ending to one of his other books(I can't put which in case someone here hasn't read it yet) - he wanted that kid to live but sometimes kids die, they can change it for the movie but he writes it how it comes to him. It's an honest ending and a fair one to a fantastic series of books.
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The ka-tet is together again and their quest to the Dark Tower continues - and finishes - in the final volume of King's epic Dark Tower series. Roland Deschain of Gilead's journey to the Dark Tower began several thousand pages and seven books ago and King is finally wrapping up the story.This volume has many exciting and entertaining plot twists, and will keep the reader on their toes throughout all 830 pages (excluding the appendix, which includes Robert Browning's poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", the basis and influence for King's series). As the quest continues, the ka-tet is being followed by Mordred Deschain - the son of both Roland and the Crimson King, as well as the son of Susannah and Mia - who is plotting to kill anyone in his way to fulfill his destiny by killing Roland. Along the way, the ka-tet finds itself in Thunderclap, at the place where the children from the Callas are sent to have their brains tampered with before being sent back roont and must save the beam - and in doing so find themselves in the company of a very old friend (and one that many fans will smile, upon reading about again). And finally, along the way, the Artist is drawn, to help accomplish the remaining tasks prior to the showdown between the Crimson King and Roland.Aside from the story, King actually changed his style of writing in some respects, and unfortunately the changes are not for the better. One of his writing changes is he now addresses the reader, and refers to the reader in his tale. For example, "We have reached that point...and all I can do now is point here and there and hope you can bring your own order out of the general chaos" (370), or "This was quite a bit more than Roland actually said (as we should know, having been there)" (623), among others. This is either new to the seventh volume, or very unnoticeable in the previous volumes and the change takes away from the story, ever so slightly.Another unfortunate change in his writing style is that King reveals what is going to happen well before it happens. When a particular happenstance takes place that affects one of the many characters (not necessarily the main characters, and for better or worse), King reveals it is going to happen well before it is able to unfold. Examples include (names are omitted to protect anything from being given away) "little did he know that he stepped on the glass that will eventually kill him", or "this is the last time _____ would ever be together", and many more instances take place in the book. Again, this deviates from the previous volumes, and is an unwelcome change in his writing style.Another issue, this time in the story itself as opposed to King's writing style, is how King handled the character of Randall Flagg in this final volume. (If you've yet to read this volume, perhaps you should skip this brief section). Throughout the series, Flagg is the antithesis of Roland. He is Roland's mortal enemy, one he has encountered many times (and appears in several of King's books). His death is very unsatisfying. It seems as if King merely remembered he had to do something about him and decided "oh shoot, I'll just take care of him here, on this one page."All in all, the series was a blast. King did a marvelous job with his story telling, and brought to life some very memorable characters and developed them very nicely. The growth of Roland is exceptional throughout the series and his change is dramatic from the pages of The Gunslinger to The Dark Tower. This is easily the best epic tale, spanning several books, since Lord of the Rings and should not be bypassed by any curious reader looking for a wonderful tale full of many stories that are sad, happy, exciting, thrilling, and will leave the reader with a sense of wonder unrivaled in modern fiction. While the length of the series (roughly 4,000 pages worth) may deter some readers, King had a particular quote in the final volume regarding such a concern:I hope you came to hear the tale, and not just munch your way through the pages to the ending. For an ending, you only have to turn to the last page and see what is there writ upon. But endings are heartless. An ending is a closed door no man (or Manni) can open.And that sentiment echos in the heart of the series, as the true glory and wonder is the tale that takes place, not the ending itself.And remember, ka is a wheel - Say thankya.
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It has its faults and its triumphs, but there was no way that The Dark Tower was going to make every fan happy once it was over and done with. I prefer to look at its positive points, especially the ending, which allows for the possibilities to expand exponentially. A fitting end to the series, Stephen King obviously put a lot of work into this, and it shows. My third favorite of the entire series.
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So to the end we finally come. I've loved every moment, though there were times I cursed the name of Stephen King as the tears roled down my face. This epic contains everything love, pain, death, birth, joy and sadness. It has more than lived up to the Browning poem where it found it's inspiration. A fantastic read.
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There really was no other way this epic story could have ended. I get shivers just thinking about it.I'm not even going to bother summing this book up. If you haven't read the previous books, pick up The Gunslinger right now. I mean, now. I'll wait for you to catch up... If you've read through book 6, you can't just stop (even though Song of Susannah was a little slow at times). If you've finished The Dark Tower, you know what I'm talking about.There are very few books that are able to evoke strong emotions in me, but amazingly, this one still manages to do it on repeated readings. (It's the line "...I can plant something. Is there anything you'd think he would like?" "Yes, a rose." that gets me every time.) I won't be forgetting Jake's innocence, Eddie's sarcasm, Susannah's vulnerability, Oy's wisdom, or Roland's steel blue eyes anytime soon. This book is, as Susannah would say, "the good kind, mit schlag."
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Finally... the end. A bit anticlimactic, considering I have been reading this series for about 20 years. After all the time I put into this, I am left feeling perplexed and disappointed about the ending and especially about Mordred... I worried so much about his presence and what he was going to do to the ka-tet. Wow, what a let down. Then I felt the whole ending was just really ... blah. I loved the first part of this series, the first four books were wonderful, but after Wizard and Glass it just didn't do anything for me. I almost feel like King lost interest and then he had his accident, and it really changed the feel of the series, but he felt compelled to finish it because so many fans wanted it. The Dark Tower had it's moments though, very sad when our beloved characters start dropping off, and I had a hard time adjusting to the idea of what Susannah does as they get closer to the Tower. And then the whole drawing and erasing thing - I kept thinking - that's the answer?? All I can say is I'm glad I finally finished it. I began reading it in print but switched over to audiobooks with the last three books, maybe that had something to do with my ambivalence towards them, but something tells me they just were not up to the same caliber as the first four.
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When I started reading the "Dark Tower" series, I was enthralled with the character of Roland. I thought the concept, while not totally original, was exceptionally well done. After book four, I felt the edge begin to slip from the storyline. King is still a masterful storyteller, however, throughout the saga. It is only through the graces of his storytelling ability, and my personal desire to, like Roland, see my quest through to the end, that I continued to read this last book. It was that bad.There is nothing original in the last book. Every device was telegraphed, so there were no surprises in the plot. I fully anticipated the arrival of characters from previous stories, arriving deus ex mechina, to save the day. Even the trite ending of the book was exactly as expected. It was almost as if the author felt compelled to fill his unwritten contract with his "constant reader" and deliver a final installment, even though his heart had gone out of the project.What kept me slogging trough the pages was King's rich descriptions and wonderful dialog. What is really sad is that even when Stephen King is writing a mediocre story, he is way better than a lot of his contemporaries. If I were rating this on plot alone, it would be a sad two star rating.At points in my reading journey with Roland and friends, I waited several years between installments for the next book to be delivered. I was satisfied with installments when they finally did arrive. Each was a well crafted story, carrying the plot further along, filling in background to Roland's world. I almost wish that King had not delivered the last installments and the we were either forced to wait for a return of the inspiration that gave us the first three volumes or this forever remained an unfinished masterpiece.
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My rating is for the Dark Tower Series, as it was a fabulous adventure with suspenseful events and developing relationships. Through the series, the reader learns more about Roland and his early life, as well as where all the players in the story fit in to his quest. It was well done and I am pleased with the ultimate ending, though I have a friend who was extremely angered by the way Stephen King chose to wrap things up.As for this final book, The Dark Tower, in and of itself, I was somewhat disappointed in aspects of the book because I feel that King juts needed some filler. As is his style, he makes an appearance in this book, and this is where my qualm lies. I do not like the extent in which he ties himself to the story. This is the part that made me feel like he just wanted to be done with the series. Getting past that, though, I enjoyed the last book very much.
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I liked the ending of this book. It was surprising to me, and a logical fit. I felt a nice sense of accomplishment after finishing this book/series. That is odd for me, as finishing a book doesn't do that for me. King writes this series is a topic that runs through all/most of his stories. I think this concept grew over time. When he wrote Gunslinger back in 1970, I don't think it was with a plan. It feels to me the goal is to sell books, and not the literary / spiritual message that is communicated. That is fine with me because the books are worthy.I read the first five books in 2010. I got sick of the series, but came back to them this year, 2013, and enjoyed the last two books. Here are my comments about the series, with my rating:Gunslinger (Rating: 2 stars)This is the first of seven books. I probably will read the others, but this one didn't make me want to run out and get them. One time a person who works at the library asked me if the Dark Tower was worth it. I hadn't read it so didn't know. Figured I would find out.The Drawing of the Three (Rating: 3 stars)This was a tough one to rate. I liked it better than Dark Tower I. However, it gets the same number of stars. Book one was Roland hiking across his world to get to this book. This book was a few short stories getting the players together. I am not a fan of short stories. EDIT: 3/26/2011 - after finishing the fifth Dark Tower book I went back and re-rated previous books. Thus this one now has more star than the first one.The Waste Lands (Rating: 3 stars)Same reaction to this book as I had to the first two in the series. Okay, but nothing special. I have no urge to start the next book. I will eventually. Here are series I think are better: Hyperion Cantos, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Jack Ryan, Joe Kurtz, John Corey (need to read the Lion EDIT: 4/14/2013 - I hated the Lion), Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter.Wizard and Glass (Rating: 4 stars)This is the first Dark Tower book I really enjoyed, but hated that I knew one thing that was going to happen at the end. The spoiler was in the very first Dark Tower book. Got to give Stephen King a break though. He wrote 'Wizard and Glass' 20 years after the first Dark Tower book.Wolves of the Calla (Rating: 3 stars)King described my feelings about the novel very well on page 476 of this 709 page book: "All the rest had been ritual and preparation, necessary but not terribly helpful." Four hundred seventy six pages of not terribly helpful, not terribly exciting, not terribly page turning, but not terribly terrible material was painful to get through. However, the rest of the book, page 476 to 709, was helpful, exciting, and page turning. Not enough for me though. I will take a short break before picking up the next Dark Tower installment.Song of Susannah (Rating: 4 stars)After a disappointing fifth installment of the Dark Tower series, this book, the sixth and next to last one, was well done. The series is reminding me of the television show Lost: time traveling, supernaturally type beings (others = low men,) and, in a hard to describe way, the feel, plot, scenarios, ka? of the whole thing. I am looking forward to checking the last book of the series out of the library. That is very different from how I felt before checking this one out.The Dark Tower (Rating: 3 stars)I liked the ending of this book. It was surprising to me, and a logical fit...Afterward: I recall reading a comment that it was pretty full of Stephen King to write himself into the books. I didn't feel that way, until I read the afterward when he asked his constant readers not to write him or stop into his home for a visit. Mr. King, I have no interest to do either. However, if you want to write or visit me, I would be honored.
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Somehow I thought there ought to be an 8 and 9 but I don't remember finishing the series.
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The final long-awaited installation of the 7 book Dark Tower series. The final 3 books, I have mixed feelings about. I like that this book brought the narrative home to the Browning poem, "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came". I found the circular nature of the narrative pretty much the only believable result to the story that had been created, but yes, slightly unsatisfying. Mordred never quite worked for me and OH, OY!!!! I wept. Charcaters I'd spent so many years caring about (I picked up the first 3 volumes in high school, so it had been a good 10 years I'd been waiting for the conclusion of their stories)came to their own ends, and my heart was a little heavy for them. I don't know.Overall, the series is marvelous. But I feel like it really hits its peak in The Drawing of the Three and The Waste Land.
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I had to wait over 20 years for this book. The first book in the series came out in the early 80s. It's strange, but I was really ready for it to end. I felt like our characters had been searching forever! I really enjoyed the way King provided "the ending," "the epilogue," "coda," poem, and "author's note." It provided the alternative endings and addressed the issues that were still in my mind. That's what I LOVE about Stephen King, he knows his audience, or "Constant Reader" as he called us, so well that he anticipated our thoughts about the conclusion.
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SPOILER WARNING!!This book was dense, and had so much going on it felt like several books (like, in the future, I'm sure I'll forget which stuff happened in this book because it felt like it spanned so much time that surely stuff at the beginning must have been in a previous book). Overall I felt pretty happy with how things wrapped up. I was sad about Eddie, but especially about Jake, who I'd really hoped would make it to the end, so I was really happy that Susannah was reunited with an alternate version of them. The ending felt right to me, though I do wonder if Roland is redoing things over and over so that they're different (like maybe next time he will have different companions, etc.) and if so are the Beams really breaking over and over? Or is he just going back in time to relive the same events the same way?Anyway, it feels weird to be done with the series. I first read The Gunslinger in 9th grade, so over twenty years ago. O_o That's kind of a long time to be reading a series.
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