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when I was a kid.
the last one where the shy went balck and the big scary night appeared.
I thought I'd made it up at one point, because no one else I knew had seen it.
played by fucking darth vader - peter mahew! or was he chewbacca?
About 5000 or so isn't it? I've read about 3 but I can't remember them.
afterwards; a complete and utter mess. i didn't even read the last one, and if you'd have suggested that situation to me when i was reading Wizard and Glass i would have laughed in your stupid future knowing face
I had a significant gap between Wizard and Glass and the rest of the series, so in a way I think I just needed closure.
Then again, I kinda liked the way all the other King stories started folding themselves into this one. That kind of fourth wall breaking is totally my bag.
but then the fourth wall thing i found a bit annoying after a while. by book five it became far too knowing and self conscious...to the extent that i couldnt get lost in it, it just seemed like a smarmy conversation between writer and reader
There they stood, ranged along the hillsides, met
To view the last of me, a living frame
For one more picture! in a sheet of flame
I saw them and I knew them all. And yet
Dauntless the slug-horn to my lips I set,
And blew. "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower came."
to some extent. But then the last book kinda pulls it all together again for me. I think it's one of my favourite endings to anything, ever.
even though I love some King stuff (The Stand, It, The Green Mile, Hearts In Atlantis). Worth it?
especially if you've read some of that stuff already. It adds a new dimension to 3 of the books you mentioned, and really goes some way to creating a Lovecraft-ey pantheon.
totally, up there with It, Carrie, The Stand for his best work
The first because it'll get spoiled otherwise and the second because it's still one of, if not, his best book.
but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless I knew they enjoyed King already.
but then admit it people, you don't read any reviews on here unless you know the artist
The fifth book is 'okay' but slips up a few times and mainly is annoying for treading water so long.
The sixth is mercifully short and, despite 'breaking the fourth wall' (he uses the actual term in the book but I can't remember it) has a good pace and harks back a lot to the earlier books.
The seventh is a bit disjointed.
I think it was nice to have an ending finally but it's a shame he wrote one because he HAD to rather than just when the idea came to him, or rather it was a shame the idea never came to him, really.
I loved the first book even though it was so unlike the others. I never got round to reading the new edition.
it's a bit annoying, full of more modern king-isms (copious asides to audience, and use of many many stupid made up words)
...does he normally use made up words? I'd not really noticed.
I am actually a fan of King's modern stuff too. Obviously it can be a bit rubbish but then equally he could write a load of shit years ago too.
But From a Buick 8 and Hearts in Atlantis were really good I thought and when I got round to reading Bag of Bones (which I remember getting a bit of a panning) I really liked that too.
And loved the other six books. W & G just irritated me becuase the story was at a great place yet you got nothing but that rubbish back story. having said that, the comic is pretty cool.
When you first read it you're more irritated by not seeing the contemporary story progress but later it's nice to learn about that stuff.
I was actually annoyed that there was no more backstory in the remaining three, to be honest.
I was a bit annoyed when it started, too - "Aww, flashback?! Bullshit!"
But that story totally came together for me. And it very much made me realise if there's one thing Steven King is good at, it's writing disgusting crap. e.g. Rhea of the Coos...
Bag of Bones was indeed brilliant, but he's also capable of utter rubbish like The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. Cell was alright...
Bag of Bones was a bit rambling but good comfort reading. Lisey's Story is a strange twist on his normal stuff. The opening of Cell is amazing (not so much the rest of it). And Gerald's Game is maybe one of the only properly creepy books I've ever read.
Also: I can't understand not enjoying Wizard & Glass.
Also also: you can torrent the audiobooks of the reworked first book. I fully recommend it; the chap who reads it puts a whole new spin on the atmosphere.
of his books (I've not bothered with his latest load, like Lisey's Story and Cell. I've defected to trashy but satisfying Dean kkontz instead), but I've never bothered with this.
I think he's totally incapable of writing satisfying endings to any of his stories, so the thought of going through 7 books just to get to what everyone ackowledges is one of his worst really doesn't interest me.
about four times.
Has anybody else heard about J.J. Abrams adapting it for the screen?
but it would be complicated.
I can see him turning it into some Harry Potter bullshit.
Also, they'd never get away with the ending.
Considering some of the HP digs in Wolves of the Calla..
I can't be the only one who loves the ending? I think it adds to further readings of the books immensely. I.. kinda don't want to talk about it for fear of spoiling the whole thing for anyone, however.