The Dark Tower VII

The Dark Tower VII

The Dark Tower

eBook - 2004
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All good things must come to an end, Constant Reader, and not even Stephen King can make a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best. Roland's ka-tet remains intact, though scattered over wheres and whens. Susannah-Mia has been carried from the Dixie Pig (in the summer of 1999) to a birthing room -- really a chamber of horrors -- in Thunderclap's Fedic; Jake and Father Callahan, with Oy between them, have entered the restaurant on Lex and Sixty-first with weapons drawn, little knowing how numerous and noxious are their foes. Roland and Eddie are with John Cullum in Maine, in 1977, looking for the site on Turtleback Lane where "walk-ins" have been often seen. They want desperately to get back to the others, to Susannah especially, and yet they have come to realize that the world they need to escape is the only one that matters. Thus the 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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2004
ISBN: 9780743266796
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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eman49
Apr 05, 2017

I loved this entire series. I have read reviews that put down this final installment. FIRST, I will not be spoiling anything in this comment so if you wish to read furthur, don't worry... I think that the basic idea is this. IT IS MASSIVE STORY. One that plants so much plot that it threatens to overgrow it's story and choke it out. The final book is a good coming on GREAT attempt by King to pull this mega-story to it's conclusion. Those who put it down were essentially NEVER going to be happy with it's conclusion. King comments that he worked harder on this project than any he has ever done. AND IT SHOWS. It's a bit like STAR WARS so complex that tying it together and bringing it to AN END was narturally always going to be hard.
But would you skip the story as a result? If so you may miss the best of King there is. So I say, and thankya...

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8Dawn8
Dec 12, 2016

A HUGE, confusing LET DOWN. This was one of the absolute best series ever!!!!..... and then he released this final, 7th book. I was the reader who would stall finishing the book I was on until I knew he was releasing the next. Reading several hundred pages an hour meant I REALLY had to pace myself. I am reviewing now, decades later, after making myself re-read this final book of King's series. We are old friends, he and I (in manner of I've loved all his stuff and purchased 99% of it) I have never been disappointed with King in my life until this book. What the heck?! It is like he just said "aw screw it". There's some Salems Lot characters... some werewolfish/vampireish characters that don't fit at all in any of theses books or stories. In what seems to be the equivalent of King giving us all the finger....King puts HIMSELF in the story??... and poorly I will add. Absolutely NO closure is felt with this last book. King completely gave up the story line he spent a decade setting up. This book was so sloppy, ridiculous, and poorly written. I honestly don't believe it was written by King himself. Of the thousand pages there were maybe 3 actual chapters that took my breath, and gave me the goosebumps the previous 6 books caused. Otherwise... This book jumped around, however not in an awesome Pulp Fiction kind of way. I felt cheated after this book and half way through I began wishing I could send King a message to ask him why he just gave up, and did he REALLY write this??? It surprised me how very much this last book bummed me out. I mean it's just a book.... but I have to tell you, after coming to care about these characters, it was as if a really good friend left town without saying goodbye. I felt sad, disappointed, and most of all LET DOWN. I actually regretted buying the book. I intentionally stopped reading King, and have discovered some great new writers. I am sad to say that it's possible that the KING is dead........ =' (

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sat7
Mar 15, 2016

Steven King on steroids. Incredible mix of reality and fantasy on an epic journey to the Tower. Complex and engaging as well as epic in scope. You may wish to read prior works by this author to get a good grip on the story line. Go as far back as Cujo -

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danielestes
Jun 25, 2015

Ugh. This messy, messy seventh book caps off one of the most awe-inspiring and frustrating reading experiences of my life. Too often the chapters are either baffling or straight-up boring. It's either the endless cul-de-sacs of trivial descriptions or, for the love of Gan, the relentless mentions of 19. But then without warning I'd be caught breathless by moments of unforced artistry and think, "Yes, this is what it means to seek the Tower."

** a few spoilers ahead **

I've written this review before, a rather lengthly one. I was in college when Dark Tower 7 came out and I remember hauling that near-1,000 page hardcover to class, tuning out the lecture, and reading while pretending to pay attention. The final push through End World and the scarlet fields of Can'-Ka No Rey was one of the most memorable of my life. In spite of an uneven narrative and a somewhat baffling conclusion, I still couldn't hold back the tears of elation and anguish when it was all over. Few other stories have ever moved me in the same way.

In 2006 and again this year (2015) I revisited the entire series. Regretfully, this last book feels less and less inspired each time. There are exceptionally good passages throughout, but the lackluster ones stick out even more. I'm not going to churn out another elongated review for a series I may not return to again for a decade or longer (or ever).

So I'll keep it short. Well, shorter at least.

With the exception of Eddie's death, Roland palavering with Stephen King in 1999, and a few other random moments of odd brilliance, the first part of the book isn't nearly as good as the second. The Ka-tet's victory at Algul Siento was far too easy. And having that be the act that saves the Tower—a series-long tension that's resolved a third of the way through the book, no less—cheapens the reason Roland set out on his journey in the first place.

The second half has plenty wrong with it too, but overall it's an improvement because it's a return to the overland quest that's been MIA since book 3. After a quick stop off at 2 Hammarskjöld Plaza—an interesting visit that seems to raise just as many questions as it answers—Roland and what's left of his gang finally pass the sign announcing their arrival in End World. The anticipation of reaching the Dark Tower is so all-consuming at this point that it's easy to ignore the clunkier parts of the narrative—moments that upon closer inspection make you question if King's motivation for these final several hundred pages wasn't to just finish the darn thing.

And, at last, we reach the Tower. The Crimson King is a ridiculous adversary with his bag of Harry Potter sneeches so nevermind him. Roland's final march towards the Dark Tower while shouting all the names of his lost friends is still as powerful as ever in spite of all the literary distractions that came before it. I look forward to seeing this scene play out on the big screen one day.

What follows next, mere pages after Roland's triumph in the fields of Can'-Ka No Rey, is the worst offense of the entire Tower septology. I'm not talking about the weird happy ending in Central Park, nor about what Roland finds at the room at the very top. I'm talking about where Stephen King re-inserts himself in the story one last time to EFFIN' REPROACH HIS OWN FANS for caring about Roland's final fate. WTF? Tell us how you really feel? Was King trying for some kind of staged artistic indignancy? Or worse, was he honestly this resentful toward his Constant Readers?

Either way, that was cruel and it broke my heart.

S28074003602912 Aug 01, 2013

Not bad, but Stephen King in the story ruined most of it. Wolves of the Calla did the rest (700 pages of nothing followed by a short fight. That was the Phantom Menace of the series.). But he made up for it a bit in this one. Other than the completely dumb deaths of the villains in this book, I enjoyed it overall. He should have taken his time.

erinrmyers1 Apr 16, 2012

I will agree with the other comments that this book was not quite as good as the others, but I still enjoyed it.

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melbl8tr
Oct 12, 2010

I read The Gunslinger when it was first published and thought it was quite good. The next two books in the series were good enough for me to move on to book four when it arrived. Years passed and then I heard Stephen King was going to (finally) finish the series. I was looking forward to reading through to the conclusion. Unfortunately, he decided to take the Robert Jordan route – dull, poorly edited and worst of all he lost sight of who his characters were. I won’t even waste time on the arrogant disaster of writing himself into the story, the ‘deus ex machine’ or the horribly sappy wrap-up. I am quite serious when I say it would have been better to leave the series unfinished.

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Chapster007
Dec 08, 2009

The culmination of Stephen King's Dark Tower seies. I waited for this one for years! Can't wait for JJ Abrams to make the movies.

This series started off amazing and I waited a long time to read the last 3 books. I must say I was a little disappointed with them, especially this one. But overall I enjoyed the series and can't wait for the movies!

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