Catch Up Reading Challenge – Review 8

The Dark Tower by Stephen King

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed”

Little did I know when I read that first line that 4,768 pages later, I would read it again.

Having just finished The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower 7, I am experiencing a bit of post-book depression. (If that is a real thing.)

Despite reading like a maniac, I actually felt myself slowing down toward the end of this book. I really didn’t want the story to end. I wanted Roland to reach the tower. Really, I did. But, at the same time, I wanted the completion of that quest to lead into another and another and another. Alas, it’s not to be.

I grew to read “Mid-world speak” like I was a native; I traveled back in time with the characters and recalled events that defined the history of my generation; and I mourned the loss of friendships developed while reading the 7 books.

I am trying very hard not to include any spoilers. All I will say here is that, for me, everything was wrapped up perfectly.

I truly believe that fans of The Lord of the Ring trilogy, Louis L’Amour westerns, and time travel sci-fi will enjoy the journey Roland and his Ka Tet shared. Read it, you’ll love it. I promise!

Here is an updated list of books I will be reading for the 2013 Catch Up Reading Challenge:

  1. Wizard & Glass: The Dark Tower IV by Stephen King
  2. Wolves of the Calla: The Dark Tower V by Stephen King
  3. The Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI by Stephen King
  4. The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII by Stephen King
  5. The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
  6. Carrie by Stephen King
  7. Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King
  8. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (due to be published in 2013)
  9. Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
  10. Joyland by Stephen King (due to be published in 2013)
  11. The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore
  12. Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore
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About Paul H-C

Just an avid reader in the little town of Bangor, Maine (Yes, that Bangor...home of Stephen King). When I'm not reading and drinking coffee, I sell cell phones by the sea shore.
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