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Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower #5)

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Roland Deschain and his ka-tet are bearing southeast through the forests of Mid-World on their quest for the Dark Tower. Their path takes them to the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis. But beyond the tranquil farm town, the ground rises to the hulking darkness of Thunderclap, the source of a terrible affliction that is stealing the town's soul. The wolves of Thunderclap and ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Pocket Books Premium Edition, 931 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Pocket Books (first published November 4th 2003)
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Kemper
If someone would have told me back in the ‘90s that the way to get Stephen King to finish up the Dark Tower series quickly was to hit him with a minivan, I would have been on my way to Maine to rent a Dodge Caravan before you could say, "Bango Skank was here."

I confess this not to do more complaining about the long suffering years waiting on some advancement in the Dark Tower books, but to illustrate how utterly obsessed and frustrated I was with this goddamn series. Then King nearly came to the
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Dan Schwent
The 2011 re-read:
Roland and his ka-tet of gunslingers ride into Calla Bryn Sturgis, a town with a problem. Once every generation, a gang of marauders called The Wolves ride out of Thunderclap and steal half of the town's children. The ones that return come back roont, or brain-damaged. Can Roland and the others stop the Wolves before Susan gives birth to the demon in her womb?

It was a long wait between Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla. Was it worth it? Well, does a horse piss where it pl
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Rhiannon
Mar 15, 2011 Rhiannon rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of westerns, masochists
Recommended to Rhiannon by: Uwdave
It is as though Stephen King:
1. Took me out to an arid, deserted sepia-toned no-place
2. Lit a sputtering campfire that quickly faded to embers
3. Handcuffed me
4. Sat me down Indian-style across from him
5. Proceeded to narrate to me in a hoarse, bored drawl over a series of three-to-four weeks the world's longest, most uninteresting story while my head lolled back, my lips grew dry with thirst, and my bum ached

If this book had been written by any writer other than Stephen King, it would never have
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Kathryn
May it do ya fine. This book did me real fine. Say thank ya.

I must be picking up the language from Calla Bryn Sturgis/Mid-World because it seems lately, I've been saying the speech of the people. I almost said, "Thankee-sai" as I was handed my receipt today at the grocery store. "Say thankee" I didn't.

Anyways, I'll stop being silly. (The grocery store thing is true, however.) What a fan-freaking-tastic book. I really enjoyed the town of Calla Bryn Sturgis, the people, and I LOVED the way they s
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Dan
Jun 23, 2007 Dan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
And so it was, three and a half years ago, that I stopped reading Stephen King altogether. Having begun him at age 12, and having read every single book up to that point, by my mid-twenties I was definitely reading his new stuff out of habit alone. But I was still looking forward to finishing the "Dark Tower" series.

And I never did. Because I read this book, which contains more filler than I thought you could put in 700 pages, and which confirmed that King had disappeared so far up his own ass t
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Markus
“First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire."
- Roland Deschain, of Gilead

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Sesana
Oct 15, 2014 Sesana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's a lot going on here. Luckily, it has the page count so nothing feels rushed. Because there's a new character (really an old one if you read a lot of King) and his backstory, and travel between worlds, and a demonic fetus, and a child-stealing evil to vanquish... Plenty to keep me avidly listening through 22 discs of audiobook.

That new-but-now character is Father Callahan, late of 'Salem's Lot. I wasn't exactly clamoring to see this guy again, and I doubt very many other people were. But
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Fanny
Jun 24, 2009 Fanny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Although many readers of this series liked this volume the least, I found it to be the most moving and exciting of them all. It appears to be a departure from the path of the Beam but in truth it is just another part of the journey of the Ka-Tet and very much on the path to the Dark Tower, bringing them closer. It is well tied in to all the past books, and it is in this book that we meet Father Callahan, from Salem's Lot. It was while reading this book that I completely fell in love with the cha ...more
Bookwraiths
Jun 27, 2014 Bookwraiths rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

Wolves of the Calla was one of those novels that it took me a while to actually "get into" (A four month hiatus between reading attempts to be precise.), but once I did, it was enjoyable. Not a masterpiece like several of the preceding Dark Tower novels, but interesting enough for me to continue the journey to the Dark Tower with Roland Deschain, Eddie Dean, Susannah Dean, Jake Chambers, and Oy.

The story itself begins with Roland and his ka-tet moving s
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Richard
May 26, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, western, sci-fi
8.5/10

Another stonking effort from the Dark Tower series in a book that has left me drooling at the prospect of what the last two books hold. Initially it seemed like a slow read, this might not be so much the book as external factors making me unable to get chance to read it, and it plodded along and then all of a sudden I was swept up with it all and was engrossed and the last few hundred pages flew by. I would go as far as saying this is in my top two DT books but the slowness of the start me
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C.W.
Dec 31, 2014 C.W. rated it it was amazing
This series is fucking perfect. And that Epilogue. Literally; holy shit. That's all I have to say on the matter. Long days and pleasant nights.
Brandon
Mar 24, 2014 Brandon rated it really liked it
The Ka-Tet of Nineteen’s skills are requested when a gang of marauders threaten an entire generation of townsfolk. As Gunslingers, Roland and company are unable to refuse those who seek their assistance so they quickly begin preparing for battle. Susannah Dean, pregnant with a demon’s child, has yet another personality arise during her sleep. Her name is “Mia” and she may prove to be very, very dangerous.

There is a lot going on in King’s fifth entry of his acclaimed Dark Tower saga. Susannah’s o
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Christopher
Feb 06, 2016 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If this series was written by any less of a writer, we would throw it to the side as the most ridiculous of fan-fiction. We would roll our eyes at the lightsabers and the demon sex and the trains that talk and the bear with a radar dish on its head and the people who somehow still have grenades when most people don't own guns and the magic door opened with a wooden key that they knew how to make just because they did. Actually, all of the times they just know things would normally get this disre ...more
Stephen
6.0 stars. In a long career which includes more great books and best sellers than I can count, "The Dark Tower" series is Stephen King's masterpiece. Even if you don't like Stephen King, you will love this series as it is one of the best Fantasy series ever written. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!

Nominee: Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel (2003)
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2003)
Franco  Santos
«Primero vienen las sonrisas. Luego las mentiras. Finalmente las balas».
No me gustó tanto como los restantes de la saga; aun así sigue siendo bueno, solo que los otros de la serie son una maravilla y este es más pausado y, en mi opinión, bastante insustancial (excepto sus últimas páginas). Para mí es más largo de lo que debería ser, lo que provocó que en varias partes se me haya hecho pesado e inapetente.

Escribí demasiado sobre lo malo que es este tomo pero tiene mis tres estrellas: esta part
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Amar
Jun 11, 2015 Amar rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Još jedan bitan dio serijala , jer za Revolveraše nije dovoljno samo doći to Kule . Moraju se boriti , moraju pokazati šta znaju , sta umiju i šta se u njima nalazi. Glavni zadatak jednog Revolveraša jeste da pruži pomoć.
U ovom slučaju pomoć stanovnicima Kale , koji se bore protiv groznih vukova.
Ali ovo nije jedini dio priče : Suzana dijeli svoj duh u svojoj trudnoći i ponovo postaje Mija . Padre Kalahan se iz Salemova vraća , Ruža u New Yorku je u opasnosti i viđamo skokove iz jednog svijeta
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Kandice
Dec 10, 2015 Kandice rated it it was amazing
Yet another excellent addition to the Dark Tower series. Before I address the book, I want to say that, as a man, I love Stephen King. In the afterward, when he says he will be donating the profits of the audio book to Frank Muller's family, and explains why...I know King is wealthy, and can certainly afford the gesture, but how many people in a position to help others actually DO it?
I am working my way through the series on audio this time and it seems like an almost different journey when lis
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Becky
For a long time, this was my favorite book of the series. I love it, the way it just ratchets up the tension, bit by bit, and how we get to know these people, this town and the horror that they have lived with every generation for over 100 years.

This is where the series really becomes amazing. I love Drawing of the Three and The Wastelands, but Wolves of the Calla takes these characters that we've had several books' worth of time to get used to and shows us each of them in a different light.

I
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colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
3.5

This is probably my second favorite of the series.

As with other books, most of the stuff that I like the best are little character things. Seeing a new side of Roland, Jake's moments of actually being a boy, and both Eddie and Jake's growth into and acceptance of their role as gunslingers, (and, of course, Oy and his particular antics). Susannah, and her role in things, remains my least favorite part of the tet.

I also like the parts with Callahan, and I especially like the religious discussio
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Anne
Jan 15, 2016 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wolves of the Calla is one of the more enjoyable Dark Tower books for me. The series looks like a bell curve, to me: starts out slow and not very likeable, peaks in the middle, and finishes on a low note with The Dark Tower . The middle books - Wizard and Glass , Wolves, and Song of Susannah - are the best ones of the series.

I like Wolves because it gives us more in-depth interactions with more secondary characters, aside from just Roland's ka-tet. I like all of the characters King created
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Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 06, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
The story continues.....wow does it. Okay this book is the one that seems at times to take itself a little less seriously yet still does it without once ceasing to be dark, depressing, and foreboding.

Actually a pretty good trick if you can pull it off.

This book continues King's "tying together" his multiverse, but with oh so much more. In this book we get not only parallels with other popular fiction...but comic books and even Harry Potter.... There's also a story element that I can never stop
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Ryan
Jun 15, 2015 Ryan rated it really liked it
It pains me to say so, but I feel this book is where King goes too far. Too far down the path of the ninety and nine that is

It pains me to say it because I feel if King has veered away from that path this could be one of if not my favourite fantasy series of all time (and still makes the former inspite of these faults)

You can't critise Kings ambition he certainly set out to make this his magnum opus. The earlier inclusions of Randall Flagg. One of King's greatest villains and Father Callaghan fr
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Jurgen Appelo
Nov 08, 2014 Jurgen Appelo rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This book is a major disappointment and disaster.

Plot: Basically, nothing happens. People just talk and talk and talk. And the only meaningful action that could be described as "moving the plot forward" is in the last 100 pages of the book. Major chunks of the book (all the vampire-stuff) could easily be deleted without losing anything important or relevant to the plot.

Perspective: The author picked the "God perspective" which means that you can basically know the thoughts of all protagonists. S
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Rob
Executive Summary: While I don't feel this to be as strong of an entry as the previous two books, it is still a good book in it's own right. Besides if you've made it this far in the series, how can you really stop now?

Audio book: Since I listed to the revised edition of The Gunslinger, I got a taste of George Guidall at the start of my audio journey with Roland on my quest for the tower. I found him to be good, but not great.

Then with The Drawing of the Three, it reverted back to Frank Muller w
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Ksenia Anske
Jan 28, 2013 Ksenia Anske rated it it was amazing
Come-come-commala. Step into the truest American tale there is and say thankya. Do ya ken? Kick up dust with your boots along American roads that may look like they're in the past, but may be, in fact, from the future. Open doors in-between worlds, travel far and near as Rolands all famous ka-tet of Eddie, Susannah, Jake, and, of course, the talking billy bumbler, Oy. Meet priests, three types of vampires, even get a glimpse of a zombie. Perhaps. Perhaps better. Meet Andy, the talking robot tin ...more
David
Jan 12, 2009 David rated it really liked it
I finished this 5th part of the 7 part saga last weekend. I think the reason I like Stephen King's Dark Tower series so much is that I basically don't like Stephen King's writing. And the Dark Tower is different from his usual horror-junked garbage. It's an epic tale that takes a rag-tag team of heroes through a fantasy adventure. Yes, there is the grim horror filled "Kingesque" style to it but even the master of horror himself will tell you that the Tower series is unlike his usual work. What I ...more
Carrie Kellenberger
Nov 27, 2015 Carrie Kellenberger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, epic-series
I didn't think that Stephen King could top Wizard and Glass, Book 4 in The Dark Tower series, but Wolves of Calla was a fantastic read.

Roland, Eddie, Susannah and Jake have followed the path of the Beam to a peaceful farming community called Calla Bryn Sturgis. They have arrived just in time to take on the task of putting a stop to the wolves of Thunderclap, which visit the community every 20 years of so to steal one from each set of twins in town. The children are then sent back 'roont. The wo
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Nick
Jul 01, 2009 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
I dived into the second half of the Dark Tower series apprehensively. It seems it is widely thought that this is the point at which the series starts going downhill. I can agree to a point.

Much like Wizard and Glass, Wolves of the Calla is a really, really long build up to a pretty satisfying end. In other terms, Wolves of the Calla is hours upon hours of foreplay leading up to some relatively short sex.

A major complaint here, and I assume with other fans, is that Roland and his ka-tet journey
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Neil Crossan
Oct 25, 2010 Neil Crossan rated it did not like it
Dear Courageous Author:
If you’ve spilled your creative bucket a few a years ago, but feel you have to go through the motions because your fans demand a conclusion to Roland’s adventures I understand that. But that’s not an excuse to write a 15lb 700+ page time waster and then charge me $35 for it and then at the end ask for a charitable contribution. No it isn’t.
Mr. King you’re the man. You have 3 books in my all time lists (The Stand, The Shinning & Night Shift) but this book clearly sign
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Nico
Aug 05, 2013 Nico rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess once you are hooked to this series, which happens at the Drawing of the Three at the latest, you can't stop reading. It reminds me of Lost where the plot also was totally strange and you didn't really have a clue what's going on.
As always King builds the tension very slowly, but steadily until the very end. I enjoyed some of the subplots, some where just boring. But King belongs to the few authors, who can carry the book with the characters rather than with the plot. When I first starte
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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The Dark Tower (7 books)
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  • The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, #2)
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