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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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Klaudia Szczepaniak Depends what interests you more. Do you want to see the new ka-tet sooner or later? The wind the keyhole is another book about Roland's past not…moreDepends what interests you more. Do you want to see the new ka-tet sooner or later? The wind the keyhole is another book about Roland's past not present.(less)

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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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Jeff
Nov 10, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A prequel to a sequel or a sequel to a prequel of a previous Dark Tower “review”.

Both women’s hands moved like a blur as they obliterated their targets - moving and stationary. Their pistols were still smoking as they were returned them to their holsters.

“Well met,” said the fat rancher, as he moved towards the taller of the two women, “and mighty impressive.”

“Thankee, Sai”, said the taller of the two blonde katet members and by her calm and authoritative bearing, obviously the group’s dinh.

“I’m
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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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Stepheny


Commela Come Come!

Our journey has left so many behind. We have been attacked, beaten, and threatened. Yet, we persevere. Onward wayward travelers. Let us continue on our quest to the Dark Tower. Let us travel safely along the Path of the Beam

Our band of crazy MahFahs, led by the craziest MahFah yeh’ve ever encountered- Yours Truly- has seen and done much. I even let Jeff out of his prison luxiourous bedroom at my home to join us in this read. I did keep him on a leash- he’s not to be trusted.

Bac
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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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seak
Jun 18, 2016 seak rated it it was amazing
I didn't really realize until I'd picked up this book that I was kind of in a reading funk for a bit. Either that, or this book is just that good. Either way, I had a new life of reading when I picked up Wolves of the Calla. I was sucked right back into the path of the Dark Tower, right along one of the 6 beams. And it's not just sucked in, but I was able to pick back up after a year or two with only my rusty memory of the previous 5 (counting Wind through the Keyhole) books.

Wolves is just what
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Vane J.
Mar 08, 2016 Vane J. rated it really liked it
That face you make when a book has a horrible cliffhanger:



Why, Stephen King, why?!?!

Well, anyway, no review for this. It's suffice for me to say it's a million times better than book 4 (that one's a mess - I didn't even finish it). The story gets back to the quest to find the Dark Tower, I'm finally warming up to the characters and in few words, I liked it.

A little warning for people who want to read this series: Read King's 'Salem's Lot first. The destiny of one character is told here and you'l
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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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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
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And now, the long waiting game begins. Who's gonna cave first, and post a review? Your move, Jeff & Delee!
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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Chris_P
Aug 29, 2016 Chris_P rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Re-read August 2016

In the fifth installment of The Dark Tower, all the elements King has borrowed from cinema and literature are clearer than ever. While I usually find this aggravating, when authors use so many borrowed things in their work that is, King never lacks originality. In fact, it's crazy how he uses all those (stolen, one might say) elements and still stays true to his original work. That's a talent of its own, if you ask me.

Far West scenery, unborn demon babies, robots and doors tha
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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.
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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Delee
So I decided it was time to finally write my review- because apparently Dan 2.0 can't write one until either Jeff or I write one first. Yup...our 2.0 likes his excuses. I think his cowboy name should be changed to Procrastinatin' Shenanigan Playin' Dastardly Dan.

Buddy read with- Quick Draw Stepheny, Jumpin' Jeff, Procrastinatin' Shenanigan Playin' Dastardly Dan, Calamity Bev, Bronco Bustin' Black Jackin' Jason, and Cahootin' Christopher

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I can't believe our journey is almost finished (only 2 mor
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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)
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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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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Cody
Oct 07, 2016 Cody rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stephen-king
The final three books in the Dark Tower saga are among Stephen King's most divisive works. Written in the years immediately after getting run over on an afternoon walk, the three novels in question— Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, and The Dark Tower — show King entering and settling into an existentialism period in his writing, which makes perfect sense. The guy was well into his 50s when he came face-to-face with death. That would make anyone think. His ruminations on life and death form ...more
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
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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Maggie K
Sep 30, 2014 Maggie K rated it really liked it
I have to say that I am enjoying this series a lot more than expected....I would have guessed that the self-references and such would have thrown me off...and that this installment, which was a big detour, would have put me off. But no, I am happily planning to see what happens next!

Here, Roland and co. stop to assist a small town with its 'wolves' invasion...an invasion that steals the towns children every 23 years. Tie that in with the pregnancy of Susannah...and we have a downright theme goin
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Anne
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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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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Jason Parent
Mar 15, 2016 Jason Parent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very long book where very little happens. Still, I enjoyed it quite a bit, though 3, 4, and 4.5 were better.
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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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