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Dark Towers Boxed Set (The Dark Tower #1-4)

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Set in a world of ominous landscape and macabre menace, The Dark Tower features one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations—The Gunslinger, a haunting figure who embodies the qualities of the lone hero through the ages, from ancient myth to frontier Western legend. As Roland crosses a desert of damnation in a macabre world that is a twisted image of our own, he moves eve ...more
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Published October 7th 2003 by Signet (first published 2002)
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Deodand
I didn't read this boxed-set edition but I wanted to review these as a lump.

Let's face it - I loved the whole thing. There isn't another story out there quite like this one. I am not a fan of the fantasy genre - I like my science-fiction on the hardcore side. This series softened my attitude toward fantasy fiction because King applies his softest touch ever here. You can tell that he didn't just knock out another tome for the sake of his publisher, which is a feeling I get about a lot of his lat
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Bondama
And now for the best and most complex of them all....... I deliberately postponed reading this to catch up with the group. I really don't have anything to add to this. The bleak, seemingly unending journey is described so heartrendingly that yes, one does feel some pity for Mordred.

I am so very glad I decided to re-read the entire series - it was like plunging into another world. I found myself unable to concentrate on any other books while I was reading "The Dark Tower."

And I agree with King, t
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Courtney
I can't help it - I'm a sucker for horror novels. I love 'em, and I unashamedly admit that I am a big fan of Stephen King. I've read nearly all of his novels, and the Dark Tower series is my favorite. Don't get me wrong - I thoroughly enjoyed his horror classics (The Shining, Carrie, 'Salem's Lot, etc); they are fabulously tense, scary, and just gory enough to make one cringe and get the blood racing. However, the Dark Tower has it all - fantasy, mythology, science fiction, epic, allegory, adven ...more
Nicholas Ladieu
A classic telling. Anyone who knows about the history of this series knows king took a break during the telling. Well it shows, the first bunch of books are far superior to the last bunch

The last bunch show a lack of a good editors hand, which I suspect is because it is King and can get away with more.

Also I almost dropped the book when King wrote himself in as a character.. seriously that was just lame.

Anyway despite some tough to get through middle books the ending was somewhat satisfying.. an
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Heather
OK, I'm not much for horror, but this series is amazing. It's not really horror, more of fantasy/adventure/sci-fi/western. Sarah got me hooked on them. I was trying to put down the whole series (I think there are 7) but couldn't find it all together. These are really good. There is some gore, but the characters are really well-drawn and the story sucks you right in. I think Wizard and Glass was my favorite, as you get the back story of the Gunslinger. The 6th one, Susanna's Song, was the least i ...more
Erik
Oct 14, 2010 Erik is currently reading it
My brother gave me the series to borrow. The first book is going very slowly and difficult to get into, which is strange as I've grown up reading Stephen King, and most of his work (good or bad) is usually very accessible. I'm still holding out for something to click with me.

10-14-10 Twenty pages into the second book, which looks more promising. The first had its moments, but it felt like he was writing in a style that didn't quite suit him. Work and getting ready for winter has been keeping me
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Jennifer
I love Stephen King, but this series is the best I've read of his. The first four books I read twice while I waited for the next three to come out!
Edward Davies
THE GUNSLINGER
This is a pretty slow start to what becomes an incredibly engrossing series of novels from the Master of Horror. With the focus only being on one of the Dark Tower characters, the tale drags a little, but what it leads into is so wonderful that I think we can forgive Mr King.

THE DRAWING OF THE THREE
This is where the series really finds its feet and gets going, with the introduction of additional characters that help us sympathise a bit more with the plight of the book. Where Roland
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Summer
If I told you what this series is about, it would ruin everything. In the sketchiest terms, it's about the end of the world, and a person who, more for personal obsession than any sense of goodwill, takes it upon himself to stop it.

By Book 3 (The Waste Lands), you may start picking hints up about what's going on. They start pretty obscure, though.

By 4 (Wizard and Glass), the premise should be obvious, though I wonder if King himself knew how it would end at this point.

I think it's by book 6 (So
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Matt
I'm not usually a Stephen King fan.

That said, this series is fantastic. As this is a boxed set, I'll review the books individually...

The Gunslinger: Probably the simplest book, in terms of plot, it does a very good job of introducing Roland and his world, and beginning to reveal what exactly is driving him on his quest.

The Drawing of the Three: Roland gathers his ka-tet (at least, most of them). While the portion of the book that centers on Eddie Dean is highly entertaining and has the same sens
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Ginger Weirich
I finished, for the second time, the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. While King is not one of my favorite authors, there are a few of his books I dearly love. (The Stand is on my list of all-time favorites.) I didn't recall how many of his other books are referenced there in one way or another, and it makes me wonder if mayhaps I should add some of them to my "to read" list.
Adam
I've always enjoyed Steven King's works, and I've often been recommended the Dark Tower series. I decided to get the boxed set convinced that I was going to enjoy the series so much I would want to go from book to book with no interruption.

After reading the first book, The Gunslinger, I felt like perhaps I had made a mistake. The book was incredibly bleak and depressing, and I debated on whether I even wanted to finish it. Book two, The Drawing of the Three, was considerably more interesting. T
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taarak
Apr 16, 2007 taarak rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sci Fi and Fantasy Buffs
Steven King's magnum opus. I've given a short review of all the books below. Based largely on the strengths of books 1, 2 and 4, I rate the whole series of seven books a three.

On "THE GUNSLINGER" His first book in a very long series starts out well enough.

On "THE DRAWING OF THE THREE" Gotta chuk!? Gotta up-chuk!? Okay, not so bad but not as good as the first.

On "THE WASTELANDS" The series improves with fast-paced, difficult to follow forays into alternate realities.

On "WIZARD AND GLASS" The best
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Crys Nieto
If I could rate this series any higher I would. This is his best work. There are so many other tie-ins to this storyline if you know what you are looking for. I will say no more except this is a must read series for King fans.
Christopher Heidt
Excellent series! This is the beginning of the epicenter of King's works... his "magnus opus". A must read for any of King's fans.
Brandon
Books 1-4 were amazing, but it all went downhill from there. It is apparent to me that Stephen King tired of writing about Roland and only finished the series to appease his fans. Book 7 was horrible. Any time the author writes a letter to the readers in the front of the book telling them to bite their tongues and be happy the series got its ending, you know the book is going to be less than stellar. There are times I wish I hadn't read the ending and had just imagined one on my own.

Still, the f
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Edward
completely love the gunslinger and the man in black good series.
Kristina
#1 favorite series
Rav
Dec 28, 2007 Rav rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Romantic fantasy readers
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
When I mean Romantic Fantasy, I mean more of a certain type of Romanticism where there's a rose representing all that's good in the world and where this is more the realm of a cowboy, which essentially is what Roland is. Mind you, as the series gets going, there are some gaping plot holes that aren't quite addressed in my opinion, but the sheer atmosphere and the Romantic tale swing it far in its favor. The significant emotional impact I had in the end also serves to force me to rate this fairly ...more
Mzungo
These first four books of the seven part Dark Tower series are great. They develop a good story with interesting characters in a way that melds science fiction, fantasy and westerns. Unfortunately the last three books are atrocious and completely ruin the series. While I did enjoy these four, I can't recommend reading them because if you start reading the series you will most likely feel compelled to finish it, and that is a waste of time.
Brian Hodges
I love this series. It's far from perfect. King often spent far too much time indulging things that didn't seem important and then when some really cool conflict arose, he would gloss over it too quickly. However when the totally unexpected ending of the final book came, I actually felt sick to my stomach because I had grown so attached to the main character. It was a suckerpunch ending... yet the only ending that made sense.
Marcie
I had a few people recommend the Dark Tower series to me, so I thought I'd give it a go. I am not a big Steven King fan, but I really loved these books. I have to say, the first 4 were much better than the last 3. I had lots of issues with the last few books, but I really fell in love with the characters and their quest. I'm still deciding how I feel about the ending, but I did really enjoy this series.
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Mar 23, 2008 hardcover_bitch_book added it
Recommended to hardcover_bitch_book by: stephen king thats for sure he rocks no matter what he writes
SO far so good but hard 2 get into as i seen the stand but its alot different but! its about the devil thats for sur

THE SECOND WAS WAS GOOD BUT TAKING A BREAK FROM EM READING (A BODY FARM NOVEL BY JEFFERSON BASS =FLESH AND BONE THEN WE'LL READ THE THIRD ONE=STEPHEN KING BOOKS=THE TOWER SERIES
SOMETIMES I NEED A BREAK FROM HIS BOOKS AS I CANT 2 SEEM TO GET IN TOO EM
Voss
Gli ambienti sono straordinari e i protagonisti bellisismi.
Tutto il resto lascia il tempo che trova :)
Kassiopeia
Those books are gripping. I couldn't stop reading and Stephen King owes me more than just a few hours of sleep.
Oh, except for the first one, I almost stopped reading after the first one. Luckily I didn't, but the first one was weird.
And although I finished them about three years ago I still can't get over the ending.
Jen Lannholm
I read each book as it came on the market and I know people compare this series to Tolken's Lord of the Rings, I enjoyed reading both works of fiction. The Dark Tower books are not always spot on, but I have never read a long series of books that was perfect; however, King came up with a perfect ending. Just brilliant.
Kim Calland
Finally finished this series. I started the first book ages ago and didn't go on to the second one at that time. This time around I blew through them all pretty quickly. I am a hardcore lover of all things King, so I really enjoyed this one. Even the ending that he didn't really want to write. :)
Lyra
My second adventure ever into the world of Stephen King. This kind of post-apocalyptic fantasy (not horror) series has me highly entertained. The first book (luckily a short one)left me a little bored and vaguely confused, but it soon improved. Well worth the read for fantasy fans.
Anne
Phenomenal series. These books take you places you never thought you'd ever go. Although works of Science Fiction, each character is endearing and one finds themselves cheering them on as they make their way to the Dark Tower. An epic set of books that I consider a "must read."
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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)
  • The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)
  • The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, #2)
  • The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower, #3)
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“It’s not supposed to end this way. Whatever else Roland and his ka-tet knows, that’s one thing that they ken for sure. This business ain’t supposed to end, and end bloody, at the base of some godforsaken pile of rock called Jericho Hill. Because John Farson is evil, and they’re good, and good may have its setbacks and bumps along the road, but when the final bell gongs, only good is left to hear its peals. They know that. They just…they know it. This ain’t how it’s gonna end. ‘Cept, deep down…they know it is.” 2 likes
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