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Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower #4)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  87,203 ratings  ·  2,643 reviews
Fourth in the Epic Dark Tower Series…
Wizard and Glass

In 1978, Stephen King introduced the world to the last gunslinger, Roland of Gilead. Nothing has been the same since. More than twenty years later, the quest for the Dark Tower continues to take readers on a wildly epic ride. Through parallel worlds and across time, Roland must brave desolate wastelands and endless deser
Mass Market Paperback, Revised Edition, 718 pages
Published October 7th 2003 by Signet (first published November 4th 1997)
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blake You can maybe get away with skipping The Gunslinger, though I happen to really enjoy the more serious tone of that one, and it contains an important…moreYou can maybe get away with skipping The Gunslinger, though I happen to really enjoy the more serious tone of that one, and it contains an important plot development regarding Jake. But you definitely need to read #2 and #3, especially since #3 ends on a cliffhanger that this takes about 70 pages to resolve.(less)

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In the immortal words of The Queen

And yet I seem to be the only person who feels that way about this 4th installment of the Dark Tower series. Can you please riddle me why that is, sais? It’s not that fans of the series dislike this novel, but I often see it cited as their least favorite. I find that stunning and I don’t ken it. I don’t ken it a bit.

While I love the entire series, this one is easily my favorite. My gushing was so torrential when I read this that I was on an IV
Stephen King ended the third book in the Dark Tower series on a wicked cliffhanger in 1991. By 1994 my patience had grown thin, especially after King had delivered 787 pages of pure crap with Insomnia. Even worse was that he actually had the nerve to tease some of the DT stuff in that overstuffed abomination. I was relatively sure that King was sitting on pile of money somewhere and laughing at me as he wrote page after page that was NOT the fourth DT book.

So in October of ‘94 when I read that K
Will M.
Giving a Stephen King book 2 stars pains me a lot, but I can't bump it up to 3 stars just because he's my favorite author. This book was awful, and 500 pages longer than it should've been.

I get everyone's opinion that we need that backstory of Roland, but in my opinion, King could've just considered this a novella. Something that could be read if the reader wanted to. He made this the fourth novel, so that means the readers are obliged to read this if they want to continue on with the series. H
In a sentence: Stephen King does Tombstone (the movie) to great effect.

With only about 25% of actual series plot development (or 500 pages sandwiched between plot development), you'd think I would hate this book. Had I not known about this beforehand or had I waited 6 years for more Dark Tower, I'd probably be singing a different tune.

Then again, I love me a western and to call them Gunslingers on top of it all (such a cool word), I'm pretty sure I would have loved Wizard and Glass no matter wha
Dan 1.0
After a riddle contest with Blaine the Mono, Roland and his ka-tet continue on their quest for the Dark Tower. While camping, Roland reveals the story of his youth and his first love.

The best part of this was Roland's backstory. You see that he wasn't always the killing machine he's become and learn a lot more of the backstory of the series as well. Astute Stephen King readers will appreciate the world they go through after entering the thinny.

The only complaint I have about this one is that I c
September, 2012:

All right. I've had a few glasses of wine, and I finally feel ready to talk about why I so very much HATE THIS FUCKING BOOK.

Please, don't get me wrong. I'm a HUGE Tower Junkie. By the time I got this book, I'd already read and re-read the first three more times than I could count, and even though it was only 6 years after TWL, I'd really been waiting 9 years total.

15 years after this book came out (and I've probably read the whole thing 5 or 6 times, and skimmed it many more than
King may be the master of horror and suspense, but his work as a romance novelist is a failure.

The main story of The Dark Tower goes off the rails (yes, pun intended for those who have read this) and wallows in 500 pages of Roland's backstory - a young-love yarn with a sprinkling of occasional action that just didn't work on any level. King wrote like he was getting paid by the word (He was very frightened. Very frightened indeed.) - and the whole ridiculous Wizard of Oz story tie-in just smack
Hunter Duesing
This book is most interesting and gripping when it actually moves the story of 'The Dark Tower' forward, something the insanely long flashback does not do at all for the majority of the book. The flashback isn't a bad story in itself, I just wish it had been published as a separate side story that fans could dig into later. The short and sweet flashbacks in the first 'Dark Tower' novel offer far more insight into Roland's character than King is able to cover in almost 500 pages here. Is the flas ...more

I can understand why people didn’t get a kick out of waiting a number of years for the conclusion of The Waste Lands to then be presented with this massive book of, primarily, back-story. I on the other hand thought this was one of the best in the series. Yes, it was bloated and didn’t progress the story of Roland and his ka-tet’s quest to the dark tower but what it did add was an incredible amount of depth to Roland’s character.

The first section concludes the riddling contest with Blaine
Picking up where The Wastelands left off, the Wizard and Glass takes us back to the ka-tet's excruciating marathon riddle session with Blaine the Mono. Shortly thereafter, Eddie, Suzannah and Jake are told a crucial story of Roland's youth during his formative years as a young gunslinger.

This was a really hard one to rate. While I loved the first three books, this one abandons the story that King has been building up since the beginning in favor of a long, drawn out back story. I'm not saying th
Okay....3.5 stars. Don't kill me Dark Tower-ites....especially those who looooove this book. BUT, this book was way too long.

To start, I LOVED The Waste Lands, so I was really excited to get into Wizard and Glass because of the cliffhanger at the end of TWL. This fourth installment started of well. Then, unfortunately, I really thought the middle, or the back-story of Roland was tedious, migraine-inducing, and quite unnecessary. It started off interesting, then, I found myself bored, missing th
The series is excellent up to this point. This is where it takes a drastic turn into the long-winded garbage that Stephen King is famous for today.

I had great expectations for this leg of the series, however it fell short of the mark. I did like that I discovered more about Roland's past, and his love, Susan.
Blaine the monorail train was something I hope never to suffer through again, it ruined the book for me.

At one time I was extremely excited by this series, now I can hardly bear to finish
This took me a while to read, but I really don't mind that. I savored every bit of it. I'm at a loss for words on how much I'm loving this series (so far).

This one was quite a bit different, told almost entirely as a flashback to Roland's younger life - a story of Roland's past takes up over 500 pages of the almost 700 in the book - which I wasn't so sure how to feel about at first. It seemed to go on, and on, and on, until I realized at some point, with a bit of confusion, "Wow, does this book
The agreed-upon definition for the phrase "jumped the shark" these days seems to be: "TV show/book series I used to really, really like is now stupid and I am mad." Like, "Man, How I Met Your Mother has really jumped the shark, hasn't it?" (Yes, yes it has). That's not quite the original meaning, which was more like, the series did something outlandish, proving that the writer(s) are grasping for ideas and moving increasingly away from the product you knew and loved. Like, "Man, Happy Days becam ...more
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile

I really enjoy the meat of this story - I really do. I like learning more about boy Roland and his ka-tet, about Susan and everything that happens.

There are moments that I really love - a moment between Eddie and Roland, close to the beginning, when Eddie realizes how deep Roland's emotions actually go. A lot of the stuff between Roland and Susan, and seeing more of Cuthbert and Alain, who were little more than names in the past. And, towards the end, with Roland and his new ka-tet... moment
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*
Karly & Kat buddy-reads strike again ;)

Coming to a Goodreads near you.... in June.

This time we will be teaming up with Jeff, Dan (version 2.0), and The Queen of the Eddie fan club, Stepheny. I will be sleeping with one eye open....

Edward Lorn
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Allison (The Allure of Books)
Well, I got about two-thirds of the way through this sucker, and then set it down for over a week and a half. I wasn't bored exactly, the Roland flashback just had a rather long lull, and I felt the pull of the many other books in my TBR pile.

Before I picked it back up, I had pretty much made up my mind to forget my usual review policy of trying to give series a blanket rating...because I didn't think I would be able to give a book I could set down for a week and a half 5 stars.

Then I started it
6.0 stars. On my list of All Time Favorite novels. The Dark Tower series is on my list of top ten greatest fantasy series of all time and this book is my favorite installment of the series. In addition to concluding the journey on "Blaine the Mono" started in The Waste Lands, the bulk of this novel takes the form of a flashback to the time when Roland, then 14 years old and the youngest gunslinger in memory is sent east by his father to the Barony of Mejis with his two companions, Cuthbert Allgo ...more
I could say lots of things about this book, but nothing really does it justice: it is just good; good in that way which eludes description, like the taste of an ice cold Coke to a parched throat on a summer afternoon or the warmth of a fire on a chilly autumn morning. And like those things, you take it for granted how enjoyable it is. Honestly, the ongoing tale of Roland and the Dark Tower becomes your own quest; the five companions your own friends ; and those persons lost along the way your ow ...more
I remember when this book was released. I was in high school, in the middle of a serious Stephen King binge. In roughly a year, I read nearly everything he'd written to that point, except The Stand, books he'd written as Bachman, and The Dark Tower. I wanted to wait until it was done, you see, and it seems that I was right to wait. Anyways, I remember gazing longingly into the window of Waldenbooks, thinking about how great it would be when the series was finally done. I loved the idea of a fant ...more
So this wasn’t the book I was expecting to read. But then is that necessarily a bad thing? Surely part an author’s job should be to subvert expectations, to take the reader to new and unheralded places. Yes, there’s the argument that Agatha Christie is hugely successful because she served the reader exactly the same dish again and again (but even there, ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ is a huge jolt to expectations). So it’s a good thing for a (constant) reader to be challenged, to be taken in a n ...more
Liza H
EXCELLENT. Here we get the grand tale of Roland's youth; we learn just who Susan Delgado was (and what happened to her) as well as more about the Dark Tower and the dangers involved in trying to reach it.

King did a great job, I thought, with the love story between Roland and Susan. In his afterword, he stated that he was old enough to have pretty much forgotten those frantic feelings of lustful first love... but certainly, I think he got it all spot-on. Roland as a 14-year-old isn't at all what
Franco  Santos
Mi segundo libro favorito de la saga de La Torre Oscura.

Muchos no lo pudieron terminar o se les hizo muy tedioso. Lo sufrieron. Los entiendo. Este tomo de la serie es bastante pesado. Muy lento y puede que tenga un poco de relleno en partes que no era necesario un desarrollo tan extenso.


Por mi parte puedo decir que me encantó. Sí, no voy a negar que algunos capítulos me resultaron un poco densos; pero eso queda en segundo plano cuando la historia es tan interesante y cuando se compensa con mucho
4.5 Stars

The Dark Tower Series is simply the most epic adventure that I have ever read. The scope of Roland’s adventure and life’s goals is immense and easy to feel how overwhelming it can be. I adore this series, and if I was not already a loyal subject to the King, these books would have solidified me as one on their own…

I have grown over time and repeated reads to like and appreciate this, the fourth book in the Dark Tower series more and more. I originally loved all the scenes with Roland an
This was quite a change from what I've gotten used to through reading the first three Dark Tower books! The majority of this volume is a flashback to Roland's younger days. The story doesn't really advance at all, this volume just serves to let us better get to know Roland, the man behind the guns. We see the events that set his journey for the Dark Tower into motion, we see the friends that are always mentioned but no longer around. And we meet Susan, Roland's one true love.

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Jason P
"Ask me a riddle". Blaine invited.
"Fuck you," Roland said.

My journey towards the Dark Tower has (obviously) led me to Wizard and Glass, where we catch up with Blaine the Mono, and our friends Eddie, Susannah, Jake, Oy, and of course - Roland Deschain. Blaine is [a] pain.
This damn train is making these poor souls go through hell on their voyage to Topeka, making them ask him riddles of all things! Can you believe such foolishness, but there is a turn around... Leave it to our smart-ass, wise-cr
Anoop Pai B
All you women who want a man of the street
Don't know which way you wanna turn
Just keep coming
And put your hand out to me
Cause I'm the one who's gonna make you burn
I'm gonna take you down
Down down down
So don't you fool around
I'm gonna pull it pull it
Pull the trigger
Shoot to thrill play to kill
Too many women too many pills, yeah
Shoot to thrill play to kill
I got my gun at the ready gonna fire at will

Wizard and Glass is the most strongest of the book from the series thus far, the reader being trea
There is nothing I like more than four hundred page flashbacks. DOH!
The opening is great, and so is the coda, but the pace pretty much drops when the flashback begins. King halts his narrative for no real reason.
Roland, the Gunslinger, is a well drawn character and everything the reader needs to know about him has been shown in his actions and conduct. There was no need to fully disclose his past - Roland's reservedness and restraint were an integral part of his character - he's a mystical Guns
This 3-star rating is for the audio version read by Frank Muller. This is actually the second time I've dropped a star because of Frank's reading... I didn't much care for his reading of The Gunslinger, but I enjoyed both The Drawing of the Three and The Waste Lands. This one though was just a bit much.

Frank is rather drawly, and his interpretation of the patois of the people of Mejis just didn't work for me. Sheemie especially. I think this is probably one of those situations where someone els
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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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