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Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower #4)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  93,863 ratings  ·  2,852 reviews
"Yes", Blaine said at last. "I agree. If I solve. All the riddles you ask me, I will take you with me to the place where the path ends in the clearing. If one of you tells a riddle I cannot solve, I will spare your lives and leave you in Topeka, from whence you may continue your quest for the Dark Tower, if you so choose. Have I understood the terms and limits of your prop ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 787 pages
Published November 4th 1997 by Donald M. Grant
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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

This buddy-read has been long- Some of our ka-tet have fallen...some have been left behind in the dust. We have picked up a few new members along the way- but only the strongest and most cunning will survive the whole journey to The Daaaaark Tooooooower.

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Buddy-read with our fearless leader- Quick Draw Stepheny, Jumpin' Jeff, Calamity Bev, Welcome- Kid Colt Karly, and Dastardly Dan...and let us have a moment of silence for our fallen members- Bronco Bustin' Black Jackin' Jason- Jason's perverted n
As Rhea of Coos hobbled over to her table, she gave Musty, her foul smelling mutant cat, a swift kick.

"I'll give ya a tongue bath later"!

Rhea was anxious to examine the contents of the bag the silver headed stranger had just dropped off. In the bag were two glass balls; both the size of grapefruits. One was shaded pink, the other a bright purple. She grasped the pink orb and immediately felt a warm tingling between her legs. Ermot dropped down the floor from beneath her skirt and crawled over t
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
There is a kind of echo in the bright air, a yearning for other places in the blood, a loneliness in the heart that sings like the wind.

Who is Roland?

What secrets are hidden in the past of the last gunslinger of Gilead?

The questions are stuck in your mind from the very moment you open the first book in the series and read the best opening sentence ever written. The enigmatic nature of Roland’s character is part of what made him one of my favourite protagonists of all time and one of the saving
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 Schwent
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
Dᴀɴ 2.☢

“Kill if you will, but command me nothing!” the gunslinger roared. “You have forgotten the faces of those who made you! Now either kill us or be silent and listen to me, Roland of Gilead, son of Steven, gunslinger, and lord of ancient lands! I have not come across all the miles and all the years to listen to your childish prating! Do you understand? Now you will listen to ME!”

I hear you brother. In fact it felt like I’ve been listening to you ramble on for days on end. Damn buddy, I honestly did

We are Ka-Tet, we are one from many. We have shared khef. We have travelled alongside one another. We have lost a few of our tet along the way, but we have also gained a few. There’s Jumpin' Jeff (Only the man Jesus knows where he's at!), Rootin' Tootin' Pistol Packin' Ass Whuppin’ Virgin Blood Drinkin' Delee, Calamity Bev who is still plugging along, Kid Colt Karly, Bloody Black Kit Kat (who was sorely missed for this read!), Bronco Bustin Black Jack(in') Jason who was fashionably late, Dastard
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
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*
Category: A book with more than 500 pages

3 Stars

Unfortunately Kat could not join me on this journey, but keep heart…. Jeff, Stepheny, Dan 2.0 and Delee all ventured along.

King’s Wizard and Glass is a great example of when a story within a story gets really carried away with itself. About 500 of the 718 pages are Roland’s backstory rather than present day story of the search for the elusive ‘dark tower’. This is the story of Susan…. And Cuthbert… and Alain. This is the story of how Roland became
Jason Parent
The Wizard and the Glass had to piss a lot of people off when it came out. The book is 95% a story from Roland's past - a tale the intertwines several genres including western, romance, and fantasy. And it proves Stephen King can do it all.

This backstory is in many ways far better than the main plot line. It had suspense, excellent plotting and pacing, a plethora of well-developed characters - everything about it was perfect... well, except my only complaint about the book (view spoiler)
Evelyn (devours and digests words)
It hurt a bit to say that this one is probably one of my least favourite book in The Dark Tower series. With King, I have come to expect the flood of backstories. So yes, I was very much prepared when I picked this up.

Roland Deschain's recollections of his past did not bother me (I've always been curious about his Life Before) so it's not the backstories that made me knock out the stars, but rather it is the missing ka-tet I am more familiar with. I missed Eddie, Susannah, Jake and Oy - they w
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

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
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
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
Kao i kod mnogih drugih knjiga od Kinga , fanovi će ovu knjigu ili užasno voljeti ili im se uopće neće svijeti. Mnogi misle da je ovo najbolji dio serijala , a neki misle da je najgori. Moram reći da razumijem obje grupe. Mada je , po mom mišljenju , ovo najvažnija knjiga serijala i najljepša ljubavna priča koju je King napisao.

Na početku knjige se otkriva cliffhanger 3. knjige . Znak da se ovaj Ka-Tet ne smije podcijeniti , koliko god bezizlazno izgledalo.

Ovu knjigu sam pročitao prije 4 godine
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
Edward Lorn
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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
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
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
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
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This is my favorite of the series so far. Who knew King could be such a realistic romantic? And Roland? I almost feel I would swoon should he somehow appear! I liked him as a character, but didn't love him the way I did Eddie Dean before this installment. Now, each time he seems cold or unfeeling, I will be thinking he is trying to avoid past pain. What a man. He is so incredibly loyal, determined and true. Not always the man you want to have a conversation with, bu
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