The second chapter in the dark tower series introduces us to the fantasy elements in a much more direct manner than the first one. The pacing of the b...moreThe second chapter in the dark tower series introduces us to the fantasy elements in a much more direct manner than the first one. The pacing of the book is perfect and one may even hope for a little more pages to let him settle after realizing his head throb at the pace. The selection of the characters is decent and even the old style in which he deals with his schizophrenic character doesn't bother us much. The sheer pacing covers up most of the minor flaws one would rather not see in such a good book. The scene in which gunslinger encounters Eddie for the first time is so wonderful that i would rate it as one of the best scenes in the whole series. And the brief references to his other books ought to bring a smile to readers faces. All in all, this is one of the best books of the whole series.(less)
After reading two wonderful chapters in the series of Dark Tower, i had huge expectations for this one. And yeah, it delivered on most fronts. But the...moreAfter reading two wonderful chapters in the series of Dark Tower, i had huge expectations for this one. And yeah, it delivered on most fronts. But the most disappointing aspect of the book is that it is quite redundant. Stephen King spent too many pages in explaining the stuff which were already known to the reader. And i believe that the awesome stuff in the book could have helped itself to many more pages. Moreover, the book ends on a ridiculous note. I know that book this is part of a series and I don't expect him to answer all the questions raised in the book but this is way too across the line. He simply doesn't end the book on a decent note. But you will treated with some amazing scenes layered with stunning character work and those moments carry more emotional weight than you can ask for. Overall, a slight letdown upon the storytelling devices but as good as ever with the character work.(less)
'Wolves of the Calla', the fifth book in the series written by Stephen king continues the journey of Roland Deschain of Gilead towards the dark tower....more'Wolves of the Calla', the fifth book in the series written by Stephen king continues the journey of Roland Deschain of Gilead towards the dark tower. As much we can say that the first four books are part of a single series, I also would like to point out that they are unique in their own presentations. Or Stephen king has probably taken enough care to make them look different. But, this one is just an amalgam of the good things that were there in the first four books without really bothering about appearing repetitive. But, then I wouldn’t dare to call this a boring book. This is as much entertaining as it can be, and it is an amazing fun read through and through. But, I always thought of this series as something King has written for himself and not audience. I love it for what it is and I will only be disappointed if found otherwise. If you set aside the problems pertaining to predictability and ‘not-so-special-king-writing’, you will sure be satisfied if not surprised. (less)
**spoiler alert** The highly anticipated final chapter of the acclaimed series, “The Dark Tower” written by Stephen King tells the tale of final steps...more**spoiler alert** The highly anticipated final chapter of the acclaimed series, “The Dark Tower” written by Stephen King tells the tale of final steps taken by Roland Deschain of Gilead before reaching dark tower…and more. Considering the approach the author has taken throughout the series, I found myself surprised that its audience has decided to award it some unwarranted criticism for its ambiguity. Granted, ‘The Dark Tower’ (Series) is an epic fantasy adventure (especially in the later books) stuffed with wonders that are thrown at random towards the gaping reader but it never promised an intricate mythological structure. It has never been about the answers to the core. It has always been about the journey Roland thrusts upon himself. Naturally, many were left apprehensive at the fewer answers than expected, but the final chapter still struck with the nature of the series and I loved it for that. Then again along with the many wonderfully crafted moments (Callahan & Eddie’s death, blind artist’s door drawing, secret behind journey, mordred’s fall, and encounter with crimson king) the book also has some awkward moments that felt like a drag (Stephen king’s accident, journey through white lands and Susannah’s attitude towards the end). But after a mediocre book, this turned out to be an improvement. Now that the series has ended (at least the single big novel), it is imperative that we remind what makes it work as a memorable read – the manner in which treads along various genres without really turning towards anything, the awesome character moments, the gunslingers past which rocked my world and the first chapter which blew me away. I would cherish this along with my best reading days. (less)
The sixth installment in the Dark Tower series continues to enthrall the readers despite a boring period where Stephen King himself appears to irk us....moreThe sixth installment in the Dark Tower series continues to enthrall the readers despite a boring period where Stephen King himself appears to irk us. One thing i must specially mention about this book is that, Calvin Tower + Eddie Dean = Magic. The scenes involving them are ridiculously good and dragged me into the book. Once again, the book ending leaves us gasping for more but it is another wonderful book with more than few hiccups irking us along the journey.(less)
All of it begins here. Roland Deschain's quest for the dark tower. And it does pretty nicely too. This might not entertain as much as the later ones a...moreAll of it begins here. Roland Deschain's quest for the dark tower. And it does pretty nicely too. This might not entertain as much as the later ones as it doesn't throw weird fantasy elements that dark tower readers come to love in the later books or the brilliant character work which is showcased in them. But it does feature one of the most entertaining journeys laced with suspense and brilliance. One ought to agree the gunslinger and man in black are match made in heaven of literature. Throughout the book, stephen king makes it clear what we were to expect in this series. For all those who love reading especially Stephen King, this is a treat. But it might seem slow and boring too. As for me, I liked roland of gilead right away. And "Go then -- there are other worlds than these" is something i would never forget in my life. (less)
To be frank, Roland Deschain of Gilead always seemed attractive to me in the first three books although his actions can be morally questionable at tim...moreTo be frank, Roland Deschain of Gilead always seemed attractive to me in the first three books although his actions can be morally questionable at times. Stephen King changes that in a big way in this book. After going through the phases through which he has passed to change from a Gilead gunslinger to Protagonist of dark tower series, I'm no longer sure that I want him to be real. I agree with many reviewers of this book that it doesn't do much good to the cause of dark tower series but Stephen King raised his writing to a different level to subside that defect. His writing in this book is his best i have ever seen from him. But there were times he tried too much and the book could have been reduced to fewer pages without losing anything. Cuthbert & Eddie were given the prominence they completely deserve and i'm really happy for that. Now that the past was set aside, i look forward to the quest again.(less)
Despite having genuinely chilling moments the book still leaves me gasping for more. Stephen King certainly know how to weave a beautiful premise good...moreDespite having genuinely chilling moments the book still leaves me gasping for more. Stephen King certainly know how to weave a beautiful premise good enough to sustain a book, he can also construct middle-ground exceptionally well setting up a royale finale ready to blow our minds. But his third acts mostly fall flat, where the book suffers from pacing issues. Overall, 4/5 and suggested to every horror reader(less)
Oh-Ho Stephen King!! Now I understand why that show Family Guy was making fun of you. You really are desperate, aren’t you?
The writing was top notch i...moreOh-Ho Stephen King!! Now I understand why that show Family Guy was making fun of you. You really are desperate, aren’t you?
The writing was top notch in the beginning, as it usually is in most of his novels. Then he decides to introduce a goofy premise and we are to watch him make it work. The core horror of the book doesn’t result from creepy animals or funny ghosts, but the happy normal family at the centre of it. His writing was so good that he made me constantly worry about their fate and fear for them. As usual, it is fear of losing your loved ones which is strongest, a point which was exceptionally utilized by The Shining. The core threat arrives from a very lovecraftian setting which works as long as it is shrouded in mystery but starts to lose appeal as soon as the layers are peeled.
At the end of it, I would rate it three as a Stephen king lover. He is a cool guy, much better than this. The first two chapters of second part of the book (36th and 37th) were pretty intense though. If you are also a fan, you would almost have guessed the publishing year just by reading it.
Also, for those of you who will be reading the new edition, I warn you not to read the introduction by the author up front, for it not only spoils some good parts but also takes the menacing feel out of those scenes.(less)
The new installment in the Dark Tower Series, "The Wind Through Keyhole" is not only a fitting addition to the already awesome fantasy series but it a...moreThe new installment in the Dark Tower Series, "The Wind Through Keyhole" is not only a fitting addition to the already awesome fantasy series but it also features many themes that Stephen King is celebrated for.
Generally, Stephen King always ensures that his novels have a great beginning. It is the phase during which he introduces his characters and reader is disillusioned into comfort. Whether it is Pet Sematary, shining,it,stand or insomnia, I always found his beginnings to be most enchanting period. But his dark tower novels have adopted a different style as they are all part of same book and this is where his new novel suffers as well. By the time the reader is introduced to the the best story of the lot - The Wind Through Keyhole - the reader might have already formed an opinion and the lack of any ass-kicking featuring Roland Deschain doesn't help either. Since the stories mostly feature King's recurring themes, the appeal lies in the reader's willingness to revisit them. And I, being a King fan didn't face any issues having to do that.
The first two stories serve as a pleasant introduction without actually setting things on fire and even in the third one, king takes time to shift gears. Once the customary drunk husband, battered family, adventure at young age stuff gets rolled down the magic of the story starts finding its voice. By the time, the North Central Positronics device is introduced it had me shouting 'Hell Yeah!!'. King somehow also found a nice way to cap off the book with a touching letter from Roland's mother.
Although, it never stands up to the anticipation it generated, Wind through Keyhole still manages to be a worthy entry in the fan favorite series.(less)