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The Dark Tower Series Collection: The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, The Waste Lands, Wizard and Glass, Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, The Dark Tower

(The Dark Tower #1-7)

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Hardcover, 3914 pages
Published July 22nd 2011 by Zatpix (first published 2005)
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Pixiegirl105 I would not recommend it for an amateur reader. SK's books under 300 pages and the short story collections are the best way to introduce yourself to…moreI would not recommend it for an amateur reader. SK's books under 300 pages and the short story collections are the best way to introduce yourself to his works. This series at best has 2 really good books. Much of the rest of the series feels like filler. I can read a 900 page novel in a few hours on a regular basis but some of these took me 450 pages before I even liked the story in the book. (less)
Kenny Matthews The scope is wider than ASoIaF, but the cast of characters is much smaller. It will feel a little more intimate, I would say. Hope that helps.

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Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People with patience
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Well, it's been a few years since I finished reading The Dark Tower Series and I have decided to share a few thoughts. First of all, I have to say that this was a massive undertaking from Stephen King and he didn't disappoint ( well, until I got to the ending anyway...) The books are beautifully written and he has managed to create a whole new universe of places and characters whose only relation seems to be that mysterious Dark Tower. The prose flows flawlessly, the chara
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I want to go back and rate them individually, due to all the ravings about how awful the last three books are vs the genius of the first four (and there is certainly a difference but not too much) but for now I must say that this series is life changing as a whole. If you make it past the first book you will be hooked into the Tower story and will carry on with Roland until the end, which itself serves as another place of polarizing opinion (I fall on the side that the ending was perfect,the ver ...more
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing

loved this series, can't say enough good things about it. It has taken him over 20 years to write it. I started with the very first book "the gunslinger" in the early 80's, not knowing it was going to be a series. I don't think Mr.King did either. I liked it very much, I still had the original publication, a little hardback book, up until a couple years ago when I lost everything I owned. when the second book came out years later, I was totally hooked, sat on pins and needles waiting all those y
Kylian Sunn
Oct 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
The first book in the series is good (not great, though). Read it, and then give yourself a favour and read a plot summary for the rest on wikipedia. The novels are full of small and large plot fragments that are unrelated to the main plot, are going nowhere or just make no sense whatsoever. The rest of the plot is very predictable, full of clichés and obvious recycling of King's other novels. Overall, the whole series feels like it was written for homework at writers' class, only the deadline h ...more
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
After finishing this long series, I would say it was definitely worth the time. It was original and had a different feel from most of Stephen King's work (especially the first four books). While I feel that portions could have been tightened up and some all together abandoned and reworked, I still feel that this was a great adult adventure story revolving around good and evil and the human condition. I also have to give King kudos for his willingness to really go outside of general fantasy and s ...more
A.J. Hawkins
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
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May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was unsure how much I liked the Gunslinger in the first Tower Book, but was told the series got better, so stayed with it. Roland of Gilead is a crusty cowboy intent on his quest to find the Tower, and the first book isn't as good as the others, but necessary. In it, Roland sacrifices a young boy named Jake in his quest, although Jake has died once before in an auto accident on the streets of New York. When Roland lets him die again, Jake's last words are, "There are other worlds than these." ...more
Michelle Lavender
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stephen-king
I have read thousands of books. Two have made me cry, the first was black beauty and i was six. The second was one of the dark tower series, im not saying which one because i dont want to give anything away, but these books get you so emotionally involved its hard not to cry at some point.
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An epic in the full sense of the word. Amazing, if only for spectrum. King manages to combine high fantasy, western, science fiction, romance, horror, and numerous other genres into an intricately created, well, not world, but universe of universes that forms what can truly be called his magnum opus. Admittedly, the length of the series is daunting, and can prove to be a problem for the reader as he or she forgets previous developments along the way. But my advice is the same as King's - enjoy t ...more
Anthony Jones
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am writing independent reviews for each book ~ Some books in this series I loved more than others. Notwithstanding this, I would have to say The Dark Tower series is my favorite of all of Kings work.
Greg Fortier
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves adventure and fantasy genre
Recommended to Greg by: My brother
I love this series of books. I have suggested it to many people and been specific that altough they are very dark in some places, they are not the typical 'horror' that Stephen King is known for.
I was given the first book "The Gunslinger" as a birthday gift almost twenty years ago. I started it and put it down only to pick it up again five years later. The second time around, I flew through it and immediately went out to buy books two and three. At the time, those were the only ones to have bee
Amy K
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anybody
Shelves: to-re-read
Stephen King is a consistently terrific, not to mention prolific, writer. However, his "Dark Tower" series, which he began writing at age 17, far over-reaches all of his other writings. He himself refers to it as his grand masterpiece, and I fully agree. This series is much less gory than many of his works, yet filled to the brim with thrills and nightmares, hopes and dreams, and even love. Even if you have shunned King in the past, you Must beg, borrow, or steal (well, you don't have to go That ...more
Apr 26, 2017 added it
Reading it again as I flee across the desert......
Travelling Sunny
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 1: The Gunslinger (★★★★☆)
Book 2: The Drawing of the Three (★★★★☆)
Book 3: The Waste Lands (★★★★☆)
Book 4: Wizard and Glass (★★★☆☆)
Book 5: Wolves of the Calla (★★★★☆)
Book 6: Song of Susannah (★★★★☆)
Book 7: The Dark Tower (★★★☆☆)
Ody Miller
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading the final line, I felt redeemed in spending as much time reading the series in its entirety. After letting the ending sit with me for a bit, my first thought was I need to go back immediately and re-read the first book.

Well played Mr. King, my new favourite books!
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
what can you even say about these books? Epic, heartbreaking, uplifting. The master doing some of his best work in these. I got so attached to the characters. And cried for them as well.
Diane Lynch
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have found, after reading many of Stephen Kings book's, that his endings are often disappearing. I believe he writes such an amazing story that the ending can't keep up with them. This is NOT the case in the 7 book Dark Tower series. This series has one of the best endings of all his books I've read. The story itself flip flops from page turner to it's an effort to continue reading. Their are a lot more page turners than not. The further you get in the series the more exciting it becomes and s ...more
Shelley Filas
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you love Stephen King and you haven't read this series...then you don't really love Stephen King. The Dark Tower Series is an epic adventure through different worlds and times, with all of the subtle detail that you expect from a King book. You might need to take notes if you want to keep the plot straight, but that's the beauty of it. The complexity here is mind-blowing, yet the way it all neatly fits into place is pure mastery.

Roland is an understated protagonist, in a menacing, I'll blow y
Cecelia Payn
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have listened my way through this series and am presently listening to the last one 'The Dark Tower' on audibook. I have enjoyed it tremendously, so much so that people have smiled at me very amused on my walks when I have uttered some comment of appreciation or horror!( I listened to these books mostly while I was walking)
I admire Stephen King greatly and have read all his books and I mean all except for The Dark Tower and I am happy I waited for it to be complete because I would have been en
Sigh. Stephen King is very popular on Goodreads. If I am going to read all the popular books on Goodreads, it means reading a lot of Stephen King, which is someone I've never been interested in reading. But I was told that the Dark Tower series was his best, his masterpiece. So I figured I'd start there. And it has been a disappointment. Actually some of the books were okay. Even the last book had some good pieces to it. But frankly the series was overly long and overly pointless. And yet perhap ...more
Alvin Mccoy
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Holy cow I read the whole series of 7 books, can't believe it. Science fiction western fantasy, or whatever it is it did keep me going, however you get a little invested just because of the sheer size of the work, and get that I gotta stick with the characters to the end. Def. a bedside read to help on thoes nights when you can't sleep. I understand their is a flashback book 8 in the series, might read it too. The only criticism I may have is Stephen King putting himself in the book in a kind of ...more
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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Mariah Bragg
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another masterfully crafted plot from Stephen King. Through his meticulous shaping of their personalities, I feel as though I truly know each of these characters. The magic of this series is how real it seems to be. Perhaps I will one day stumble upon a half-invisible door myself, which leads to a forgotten world.

Friendship, romance, honor, adventure, mystery, fantasy, science fiction. You want it, the Dark Tower's got it.
Linnie Lacey
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This series not the idea started with The Gunslinger. He was making refrences before then. It takes a literary genius to incorporate an idea and presence of one series of books into half the novels he has written.
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Overall, an excellent, very different series.
Laura Qualls
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. Great characters, settings and Its epic storyline has its high and low moments so you will love and hate this series but worth every second invested. A must read!
Rick Slane
If you like Stephen King and have a lot of time to read this might be for you.

Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sff
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Ivaylo Hristov
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Seven and a half books. Over twenty years in the making. Well… strap in, folks, it is going to be a long one. So long in fact, I’m going to have to segment my review. First, however, let’s get some things out of the way.

-Are the Dark Tower books worth reading?
-Are they the best thing since sliced cheese?
-No. Not by a long shot.
-Should you read these books if you don’t like Stephen King’s style of writing?
-Probably not. I’ve had a lot of people claim that the Dark Tower series are quite
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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

Other books in the series

The Dark Tower (8 books)
  • The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)
  • The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, #2)
  • The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower, #3)
  • Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower, #4)
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