The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 21, 2004 - Fiction - 845 pages
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All good things must come to an end, Constant Reader, and not even Stephen King can make a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

Roland's ka-tet remains intact, though scattered over wheres and whens. Susannah-Mia has been carried from the Dixie Pig (in the summer of 1999) to a birthing room -- really a chamber of horrors -- in Thunderclap's Fedic; Jake and Father Callahan, with Oy between them, have entered the restaurant on Lex and Sixty-first with weapons drawn, little knowing how numerous and noxious are their foes. Roland and Eddie are with John Cullum in Maine, in 1977, looking for the site on Turtleback Lane where "walk-ins" have been often seen. They want desperately to get back to the others, to Susannah especially, and yet they have come to realize that the world they need to escape is the only one that matters.

Thus the book opens, like a door to the uttermost reaches of Stephen King's imagination. You've come this far. Come a little farther. Come all the way. The sound you hear may be the slamming of the door behind you. Welcome to "The Dark Tower."

  

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For the seventh time since the man in black first fled across the desert in The Gunslinger , King picks up the strands of plot and character with which he has been fashioning the tapestry of Roland ... Read full review

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Let's just say that, compared to the previous books, the course of this book disappointed me a little. I'm not saying that this is a BAD book. Actually, it is the opposite: there was a lot of action, a feeling of anxiety and it even made me shed a couple of tears, which I never done with a book. Alas, overall, it was slightly worse than I expected. Not because of the number of pages (well, actually that never intimidated me), but because of the way the story goes on. I wonder if it wouldn't be so "heavy" in terms of content if this one book was divided in two distinct books? I wouldn't complain if half of this book's contents were in part of the previous book, you know.
In spite of it all, no matter how long the journey through the last book may be, take a deep breath and enjoy every single phrase of the book, because after that, the journey is over (hm... I wonder if it really is over...). Take a good look at each of the members of the ka-tet, every difficulty, ever occurrence. Expect for the worst consequences, the pain of important losses. Savor every single moment of happiness and the feeling of conquest to the challenges imposed to Roland, Eddie, Susannah and Jake. Nearly at the and of the book, you will be rewarded in an almost violent fashion. And, as expected, with a unique trip through the all-so-dreamed-of Dark Tower.
 

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Contents

CALLAHAN AND THE VAMPIRES
3
LIFTED ON THE WAVE
17
EDDIE MAKES A CALL
31
DANTETE
55
IN THE JUNGLE THE MIGHTYJUNGLE
81
ON TURTLEBACK LANE
113
REUNION
133
THE DEVARTETE
141
TRACKS ON THE PATH
309
THE LAST PALAVER SHEEMIES DREAM
321
THE ATTACK ON ALGUL SIENTO
343
THE TET BREAKS
387
MRS TASSENBAUM DRIVES SOUTH
421
VESKAGAN
451
ROLAND SHOWS ID
485
TWO VIEWS
531

THE WATCHER
155
THE SHINING WIRE
171
THE DOOR INTO THUNDERCLAP
189
STEEKTETE
199
THE MASTER OF BLUE HEAVEN
221
KASHUME
247
NOTES FROM THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE
265
ON BADLANDS AVENUE
577
THE SORE AND THE DOOR
715
THE DARK TOWER
777
ROBERT BROWNING
833
AUTHORS NOTE
843
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About the author (2004)

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are Full Dark No StarsBlockade BillyUnder the Dome, Just After Sunset, the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Lisey's Story and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was recently re-released in a tenth anniversary edition. King was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007 he was inducted as a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America.  He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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