Wizard and Glass - Dark Tower, Bk 4 Author:Stephen King Roland and his band of followers have narrowly escaped one world and slipped into the next. There Roland tells them a tale of long-ago love and adventure involving a beautiful and quixotic woman named Susan Delgado. And before long, Roland is drawn into an ancient mystery of spellbinding magic and supreme menace...
Another chapter in the quest for the Dark Tower. This book delves more into the young life of Roland answering many unanswered questions as to what makes him the way he is. The group is really starting to come together in this one as well, and it leaves you wanting to learn more about what will become of them.
anansi reviewed Wizard and Glass (Dark Tower, Bk 4) on
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Wizard and Glass.... this is one murderously long book.
I'm a fan of the DT series, and I nearly ditched this 700pg beast at least 3 times while I plodded through it. The repetition is almost physically painful. About 300 pages are entirely unnecessary and do nothing to move the story forward, they - in fact - keep jerking it backwards in a one step forward, two steps back fashion.
Some have recommended reading a synopsis of the flashback section (which is 80% of the book, or so) - and I tend to agree with them. Its a shame, because a decent story is buried in there, but mining it out is torturous. In the afterward - Stephen King says he lost track of whether it was a good book or not about halfway through writing it. I say: No Shit.
Whomever his editors were on this outing did him no favors by not pointing out how he was holding his fan's feet in the fire.
All that said - you almost can't skip it in order to continue forward. This book bridges a long time away from the series for SK into the last years of its writing, which were executed in a comparable feverish speed (the author's brush with mortality rearranging his priorities somewhat).
I feel glad to be done with it. Very glad. I'm not happy with the resolutions, either. All involve vague magic and characters reappearing in overly-convenient ways. Please let the last 3 be much much better than this... I've more or less been saving them to enjoy, because I understand it won't last forever. Now I have no interest in parsing them out - because, while reading this book - the notion of the series lasting forever was hell on Earth.
I have been wondering what happened to Cuthbert, Alain and Susan. Now in this 4th installment of the Dark Tower I got my answers. I thought it was a very gripping book and finally answered a lot of questions that I have been wondering. I won't go into it to let it be a surprise but it is a "must need to read" if you have read the first three. - One of my favorite series
Roland, The Last Gunslinger, and his band of followers have narrowly escaped one world and slipped into the next - there Roland tells them a tale of long-ago love and adventure involving a beautiful and quixotic woman named Susan Delgado. And there they will be drawn into an ancient mystery of spellbinding magic and supreme menace...
Another homerun for Stephen King and his magnum opus of a series. This book holds up to its predecessors and continues the excellent story of one of today's finest writers. Yeah, I'm a huge Stephen King fan, but this series is why I'll STAY a Stephen King fan. Truly marvelous writing.
Cathy C. reviewed Wizard and Glass (Dark Tower, Bk 4) on
Stephen King is a brilliant writer, and in my opinion, this is the best of the Dark Tower books 1-4 (I have yet to complete books 5-7). In fact, this book is comparable to The Stand, one of my all-time favorites.
This series has been a difficult one for me to get into- I'm so used to the Stephen King of "It", and "Duma Key", that to be presented with a storyline so much more along the lines of "Eyes of the Dragon" was a stretch. I'm glad I'm sticking with it though; this 4th book in the series did not disappoint. Roland & Co. continue to explore the path of the Beam, and there's a lot of back story about what shaped Roland as a gunslinger. Well worth the effort!