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plan_9 02-05-2013 01:11 AM

dark tower series
 
i know for a fact my machine at work is going to be running at a snail's pace
i have the 1st book here..i've heard good things or should i just rer-read some lovecraft in my leisure

Jordan 02-05-2013 06:00 AM

First book is a little different than the rest of the series - it's almost better to read the other ones first, but there is some plot development that will help you understand the rest better.

Excellent series, but I didn't like the ending.

baader 02-05-2013 06:55 AM

True, end felt like he just wanted to get rid of the whole thing.
I liked the first one most.

noahlindberg 02-05-2013 07:05 AM

i read the first one and didn't like it at all, haven't touched any of the others which is odd for me. Normally once i start a series i read the whole thing weather i like it or not. couldn't bring my self to do it with this one.

Rain-Man005 02-05-2013 10:09 AM

The first can be a struggle, its more gritty, you can tell it was written long before the rest of the series. That being said, I felt it really established Roland, so if your going to read any of the books, read the first. I loved the series and although it might not have ended as we'd imagined it, the ending fit with our main character, it's his story through and through.

Now the recent "addition" Through the Keyhole? Not a fan.

DashHopes 02-05-2013 11:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Rain-Man005 (Post 2615233)
The first can be a struggle, its more gritty, you can tell it was written long before the rest of the series. That being said, I felt it really established Roland, so if your going to read any of the books, read the first. I loved the series and although it might not have ended as we'd imagined it, the ending fit with our main character, it's his story through and through.

Now the recent "addition" Through the Keyhole? Not a fan.

I would have to agree with Rain-Man005. Minus it wasnt a struggle for me to read it.

Rain-Man005 02-05-2013 12:54 PM

Yeah Dash, I didn't struggle reading it myself, just saying what my friends said about the first book. I personally think the first is probably one of my favorites in the series.

DashHopes 02-05-2013 01:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Rain-Man005 (Post 2615361)
Yeah Dash, I didn't struggle reading it myself, just saying what my friends said about the first book. I personally think the first is probably one of my favorites in the series.

It was the raw grit of it that made it so good.

Listessa 02-10-2013 07:16 AM

I enjoyed the feel of the first one, but then again I enjoy the grittier feel of early SK stuff, as well as the Bachman Books. It has more of a western feel, which is appealing in its own right.

To me the series is worth a read, even if the final ending makes you want to scream. The 5th book, Wolves of the Calla was my favorite. I enjoyed the development Mid-World's mythology and the characters themselves. Detail-wise, Stephen King didn't know much about guns when he first created Roland and his revolvers. That might bother some hardcore gun nuts, but ends up explained away as that being part of The Gunslinger's world, not ours. ;)

Some of the graphic novels are kind of cool once you read the series, but not necessary. If I can find them used for an affordable price, I'll buy them. I read comics way too fast for it to be feasible entertainment.

Overall the series is better than most of his "newer" (post-accident) books. Duma Key is another exception in my opinion, and 11/22/63 was ok but not what you expect from his writing.

acesn8s 02-12-2013 08:27 AM

I read books 1 - 3, but never really warned to the series.


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