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xtal
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September 21, 2019 - 1:28 pm
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Just curious if anyone else around here has read Stephen King's Dark Tower novels. I started reading them sometime last year and am now about halfway through the sixth novel (of seven).

I've never really read through a series of several novels, usually preferring to read one-offs. In fact, I think the only series of books that's more than...two novels long I've ever read is Harry Potter. Everything else I've ever read was a one off, really. Oh, I forgot about the Hitchhiker's Guide books. Okay them too.

But yeah, never really bothered to invest myself in long series. Mostly because it seemed to cause friends of mine so much pain - waiting for Robert Jordan to finish the Wheel of Time series after decades, only to die in the home stretch and have his son finish it; seeing A Song of Fire and Ice fans have to suffer through George R.R. Martin's molasses-drenched efforts to finish his story, all the while a TV series beats him to the punch.

But through five and a half books I've quite enjoyed the Dark Tower books. The fourth book, Wizard and Glass, is one of my favourite things I've ever read. It turns out I like Western-tinged fiction a lot more than I even realized.

I was spacing the books out last year with other things in between (I am also hella deep into the fantastic catalogue of Kurt Vonnegut, an author I've come to greatly admire) but now that I'm in the home stretch I'm powering straight through to reach the end. So if anyone has read them, I'd love to talk shop about 'em once I'm done book 7 which should be in a few weeks.

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September 21, 2019 - 2:26 pm
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I've read them, xtal. I'm a big Stephen King fan.

Wizard and Glass is a great book, and a transition of sorts for the series—before and after King's car accident, among other things. 

Wolves of the Calla and Song of Susannah are similarly excellent. I really liked them. King does something absolutely crazy and makes it work, which is a testament to his skill.

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Book 7 is...

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book 7 is.

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