Friday, May 27, 2011
The Dark Tower by Stephen King (CBR-III #20)
Series: The Dark Tower Book VII
Cannonball Read III: Book #20/52
Pages: 1072 (9,551 total so far)
I finally finished the series! It was a little rocky in some parts, but am I glad I finished? Yes. Will I ever read this series again? Probably not. I'm going to review the final book first, then do a brief review of the entire series as a whole.
So, I was not a huge fan of the last couple books in this series. However, the final book in The Dark Tower series was what I wished the entire series had been. It flowed well and King didn't go off on hundred page tangents that had little to do with the central story. With each book, I just wanted Roland and his group to continue their journey to the Dark Tower without taking detours that took up entire books, such as the whole fighting with the wolves in The Wolves of the Calla or Rolands 600 page backstory. They covered more ground in this final book than I think half the other books combined.
One thing I love about Stephen King is his ability to bring his characters to life. Even if these weren't my favorite books ever, I really fell in love with the characters.
***SPOILERS! THE NEXT TWO PARAGRAPHS CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THE ENTIRE SERIES***
Okay, so we have to talk about the ending. First of all, I love when authors aren't afraid to kill of main characters. It's dramatic and emotional. However, I HATED how Susannah just randomly left right before they got to the tower. She went all that way and sacrificed everything (including Eddie!) and then just leaves to go back to her world hours before they reach their goal? I'm not even going to comment on the stupid "afterward" with Susannah in NYC.
As for the very, very end: I kind of liked it. It was TOTALLY unexpected and yes, it might have been a total cop-out ending, but in a way it kind of worked. It did feel a little rushed and anti-climactic (really? He can just literally erase the bad guy at the end?), but it was completely unexpected if nothing else.
***END OF SPOILERS***
Okay, I already apologize for this being so long. What did I think of the entire series?
Honestly, it felt a little disjointed. Probably due to the fact that it took King something like 35 years to write the whole thing. I probably would have liked it better if it stayed more focused and cut out a lot of unneeded tangents. I rushed through a lot of that just to get back to the central story of the actual journey to the Dark Tower because that was the story I was invested in and wanted to read.
The series had it's ups and downs for me, but overall it's a decent read if for nothing else than to tell people you made it through the whole thing. I do hope they end up making the movies/tv series that's been rumored because I think this would be awesome on the screen.