Friday, April 27, 2012

The Dark Tower IV - Wizard and Glass - by Stephen King - Best of the series

5 of 5 Stars

A while back I decided to re-read Stephen King's opus, The Dark Tower.  The idea was to get to the end of book 4 just in time for the release of the new DT novel, The Wind Through the Keyhole, which takes place between existing books 4 and 5. Mission accomplished. 

I originally read Wizard and Glass, 15 years ago, when it was first published.  At the time, I didn't particularly like it.  I felt it did little to advance the story and I had a difficult time in getting past that aspect.  In retrospect, I now feel this is arguably the best of the lot with the riddling contest between Blaine the Pain and our Ka-tet, and the telling of the story of Roland Deschain's tragic affection for Susan Delgado.

This tale is told, presumably, in a single night, around a campfire in some  reality of Kansas where people, at one time, drove Takuro Spirits and drank Nozz-A-La cola.

By the time Stephen King wrote Wizard and Glass he had been perfecting his craft for more than 20 years.  He was a much better writer in 1997 and it shows.  The adventure is grand and the characters are unforgettable.  If you are already a Dark Tower fan, you know all this.  If you've never been to Mid-World, it all starts with The Gunslinger and there is no time like the present to start your own quest to The Dark Tower.

Stephen King's Dark Tower novels are available everywhere and will be for years to come.

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