Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower, #4) by Stephen KingThere seem to be two distinct schools of Dark Tower readers. One school consider this the weakest of the seven volumes. They cant see what the point is. A huge flashback - stuff that has already happened - how does that advance the plot? I call these people the Rolands. The other school considers this to be the finest book of the series, they loved every page of the thing. They think the huge flash-back was a wonderful story in itself which develops a greater understanding of what motivates the gunslinger and where he came from. I call these people the Oys.
Im an Oy in this regard. Oys think the books are about the journey not the destination. Rolands think the destination (tower) is all-important and that any step to the side or backwards is an abomination.
I believe the message of this series (slight spoiler) (view spoiler)[ is that we should be Oys rather than Rolands (hide spoiler)]
This is King at his best. Wonderfully rich characters and setting. Great imagination, brilliant description, scary evil, and the tension rising relentlessly with stakes that youre made to value.
Its been a while since I read this, so I wont comment in more detail.
For me, not only is it the best volume but each successive volume after this is a little less good. However, I cant attribute this to the authors age/decline as I also rated The Wind Through The Keyhole very highly, and thats a nominal volume 8 which sits around 4.5 in truth and is set (IIRC) in the period a little after that covered by the flashback that occupies most of Wizard and Glass.
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Wizard And Glass - by Stephen King - Book Review
Expertly crafted and gratifyingly epic, Wizard and Glass , the fourth book in the cycle, is a love story for those of us who don't read love stories anymore. At the end of The Waste Lands , Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake, and Oy an intelligent, dog-like creature called a "billy-bumbler" are on a monorail hurtling at nearly MPH through the desiccated topography southeast of the hulking, attenuated city of Lud, subject to the whims of an insane and suicidal artificial intelligence named Blane.
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The end of the previous book The Waste Lands left Roland and his friends hurtling along on a computerized train, called Blaine the Mono and riddling for their lives. Roland and his friends manage to out riddle the demented train and are surprised to find themselves in Kansas, but it is a very different Kansas to the one that Eddie, Susannah, and Jake are familiar with and perhaps stems from an alternate reality. In the previous Dark Tower books, the reader hears the names of Cuthbert and Alain but has never been afforded the privilege of meeting them on the printed page. In Wizard and Glass, the reader gets to know them rather well, and definitely to like them. Of course, the young Roland, only fourteen-years-old at the time, and perhaps faster with his guns than he will ever be again, is also there and the reader learns about some of the emotional baggage that he has been carrying with him for so long. Susan is a similar age to the young Roland and, when the reader first makes her acquaintance, she is on her way to see the local witch—a rather nasty piece of work called Rhea of the Coors. Once I did get into this little history lesson though, I was hooked completely and forgot about the main story altogether.
When I first found out about this series, I wanted to read it all in one go. And then I found out that Stephen King built a whole universe around this series — in his other fiction.
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Wizard and Glass , Stephen King, Plume, , pp. Stephen King is probably the most famous horror writer alive. He's been writing for over twenty-five years now, and shows no signs of letting up. I admit that I'm not familiar with most of his latest works, having lost interest in horror when I was no longer a teenager. But I have a keen interest in the Dark Tower series, because it's interesting to see King's talent stretching across a longer work like this, in a genre that could be called dark fantasy.