This 'ere is my attempt at a review of the aforementioned series. I warn you now, reviews ain't my strong suit. Still reading? Masochist, eh? Fair enough, I don't judge.
(I also don't spoil plots - and abhor reviews that do - so don't worry if you haven't read them.)
Considerably longer version, including descriptives and explanations:
On Christmas Day, I received a number of book shaped presents. Three of them turned out to be the first three of Stephen King's Dark Tower series. Pleased as punch, I put them on my desk where I could see them to remind me to read them as soon as possible.
A couple of months ago (my "reminder" idea didn't work), I picked up the first book.
I'll stop using that word and its derivatives now. Promise.
From the get go, this series wasn't what I expected (and continued to wee on my expectations throughout). The first book started as what appeared to be a fantasy western. I persevered with the occasionally strange dialogue (and grew to love it), and quickly devoured what turned out to be the shortest of the series in a very short space of time. By the time I reached the ending, I knew full well that I'd not only read the other two I already owned, but also buy the other four, despite my severe lack of money (praise indeed, I think you'll agree).
So, I picked up the second book with a rough idea in my head of what to expect. That lasted for the first few pages before Mr. King very kindly took my expectations in his hand and smushed 'em. This happened for the third, fourth and fifth book, and again for the seventh (the sixth wasn't exactly predictable either, but not quite in the same league of expectation-smushingness).
So, some of the things I loved, then:
- The characterisation, especially that of The Gunslinger.
- His choice of characters and their strengths/weaknesses (weaknesses especially, but I shan't spoil).
- Mr. King's omniscient "storyteller" style.
- The back-story. I'm a huge fan of back-story, and King doesn't disappoint. Some say that there's too much, especially in book four, but I disagree.
- The world(s) building.
- The uncountable number of twists, turns and flips.
- The threads of plot that interweave the story, seemingly making little sense, then come together in big "oooooooh, I see!" moments.
- The way that all his worlds (read: books) are interconnected. I won't go further into this, as it'll spoil some parts of the plot.
Stuff I didn't love:
- Ooh, got one!
- It ended.
Stephen King doesn't just create a world with this series, he creates a living, breathing universe.
Ka is a wheel.
Ta ta for now,