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Post by bungobaggins Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:36 am

Hi, Ringo. Wave I've included my thoughts and some comments on your thoughts, here. Very Happy I'm looking forward to starting book 6, as it looks much shorter than the previous two (might take a couple days off from reading, however).

Ringdrotten wrote:Wrote a review a couple of days ago, but when I tried to post it I was taken away from the forum because it didn't support proxy or whatever (I had Hola unblocker enabled at the time), which is weird because it hasn't been an issue before. Anyway, it wasn't that long, I just got too pissed to rewrite it. This'll probably be even shorter as I've got some cleaning for Christmas to do! I recommend you don't read this until you've finished the Wolves, Bungo Smile

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P.S. I just want to say that I'm very grateful to have a Dark Tower buddy on Forumshire. cheers

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Post by Ringdrotten Fri Jan 02, 2015 9:01 pm

bungobaggins wrote:Hi, Ringo. Wave I've included my thoughts and some comments on your thoughts, here. Very Happy I'm looking forward to starting book 6, as it looks much shorter than the previous two (might take a couple days off from reading, however).

Ringdrotten wrote: I'm going to disagree with you here, Ringo. Smile I really liked the going back and forth between the Calla and the New York's; for me there was a nice slow crescendo to it, and the pacing here felt better than in book 4. I'm rather anxious about them getting to the Tower, I almost don't want it to happen. I want them to keep going, helping out people along the way, because I have a bad feeling that the top of the tower is empty. The ending felt a lot more like a "To Be Continued" style ending, with a little cliffhanger about Mia running off with Black 13. Very much agree about the Calla; I feel like King did a better job with Calla Bryn Sturgis than Mejis.

To be continued indeed - you'll like book six alot, I think Smile

The only reason I can think that they wouldn't take both twins is that the town needs more regular people to keep reproducing; take both twins you've got less people to procreate. And there did seem to be a lot of people having twins in this town, I'm not sure if twins are more likely to also have twins when they have children.


:facepalm: This seems so obvious now that I'm embarassed I even had to ask.


This was something I was actually aware of before I started book 5, even before I started book 3, probably. So I've been aware that King was going to inject himself into the story, so it wasn't a surprise to me. I'm not sure how I feel about it at the moment, I'll just have to wait and see how it all plays out.

I finished book six tonight - I'm satisfied with the way he solved it Smile And like book 5, the sixth also ends with a "To Be Continued", but on a whole other level - thank God for Kindle with free 3G, because waiting for book 7 with an ending like that would've been a pain if I were lying in bed and couldn't sleep Very Happy


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P.S. I just want to say that I'm very grateful to have a Dark Tower buddy on Forumshire. cheers

Replied in the spoiler - and yes, that's a badass quote Very Happy And I'm grateful you talked me into getting back to it Very Happy Finally getting close to the Tower (not sure I want to, though! pale

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Post by bungobaggins Mon Jan 05, 2015 5:38 am

30 percent into book six. study

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Post by bungobaggins Wed Jan 07, 2015 2:14 am

Why does Stephen King do things like this?

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Why would you give that away? I know, or at least have had a strong belief, that the entire ka-tet (minus Roland) will fall at, or on the way to, the Tower. Why does he have to confirm it way before it happens? He did stuff like this in book 4 as well (about Susan) and it drove me absolutely nuts! What the hell, Stephen King?!

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Post by Ringdrotten Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:04 am

Yeah, I know, he did it in book 5 alot as well. Damn annoying Mad

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Post by bungobaggins Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:58 am

Book six, 73 percent. study

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Post by Ringdrotten Wed Jan 14, 2015 1:08 pm

Damn, you'll beat me after all Mad I've not had time to read at all lately. Maybe I'm not supposed to find out what's in the top room? Shrugging

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Post by bungobaggins Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:17 am

O Discordia!

You will get there Ringo. Smile Took me almost five years to get this far.

Finished book six tonight. The end is almost here, but still feels very far away.

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Post by Ringdrotten Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:17 am

Nice - looking forward to hear what you thought of it! The end is almost here indeed, only a 1000 page book to go Very Happy
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Post by bungobaggins Fri Jan 23, 2015 4:19 am

Ringooooooooooooooooo.

Things have been slow going, and I'm kind of avoiding book 7, even though I've already purchased the kindle book and Audible audiobook. Rolling Eyes

I'll try to do a quick write up on my thoughts on book six.

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Post by bungobaggins Sat Feb 14, 2015 1:12 am

Hey Ringo. Just wondering how you're doing with the series. I'm stuck at 14 percent on book 7. Smile

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Post by Ringdrotten Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:52 pm

Hi, bungo! Wave  Sorry I haven't responded to this yet, I've been busy lately. Added a few comments to your book six review Smile


bungobaggins wrote:Ringooooooooooooooooo.

Things have been slow going, and I'm kind of avoiding book 7, even though I've already purchased the kindle book and Audible audiobook. Rolling Eyes

I'll try to do a quick write up on my thoughts on book six.

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I'm slowly making progress with book 7 - at 26% now, but the Tower is getting closer at last Smile I'm enjoying it, but there I've got two pretty serious gripes with the last book so far, but I won't go into that until you've read at least up until 25%-ish yourself. And it's a bit too early to pass any judgement when there's still 75% left of the book, so we'll see. Pretty excited about being so close after months and months (years, even, if I count my first attempt at reading book 1) Very Happy

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Post by Ringdrotten Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:12 pm

42% bounce

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Post by bungobaggins Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:31 am

Eh, I haven't touched it in a few weeks. Shrugging

Feeling kind of burned out on everything.

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Post by Forest Shepherd Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:24 pm

I've never read any of it!

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Post by bungobaggins Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:39 pm

Thanks for that contribution, Forest. Rolling Eyes

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Post by Ringdrotten Thu Mar 05, 2015 5:16 am

Laughing 49% now - when you pick it up again, it will be worth it, bungo Wink

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Post by Ringdrotten Thu Mar 19, 2015 6:52 pm

Slowly making progress - 60% - get on with it, bungo Very Happy

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Post by Ringdrotten Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:32 am

Done Shocked

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Post by bungobaggins Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:38 am

Fuckin' hell, Ringo! Mad

At least it's over for you! Did you like the ending?

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Post by Ringdrotten Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:52 pm

I'm not quite sure yet. When I read the final page I both hated and loved it, but now that I've slept on it (I stayed up until 5am thinking about it Laughing ), I am quite happy with the ending. But I understand now why the fanbase is so divided. I think the ending King wrote was one of very few possible ways to end it, really. So many things I'd love to discuss right now, hurry up Very Happy But what a beautiful story The Dark Tower is, and at the same time both horrible and sad. I've bought The Wind Through the Keyhole now, and plan to read it when my head has landed on planet earth again. The feeling I've got now is comparable to the one I get when I finish LotR - almost sad, but content, yet I still want more. I usually turn to The Hobbit then. Perhaps TWTTK can serve as this series' TH Smile

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Post by bungobaggins Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:40 pm

Well, hopefully I can get back to reading soon. Mad

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Post by bungobaggins Sun Apr 05, 2015 10:00 pm

Only 22 percent in, and already disappointed/pissed off.

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Post by Ringdrotten Mon Apr 06, 2015 1:06 am

That was one of the two 'serious gripes' I mentioned above - nearly ruined it all for me that early in the book. I always thought Walter would stay in the story until the very end, and I was hoping for some epic showdown between him and Roland at the foot of the Tower itself. Instead we got... something else, which we'll discuss in due time I'm sure Smile

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Post by bungobaggins Sat Apr 11, 2015 6:18 am

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/stephen-kings-dark-tower-alive-787758

The longer I sit with these books, the more I'd like it to NOT be made into any sort of movie or TV series. I like the images of it that I've created in my head, and I like the story (for the most part) just the way it is.

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