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Postby shorty » Sat Jan 29, 2005 1:49 am

Bag of Ass wrote:The sixth book was kind of lame. The seventh book is pretty great, though.


I agree, it was nothing but rising action, I got no climax at all. Kind of how I'd expect sex with Britney Spears to be.
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Postby Bunyip » Mon Jan 31, 2005 1:51 am

I finished this at the start of the week. You should add more spoilers to this thread, especially that bit that Dynagrip quoted, seeing as it's in bold and all. I'm still not really comfortable with that direction in the story, it leaves kind of a bad taste in my mouth, though I agree it was handled about as well as you could expect.

Anyway, great ending.

[hide]I don't mean it's great because I loved it, but more because I didn't like it, if that makes sense. It just fits with the rest of the story, if in a way that makes you uncomfortable. Ka is a wheel, and Roland's ka is to seek the tower - forever. He's locked in those books forever, after all. Turns out Stephen King is a bastard. [/hide]
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Postby Gobo » Fri Feb 04, 2005 3:54 pm

I think I'll pick up Book 1 of this today...

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Postby Bag of Ass » Fri Feb 04, 2005 4:07 pm

Get the revised one.

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Postby Gobo » Fri Feb 04, 2005 4:42 pm

I'm getting whichever one is $10.99 at the book store nearest work.

It's a mass-market paperback version

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Postby Gobo » Fri Feb 04, 2005 5:35 pm

And turns out it's the revised one...

There was a post somewhere about tie-in books...

How important are they anyway?

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Postby Lobstrosity » Fri Feb 04, 2005 5:40 pm

They're not necessary as the Dark Tower series works fine as a stand-alone set of books. It just turns out that a lot of King's books are in some way tied into the Dark Tower universe, so the more you read, the more you learn about different aspects of this universe.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Fri Feb 04, 2005 5:42 pm

Of course some of the non-series Tower-related books tie in more closely than others. I just started reading Insomnia, which I believe is one that is supposed to be one of the biggest tie-ins to the Dark Tower.

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Postby Gobo » Fri Feb 04, 2005 5:52 pm

Yeah... apparently Insomnia, Black House and Hearts in Atlantis are the ones that tie in the closest...

I've found a "roadmap" that points out all the connections and what rough order to read things in, if I like Gunslinger I'll be following it.

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Postby Jat » Fri Feb 04, 2005 5:52 pm

How's insomnia going for you? Easy read? Enjoyable read?

I'll probably grab it as my next King read after I finish book 7, which will probably happen tonight.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Fri Feb 04, 2005 5:54 pm

I started reading it on the plane home from Seattle*, so I'm only about forty or fifty pages into it. Seems like a fairly standard Stephen King book so far.

* I brought three books with me. Finished two, and started this one.

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Postby Lobstrosity » Fri Feb 04, 2005 6:02 pm

I've read Insomnia twice. I really like it.

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Postby Kauser » Mon Feb 07, 2005 5:18 pm

Gobo wrote:Yeah... apparently Insomnia, Black House and Hearts in Atlantis are the ones that tie in the closest...

I've found a "roadmap" that points out all the connections and what rough order to read things in, if I like Gunslinger I'll be following it.




There are countless references to landmarks people and things that are persistent throughout the books. For example, Insomnia has strong ties to IT, which Tommyknockers makes reference to, which ties into Salem's lot through reference, which ties into the dark tower through Callahan.


You can actually come away with a pretty amusing game of three degrees of seperation with any two Stephen King novels and short stories.
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Postby Jat » Mon Feb 07, 2005 6:47 pm

Gobo wrote:Yeah... apparently Insomnia, Black House and Hearts in Atlantis are the ones that tie in the closest...

I've found a "roadmap" that points out all the connections and what rough order to read things in, if I like Gunslinger I'll be following it.


Finished DT, now working on Insomnia (1/3 of the way through it), I've read Hearts in Atlantis.

I'll have to read Black House at some point in time.

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Postby Gobo » Thu Feb 10, 2005 2:05 pm

Finished the first book... the ending confirmed my suspicions about where/when the book is set. I didn't like it for the first 50 or so pages... then I sorta liked it, and now I like it enough to keep reading the mass of Tower related books.

Edit: Holy Crap, Bag of Bones is 700+ pages...

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Postby Bag of Ass » Thu Feb 10, 2005 2:25 pm

The first Dark Tower sucks whilst the rest are reasonably great to varying degrees.

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Postby Gobo » Thu Feb 10, 2005 2:26 pm

I'm sure I'll find out after Bag of Bnoes and Eyes of the Dragon

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Postby Jat » Thu Feb 10, 2005 4:40 pm

Bag of Ass wrote:The first Dark Tower sucks whilst the rest are reasonably great to varying degrees.


I dunno, I liked the first one more than Song of Suz.
I think I liked it better than DarkTower in most places, even though the ending if DT was decent there were some serious lulls in my interest levels.

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Postby shorty » Tue Mar 01, 2005 7:18 pm

Jat wrote:
Bag of Ass wrote:The first Dark Tower sucks whilst the rest are reasonably great to varying degrees.


I dunno, I liked the first one more than Song of Suz.
I think I liked it better than DarkTower in most places, even though the ending if DT was decent there were some serious lulls in my interest levels.


I'm going to agree with that first statement. Song of Suzannah didn't really have any climax. Rather, the climax was at the end of the book, and then it did just that: ended.
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Postby shorty » Tue Mar 01, 2005 7:37 pm

Bag of Ass wrote:Some serious answers:

Roland – Clint Eastwood, or if that's too obvious then Lance Henriksen
Eddie – maybe someone lesser known like Eric Balfour
Susannah – not sure...but NOT Hallie Berry
Jake – Haley Joel Osment


Ugh, no. Definitely not. For one thing, he's gotten too old. For another, he sucks.
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