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Postby Gobo » Tue Mar 15, 2005 3:13 pm

Just finished book 2, and it is MUCH better than the first, now I'm really excited about reading the rest.

Next up Rose Madder (after a brief break from King to read Rebel Sell)

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Postby Bag of Ass » Tue Mar 15, 2005 3:19 pm

I recommended the Dark Tower to some coworkers. One of them is up to book five and his wife is on book four. They both hate book four. They think the pacing is too slow and not doing enough to advance the main story. Another coworker is reading it and is up to book four, but she's not at the big flashback yet.

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Postby Gobo » Tue Mar 15, 2005 3:22 pm

Yeah I read that it was a huge flashback... which could be jarring especially after what sounds like it'll be a pretty action heavy book (book 3)...

I dunno I'm looking forward to it, I've always been a fan of backstory and I'm really digging reading these "tie in" books, although Bag of Bones seemed linked tenuously at best.

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Postby Jat » Tue Mar 15, 2005 4:08 pm

Is that the book that they went into Roland's history?

Just for my own fun I"ll list the DT books in order so your 'book 4' makes sense to me.

1) Gunslinger
2) Drawing of the Three
3) The WasteLands
4) Wizard and Glass
5) Wolves of the Calla
6) Song of Suzanna
7) Dark Tower

I only had to look up the name of book 3 - not too shabby for how horrid my memory is.
I still don't remember if 3 or 4 was the roland's history book - though it seems like it should be 4 from the plot I remember.

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Postby Gobo » Tue Mar 15, 2005 4:10 pm

4 is roland's history book... 3 is apparently "Eddie, Susannah and Roland complete half of the quest" or something like that.

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Postby Jat » Tue Mar 15, 2005 4:12 pm

That's right number 3 is largely the

[hide]Training book for everyone. Shardik the bear goes mad. They're trained on survival stuffs. Jake gets pulled through the creepy house.[/hide]

Any other major things I missed?

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Postby Bag of Ass » Tue Mar 15, 2005 4:13 pm

Actually, I believe Stephen King changed the original name of book three from "The Wastelands" to "The Waste Lands." I wonder why the distinction...

And Jat, you missed: [hide]Lud and Blaine.[/hide]

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Postby Jat » Tue Mar 15, 2005 4:18 pm

I didn't think that
[hide]Lud was all that big of a deal honestly. It was really a detour. Also Blaine didn't do much for me either. Yes I forgot him, but my feelings aren't very hurt by this. It was just a way for King to pull them out of their wandering and then hurl them into new scenery. If he had said 'they get on a train, solve a riddle, end up somewhere else' it would've had the same impact on me.[/hide]

It was waay too forshadowed for what it was.
Possibly that wastelands sound like one clump of nasty ground where 'waste lands' sound like many lands that are all waste.

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Postby Bunyip » Tue Mar 15, 2005 9:52 pm

I really liked book four.

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Postby shorty » Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:23 am

Was anyone else disappointed by the fact that [hide]Roland never tells the story of his mother's belt, or that we never really get to know Jamie DeCurry?[/hide]


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Postby Bag of Ass » Wed Mar 16, 2005 1:45 am

Not in the slightest.

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Postby Bunyip » Wed Mar 16, 2005 2:01 am

I was!

[hide]Well, half and half. I did like that there was a lot more to Roland's life than we heard about, but at the same time, I ... would have liked to hear about it. Also, Cuthbert and Alain's stories were only ever half-told.
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Postby Gobo » Wed Mar 16, 2005 3:39 am

Hey Shorty... see that "Hide" button you have when you post a message? Try fucking using it next time.

Cock.

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Postby Bunyip » Wed Mar 16, 2005 4:13 am

There are actually much much worse spoilers than that remaining unhidden earlier in the thread. Don't go looking too carefully. I didn't read this thread at all until I'd finished.

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Postby shorty » Sat Mar 19, 2005 12:21 am

Gobo wrote:Hey Shorty... see that "Hide" button you have when you post a message? Try fucking using it next time.

Cock.


Oh, good god. I'm sorry that you know something that doesn't happen in the series. Holy shit. You want to hear some other shit that doesn't happen? Let's all freak out about nothing at all now.
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Postby shorty » Sat Mar 19, 2005 12:26 am

Bunyip wrote:I was!

[hide]*snip*
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Edited to add some hiding.


[hide]
I was disappointed if for no other reason than because King kept referencing all that stuff. "Jamie DeCurry?! Who the hell!?"[/hide]
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Postby Gobo » Mon Apr 11, 2005 1:35 pm

Continuing to plow through all the Dark Tower books

So far:
The Gunslinger
Bag of Bones
Eyes of the Dragon
The Drawing of the Three
Rose Madder

and reading The Wastelands now

Apparently the Stand is supposed to be read before books 3 and 4 but they didn't have it at the bookstore yesterday and I needed something for the train ride in this morning.

Still enjoying everything (except for Book 1 which wasn't great)

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Postby Bag of Ass » Mon Apr 11, 2005 1:46 pm

What the fuck kind of backwater bookstore doesn't have The Stand on hand? I mean, seriously, double you tee eff. But yeah, if you're going to read it, read it before Wizard and Glass.

Right now I'm going through Insomnia, which is supposed to be the non-series book that has the most to do with The Dark Tower. Last night on the plane, I reached the part that directly relates to the Tower, and it was pretty interesting.

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Postby Gobo » Mon Apr 11, 2005 1:49 pm

I was pretty fucking shocked... and it was a huge bookstore too they had almost everything BUT the Stand.

I dunno, it'll be the next book I get, my dad has a copy but he couldn't find it yesterday when I was over at their house so I said fuck it and I'll just finish the Wastelands first.

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Postby Kauser » Mon Apr 11, 2005 3:35 pm

Bag, if you haven't already, read IT after Insomnia, notably the connections between the bald Doctors and Pennywise. From there Tommy Knockers links in, and several others, like Dream Catcher, Storm of the Century, and The Body(AKA Stand By Me).


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