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ISBN: 0452279178

ISBN13: 9780452279179

Wizard and Glass

(Book #4 in the The Dark Tower Series)

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Fourth in the Epic Dark Tower Series... Wizard and Glass In 1978, Stephen King introduced the world to the last gunslinger, Roland of Gilead. Nothing has been the same since. More than twenty years later, the quest for the Dark Tower continues to take readers on a wildly epic ride. Through parallel worlds and across time, Roland must brave desolate wastelands and endless deserts, drifting into the unimaginable and the familiar. A classic tale of colossal...

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OUTSTANDING!!! King's Best Novel!!

"Wizard and Glass," Volume IV of Stephen King's fantasy/western "Dark Tower" series is even better than the three books which preceded it. I didn't think it would be possible to top "The Wastelands," Book III, but King has accomplished the task with great elan. The author's tremendous talents and consistency as a writer are evident here. I can only advise the reader not to begin this novel during a busy period in your life, as it will cause you to miss all sorts of deadlines. I really found it difficult to put this page-turner down. The novel opens with a wrap-up of the cliffhanger which began in Book Three, where bizarre Blaine, the psychotic, riddle-loving monorail tries to take the stoic Gunslinger and his companions on a suicide trip to a terminal destination. Given the dark humor, it's a really fun ride. The band of four...and a half, the Gunslinger, Eddie, Susannah, Jake and their talking dog-like pet, Oy the Bumbler, disengage from the wreckage of Blaine, and continue along the path of the Beam toward the Dark Tower. They finally take a rest, around a campfire, while Roland narrates the details of his quest, the whys and wherefores behind his decision to take this particular course. He tells the tragic tale of his lost love, Susan, and his beloved friends and companions Cuthbert and Alain, who all formed a magnificent Ka-tet, (King's word for a group of people drawn together by fate). These characters have been brought up in prior novels and all played a formidable role in Roland's past life...one which will haunt him to the ends of the changing world. "Wizard and Glass" is more a traditional fantasy novel than the other, more darkly fantastic books in the series. The forces of magic aren't often on the side of Roland and his friends, so they must rely on their wits or their weapons instead. Roland's father, the best Gunslinger who ever lived, sent him away from the Inner Baronies and looming danger, with his closest friends Cuthbert and Alain. All were disguised and took aliases. They arrived at their destination, the small seaside town of Hambry, in Mejis, on the outskirts of Mid-World, ostensibly to count the taxable goods for the Affiliation. The trio discovered that there was trouble brewing here also, worse than that in Gilead. They were in much more danger in the Barony of Mejis than they would have been staying at home. The town's officials had secretly defected to the side of John Farson, "The Good Man," whose armed revolution was gradually destroying the world. Farson's group planned to use oil wells and refineries, built during the long-ago Age of the Old Ones, to create gasoline to power weapons of war. These relics of the past, and other resources, lay right outside Hambry. Cut off from communications and support, Roland, Cuthbert and Alain were up against powerful adversaries, men of evil and ill will, as they attempted to foil the plot. On their first night in Hambry, Roland met beautiful Susan Delgado, just sixteen, a

Perfection

This story rips at every emotion a man could ever have. Love, devotion to his friends, honoring ("remembering the face") of one's father, addiction, coming of age, etc. This story answered so many questions I've had ever since I picked up "The Gunslinger" on a whim. I've heard King called the equivalent of a "Big Mac" when it comes to literature, and almost believed it. After reading the first three books, I was doubtful of this label, after reading "Wizard and Glass", I'm sure it's a misnomer. This book is truly original, and reguardless of how many other people love or hate him, he ranks high in my estimation.

Stephen King: Master Storyteller

Wizard and Glass is mainline heroin for Dark Tower junkies. Be warned: do not undertake this novel during finals week or if you have housecleaning to do. By the time I was finished, my apartment resembled that of Tommy from "Trainspotting". If you happen to be a serious reader, the length of this novel is a boon. King writes with such fluidity, his characters' dialogue is so real, that the length is a necessity. If you're hungry, you eat a big plate of lasagne; you don't pick a French restaurant where they serve you a thin slice of pate garnished with a little radish rosette. King may not agree with the critics, but he's damn satisfying, and the Dark Tower series is his piece de resistance. Roland lives how we'd all like to live-- doing the right thing, no matter how difficult. He's a hero, but he's accessible. He's so good, he doesn't have to swagger. What's so real about him is that he doesn't have a grand plan; he lives each day as it comes and doesn't worry about ka.Wizard and Glass is not just a great book-- it stands as a fortress against the cynicism and apathy that pervades so much of modern literature. King has the gall to say that some things really matter, and for that his critics will crucify him.

FINALLY!

This unbelievably complex and broad tale that Stephen King has been spinning for over the past decade is the most unique world I have ever visited. I refer to the "Dark Tower" saga not as a story but as a world because of King's ability to bring such depth and realism to storytelling that I literally forget that I'm reading and feel that I'm observing. King started his tale not at the beginning, but in the middle, leaving limitless possibilities in what direction the story will take. I have one thing to say to Mr. King. "I hope that it takes you a very long time to get this tale under control." So far in this tale's life, King hasn't taken a single shortcut. It's for that reason that it has taken on such monstrous proportions. For what it's worth, if the story continues for forty more years and fills eighty volumes, I'll continue to look forward to thelatest release of each installment. I would recommend before starting to read any book in the "Dark Tower" series, approach your decision to do so with the utmost of caution. You will be unable to resist reading the rest of the series, the conclusion of which is as unpredictable as it's yet untold beginning. Thank you
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