THE DARK TOWER, Book 7 of the Dark Tower series
By Stephen King
Read multiple times
This book is hard for me to review…but I’m going to try. This is more of a review of the series as as a whole.
I’ve read this series multiple times and love it more with each journey. This book in particular is heart-breaking. To come so far with all these characters, then to lose them so quickly… Stephen King has done an amazing job with this story. The connections with all his other work is incredible, and the characters are so clear and real. Eddie Dean is one of my favorites in all of King’s books. I’m so glad I read these back to back. I can’t imagine the wait between any of the books.
Now I know some people had issue with King putting himself in the story, and I did at first as well. I thought he was making himself a God of some sort and found it very pretentious. However, upon finishing book 7, I realized King was just another character in the story. He was not God, only a tool. Roland and his Ka-tet exist without King; he merely tells their tale. And who better? Who can weave a tale like Stephen King? Who can connect so many books/worlds together as well as him? I’m probably biased, but I think he is one of the best story-tellers ever…
As for the ending…well, I found it perfect. I was one of the Constant Readers who smiled at the last sentence. After all, Ka is a wheel.
Well done, Sai King, well done.
On another note, I’ve read the series three times and listened to the audio version twice. I highly recommend the audio books to any fan of the story. The narrator truly brings life to these characters and it is a completely new journey for the reader.
My Love of the King
My love for the writing of Mr. King is no secret. If you know me, you know my feelings for the Master of Horror. I have not read every single piece of his work, there are odd short stories out there that I will never have the joy of reading. Of his main list of published novels and collections, numbering 64 as of this writing, seven remain unread, and The Shining sits forlornly half-read. I’ll get to them all eventually, I hope. One of the joys of discovering King was the amount of titles. And his wonderful habit of releasing one book a year (lately two a year). I feel there will always be an unread Stephen King novel waiting for me.
Rewatching “The Eleventh Hour”
After participating in The Doctor Who Project with Allison M. Dickson and Justin Wasson, I have been rewatching episodes of the show. Tonight I watched “The Eleventh Hour.” This episode is the first adventure of the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, and his fiery new companion, Amelia Pond.
Here are my original thoughts of this episode from our Series 5 Review:
“I thought this was a great welcome to the new Doctor. I could already tell Eleven was going to be as brilliant as Ten, but with a little added insanity. The scenes with him and young Amelia in the kitchen are hilarious. I didn’t know how to feel about a new Doctor and a new companion all at one time. It was a little bit of a growing period for me. But Amy Pond has that independent spirit that all companions need. The story itself was only okay, though the comatose patients were a bit creepy. And the crack in the wall definitely opened up some questions. New Doctor, new companion, new showrunner, new TARDIS. Whoa, a lot to take in. 6 Sonics”
Well, this go around it was even better. I already love Matt Smith as the Doctor so there is no nervous anticipation. Plus all the knowledge I now have about the crack in the universe, silence will fall, the Pandorica opening adds a lot of value to the episode overall. The Doctor’s energy flows out of the screen and the viewer can’t help but smile the entire time. The ending is fantastic with a montage of all the past incarnations of the Doctor, all protecting Earth. And that, fellow Whovians, is what this show is all about.
The past few months, I participated in The Doctor Who Project with my friends Allison and Justin. In anticipation of the next season, I’ve been rewatching episodes. Tonight I decided to rewatch one of my favorite two parters featuring David Tennant as the 10th Doctor: Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead.
Well said, Stephen Moffat!
This week my friends and I rank and review series six of Doctor Who! Check out our past reviews and top tens on our cool compendium page.
This week had some pretty stellar episodes, including one of my favorites The Doctor’s Wife, written by the amazing Neil Gaiman. This also had one of Allison’s least favorite episodes EVER, and Justin continues to make me laugh with some of his reviews. You can read all our reviews on Allison’s website.
The Doctor’s Wife
Be sure and stop by next week when we finish up with series seven! This also includes the 50th Anniversary Special and Matt Smith’s regeneration. You don’t want to miss it.
Until next week, fellow Whovians.
We are moving along nicely with The Doctor Who Project. If you’re unfamiliar with it, learn all about it on Allison’s introductory post. Basically, my friends Allison and Justin and I are ranking and reviewing each season of New Who. This week we shared our thoughts on series three, our highest ranked season yet!