Wolves of the Calla

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I just finished reading Wolves of the Calla, the 5th Dark Tower book by Stephen King. I have to say this was probably one of the best books in the series. The lead up to the battle was very well done, and the further exploration of Roland's world was very interesting.

The only thing I don't like about the DT series is how King is tieing every book to it. In the past, King would make sly, yet small references to his other books. This was fun for the avid King reader. Now it seems like every thing is tied to the Tower, which, makes sense if you accept his view of the Universe, but as a reader gets a bit tiring. I was disappointed to see the sequel to the Talisman, Black House, written as a DT tie-in. Even though the Talisman had a very simular premis (multiple planes of existence), I felt the tie in to DT was forced and just not necessary.

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Comment 1 by Brian posted on 7/29/2004 at 10:44 PM

I actualy love that he does that... I think it'll be very interesting to see how he ties all of them in together for the final book in the series. Have you started Song of Susanna yet? It has even more of the tying in of other books....you may hate it. :-(

Anyhoo... awesome series....

thanks for blogging on it

-Brian

Comment 2 by NickC posted on 7/30/2004 at 1:52 AM

Yeah, great series.

I've been very lucky that I only discovered them last year so can pretty much read all 7 in a row. The guy who introduced me read the Gunslinger back in 197x!

I thought the appearance of Harry Potter references was getting a bit much, but lets hope we actually see a Stephen King character.

Song of Susanna is my first ipod Audio Book, should be interesting

nick

Comment 3 by brian posted on 7/30/2004 at 3:09 AM

well.. I don't want to ruin it for you.. but you may be happy with Song of Susanna after all...

I love the audiobooks. I would never have *read* them otherwise ;-)

book 7 is due out 9/21.

happy listening...

-brian

Comment 4 by flashape posted on 8/14/2004 at 9:47 PM

i love the Dark tower Series...I'd have to say though that DTV, as good as it was wasn't one of my favorites. Too much non-action for me. DT6 though, that is some good stuff. I'm still waiting for the Black House - Dark Tower tie in to appear in the DT books, I would love to see jack sawyer show up in DT7.

Side note: they are making the Talsiman into a movie: http://imdb.com/title/tt038... . If they do it right, it should be really awesome, but there's been a lot of King books made into movies that really havent been all that great.