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Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance: Revised and Updated
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Apparently being a personal assistant to Stephen King has certain perks, especially when you're writing a concordance to his bestselling Dark Tower series, both volumes of which are contained in "The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance." Robin Furth doesn't outline much that isn't also in the book, but she does an excellent job outlining the information about King's entire series.

Furth includes plenty of data on the seven novels of the series, starting with an essay that refreshes the reader's memory. Furth starts the actual content with a list of characters with biographical info, from "Abigail" to "Zoltan." Then it's the areas of Mid-World, from the lair of the vampire nuns to Roland's long-lost homeland; the areas of our own world, and portals between the worlds. There are some pretty decent maps as well.

Additionally, she describes the various terms and phrases used in the High Speech, Mid-World language ("graf" is apple beer), prayers and sayings ("If it's ka, it will come like the wind"). And just for reference, she includes organizations, dances, holidays, magical items, instruments, as well as outlining various maps, as well as cultural items from our present world, and maps. Not to mention references to King's own work within the series.

The Dark Tower series -- which stretches through seven long novels and one short story -- is enticingly complex and mysterious, set in different worlds and times. It's also interlinked with other novels of King's, like "Insomnia" and "Eyes of the Dragon." So it's inevitable that even the die-hard fans will forget Character X or fair-day Z -- yet Furth's book allows easy clarification and consultation.

Furth does an excellent job organizing and annotating the book, including the books in which the items appear, and which pages are significant. She also maintains a calmly distant attitude in the book, without getting too gushy about King's work. But she does slip up occasionally; it's jarring to hear about "screwing" someone with a gun in a scholarly work.

Robin Furth's "Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance" is a good accompaniment to the Dark Tower series, and even those who have read the series many times will want to keep it at hand. Very useful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2012
This is the ultimate guide book for fans of Stephen King's The Dark Tower a comprehensive and well researched encyclopedia that covers every aspect of the brilliant but sometimes confusing Dark Tower worlds, characters and places and if you are like myself and need a bit of background info then this book is essential. Easy to use and brilliantly written by Robin Furth a longtime researcher for Stephen King, and illustrated with maps this book certainly gives value for money. So if you are reading the Dark Tower may I suggest you give it a try, you won't be disappointed, this volume covers the first four volumes of the Dark Tower with Volume 2 covering the remainder.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2013
Bought this for my fiancé who is in love with the Dark Tower series and he says this is amazing and the best valentine's present ever!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2014
I bought this after taking along break from the series and it's helped keep me on track without having to read the first 6 books again!
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on 6 March 2014
This is a must have for any DT fan, the delivery was very quick, the copy I ordered was discribed as used good condition, I was pleased to find it look untouched!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 August 2013
Whilst this is a comprehensive work, it is just a cross reference tool. As such, I found it extremely expensive considering the cost of the actual Dark Tower books themselves.
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on 29 May 2014
Very good copy and good read was exactly as it was described that it would be and a lot more
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on 21 January 2015
I really like books like this,full of info and easy to find it !
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on 20 November 2014
another great book by Stephen king absolutely brilliant
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on 7 June 2015
Excellent
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