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The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla: 5 [Hardcover]

Stephen King
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4 Nov 2003 Dark Tower (Book 5)
Roland Deschain and his "ka-tet" are bearing southeast through the forests of Mid-World, the almost timeless landscape that seems to stretch from the wreckage of civility that defined Roland's youth to the crimson chaos that seems the future's only promise. Readers of Stephen King's epic series know Roland well, or as well as this enigmatic hero can be known. They also know the companions who have been drawn to his quest for the Dark Tower: Eddie Dean and his wife, Susannah; Jake Chambers, the boy who has come twice through the doorway of death into Roland's world; and Oy, the Billy-Bumbler.In this long-awaited fifth novel in the saga, their path takes them to the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis, a tranquil valley community of farmers and ranchers on Mid-World's borderlands. Beyond the town, the rocky ground rises toward the hulking darkness of Thunderclap, the source of a terrible affliction that is slowly stealing the community's soul. One of the town's residents is Pere Callahan, a ruined priest who, like Susannah, Eddie, and Jake, passed through one of the portals that lead both into and out of Roland's world.As Father Callahan tells the "ka-tet" the astonishing story of what happened following his shamed departure from Maine in 1977, his connection to the Dark Tower becomes clear, as does the danger facing a single red rose in a vacant lot off Second Avenue in midtown Manhattan. For Calla Bryn Sturgis, danger gathers in the east like a storm cloud. The Wolves of Thunderclap and their unspeakable depredation are coming. To resist them is to risk all, but these are odds the gunslingers are used to, and they can give the "Calla-folken" both courage and cunning. Their guns, however, will not be enough.

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  • Hardcover: 714 pages
  • Publisher: Donald M Grant Publishers,US; 1st Trade Ed edition (4 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880418568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880418567
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,383,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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In Wolves of the Calla, volume five of Stephen King's epic fantasy western The Dark Tower, coincidence has, as Eddie Dean observes, been cancelled. Everything the gunslinger Roland and his companions encounter has taken on symbolic significance. So when they come to Calla Bryn Sturgis, named after the director of The Magnificent Seven, its clear that King will follow the classic western archetype of a small band of heroes defending peaceable homesteaders. Here, the heroes resist masked raiders who abduct one of each pair of twins (and almost all children are twins), only to return them a month later horribly changed.

Father Callahan from King's Salem's Lot is resident in Calla Bryn Sturgis, and has his own tale of vampires, regulators and the secret highways though alternative Americas. Not coincidentally, the evil Glass Black 13 is hidden in his church. Meanwhile Susannah is again sporting a secondary personality, this time Mia, mother to the inhuman child that Susannah does not know she is carrying, while Roland realises their quest has become a race against the arthritis which will soon leave him crippled.

In this enormously ambitious book, King continues to weave together his back catalogue with the pop culture and literature of America itself, noting in his introduction that if you haven't read the previous Dark Tower volumes this isn't the place to begin. It is, though, a hugely entertaining adventure, rich in allusion; a passing aside to Thomas Wolfe might easily be dismissed, yet his title You Can't Go Home Again, encapsulates this entire spellbinding odyssey as well as five words ever will. --Gary S Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"The San Francisco Chronicle"One gets the feeling that this colossal story means a lot to King, that he's telling it because he has to....he's giving "The Dark Tower" everything he's got.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The end is in sight 9 April 2004
After another extensive break from The Dark Tower Stephen King finally decided that he had let Roland and his companions (and all the readers of course) wait long enough. Wolves of the Calla is the fifth book of the series, and in many ways it feels like the beginning of the end.
This is an extremely well balanced book. King starts out with unresolved threads from the previous books in the bottom of the cauldron, stirs in a new plot line to add volume, and spices it with some interesting, unforeseen complications. For a while it simmers quite nicely, but then he gradually raises the temperature, making you turn the pages faster and faster, and when you run out of pages to read you feel disappointed that it’s over for this time.
What impressed me the most is that despite the long time in between the different installments King has managed to stay true to (and develop) the main characters all the way. Wolves of the Calla also introduces a new, important character that I really enjoyed. Or really, it’s a person cast out from another of his books that has found a new home in the Dark Tower series. I know some people think this kind of recycling is just pure laziness, but in this case it works out very well.
As you would expect, the suspense lies not so much in whether Roland and his companions will succeed in finding a way to reach the tower, but in which plot line(s) will be resolved in this book, and what will carry over to the final two volumes. I felt satisfied even though I was left hanging there desperately holding on to the cliff, which is the perfect way to end a “middle book”. The tower is definitely closer now.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Was it worth the wait? 17 Nov 2003
just like to add to the comments posted above. If you are a King fan, or more specifically a DT series fan, then you will of course be purchasing this book!
Was I the only one a little dissapointed? Don't get me wrong I am a huge fan of the Dark Tower Saga and waited eagerly for this next installement, but have just finished it (prompting me to add this review) and feel a little empty. This book contains so many references to Kings own work that it becomes almost a homage to himself. The book is also filled with coincidences and " if by magic" sort of stuff, it just left me wondering.
perhaps im just being abit hard, but for a book that has taken years to come to fruition, it just feels rushed. Anyway, of course Im looking forward to the remaining two volumes with baited breath.
Hope this doesnt put you off, read it for yourself and make up your own mind
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars King at his greatest 10 Nov 2003
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This book is a worthy part of King's greatest work, the fifth book of a seven book saga, it brings us even closer to knowing the mysteries of the Dark Tower. Is the room at the top really empty? Who is the Crimson King? Why are things breaking down?
It continues to weave together all of the worlds Stephen King has created, answering questions that were raised in other novels by him.
This story shows King at his best, creating characters that are 100% believable, creating empathy in the reader, and even stronger emotions. I at least found myself both crying and laughing with this book. As usual King raises new questions and plot-hangers in this book as soon as he answers the questions asked in Wizard and Glass, which makes it a harsh ordeal waiting for the next installment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just can't get enough 16 Dec 2003
What can I say about this book? More of the same? Yes, and no. King has written a very engaging novel here. He has managed to lead us from the past 4 books, further along the path to the Dark Tower, but whilst he has continued the existing theme, this book, in itself, has a very enthralling sub-plot that made me unable to put it down and that I found very enjoyable to read.
If you are a King fan you will also find that as in some of his other books, there are answers to tie up loose ends from his other stories. This is highly entertaining and also has the added benefit of reviving forgotten memories of his past great works.
If I have one grumble (I won't say fault), it is that he states in his notes in the book that this is the fifth of seven, and I now just can't wait for them to be published.
If you liked the past four of the Dark Tower tales, you will love this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King does what he does best! 22 April 2004
If you've read the first 4 Dark Tower books and are wondering whether thisis worth picking up, the answer is yes!
There have been comments on 'Wolves' being too long with unnecessary'padding' and a slow pace. This isn't the case. Well, this IS a 600 pagebook, the fifth part of a seven book series which obviously isn't rushingto end the story because we've still got another 1300 pages left to readin the form of 'Song of Susannah' and 'The Dark Tower', the last twoinstallments. This really is an epic series.
This book concentrates on adding depth to our characters (which, to me,isn't 'padding') as well as re-introducing Father Callahan, who should befamiliar to anyone who's read 'Salem's Lot. In fact, the priest's storytakes up a good portion of the book, but it's great, interesting stuff toread, with realisation dawning on you with every page-turn as yougradually understand how it connects with the Dark Tower universe. Thistruly is King at his best - anyone who believes he has lost his touch isplain wrong!
One thing I suggest is perhaps waiting until 'Song of Susannah' comes outbefore touching 'Wolves', or else you may, like me, find waiting for thenext chapter unbearable! Remember, this is ONE continuing story split intoseven books, and 'Wolves' ends on quite a cliffhanger.
Of course, if you are new to the 'Tower' you must start at the beginningwith 'The Gunslinger'. There's no two ways about it, you wouldn't be ableto get into it with book five. It still baffles me how so many StephenKing fans haven't even heard of Roland's ka-tet. It's time this changed.This series beats 'The Stand', King's most popular novel, into submission,and we haven't even reached the Tower yet! But it is closer...
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