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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (a); Unabridged edition (July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743561694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743561693
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,395,565 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.

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'Classic King, fine characters, compellingly written in a gripping, well-honed plot'

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'Superbly energetic, it's King at his best'

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "mpalsson" on 9 April 2004
Format: Hardcover
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 By Mr. M. P. Roberts on 17 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
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 "..as 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 By A Customer on 10 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
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 By C. Howell on 16 Dec. 2003
Format: Hardcover
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 By Chris Hall TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
Stephen King's novel "Wolves Of The Calla" is the fifth instalment of the seven part epic "Dark Tower" series. The novel runs for 611 pages out of the series total of 3712 pages. The book starts off with King's `final argument' which is the last introduction to the books for the series. There's also a two page `afterword' at the end giving the reader a little more insight into the writing of the book. As in all of the other `Dark Tower' books, the large version includes colour illustrations by Bernie Wrightson that depict scenes within the tale.

Taking off from where we left the last instalment "Wizard And Glass", the book takes a while to really get going. King spends a long time setting the scene again, no doubt aware that when the book was first released there had been a six year gap between the two novels. Once the plot finally begins to take shape, King builds on the suspense of the battle that will inevitably take place. A whole host of new and uniquely interesting characters are introduced throughout the novel, drawing the reader deeper into the strange atmosphere of Mid-World.

From "Wizard And Glass" the reader has now found a new and deeper love for the character of Roland, which King utilises with developing on the characters little traits and quirks. As the storyline builds, King carefully weaves in clever sub-plots that incorporate some of his other previous novels. This, as I'm sure you are by now aware, has been a recurring theme within the "Dark Tower" series, but never so dominating as within this book.

The tale mounts to its final conclusion, which although short, delivers an action packed climax that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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