Wizard and Glass (Dark Tower (Pb)) Library Binding – 7 Oct 2003
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Wizard and Glass, the fourth episode in King's white-hot Dark Tower series, is a sci-fi/fantasy novel that contains a post-apocalyptic Western love story twice as long. It begins with the series' star, world-weary Roland, and his world-hopping posse (an ex-junkie, a child, a plucky woman in a wheelchair, and a talking dog-like pet named Oy the Bumbler) trapped aboard a runaway train. The train is a psychotic multiple personality that intends to commit suicide with them at 800 m.p.h.--unless Roland and pals can outwit it in a riddling contest. It's a great race, for the mind and pulse. Films should be this good. Then comes a 567- page flashback about Roland at age 14. It's a well-marbled but meaty tale. Roland and two teenage friends must rescue his first love from the dirty old drooling mayor of a post-apocalyptic cowboy town, thwart a civil war by blowing up oil tanks, and seize an all-seeing crystal ball from Rhea, a vampire witch. The love scenes are startlingly prominent and earthier than most romance novels (they kiss until blood trickles from her lip).
After an epic battle ending in a box canyon to end all box canyons, we're back with grizzled, grown-up Roland and the train-wreck survivors in a parallel world: Kansas in 1986, after a plague. The finale is a weird fantasy takeoff on The Wizard of Oz Some readers will feel that the latest novel in King's most ambitious series has too many pages--almost 800--but few will deny it's a page-turner. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'King at his most ebullient. He's at his best here - as a resourceful explorer of humanity's shadow side, as a storyteller who can set pages on fire' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
'King's most personal, most engaging work' SUNDAY EXPRESS
'Grim, funny and superbly energetic, it's King at his best' MAIL ON SUNDAY --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Wizard and Glass is mostly set in the past, telling a story of Roland's days before his quest. After the cliff-hanger is resolved, Roland decides it's about time he told them more about the beginnings of his quest and as the day ends, time slows as he's able to tell his whole story in one "night". Once the tale is told they have an interesting confrontation with the Man in Black and then head off again along the beam. What's amazing about this book however is the tale in between. The rest are really book-ends. At the start, the conflict had to be resolved and at the end we had to be brought back onto their quest, back to the present.
Some people criticise spending a whole book in the past, but then, by now don't they care a lot about Roland? I certainly did and I wanted to know more about him. I admit I felt daunted by the prospect of such a long tale, but when it contains the best storytelling in the series that soon fades. This has drama, emotion, character development and an intriguing plot. It's a fully resolved and extremely well-told tale. The ending brought tears to my eyes, and any tale that can do that can't be anything but well-told.
We also get to find out a bit more about Alain and Cuthbert, which is really important in understanding who Roland is. And we get to see Roland, more or less at his best. The plan of three gunslingers being carried out with skill and precision, though not perfectly, for nothing ever goes perfectly.
My own words aren't really adequate to describe how good this book is, so I'll leave it there, just adding that if you're thinking of reading these books then you're in for a treat when you get to the start of Wizard and Glass.
All I wish to add to other reviews I've read, is a word concerning the Kindle editions vs. print. Having owned the full set in print for many-a, I argued with myself, after re-reading The Gunslinger in the revised Kindle edn, as to whether I needed to re-purchase them all as e-books. But when starting on my print edition of each book, especially this one, which even though not in hardback, is huge, I soon remembered why I so love my Kindle Paperwhite. Big print tomes are unwieldy, scarcely portable, and worst of all, need a good light and the firm grip of two hands, when lying in bed. After the second or third time I tried to turn a paper page by tapping the right-hand margin, I gave in and bought the Kindle one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Took me 2 books to get into the dark tower saga.I wasn't convinced but now I'm hooked. Stay with it Constant reader.Published 25 days ago by Marty
Compelling reading. Blaine the Mono has changed traveling by train for ever, but the tale of Roland and Susan is sublime: beautiful and tragic in equal measures.Published 4 months ago by Andy Graham
Absolutely wonderful item, fantastic experience with this seller. Many thanks!!Published 7 months ago by Mr. Andrew Watts
This series is just getting better and better! I love the references to things from our world. Absolutely fantastic read.Published 7 months ago by Kayleigh Rogers
I am not the greatest fan of Stephen King, however I was told that this series was well worth a read.
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