Wolves of the Calla (Dark Tower (Paperback)) Mass Market Paperback – 24 Jan 2006
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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 master of the macabre....[King] is still quite the entertainer
"The Philadelphia Inquirer"
The man can spin a yarn, and a great one at that.
"Wolves of the Calla" is one of the strongest entries yet in what will surely be a master storyteller's magnum opus.
"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.
"The New York Times Book Review" [A] hypnotic blend of suspense and sentimentality...sprawling, eventful tale of demons, monsters, narrow escapes and magic portals.
"The Kansas City Star" It works because King, despite his long resume, keeps insisting on surprising himself and, in so doing, surprising us.
"The Philadelphia Inquirer" The man can spin a yarn, and a great one at that.
"People" The master of the macabre....[King] is still quite the entertainer
"The Denver Post" Brilliant in technique and ability...Feed your head! Now dig in, 'cause King's latest in this seven-course banquet...is a lip-smacking, brain-filling repast.
"Publishers Weekly" The high suspense and extensive character development here...plus the enormity of King's ever-expanding universe, will surely keep his "Constant Readers" in awe.
"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution" An impressive work of mythic magnitude. May turn out to be Stephen King's greatest literary achievement.
"Bangor Daily News" "The Dark Tower" is King's masterpiece...."Wolves of the Calla" succeeds as a standalone work.
"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.
"LOCUS""Wolves of the Calla" is one of the strongest entries yet in what will surely be a master storyteller's magnum opus.
"A HYPNOTIC BLEND.... A sprawling tale of demons, monsters, narrow escapes, and magic portals." --"The New York Times Book Review"
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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.
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.
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
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.
To those unfamiliar with the Dark Tower, I would strongly recommend picking up a copy of the previous books in the series. Very few King fans will be disappointed. Those familiar with the Dark Tower series will know what to expect.
Roland and his ka-tet have reached the town of Calla Bryn Sturgis, a quiet farm town that has a serious problem. Most children born here are twins, and every generation or so, a gang of "Wolves" kidnap one of each twin, returning them a few days later physically and mentally destroyed. This episode of Roland's quest also contains other sub-plots relevant to the ongoing story of the Tower as well, of course, in particular the story surrounding a rose growing in a vacant lot in downtown Manhattan, and one of his gang, Susannah, falling pregnant with what could be a demonic offspring.
Of course, to better understand the characters and complexities of the plot, it is essential by now to have read the other books in the series, but the plot alone is well worth the trouble. The characters are still incredibly portrayed and the scenes are rich and vivid. Stephen King is a fine writer, and this book is no exception. Within the book, he makes several Dickensian references to fiction and coincidence, and brings other characters from other books that he has written into play (most notably, Father Callahan, who was last seen leaving Salem's Lot on a greyhound bus).
The ending may dissapoint some, or delight others in speculating what the tower is, and who (if any) will reach it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I admit to not being convinced at the beginning. I think that was more to do with book 4 of the series being such a classic, rather than this book being weaker. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Andy Graham
Stephen King takes a step back from Roland's path to the Dark Tower, as he repeats an overdone story: heroes stumble on a town under threat, and are called upon for help. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Adam Nicholls
This book opens up the path of the dark tower novels in ways that have been unclear up till now. Mind blowing