Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

I finished reading The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower by Stephen King. There are eight books in the books series.

Warning: Have tissues ready.  Warning 2: there is some violence and some gross parts.

This is the last book of the Dark Tower book series. In this book, Roland and the gang make their way to the Dark Tower. On the way, there are some deaths (two I think shouldn’t have happened). Susannah leaves Roland to rediscover the people she lost along the way. Roland does make it to the Dark Tower and discovers what is at the top of the tower.

   My Thoughts

Like I have said before I am sad and relieved for this journey to end. I’m sad because I really have enjoyed this journey. It took so long to read it because I did some nightmares from reading it and I did want to make it last. This is the first of Stephen King’s work I didn’t want to throw at the wall. I gave the book 4 stars on Goodreads because of the two deaths I think shouldn’t have happened. In the book, you have a choice of reading what Roland discovers at the top of the Tower. I chose to read it because like him I heard the Dark Tower calling. I do feel sorry for Roland of what he finds at the top. I wonder if Crimson King would have gotten up at the top if he would have seen the same thing Roland did?

Now I’m listening to Origin by Dan Brown. I may have to read it because I may have to reset my Kindle.

You can get this book at Wordery.com, and Kobo.com.

Discordia

While reading Song of Susannah (which I just finished reading), I was confused at one point. Mia, the spirit that hijacked Susannah, told her that Discordia was in the center with the beams pointing outward. I originally thought Roland said that the Dark Tower was in the center and the beam pointed outward. I thought maybe Discordia was interchangeable, but then she mentions the Dark Tower.

So I looked it up on Google to find out if it’s actual place in the book. When I did find out there is a computer game called Discordia. It’s a puzzle game like the computer game Myst. The graphics were a little graphic, but very cool. The places in the game are found in the last two books of the Dark Tower book series. Supposedly there a shooting part too. But I didn’t do the shooting part. I did kinda cheated myself though because it does give details of what happens in the last two books.

The game is only two chapters long. I hope he makes more chapters to it. Here is the website for the game: https://stephenking.com/darktower/discordia/

Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah

I finished reading The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah by Stephen King. There are eight books in the book series.

Warning: there are some gross parts and some violence.

In this book, Stephen King writes himself in the book. No, that is not the mild blowing part that I mentioned earlier. In the previous books, Eddie, Jake, and Susannah all say they are taken out of different years in New York. In this book, Eddie discovers through Calvin Tower’s friend that his childhood neighborhood is a different town in New York according to Calvin’s friend. Which means Eddie, Jake, and Susannah were taken out of different worlds of New York instead of different years. This was mind-blowing for me.

In this book, Susannah is hijacked by Mia (a spirit). She leaves the celebration of killing the wolves and takes the bad Ball Thirteen. She goes into the door of the cave. Mia is determined to have her baby. The others learn she is gone with the ball. The bad thing is the door won’t open again. The magic is barely there. Roland gets a plan to open the door again by using the Manni’s magic tools. Eddie and Roland go to Maine to find Calvin Tower to make him sell the lot to them. Calvin refuses until Roland convinces him. Then Eddie decides they need to see Stephen King. They find out that Eddie is a twin of Roland’s friend. Stephen King does help Jake later on with a hotel key.

Meanwhile, Susannah is in New York in 1999. She finds a turtle in the bag with the ball. The turtle is magical where it hypnotizes people. So she uses it to get a hotel room and puts the ball in a safe in the room. She goes to the Dixie Pig where she finds out what the low men are. She has the baby in an Experimental lab where the wolves bring the children to be operated on. Mia learns that she was tricked (she was very naïve.) into believing she would take care of the baby. Jake and Father Callahan fall into New York of 1999. Jake uses the touch to find Susannah/Mia. They go to the hotel room to take the ball somewhere else. Then they take the turtle that Susannah drops and go into the Dixie Pig.

At the end of the book, Stephen King has his diary of the rest of the books of the Dark Tower series. It was really neat until the last entry of the diary. I did like this book. Now I’m reading Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower by Stephen King. It is the last book of the Dark Tower book series.

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Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla

I finished reading Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King. There are eight books in the Dark Tower book series.

Warning: there are some gross parts and there is some violence.

In this book, Roland and his friends are traveling in the woods. One of them senses that someone is following them. Roland says that there is a group following them, but not to worry. Then one night Eddie, Oy, and Jake travel to NYC. They fade in and out. While there in NYC, Eddie, Jake, and Oy sees the other Jake in 1977. (Spooky) The other Jake goes into the bookstore. Jake tells Eddie they shouldn’t go inside, but Eddie does anyway. People sense them, but can’t see them. Then the other Jake leaves. Jake tells Eddie this is when he goes to see the rose. He really wants Eddie to see the rose. But Eddie sees the car of his former drug boss. So they linger at the bookstore to see Calvin Tower get beat up. It was over a contact of the vacant lot where the rose is located. Later Eddie gets idea to get Calvin Tower to let them buy the vacant lot from Tower. When Eddie does talk to Calvin, he learns that everything is connected.  Meanwhile, Roland finds out that Susannah is another person again and she is pregnant with a demon (perhaps). Roland keeps this secret until Jake finds out and then he tells Eddie.   The group following them make themselves known. They tell them that they need help because wolves are coming to take their children. The children come back with part of their brain missing and they end up giants. They end up dying young. Roland agrees to help, but some people won’t like it. One of the group is a priest who has another part of the Wizard’s Rainbow. The ball is called Black Thirteen which will help them go anywhere and any when. The gunslingers find out the truth to the wolves. Roland has a plan of deception which throw off the wolves and they win.

I had thought this book sounded like the movie The Village because the whole town, Calla, was so frightened by the wolves to anything about it. A select few knew what the wolves were and how the info was passed on to the wolves. The difference though the wolves weren’t people like in The Village.  Even though there were some gross parts in the book, I liked the book. Now I’m reading The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah by Stephen King.

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Dark Tower 4.5: The Wind Through the Keyhole

I finished reading Dark Tower 4.5: The Wind through the Keyhole by Stephen King. It is a standalone book, but it comes between the fourth and fifth books. There are eight books in the book series.

Warning: there is some violence and some disturbing scenes.

In this book, Roland and the others are going along the Beam. Jake meets an old man who has a ferry. The old man takes on the ferry. He tells them a storm is coming and to watch Oy (Jake’s pet). They come to a village and stay in a meeting hall while the storm is passing over. The storm is like a hurricane and an ice storm in one. Wile there, Roland tells them two stories. The first story is what happened after he kills his mother. He is sent on a mission to bring a shapeshifter to justice.  He tells the second story in middle the first one. The second story is a story his mother told him. It is called The Wind Through the Keyhole. It’s about a brave boy named Tim. Tim goes into a spooky forest to get a magic potion to heal his mother’s eyes.  After telling the stories, Roland and the others get back on the road going towards Thunderclap.

I did like this book. It ends a little sad though. I’m waiting on book five so now I’m reading the Vampire Academy book series by Richelle Mead. Vampire Academy is one of book to movie books. I will be watching the movie on Thursday.

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Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass

I finished reading Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass by Stephen King. It is actually a re-read for me. I read it many years ago, but back then it didn’t make sense to me because I hadn’t read the first three books. It does make sense now. Plus I had to re-read it because all I could remember was that Roland was in it and riddles. I couldn’t remember if the others were in it. There are eight books in the Dark Tower book series.

Warning: there is some violence and some disturbing scenes.

In this book, Roland and the others are on the train. They are supposed to be telling the trains riddles, but Roland makes a big speech to the train. He makes a deal where they will try to stump the train in exchange for their lives. Eddie ends up being the one who stumps the train. Once they are off the train, they discover they are in Kansas (not ours). The people of this Kansas is dead. (a super flu killed the people. Which is kinda scary right now with this new strain going on in our present.) They find a thinny at the end of the road. (a thinny is a door to other worlds. It reminds me of the Regulators because the thinnys grow.) The thinny has the sound of a musical saw. (I love that sound, but to hear it all day long can be hurtful to the ears.) Roland gives the others bullets to put in their ears to lessen the sound. They go through the thinny. They move safely away from it and make camp. While there, Roland tells them the story of his first love, Susan. When he was younger, Roland was sent away with his best friend and another friend to another town. Roland meets a girl (Susan) and falls in love with her. They discover a secret and dangerous plot that some of the town people are planning. Roland sees Susan get killed in a wizard’s glass. Roland and the others are transmitted in the land of OZ. In order to get back on the Beam, they have to witness something terrible in Roland’s life. When they get back to the Beam, Roland tries to get them to leave the quest to the Dark Tower. They all tell him no and so they follow the Beam again.

I loved this book. Now I’m listening to Smashed by Koren Zailckas.

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The Dark Tower III: THe Waste Lands

I finished reading The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands by Stephen King. There are eight books in the series.

Warning: there is some violence and some disturbing scenes.

Before I begin my summary, I should say that I got lost in the book and keep forgetting that Stephen King wrote it. It’s that good. I really enjoy it.

In this book, Roland, Eddie, and Susannah made their way to the forest. Eddie and Susannah learned some shooting. Roland slowly was losing his mind because he saved Jake. (Jake was supposed to die in his world, but Roland saves him. He couldn’t see him die a third time.) Eddie remembers about craving wood so he begins to do that. He also sees a key and a rose in a fire. He craves a key out of wood. Meanwhile, Jake also loses his mind too. He buys two books that help the team later on. He also sees that rose and kinds the key. He goes to a haunted house and unlocks a door that brings him to Roland’s world. Jake joins them. They make their way to a city filled with old people. The old people tell them about the train and the city named Lud. Lud is a terrible city. It is modernized but filled with crazy people. Jake gets kidnapped but gets rescued by Roland. They made it to the train that has a plan to kill itself and them unless they can tell him riddles.

Now I’m reading The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau. It is a three book series. After I read those three books, I’ll continue with The Dark Tower series.

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The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three

I finished reading The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of The Three by Stephen King. There are eight books in the Dark Tower book series.

Warning: there is some weirdness and some violence.

In this book, Roland is sitting on the sand waiting on the drawing of the three. Some lobster looking things come out of the sea and attack him. He is missing some toes and some fingers. He then gets very sick. (In the movie The Dark Tower, Roland is sick, but he is not missing fingers or toes and it doesn’t tell how he got sick.) He sees a door in the middle of nowhere (a thinny). He opens the door and he goes into someone’s mind. That someone is the prisoner. Eddie is a drug addict. He does help Roland get some medicine. Roland takes him to the beach and they journey to a second door. They both go into a woman’s mind. She is the lady of the shadows. She has multiple personalities. She attacks them both.  The three of them do journey to the third door. Roland goes into a man’s mind. This man is the pusher. Roland finds out this man is the one who messed up the woman and pushes Jake to his first death. So Roland makes the man jump on subway tracks for punishment. Jake lives.

I liked this book even though it was very weird. I’m still waiting on the next book to movie book. I’m taking a small break from Stephen King. I’m reading next Splintered Icon (or Shattered Icon in the UK) by Bill Napier.

You can get this book at Wordery.com, Downpour.com, Amazon.com, and Kobo.com.

The Dark Tower (movie)

I did watch The Dark Tower. It is supposed to be based on The Dark Tower book series by Stephen King. I would say very loosely based. It has Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, and Tom Taylor in it.

Warning: there is lots of violence.

I haven’t read the whole book series yet. I will be re-watching the movie once I get through reading the rest of the books. I do have a problem with this movie though. The only good thing was Matthew McConaughey was a great pick for the man in black (Walter).

The main problem is that the gunslinger (Roland) is NOT black. In the first book, he says the man in black is the same complexion which is pallid like him. Pallid means pale not black. Also Jake dies twice in the first book. He doesn’t die at all in the movie. (I did sneak and looked up Jake appears in the other books and he does.) Jake’s father was not a fireman. Jake doesn’t have dreams of the man in black or Roland in the first book. It does say he may have the touch (which I guess the shine as talked in the movie.

Portals are not called portals in the books. They are thinnys and they don’t appear until the 4th book. Jake meets Roland at a way station in the first book. Roland isn’t smart in the first book. The man in black tells him about the universe in the first book. The woods didn’t have an amusement park.

Even though there were many differences, it was a good action movie. On Thursday, I’m watching Horns. I will be through listening to the book on Thursday.

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

I finished reading The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King. There are eight books in the book series.

Warning: there is a little bit of violence and one sad part.

Before I begin my summary, I should say I have read the fourth book. My mother is a big fan of Stephen King. She had left the fourth book here and I read it a long time ago. I do plan on re-reading it since it didn’t really make sense to me because I hadn’t read the other three books. With the movie out, I decided to read the whole series.

In the book, A gunslinger named Roland is tracking a man in black. He names the man in black Walter. On his journey, he is tricked by the man in black to kill a whole town. He also meets a boy named Jake.  The boy is from another time period which closer to ours. Roland gets visions and advice about the travels ahead. One being that Roland has to kill Jake.  Jake does die, but Roland doesn’t actually kill him.

I did like this book. I have the second book, but I’m not reading it yet. I watched the movie yesterday and I will post about it on Tuesday. On Monday I will start listening to Horns by Joe Hill.

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