Review – The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower VII) by Stephen King

the dark towerIt’s been over a week since I finished the final book in the Dark Tower series and I’m no closer to being able to articulate my feelings.  On one hand, it was a wonderfully well-written story full of the fantasy and heartache that we’ve come to expect from King.  But, it was also, I have to believe, a VERY different book than King planned when he first started writing this series in the 70s.  I can understand others’ frustrations with some of the convenient ways he solved crucial plot points.  And, the ending…I know many hated it.  Personally, I found it satisfying and knew that it was the ‘right’ way for it to end.  Did we really expect Roland to get to the tower, climb to the top and live the rest of his days happily and peacefully there?  If you did think that was going to happen, you probably don’t want to read this book.  And, who am I to question King’s ending?  This book has been blowing its’ wind at him for decades.

The mythology of this series is so complicated that I won’t even bother with a synopsis of this installment.  It’s about the final leg in the journey to the Dark Tower.  That’s all I’m giving you.

I cried no less than four times while reading (once was fairly uncontrollable).  There were additions to the series – who adds more major characters in Book 7?  King does.  Sheemie (remember him?)  makes another appearance and his twin in the Keystone World plays a major role.  Breakers, billy bumblers, robots, vampires, emotional vampires…I’m exhausted just typing this.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“And will I tell you that these three lived happily ever after? I will not, for no one ever does. But there was happiness. And they did live.”

“Unfound has become Found.”

“Roland of Gilead walked through the last door, the one he always sought, the one he always found.  It closed gently behind him.”

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”

And, a few quotes from other sources that came to me as I was reading:

All this has happened before, and all of it will happen again.”  Battlestar Galactica

“The Matrix is older than you know. I prefer counting from the emergence of one integral anomaly to the emergence of the next, in which case this is the sixth version.”  The Matrix Reloaded

“I told you. I wake up every day, right here, right in Punxsutawney, and it’s always February 2nd, and there’s nothing I can do about it.”  Groundhog Day

5/5 stars for a satisfying conclusion to a series that is, I’m sure, the Keystone of King’s writing life.

 

 

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