Stephen King's The Dark Tower Series

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  1. Lawnole23

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    I would prefer a book on the backstory of Susannah.

    I read all the books while waiting to start my job post law school. Agree though would love to see a full power Roland.

    Book 6 was so fucking bad. I just kept waiting and waiting for it to get good. Then Book 7 with the Crimson King just being erased was so anti-climatic. I was thankful just to be done after reading 5-7.
     
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  2. Celemo

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    I would like a story about the adventures of The Tet Corporation going up against Sombra/North Central Positronics
     
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  3. RonBurgundy

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    They are making a movie on the Dark Tower, starring Matthew Mcconaughey and Idris Elba.

    I need to start and finish this series. I got 50% into gunslinger but couldn't get into it at the time.
     
  4. LKRFN88jp

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    Came into this thread to essentially say the same thing, though I never started the series.
     
  5. The Blackfish

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    RonBurgundy LKRFN88jp Its a lot of fun. The 6th book sucks but its short. 7th isn't up to par either but its better than 6. I enjoyed 5 but some people didn't like it either. 1-4 are really great. Completely worth reading all 7 even if it there are some points at the end I have a problem in. It doesn't lag though so you'll have no problem finishing.

    Don't read backwards in the thread as there are some spoilers that aren't in spoiler tags. I'll try to clean it up later and make it safe to start at page 1.
     
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  6. Cza

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    I like the casting, still a little worried about how they are putting this one on film.
     
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  7. RonBurgundy

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    It's on my list, which will happen after I finish the last 2 Brandon Sanderson books, Saturn Run, the Slow Regard of Silent Things, finish the last book of the Partials series, and finish the audiobooks of the Wheel of Time series (on book 2 now lol).
     
  8. ukcats8

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    Would you recommend Wind Through the Keyhole? I've read the rest minus this one.
     
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  9. The Blackfish

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    Yeah I enjoyed it.
     
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  10. The Blackfish

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    Okay RonBurgundy and LKRFN88jp all spoilers should be in spoiler tags now. Thread should be safe.
     
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  11. Celemo

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    the two stories are pretty damn solid
    it's also a nice segue between books 4 & 5
     
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  12. colonel_forbin

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    Finished The Gunslinger last night.

    I guess The Drawing of the Three is out of publication and they're reprinting it starting in early May so I'll have to wait on that.
     
  13. The Blackfish

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    Kindle or hardcopy
     
  14. ukcats8

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    8.99 on amazon/kindle
    or 11.12 for paperback
     
  15. The Blackfish

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    If you can't find it at a local bookstore buy it for super cheap at abebooks.com

    Or I'll send you an e copy
     
  16. colonel_forbin

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    Hardcopy. They didn't have it at Barnes & Noble.

    Yeah I just bought used from Amazon
     
  17. Celemo

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    Constant what's your progress report?
     
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    1st book completed. Thoroughly enjoyed.
     
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  19. RJF-GUMP

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    should i read this ?
     
  20. The Blackfish

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    yes
     
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    Yes
     
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  22. Codename Duchess

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    Question for those that read The Wind Through the Keyhole. If you're recommending the series to someone where in the order would you tell them to read this? I never got around to reading it.
     
  23. Celemo

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    between books 4 & 5
     
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  24. Codename Duchess

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    Thanks. I figured it would work better to read it then as opposed to after Book 7.
     
  25. Celemo

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    yeah it's a nice little segue between the two books
     
  26. RegimentML

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    What books do I need to read before getting started?

    I've seen 'Salem's Lot, The Stand, and The Eyes of the Dragon. Just want to confirm. The Stand is like 1500 pages (though it's on the list since it's supposed to be one of King's best). I've read 'Salem's Lot

    Thanks
     
  27. The Blackfish

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    Yeah The Stand is great and a must read. I read The Dark Tower series before ever having picked up another King book and went through it just fine. I guess I enjoyed it in the opposite order, catching the characters and events that show up in The Dark Tower series in the other books after the fact.

    I'd say read it whenever you want.
     
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  28. RegimentML

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    Thanks. I'm backlogged. Even with Malazan, I have a bunch of things I'd like to get started on. Not a bad problem, I suppose. But I'd like to read this prior to the movie coming out.
     
  29. Celemo

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    You don't "need" to really read anything prior. I read maybe 7-8 of his books before reading the Dark Tower series and then went back and read a bunch of his stuff that tied into the DT series.
     
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    Yeah I guess need was the wrong word. Recommend is probably what I should have said.
     
  31. Celemo

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    If you wanna crank out a book or two before starting...I would at the very least suggest Eyes of the Dragon. Great story, quick read, etc. Like The Blackfish said, The Stand is fucking great...and I'll add that it would explain some things in the DT series but that's one looooong book to read while anticipating what you're gonna read next.
     
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  32. TheGrifter

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    The books mentioned are a great start. Eyes of the Dragon was the first King novel I ever read, and it still may be my favorite.

    If you're looking for other books that have direct tie ins to DT:

    Black House (read The Talisman first, BH is the sequel)
    Hearts in Atlantis
    Insomnia
     
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  33. colonel_forbin

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    Just finished Book 2. Book 3 will be arriving on Tuesday. I thought the Gunslinger was meh, but everything really picked up with Eddie in the second book. Fuck Detta though
     
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  34. RonBurgundy

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    Read book 1. Wasn't into it. Gave it a 6/10. Should I just stop now?
     
  35. The Blackfish

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    No fuck you honkey mahfah
     
  36. The Blackfish

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    See Colonel Foreskin's post above yours. Keep trucking.
     
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  37. Celemo

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    The Gunslinger will make more sense when you continue reading...your first re-read of Book 1 will make much more sense...Susannah became one of my fave characters
     
  38. TheGrifter

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    I really can't blame anyone who is a little hesitant after only reading The Gunslinger. It's definitely one of the weaker books in the entire series, IMO.

    If I had to rank:

    4,3,2,5,7,1,6

    Wizard and Glass is probably one of my favorite books of all time.
     
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    Switch 7 and 1 for me but yeah. Also agreed about Wizard and Glass, just a phenomenal book.
     
  40. Lawnole23

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    Looks too cleaned up for my taste.
     
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  42. Celemo

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    Yeah that shirt is way too clean
     
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  44. TheGrifter

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    Show me the horn!!! I NEED TO SEE THE HORN!!!
     
  45. Codename Duchess

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    Stephen King just posted this on Twitter:

    The Dark Tower is close, now. The Crimson King awaits. Soon Roland will raise the Horn of Eld. And blow.

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  46. Lawnole23

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    meh. Just not what I picture when I think of Roland. I'm sure he'll do a good job with it but not liking the urban cowboy look.
     
  47. TC

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    Fuck everything
     
  48. RonBurgundy

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    On middle book 3. Book 2&3 >> Book 1.

    Still just good, not great.
     
  49. KJROD20

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    I'm halfway through The Gunslinger and haven't gotten into it. Talk me off the ledge.
     
  50. Celemo

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    just keep plugging away...it doesn't make a whole lot of sense until you start your first re-read. Trust me on this
     
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