The Trip Has Been Long And The Cost Has Been High… But No Great Thing Was Ever Attained Easily

(The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII) We’re here. To steal a quote from another epic series, one that this series owes a lot to: here, at the end of all things. Except it’s not, not really. After seven books (plus an eighth that I won’t be able to touch on for a while yet) … Continue reading The Trip Has Been Long And The Cost Has Been High… But No Great Thing Was Ever Attained Easily

It’s Wonderful How Everyone Seems to Think They Know Just What Ka Means for Them

(Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI) I’m of the opinion that Song of Susannah is hugely underrated. And I think I know why. It’s that slide effect the last three books have. Wolves of the Calla takes you up the stairs and onto the slide, then pushes you to start the sliding. The Dark … Continue reading It’s Wonderful How Everyone Seems to Think They Know Just What Ka Means for Them

Head Clear. Mouth Shut. See Much. Say Little.

(Wolves of the Calla: The Dark Tower V) Before I get too into the story, I want to announce, for anyone who might be following along in real time, a change to the timeline. When I got the idea to start writing this, it was a couple of months after I decided to read all … Continue reading Head Clear. Mouth Shut. See Much. Say Little.

Tonight, However, The Impossible Was Selling Cheap

(From A Buick 8) I feel like From A Buick 8 is one of those King books that gets overlooked entirely or just isn’t much liked. And that sort of makes sense — after all, didn’t he already write the evil car story with Christine? And if that wasn’t enough for you, you could always … Continue reading Tonight, However, The Impossible Was Selling Cheap

That’s Either Inspiring or Horrible. I Can’t Tell Which.

(Dreamcatcher) So, I know I’ve read Dreamcatcher once before. I think I saw the movie as well. None of it stuck, though — I remembered so little of it that I may as well have been coming to it with only the knowledge that this is the book with the shit-weasels — something that even … Continue reading That’s Either Inspiring or Horrible. I Can’t Tell Which.

I Was Raised to Be Polite, But Not to Suffer Bullshit

(Wizard and Glass: The Dark Tower IV) On a Reddit thread, I recently described Wizard and Glass as a book that I thought was “unfairly controversial”. And on re-read, I think I stand by that. This is a book I love. This is a book that quite a lot of Stephen King fans and Dark … Continue reading I Was Raised to Be Polite, But Not to Suffer Bullshit

None Of This Was Real, After All

(The Regulators) Richard Bachman was dead by this point in King’s career. Died around the time of Thinner. Cancer of the pseudonym. But are writers ever really dead if they’ve left their words behind? Maybe not. The Regulators is Richard Bachman’s “last” book. Sure, Thinner was also his “last” book, but then The Regulators was … Continue reading None Of This Was Real, After All

In These Silences, Something May Rise

(Desperation) This must have been a period when Stephen King was just into experimenting with different forms of stories and releases of stories. Desperation was released in the same year as The Green Mile, which you’ll already remember as one that was released in an unusual form — chapbook installments — and Desperation is also … Continue reading In These Silences, Something May Rise

It Ain’t The Blows We’re Dealt That Matter, But The Ones We Survive

(Rose Madder) Rose Madder is another one that’s not generally a favorite across the wide world of King fans, and I think he’s said in the past that it’s his least-read book. The thing is, I don’t think it’s bad at all, in fact I like it, but I just don’t have a lot of … Continue reading It Ain’t The Blows We’re Dealt That Matter, But The Ones We Survive