So I’ll say this of Stephen King’s Dark Tower septology, 34 years in the making: It’s certainly the longest thing I’ve ever read. It’s a page-turner, too, but not in the way his best work is. Toward the conclusion of this exhaustive and exhausting fantasy series, you’re flipping through those pages so you can move on, at long last, to something more edifying.
Any other opinions on this? The thing I like least about the Dark Tower books is that they lack the kind of interior logic that guides all of King’s other stuff. With all the telepathy and teleportation and otherworldly possession in the mix, anything can happen at any time. And so the deus ex machina crops up everywhere, until finally all you can do is roll your eyes as the writer jerks the strings.
Oddly, the thing I like most about this yarn is King’s many references and connections to his earlier books (remember ‘Salem’s Lot?) and his use of himself(!) as a major character. That takes some balls, but I agree with other critics that it kind of works. It’s an odd phenomenon when the writer himself becomes the most interesting part of his story.
Anyway, now I’ve read it, fulfilling a promise I made to certain relatives who love this series and couldn’t believe I’d passed it by. There, it’s done. I await the motion picture. All three of them. It says here that Ron Howard hopes to release the first of them in 2013 …