The first book is nothing like the others (I consider this a huge plus). He wrote it when “new wave” science fiction was still a thing and it shows. The revised version is somewhat better, but it’s still meh to me.
The second and third books are freakin’ incredible. Some of King’s best work.
The fourth book is a flashback and I can’t judge it–I’d waited years to find out “What happens next” and I got backstory. I suspect I’d like it better if I did a reread.
I really liked book 5, but not everyone did.
Books 6 and 7 were rushed and mediocre.
The thing that gonzoron talks about in the spoiler box attracted me too, but he totally crapped out on most of it,
He essentially said "All those links and interconnections with other books? That I’ve been promising you a payoff for for 20 years and about 25 books? Um…I dunno. How about “I was just kidding.” Whaddaya mean "What about the one in Insomnia where the book essentially ends with “To be continued in the Dark Tower series”? It is continued here. I just told you. It was a mirage. A dream. A hoax. That’s it. :rolleyes: It was a huge let-down for me because that’s what got me back into the series after the disappointment of book 4
- I think most people, even fans of the series, would agree that he really rushed the final conflict in Book 7. About half the readers love the ending, about half hate it. Very few are “meh”.
However, just about everyone I’ve ever talked with hates the author’s note that comes right before the ending. If you decide to read the series, skip the author’s note*, read the ending, then come back and, if you must, read it after. But hold your nose.
Big spoiler for the author’s note, but no real spoilers for the story at all.
King (not the Stephen King character that’s been in the series, the actual writer who’s getting royalties from the series, interrupts the book just as the Gunslinger is about to complete the quest we’ve read through 8000 pages for.
And he interrupts the story to say that you’re a stupid douchebag who likes to have sex without foreplay (his analogy, not mine) if you care about what happens to the characters next. He implores the reader to put down the book and just assume that the book ends with the gunslinger seconds away from completing his quest. If you don’t, you’re not a good reader and probably a retard and the only reason he’s putting the ending in is because he doesn’t want to hear the complaints of jackasses who care about what happens next.
It’s really one of the most obnoxious things I’ve ever read from an author. To the point where it polluted an ending I think I would actually have enjoyed.[/spoiler]
If you don’t like the first book, just read the first few dozen pages of the first story, and then read the last story in it (the book is 5 linked short stories–the fifth one is the only really critical one) and then try book two. If that doesn’t hook you pretty quickly, you won’t like the rest. I loved book two (and 3 is better)
ed–Ha! And on preview, I shoulda just said “+1 to what Authorized Cinnamon said”