I read all seven, but don’t remember anything at all from the 6th one. I know I read it, but it’s like it just doesn’t exist. Not only that, there’s almost no break in continutiy for me from the 5th to the 7th. I liked the first three, hated the 4th because so much of it was a flashback, thought the 5th was OK, and apparently hated the 6th so much I’ve purged it from my memory.
The final book was ok, but suffered from being way too long and complicated, like much of the series. So much content across the seven books turned out to be totally irrelevent, and appears to have only been there to fill pages. If you cut out all the parts that end up not being important you could pare the series down to probably three books. If King had a tough editor who didn’t let him write out a giant stream of consciousness, it would be three tight, interesting books.
Also, about the final ending:
[spoiler] What in the hell? What an incredible cop out. First, he gives it a non ending, that totally eviscerates the soul of the series. Susannah off in another universe, with a slightly different Jake and Eddie? He Jake and Eddie are dead, half of the ka-tet is dead, and these… pseudo Jake and Eddie are acceptable replacements? The whole point was that they were linked in a way that is wholly unlike any other connection. Roland is god knows how old and he’s still linked to his orignal ka-tet. That Susannah accepts these two replacements so quickly tears the whole idea of a ka-tet to pieces.
Then you get Roland entering the Tower and… The End. Or so King would prefer. After his snarky little note to the readers, stating basically that if you want an actual ending you’re an idiot and not fit to be reading this massive tome. The argument just doesn’t work: while life itself may not have a definite ending place where everything is wrapped up in a neat little package, this is not life, this is a book, a series that people have been following for 25 years. To say “And he entered the Tower, and that’s all folks!” is incredibly insulting. And then to say that asking for a real ending is stupid is doubly insulting.
Then he gives us the ending, or not! Roland starts all over again, with no memory of anything. Not only that, he now has the Horn of Eld, a little referred to artifact that will somehow make him totally victorious this time around. So, to recap, in the end, nothing, absolutely NOTHING that we’ve read in these books matters to the actual story, and Roland will come out on top this time around because he has some stupid horn.
I bought all these books, read them all, and no, they are not very good after the 3rd one.[/spoiler]