Wizard and Glass

Wizard and Glass

Paperback - 2017
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"Immediately following the terrifying conclusion of The Waste Lands, Roland of Gilead and his ka-tet of Eddie and Susannah Dean, Jake Chambers, and Oy the billy-bumbler come to realize that the first great course of their quest to find the Dark Tower is finished. But they now face new and seemingly insurmountable odds as they are suddenly knocked off course and into the alternate reality of a post-apocalyptic Midwest America, where the mysterious entity known as the Ageless Stranger is hell-bent on ending their journey by any and all means necessary. But it is also here that they encounter an unnatural phenomenon known as a 'thinny'--a place where the fabric of existence is almost entirely worn away--which causes Roland to reminisce and relate to his companions the tale of his own coming-of-age...all of the bravery, passion, betrayal, and horror his younger self experienced and endured in a world that has moved on."--
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books [2017]
Edition: First Pocket Books paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©1997
ISBN: 9781501161834
1501161830
Branch Call Number: PB
Characteristics: xix, 1016 pages ; 19 cm

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tomriddle49
Mar 13, 2017

This is probably my favourite Dark Tower novel and one that caught me off guard with how engrossing and emotional it was. Starting this series, I didn't think the 4th book would surprise me as much as this one did.

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pentlacj
Feb 18, 2017

A great change of pace from the first books. Wizard and Glass delves into Roland's backstory and sets him on another fascinating adventure -- one that's also full of emotion and action. King's ability to create new worlds and characters never ceases to amaze... or frighten, in the case of Rhea of the Coos.

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danielestes
Mar 05, 2015

** Spoilers ahead **

When the previous book, The Waste Lands, concluded with a gut-wrenching cliffhanger, leaving Roland's fully-formed Ka-Tet faced-off against the mechanically insane Blaine the Mono, Stephen King's huge fan base sat up and took notice. Not only was King sculpting a story unlike the horror pulp he's usually famous for, but this Dark Tower series was actually good. Furthermore, it had the potential to rank among the all-time best of fantasy writing.

In this fourth volume, Wizard and Glass, we are treated to a backstory from Roland's youth, one that's nearly as long as the book itself. Because of its length, I gather King's constant readers are of two minds about this story within a story. On one hand, Roland's, Cuthbert's and Alain's journey to Mejis is the prototypical Dark Tower story—an original, believable blend of the fantasy and western genres that the series has been flirting with since the start. On the other hand, there are those that feel Roland's 500+ page campfire tale is a waste of precious trees and can we please get back to the business of getting to the frickin' Tower. I sympathize with the impatience, but I am more of the former group. The addictive driving force of this series is to reach the dadgum Tower. This need is so strong that any little morsel King drops along the way, anything that allows a peek at the quest's end, is gobbled up like we're starved rats in a maze. But the saying "It's the journey, not the destination" could not be more applicable. The story's conclusion is so singularly deterministic that everything that comes before requires more to sustain it. Who was Roland Deschain as a young man and what has happened to set him on this path of certain death? Wizard and Glass attempts to answer this question. To achieve the Dark Tower without a solid grounding of “Why?” will render the whole thing hollow and pointless.

I'll say it's either this book or its predecessor that is the pinnacle of the entire epic. I'm tempted to pair them together into one giant book as they can be thought of as two halves of a single story anyway.

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sebayless
Jun 05, 2014

Wizard and Glass was another excellent addition to the Dark Tower series. While not as exciting as Wastelands, it still does a great job of finishing off the retelling of Roland's youth.

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erinsnest
Dec 02, 2013

Dec 2, 2013.....starting this book. Enjoying the series more with each book that I read. Dec 8, read to page 225 today. Dec 15, on page 410, and enjoying this quite nicely, Feb 27, After time out to read the Canada Reads picks, I am back to this.....lost my place, and find I am re-reading a part that I have read, but it is working for me to get back into it after so long away. Looking forward to getting to the new parts, good story......March 12, finished it up, looking forward to the next book.

SB2000 Mar 22, 2013

The fourth installment of King's "Dark Tower" series. This novel takes place mostly as flashback to Roland's youth, his first ka-tet and great love. We know how the story will end as it is pre-figured in the earlier novels. However, the journey to that ending is worth it. This was an uncomfortable read for me: King powerfully orchestrates the sense of doom hanging over the characters and evil in the world.

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spicebreath
Apr 09, 2011

By far the best of the series.

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