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Dan Hocker
03-14-2013, 01:24 PM
"Bev's book is a valuable tool for exploring the series. Both newcomers and frequent visitors to Mid-World will be informed and delighted."
Stephen King

New Signed Limited Edition Announced Today!
The Dark Tower Companion: A Guide to Stephen King's Epic Fantasy
by Bev Vincent
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Brian James Freeman
03-14-2013, 02:25 PM
This is a really fascinating book and I think Dark Tower fans are going to love it!

Brian

srboone
03-14-2013, 05:56 PM
I think I would, too, but I need to be sold on it. How is it different from Furth's Concordance? What makes it worth owning both?

Bev Vincent
03-14-2013, 06:45 PM
My book has a fully alphabetical glossary that is divided into two groups: Our world and Mid-World. It's not constructed like a concordance, where people from the same place are grouped together. The glossary is less than half the book, though.

The Dark Tower Companion is meant to be an introduction to the series for people who may be coming to it from outside -- via the Marvel graphic novels, Discordia or (eventually) the films. It's also a handy reference if you've forgotten who a particular person is, or what book(s) they appear in.

In the beginning, I introduce the major concepts: who is Roland, what's the Dark Tower, where's Mid-World? Then I review the eight novels and then the related books. These overviews aren't as analytical as the ones found in The Road to the Dark Tower because I don't assume you've read the entire series.

Then I interview Stephen King about the series -- this is the first time I've ever done a formal interview with him. He talks about the place of the Marvel series relative to his books, reveals secrets (Roland's sister's name, for example) and discusses characters like Maerlyn and John Farson. He also talks a bit about another Dark Tower story he might write some day.

I interviewed Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman at length about their plans for their adaptation. They've never before spoken about their vision in such detail.

I interviewed Brian Stark about Discordia and Robin Furth about her work for Marvel, as well as Peter David, Richard Isanove, Jae Lee and several other of the artists who worked on the graphic novels. This is the first book to welcome the Marvel adaptations into the fold and discuss their place in (or out of) the canon.

I discuss the history and geography of Mid-World and drew the first-ever map of the known region of Mid-World. There have been other maps of various regions, but this one puts the whole thing together and it works! There's also a Dark Tower travel guide to Manhattan with a map of all the known locations from the series.

I finish with some essays that explore my thoughts on the series and what it all might mean.

Dan Hocker
03-14-2013, 07:15 PM
Awesome description Bev!

srboone
03-14-2013, 07:43 PM
Thanks, Bev. You sold me! I was expecting Dan or Brian to set me straight, but you did just that and more.

Bev Vincent
03-14-2013, 07:51 PM
Cool!

FrankP
03-14-2013, 08:01 PM
I'd love to be able to buy this book at this time, and under normal circumstances I wouldn't hesitate. Ahhh, but my funds are running low for a while, and I'll have to pass :(

Bev Vincent
03-14-2013, 08:04 PM
There's also a trade paperback and a Kindle edition.

FrankP
03-14-2013, 08:10 PM
There's also a trade paperback and a Kindle edition.

No doubt that I'll get (at least) the trade paperback. I've enjoyed your past work, and don't want to miss out on this one entirely.

Roland of Gilead
03-14-2013, 08:20 PM
aye, thankee-sai. Bev! :)

If i could Marry a book it probably be the Dark Tower Series, but that content qualifies your book to be bridesmaid at least!

bookworm 1
03-14-2013, 09:10 PM
Thanks, Bev. You sold me! I was expecting Dan or Brian to set me straight, but you did just that and more.
I think we need to have you ask that question more often. I ordered the book Monday night with the cdcc notice.

srboone
03-14-2013, 09:32 PM
I just ordered it just and was able to use the ccdc notice, too. I wanted to aks that question sooner, but it hadn't nbeen announced. It was cool that Bev came on an answered it, though. Just the fact that he took the time to do would have made me buy it.

Brian James Freeman
03-14-2013, 09:48 PM
I just ordered it just and was able to use the ccdc notice, too. I wanted to aks that question sooner, but it hadn't nbeen announced. It was cool that Bev came on an answered it, though. Just the fact that he took the time to do would have made me buy it.

I was thinking maybe we could ask Bev questions about OTHER books, too, while he's here! His books, other people's books. ;)

Coulrophobia
03-14-2013, 11:05 PM
Hello Bev, From the interview with Ron Howard did you really get the impression the movie project was really going to happen? It seems with all the film series releases the chances are much better in recent years. I thank you for any information you can provide.

bookworm 1
03-14-2013, 11:36 PM
So should we start a thread ask the Bev? :)
I was thinking maybe we could ask Bev questions about OTHER books, too, while he's here! His books, other people's books. ;)

srboone
03-14-2013, 11:57 PM
Leave it to Bev-er? :rolleyes:

bsaenz24
03-15-2013, 01:41 AM
Leave it to Bev-er? :rolleyes:

Love it!!!

jhanic
03-16-2013, 07:16 PM
Mine is on order.

John

Bev Vincent
03-18-2013, 07:04 PM
Hello Bev, From the interview with Ron Howard did you really get the impression the movie project was really going to happen? It seems with all the film series releases the chances are much better in recent years. I thank you for any information you can provide.

There's no doubt in my mind that Ron and Akiva are serious about wanting to get this done. Akiva brought the project to Ron when they were working on A Beautiful Mind and they were gutted to see the rights get snapped up by someone else and pleased when they became available again.

At the time I spoke with them, Warner's was still in play, but after Warner's declined, someone else expressed interest in financing it, so we'll see. There's been no public news since then, and I think they're a little more cautious about making announcements since the first "definite" announcement of a release date bit them on the butt.

Bev Vincent
03-18-2013, 07:05 PM
Love it!!!

I don't! :rolleyes:

Bev Vincent
03-18-2013, 07:05 PM
If you do start a thread separate from this one, have Brian let me know, as I might not see it.

srboone
03-18-2013, 10:19 PM
I don't! :rolleyes:

Gee whiz, Bev, come on already! I have a soft spot for LitB.

sunnyckf
03-19-2013, 06:09 AM
Giving this one a miss Bev. Sorry. Will get the trade edition though. The DT series are just not my fave chiefly because I don't really like the last three books. The final book was great as a standalone novel but taken into context with the other books always thought that the first four were superb but that SK kind of sold himself short on the last three. There's a feeling of him rushing things too forcefully to wrap up the series after the accident made him realize the possibility of this thing not getting done.

Coulrophobia
03-26-2013, 12:23 AM
There's no doubt in my mind that Ron and Akiva are serious about wanting to get this done. Akiva brought the project to Ron when they were working on A Beautiful Mind and they were gutted to see the rights get snapped up by someone else and pleased when they became available again.

At the time I spoke with them, Warner's was still in play, but after Warner's declined, someone else expressed interest in financing it, so we'll see. There's been no public news since then, and I think they're a little more cautious about making announcements since the first "definite" announcement of a release date bit them on the butt.

Thank you very much for the information I am glad to see that it is being taken seriously by those involved. It will be a huge undertaking to bring a story not well known to the general public, but I feel in the end it will be well received if done right.

Bev Vincent
03-27-2013, 02:31 PM
Here's an interview with me about The Dark Tower Companion by Blu Gilliand at October Country (http://theoctobercountry.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/interview-bev-vincent-on-the-dark-tower-companion/)

Bev Vincent
03-28-2013, 05:16 PM
And here's Blu's review (http://theoctobercountry.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/vincents-new-dark-tower-book-is-a-worthy-companion/)

Christian Gillies
04-08-2013, 02:36 AM
Hi Bev, those reviews are very cool.
I want to know one thing about "The Companion"...the information that we can found in the comics (the plot and the stories) will be analized in a separate way from the books? I mean, will be treated in a whole separate chapter?

Long days and pleasant nights, sai.

Bev Vincent
04-08-2013, 02:24 PM
Yes, although I concentrate primarily on the differences from the books. If the stories -- or sections of the stories -- are substantially the same, I say that, and then point out the differences. In other situations, where there isn't any analogous story in King's books, I review the plot in more detail.

Christian Gillies
04-10-2013, 02:50 AM
Yes, although I concentrate primarily on the differences from the books. If the stories -- or sections of the stories -- are substantially the same, I say that, and then point out the differences. In other situations, where there isn't any analogous story in King's books, I review the plot in more detail.

Thanks a lot !

I think that I'm gonna buy the book soon...I'll let you know
;)

srboone
04-10-2013, 04:16 AM
I saw a paperback of this in B&N today and flipped through it. Looked pretty good. Glad I gotthe s/l of it.

Bev Vincent
04-10-2013, 11:06 AM
Cool -- I haven't seen a copy "in the wild" yet!

FrankP
07-02-2013, 05:29 PM
I'd love to be able to buy this book at this time, and under normal circumstances I wouldn't hesitate. Ahhh, but my funds are running low for a while, and I'll have to pass :(

Oh what the heck...I'm going to order mine now while supplies last ;)

bookworm 1
07-02-2013, 10:48 PM
That's the spirit!!!!
Oh what the heck...I'm going to order mine now while supplies last ;)

Christian Gillies
09-04-2013, 01:52 AM
Finally! I got the book! I'm on the page 219, and it's looks very interesting. What a killer cover!

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The way that every important scene of the 'Dark Tower' books are explained, it's very clarifying, and it has the essential information of every novel.

If you are out there Bev, I have a question for you, about the map (it is a very cool map, and pretty clever)
Eluria is near the Desatoya Mountains, after the events of the prequel of 'The Gunslinger', Roland heads west, and he has no destination in mind yet. How he could reach Pricetown to buy the mule without seeing the Western Sea or Tull?

And for the same reason... Eluria is located in Desatoya's Mountains North? South? or... where?

Anyway,
Thanks for giving us (to the tower junkies) a new book for exploring the series.

Long days and pleasant nights, sai Vincent.

Bev Vincent
09-05-2013, 08:09 PM
The cover art is by a Spanish artist named Nekro. I, too, was blown away by it.

There are so many inconsistencies in the geography of Mid-World that I did not attempt to address them all. It's simply impossible. I don't think King ever thought it out. I never expected my map to have any internal logic at all. I drew it on a whim. What convinced me to include it was the information from Wind Through the Keyhole, which placed Gilead solidly on the North beam. A line of text said that a train used to run west to the Mohaine, and when I drew a line west, that's where it ended up!

However, as I stated in the book, since Mid-World is laid out like a clock, if there's a North beam (12 o'clock), there cannot be a beam that runs southeast (halfway between 4 and 5). They have to be south-south-east (5) and east-south-east (4). So it's broken from the get-go and I did the best I could with the inconsistencies.

Christian Gillies
09-05-2013, 08:30 PM
The cover art is very beautiful, it looks very surreal and powerfull at the same time. Nice detail that Nekro it's a Spanish artist!

"The Wind Through the Keyhole" indeed has many 'key' information for the geography of Mid-World, but like you said, still there are many inconsistencies. Anyway, the map is one of the best I ever saw. There is no map with all the regions of Mid-World like this one. It helps a lot!

Thanks for taking the time for answer my question!

Greetings from a Chilean fan.

Bev Vincent
09-05-2013, 08:33 PM
I knew at the time that I was creating it that it would be unique. Robin Furth has done maps of regions, but no one has ever attempted to assemble them all before. I was sure it simply wasn't going to work at all, like pieces from several different jigsaw puzzles, so I was gratified when I found something that made at least SOME sense!

Brian861
10-16-2015, 12:00 AM
Will the in-stock slipcases measuring 7 3/8 X 10 1/4 X 1 1/4 fit this book Dan or Brian? Thanks! Looking to place a decent size order soon and want to mitigate my shipping cost :).

Dan Hocker
10-16-2015, 01:50 PM
Will the in-stock slipcases measuring 7 3/8 X 10 1/4 X 1 1/4 fit this book Dan or Brian? Thanks! Looking to place a decent size order soon and want to mitigate my shipping cost :).

Looks like no on this one, and there doesn't appear to be one that it would fit in.

Brian861
10-16-2015, 03:07 PM
Thanks Dan.