View Poll Results: What is your favorite Dark Tower book?

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  • The Gunslinger

    5 11.11%
  • The Drawing of the Three

    16 35.56%
  • The Waste Lands

    5 11.11%
  • Wizard and Glass

    17 37.78%
  • Wolves of the Calla

    0 0%
  • Song of Susannah

    2 4.44%
  • The Dark Tower

    0 0%
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Thread: Best Dark Tower book

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    Senior Member Starting to Drool Incessantly frik51's Avatar
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    Best Dark Tower book

    For now, King is done with The Dark Tower. Coming up, next year, the eighth book in this series, The Wind Through the Keyhole.
    But, of the seven books so far, which is your favorite, and why?

    sk

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    Gunslinger...hands down.

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    Hey, it worked.
    Posting a poll, I mean.

    I voted for Wizard and Glass.
    I've always loved this book, as it's a perfect combination of thrilling action and great romance.
    King has seldom been better.

    sk

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    very tough call between The Gunslinger and Wizard & Glass, but I lean WAG just a bit.

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    I read The Drawing of the Three on a bus trip from Hays KS to Yakima, WA in '89; When it ended, the trip wasn't over and since I wanted more, I reread it. I was astounded by the book; I had never read anything like it and had not expected it from King. Today, it still blows me away.

    The 5 Gunslinger stories were enjoyable and I had waited to see where it was going and I wasn't disappointed. Sadly, after a teriffic start, The Wastelands became boring, Wizard and Glass made me realize that the DT was becoming a conventional fantasy (the idea of worlds an author has created coinjoing is not original--Michael Moorcock has been doing that since the 60s). The Wolves of the Calla made me think that King was running out of ideas (the whole thing seemed pointless) and that Father Callahan wasn't happy about being ressurected; I liked Song of Susannah--it had a republic serial cliffhanger feel to it; The Dark Tower I enjoyed except for the ending.

    Ranking them: 2,1,6,7,4,3,5. :

    Looking forward to book 8!
    "I'm a vegan. "

    ---Kirby Bliss Blanton , The Green Inferno (2013)

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    I'm really looking forward to book 8, be great to see these guys again. I mean, how long did that series span, like 15, 20 years?

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    I'm surprised Waste Lands isn't getting more votes. Gunslinger's my favorite, but for my money, Wastelands is thoroughly well-imagined, intense, and better-conceived as a full-bodied novel (with the exception of the cliff-hanger ending). Story-wise, the first one's a collection of episodes (originally published thus, obviously), the second is a fill-in so he can get the crew together, Wizard and Glass is back story that I never found particularly compelling, Wolves of the Calla is pretty well-constructed, and Song of Susanna is another fill-in so we can get to the rushed climax in book 7. Don't get me wrong, they're all HUGE FUN, well-written, and brilliant in their own ways and I love them, and books 3 and 5 certainly have their own weak points, but although Gunslinger is my overall favorite, I think Wastelands and Wolves of the Calla are the best-constructed, story-wise. Also, I love Little Sisters of Eluria. I'd love to see a book of short stories chronicling Roland's early journey. The Marvel graphic novels are fun, but can't make King's prose.

    And yeah, can't wait for book 8.

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    I remember the Wastelands being good. But then I think of the Wolves of Calla and that sounds great too. Of course, it's been YEARS since I've read these.

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    It was a toss up between The Wastelands and Song of Susannah. I eventually decided on the latter because it contained more numerous examples of the supernatural and the bizarre, and it was a book in which a great deal of the Dark Tower Mythos was explained and explored.

    Wizard and Glass, however, would rank as the worst.

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    I voted for Wizard and Glass, the backstory worked for me. As I thought over which to pick most of my favorite moments from the series tend to be the stories of Roland's past. I thought The Little Sisters of Eluria was excellent as well and that is another story told from Roland's past.

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    I still haven't read any of these books believe it or not, so I can't vote lol.

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    While it was close between The Gunslinger and The Drawing of the Three, I went with The Gunslinger. I enjoyed the episodic nature of the story as well as the sense that this was just a very brief glimpse of something much much bigger. And the opening line...

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    I voted for Wizard & Glass. I really enjoyed the back story and the bits of progress made in the "current" story.

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    I voted Wizard and Glass, but Drawing of the Three would really be a tie or a very close second for me.

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    I've only read the first 2 so I can't vote yet either. I plan on reading 3 and 4 before the new one comes out so I can read that before 5.

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    I'm standing here all alone on my Island of the Drawing of the Three, but that's ok.

    Glad to see some love for Song of Susannah!
    "I'm a vegan. "

    ---Kirby Bliss Blanton , The Green Inferno (2013)

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    I absolutely love The Drawing of the Three. It's one of my favorites of the series.
    Song of Susannah on the other hand is the one I like the least.

    1. Wizard and Glass
    2. The Waste lands
    3. The Drawing of the Three
    4. The Gunslinger
    5. Wolves of the Calla
    6. The Dark Tower
    7. Song of Susannah

    sk

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    Quote Originally Posted by srboone View Post
    I'm standing here all alone on my Island of the Drawing of the Three, but that's ok.
    You are not alone on that island any longer! Now there are three of us there!
    "I'm sick of following my dreams, man. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin' and hook up with them later."- Mitch Hedberg

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilbirdy View Post
    you are not alone on that island any longer! Now there are three of us there!
    LET'S PAR-TAY!!!
    "I'm a vegan. "

    ---Kirby Bliss Blanton , The Green Inferno (2013)

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    Drawing of the Three was fantastic! I really enjoyed the ending of waste lands (glad I had the fourth book waiting on the shelf, otherwise I might have been a little upset). They are all so good, IMO, that it is just so hard for me to pick one. This poll needs an eight option, All of the above!

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