The Dark Tower: Wizard & Glass
by Stephen King
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Wizard and Glass, the fourth episode in King's white-hot Dark Tower series, is a sci-fi/fantasy novel that contains a post-apocalyptic
Western love story twice as long. It begins with the series' star, world-weary Roland, and his world-hopping posse (an ex-junkie, a child,
a plucky woman in a wheelchair, and a talking dog-like pet named Oy the Bumbler) trapped aboard a runaway train. The train is a
psychotic multiple personality that intends to commit suicide with them at 800 m.p.h.--unless Roland and pals can outwit it in a riddling
It's a great race, for the mind and pulse. Movies should be this good. Then comes a 567-page flashback about Roland at age 14. It's a
well-marbled but meaty tale. Roland and two teen homies must rescue his first love from the dirty old drooling mayor of a
post-apocalyptic cowboy town, thwart a civil war by blowing up oil tanks, and seize an all-seeing crystal ball from Rhea, a vampire
witch. The love scenes are startlingly prominent and earthier than most romance novels (they kiss until blood trickles from her lip).
After an epic battle ending in a box canyon to end all box canyons, we're back with grizzled, grown-up Roland and the train-wreck
survivors in a parallel world: Kansas in 1986, after a plague. The finale is a weird fantasy takeoff on The Wizard of Oz Some readers will
feel that the latest novel in King's most ambitious series has too many pages--almost 800--but few will deny it's a page-turner.
On The Cover
At last, Stephen King returns to the Dark Tower with the eagerly
anticipated fourth volume in his bestselling series. Roland, The Last Gunslinger,
and his band of followers have narrowly escaped one world, and slipped into the next.
It is here that Roland tells them a long-ago tale of love and adventure involving a
beautiful and quixotic woman named Susan Delgado. With shocking plot twists and a
driving narrative force, Wizard and Glass is the book readers have been waiting for.
And the Tower is closer...
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