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I’ve enjoyed all the books in this series (including Wind Through the Keyhole) but had heard some disparaging reviews of the series beginning with this volume. Since I had gotten this far, there was no reason not to finish it, but man was this book dull. I don’t mind side quests when they add to the overall feel of a story-line, but this was just filler, and not particularly good filler at that. Wizard and Glass was also filler according to some, but it was enjoyable and gave a glimpse into the genesis of Roland Deschain and his burdens. This book was just not that. In fact, it was so full of samples from other stories (which are also huge movie franchises), it felt like a mash-up of other people’s ideas in an effort to get the creative juices flowing by King. As if since those other stories were successful, if you put parts of all of them together it’s gotta be epic right? Wrong. I would guess that King felt contrite after finishing The Wolves, and I can only hope it was a necessary evil get the story to find its path again. If you don’t want to deal with 800 pages of mediocrity (IMO of course, others will disagree), find someone who has read it and they can give you all the details you need to move forward in the story-line in about 30 seconds. Check it out!
From Publishers Weekly Roland of Gilead’s quest to save all worlds from evil continues in this fifth installment of King’s epic tale, which finds the gunslinger and his companions helping the farmers of Calla Bryn Sturgis fight against the terrifying “Wolves” who threaten to kidnap the Calla’s children. Joining them is Father Callahan, who first appeared in King’s second book, ‘Salem’s Lot (1975). Using a low, gruff voice that only Clint Eastwood could equal, Guidall aptly captures Roland’s rough-edged character, but it’s often difficult to distinguish between the tenors he employs for the book’s many male characters. Andy the robot, however, is one character that listeners won’t confuse with the others. Wise-guy gunslinger Eddie might compare Andy to Star Wars’ C3PO, both in his “complacent, slightly prissy voice” and his lanky, mechanical appearance, but avid listeners will find that the tone Guidall adopts for Andy more closely resembles that of the beloved 1980s toy Speak & Spell. In the afterword, King thanks the narrator of the first four Dark Tower novels, Frank Muller, whose debilitating motorcycle accident in 2001 prevented him from finishing the series. “[A]udio insists you absorb everything,” King notes, and in Muller’s absence, Guidall does a fine job of bringing this epic tale to life.–udio insists you absorb everything,” King notes, and in Muller’s absence, Guidall does a fine job of bringing this epic tale to life. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. –This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Wolves Of The Calla (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Dark Tower (Pb)) Library Binding – February 1, 2006 by Stephen King (Author) Review
After the previous book in this series (Wizard and Glass) which is, for the most part, a flashback to Roland’s past, Wolves of the Calla picks up with Roland’s current quest and ka-tet again. Said quest, however, is almost immediately sidelined by the ka-tet’s arrival at Calla Bryn Sturgis, a farming community where they become caught up in a Seven Samurai-style adventure to rescue the small town from the mysterious and terrifying "Wolves" who periodically show up to steal the town’s children. I have to admit that, at first, I was a bit wary that this book, like the previous Dark Tower novel appeared to be setting aside the overall story’s main quest. While Wizard and Glass came as a bit of a reprieve from the driving momentum of The Drawing of the Three and The Waste Lands , I wasn’t sure if yet another diversion from the quest for the Dark Tower wouldn’t just start to feel like literary water-treading. And in the hands of a less gifted and imaginative writer, this would probably have been the case. Fortunately, however, King’s world-building, character development, and solid story-telling skills give this book a lot of momentum independent of, but not totally disassociated from, the overall narrative arc of the series. Like The Gunslinger and Wizard and Glass, Wolves of the Calla hews closely to the tropes of the Western, albeit a Western filtered through Mr. King’s dark and rich imagination. Once again, the story focuses on an ensemble cast, giving us a chance to view King’s dying world through the eyes of the various members of Roland’s ka-tet, as well as through the eyes of Father Callahan, who by strange paths has found his way to Calla Bryn Sturgis from the world of Salem’s Lot . Most satisfying in this regard, is the page space given to Jake Chambers, the ka-tet’s youngest member who must struggle with the consequences of his loyalty to his ka-tet and its mission. Wolves of the Calla is a fine continuation of the Dark Tower series, and long-time readers are not likely to be disappointed. King’s skills as a writer of horror-fiction are again put to good use as he gives us a story in which bad things are coming, but we find ourselves unable and unwilling to look away. -Read Reviews-
Compared to Wizard and Glass, Wolves of the Calla is dull and plodding for two-thirds of the book, with a fast and cliffhanger finish. An obvious hook to get you to buy the next book in the series. I keep trying to finish the series, but it’s getting harder with each one I read.
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