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Wizard and Glass: (The Dark Tower #4)(Revised Edition)

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Overview

Stephen King returns to the Dark Tower with the fourth volume in his 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.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"I have written enough novels and stories to fill a solar system of the imagination, but Roland's story is my Jupiter," declares the Jove of popular novelists in his afterword to this bountiful fourth volume (of a projected seven) in the epic tale of Roland the Gunslinger. King began writing this alternate-world western saga in 1970, four years before Carrie saw print, but the first volume came out only in 1976 and subsequent volumes in 1989 and 1991. Each appeared in a limited edition hardcover from Grant, then in Plume trade paperbacks that sold wildly, as the Plume edition (see below) of this novel should-for while this isn't King at his most accomplished, it is King at his most ebullient. He's at his best here-as a resourceful explorer of humanity's shadow side, as a storyteller who can set pages on fire-but also, at times, at his worst-as a purveyor of tasteless, pompous near-juvenilia. A recap of the earlier volumes guides readers into this entry, the longest yet, which opens with Roland and his band held captive on an impossibly fast train run by a homicidal computer. Once that menace is dealt with (in a way that invites adults to snigger like adolescents), Roland regales his fellows with the novel's core story, an acutely tragic tale of youthful love involving a witch, a diabolical crystal ball, a tear between worlds, betrayal, murder and dazzling action. The narrative concludes with a visit to a nightmarish, latter-day Oz. Mixing horror, fantasy both high and low, western icons and pop references, the novel lacks structural rigor and sometimes even sense, but it sweeps readers up in such swells of passion that few may notice, or care. Illustrated.
Library Journal
Frank Muller's reading of King's fourth book in a projected seven-part series (e.g., The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower, Bk. 3, Audio Reviews LJ 2/15/92) is effective in creating a suspenseful and fearful atmosphere. We find Roland, the knight errant/gunslinger, continuing his quest to attain the Dark Tower, the source of destructive forces in his Mid-World. A major portion of this work is a recounting by Roland of his ill-fated love affair with Susan Delgado. The writing is expectedly imaginative, the story line engrossing, and the characters vivid. The listener is carried along through alternating Western, urban, and futuristic settings. The work stands on its own, incorporating a summary of Books 1-3, but will be better appreciated if listened to as part of the whole. Recommended for sf/fantasy collections and Stephen King fans.Catherine Swenson, Norwich Univ. Lib., Northfield, Vt.
Kirkus Reviews
After a five-year lapse, King's gargantuan cowboy romance about Roland of Gilead (the Gunslinger) hits volume four, with three more planned.

King's behemoth was begun in 1970 and published serially as The Gunslinger (1988), followed by The Drawing of the Three (1989) and The Waste Lands (1992). Volume one was portentously sophomoric, volume two prime King, volume three slack. Though this latest begins where The Waste Lands leaves off, with Roland and his four companions, Jake, Eddie, Susannah, and Oy, a half human/half animal with limited speaking ability, in a verbal gunfight to the death with Blaine, the homicidal supercomputer that lives on riddles, the story doubles back on Roland's youth and his grand love for Susan Delgado. The roundabout narrative leads us to Wizard of Oz territory—more particularly to a horribly transformed Topeka, Kansas—which the quintet must pass through as they seek the Dark Tower, the hub of creation, where Roland will discover some knowledge that will halt the quickening destruction of his post- technological Mid-World. In 1986, Topeka and the nation are huge graveyards struck by the superflu from The Stand. Roland retells the story of his youthful adventures in Gilead and of his teacher Cort, of star-crossed Susan, and of his companions Alain and Cuthbert, while reading portents in the wizard Maerlyn's glass ball . . . . Will the Path of the Beam from the Dark Tower be from the lighthouse in King's Castle Rock film logo?

In Roland's quest tale, which King calls "my Jupiter" among the solar system of his published works, the bleak cosmology of self-assurance versus wrongness is as compelling as ever. But seven rambling volumes of bemusedly wry storytelling? This will be The Ring Cycle on top of The Lord of the Rings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452279179
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/3/1997
  • Series: Dark Tower Series , #4
  • Edition description: Illustrated [color]
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.54 (d)

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    Best one yet

    Builds to a crescendo that leaves you begging for more. The story of Roland's youth is fantastic and hard to put down. Easily the best book so far!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Best of the Bunch

    This is my favorite of the Dark Towers series. Just hope Roland gets it right somewhere on the path and can live his "Happily ever after" with Susan.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Fantastic installment to the Dark Tower series

    The first 2/3 of the book seems to be very slow moving, and were difficult to maintain interest in. However, the last third picks up the pace and keeps your attention well.

    Fills in a lot of the back story missing in the first 3 installments.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Heart-bending

    I felt such loss after reading this, it was tangible. Never have i been brought so close to fictional characters. The development of Roland in this portion of his tale is exceptional. This volume is the hook, if you werent hooked already.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Vanessa

    Painfully good; bittersweet. Of the first four, this has been the best. My heart hurts but I must read the next immediately!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    Perfect

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2014

    Wizard and Glass is quite a long book, and for most of the begin

    Wizard and Glass is quite a long book, and for most of the beginning, is kind've slow. We find our ka-tet in a parallel world where the presidents on the dollar bill change with each dimension they're in. Sports teams end up in different cities, soda brands are changed, etc. We find a witch that isn't all she seems to be at first and we discover that all things serve the Beam as they follow it onward toward the Dark Tower. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

    Meandering and unfocused. The book could have used a lot better

    Meandering and unfocused. The book could have used a lot better editing. I found the fact that he brought in elements of The Stand and prior books most disappointing. Its almost like he was only in it for a payday.  

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Fantastic story! You will not put it down once you start!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    We're off to see the wizard the wonderful wizard of Oz or maybe

    We're off to see the wizard the wonderful wizard of Oz or maybe that would be Flagg---wait just a minute, what is Flagg doing in Oz?

    I have never been much of a Stephan King fan but I Loved this book and the 3 before it, can't wait to read Number 5.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Best one yet

    Awesome!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Hauntingly beautiful.

    Are you even allowed to use that phrase anymore? It definitely applies to this chapter of the tower. I have found myself preparing to read it for the second time, eager to meet Susan again for the first time, and follow her and Roland down the bittersweet path that Ka has laid out for them. This novel is framed by the journey to the tower with Roland's current ka-tet, and offers vast insight into the mind behind those bombardier's eyes. These passages will give you a brand new vision...and if you were considering stopping after The Wastelands, I suggest giving this book a chance. It is worth it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Great series

    Every person that enjoys a king book must sit down and read this series you can notice how kings writing style changes over the uears and i believe it makes the series even better. Folks the is time travel magic and action in these books. Theres friendship and the breaking of friendship, love and companionship, gunfights with other people as well as mystic creatures. It a wonderful series and a must read!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Absolutely Fantastic

    I loved it! Hearing about Roland's past is fascinating. Best one yet.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

    Highly recommended

    I really enjoyed this book but you have to read the whole series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Good read

    Slow going until about page 400. The story about the gunslingers first unintential job was awesome.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Outstanding

    I give this 5 stars. The back-story of Roland, Susan, Cuthbert, and Alian was extremely well written. I could not put the book down. It's a long book, but a fast read. Great background of Roland's life and what drives him.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    SPLASKIT

    Todays meh birthday! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Rabbitpaw

    ((Happy B-Day Splashkit! By the way, my own birthday's in 12 days.))

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