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The dark tower
Stephen King
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From Publishers' Weekly:

A pilgrimage that began with one lone man's quest to save multiple worlds from chaos and destruction unfolds into a tale of epic proportions. While King saw some criticism for the slow pace of 1982's The Gunslinger, the book that launched this series, The Drawing of the Three (Book II, 1987), reeled in readers with its fantastical allure. And those who have faithfully journeyed alongside Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake and Oy ever since will find their loyalty toward the series' creator richly rewarded. The tangled web of the tower's multiple worlds has manifested itself in many of King's other worksAThe Stand (1978), Insomnia (1994) and Hearts in Atlantis (1999), to name a few. As one character explains here, "From the spring of 1970, when he typed the line The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed... very few of the things Stephen King wrote were `just stories.' He may not believe that; we do." King, in fact, intertwines his own life story deeper and deeper into the tale of Roland and his surrogate family of gunslingers, and, in this final installment, playfully and seductively suggests that it might not be the author who drives the story, but rather the fictional characters that control the author. This philosophical exploration of free will and destiny may surprise those who have viewed King as a prolific pop-fiction dispenser. But a closer look at the brilliant complexity of his Dark Tower world should explain why this bestselling author has finally been recognized for his contribution to the contemporary literary canon. With the conclusion of this tale, ostensibly the last published work of his career, King has certainly reached the top of his game. And as for who or what resides at the top of the tower... The many readers dying to know will have to start at the beginning and work their way up. 12 color illus. by Michael Whelan. Agent, Arthur Greene. (Sept. 21) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

For the seventh time since the man in black first fled across the desert in The Gunslinger, King picks up the strands of plot and character with which he has been fashioning the tapestry of Roland Deschain's quest for the Dark Tower and begins to weave the final portion. Without dropping a single thread, he has created a new, deadly nemesis in Mordred, the Crimson King's half-spider, half-human offspring, while reuniting Roland, Susannah, Eddie, Jake, and Oy. Though this book's publication is a bittersweet event for the myriad faithful fans, they will not be disappointed. Characters who by now seem like friends and family reach their destinies in a way that resonates with the ancient fundamentals of storytelling. The series is a classic, certain to grow in readership. And, as the folks of Mid-World would say, King has earned many long days and pleasant nights. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/04.] Nancy McNicol, Ora Mason Lib., West Haven, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Roland Deschain
Known as the Last Gunslinger; on a quest to the Dark Tower; trying to free a group of psychics who are allowing their captives to use their telepathic abilities to break away the support beams of the tower; briefly mourns the death of Eddie, mortally injured freeing the psychics; jumps to Maine 1999 to save the life of Stephen King; heartbroken by the death of Jake who saved the writer by pushing him out of the way of a van; rescues a young man imprisoned by a vampire; attacked by Susannah's son.

Susannah Dean
Formerly Odetta Holmes; her two personalities merged forming her new identity; married to Eddie; gave birth to a son who shapeshifted into a spider-creature and started to feast on his birth-mother; she grabbed a gun and injured him, but failed to kill him; she managed to escape; left Roland to travel to the Dark Tower on his own; enters another world.

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