|Plot Summary of The Dark Tower|
|"A man searches for a tower that is falling apart which in turn would destroy the world that he lives on, but a lot of the book is on his adventures."
Eric, Resident Scholar
|"The Dark Tower is one of the greatest stories ever told. It is an epic fantasy adventure about a quest to save existance. The Tower is crumbling, and the Gunslinger and his companions must stop it before all structure and order of the universe collapses."
aelusion, Resident Scholar
|"The last of the Gunslingers- a dying caste of knights- is traveling across a hard-pan desert to attain revenge on the Man in Black, Walter. "
Levi Benson, Resident Scholar
Scribner, Sep 2004, 35.00
In spite of shifting time and place, Roland the Last Gunfighter knows he is nearing his destination and thus the final confrontation of his quest. The center of the time-place continuum, THE DARK TOWER, beckons just beyond the horizon. However, as he has learned through his dangerous journey time is not linear and his path still has detours and setbacks as Roland and his ka-tet battle vampires in New York City's Dixie Pig.
That takes a bite out of his compatriots, but Roland knows the real adversary is Mordred, Mia's offspring from him and the were-spider Crimson King. Mordred, the essence of pure evil, confronts Roland to stop him from completing the mission. Though experienced with killing his own blood, Roland normally has no chance against his superpowerful antagonist. As members of his ka-tet fall, Roland needs the help of a talented somewhat befuddled individual to attain any chance of defeating his son.
The key cast members remain consistent to their personalities, especially Roland as the silent hero (from the 1960s spaghetti westerns).
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Dark Tower|
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Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 10%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy story on current Earth
Mental/magical powers focus
- clash between evenly matched magical power(s) (fantasy)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- champion of justice
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- magical being
Has magical powers?
Magical/mental powers of main antagonist:
- can change shapes
- mind reading
- can see into the future
- can cast all sorts of spells
- is very quick
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
- Domed/Underground City
- 20th century
- distant future
Takes place on Earth?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog