Here it is, the 2nd installment in my quest of reviewing Stephen King’s great book series, The Dark Tower.
As with the first one, I’ve listened to this one on audiobook. Mostly while driving, but also while walking to and from work, and while working out. It’s kind of the only way I get to read things besides what indie authors are asking me to review, because there’s only so many hours in a day.
Straight off the bat, book 2 is better than book 1. It’s more of a coherent story in a sense, because it’s not 5 parts which later were combined into a book (as happened with book 1).
It takes place only few hours after book 1, and Roland, The Gunslinger wakes up on a beach. He ends up getting wounded when he faces off against some sea creatures, but manages to escape toward a door, marked The Prisoner.
This is one of three such doors, and as you might have guessed, The Prisoner is the first drawing of the three. Roland steps through the door, and ends up inside the mind of Eddie Dean, heroin addicts and drug mule of the 1980’s. Since Roland is hurt, he needs Eddie’s help – and Eddie, well he’s in a lot of trouble himself.
Thus begins the first drawing. I won’t bore you with the details (because this is a very detailed and long book), but let’s just say Roland finds two more doors, and does two more drawings.
At the point of writing this review, I’ve already started reading book no. 3, and let just say this: I feel like book 1 was just back story. Book 2 is setting up Roland and his companions for the real, true quest, which I feel like has started to unravel in book 3. In that sense, there’s not much happening in book 2, other than… The drawing of the three. Drawing them to Roland’s world, to help him.
I feel like I’ve revealed enough, so I’ll leave it at that. Let me conclude with saying that The Dark Tower series is… interesting. It’s very good, very exciting and fun to read/(listen to). But it’s also very different. Often, I feel like there’s nothing going on at all, and I’m in awe at King’s ability to make a scene last for sooo long. In my own writing, I tend to be very fast paced, scenes are quickly finished and we’re quickly introduced to something else. Since I listen to King when I’m driving, I’ll sometimes not pay attention, and fall out of focus for a bit. Then when my ear catches on again, I’ll think to myself “woah, they’re just sitting there? Still talking about the same thing?”
It’s not that this writing is better or worse than anything else I read, but it’s very unique.
But I love the progression, like I said, I feel like it’s only in book 3 which I’m reading now that we’re actually going somewhere. I’m looking forward to finishing it.