My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Stand and be true. The journey is long and winding, but the clearing at the end of the path is worth every step. I respect The Dark Tower more than almost any other book I've read in recent memory. It is a true testament to the tradition of storytelling, the draw of vibrant characters, and the limitless power of desire, not only for the hero, but for the reader. While it certainly has its low points, mostly in the form of lengthy tangents and confusing subplots, that is one of the reasons I enjoyed it. Like the protagonist, Roland, the series is daring. The volumes, daunting. There is great mystery, not only in what lays within the Dark Tower, but also why the book ceaselessly pulls you in to read another page. And another. And 4,250 more. Lay over by the campfire, rest your six shooters, and just enjoy the palaver.