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Wizard and Glass
by Stephen King

Category: Fiction / Fantasy
668 pages; ISBN: 0670032573

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


Blaine the killing machine drives the train at speeds that ultimately means death to the passengers unless Roland and his companions, (Jake, Eddie, Susannah, and Oy) can find a way to defeat the seemingly invincible computer that thrives on riddles and battles of wits. Roland and cohorts appear to have done the impossible in a verbal gunfight with Blaine.

Following that High Noon debate, Roland explains to his quartet of followers how he once loved Susan Delgado. When they reach ravaged 1986 Topeka, (yes we’re in Kansas this time), the city and much of the country lies in ruin from a biblical proportion disease that left few standing. As Roland continues his story with that of his teacher Cort, they wonder if the nearby lighthouse in King's Castle Rock film logo is the Beam to and from the Dark Tower.

The fourth volume in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series is exciting in several ways especially the tie in to the Stand. However, the story line seems looser than the taut previous three tales as if Mr. King used this novel as a pivotal point to send beams of plots into future books. Still, this plot displays Mr. King at his multitalented best by the ease he crosses and blends genres into a strong fantasy mix that will please fans, especially those interested in Roland.

Harriet Klausner


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