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    Default Something cool I noticed in my Dark Tower re-read

    So I'm doing a reread of the Sark Tower series and I think it's even better my second go around. For one It's cool to catch how Roland is thinking about the horn and also his fallen friends. After reading the last book reading those parts again really makes things that more interesting for me at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tatts4Life View Post
    So I'm doing a reread of the Sark Tower series and I think it's even better my second go around. For one It's cool to catch how Roland is thinking about the horn and also his fallen friends. After reading the last book reading those parts again really makes things that more interesting for me at least.
    Same with me!
    nearly finished WotC and you definitely notice those parts more second time around.

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    Yes I am amped up even more the second go around.My senses are heightened as I become a fly on the wall in Midworld and it seems fitting to at least read the series two times.The man in black fled through the dessert,and the gunslinger followed was magical and mystical for me and I was all-in from that opening line till the last sentence of TDT my first time through.Now that line is on a whole new level!!!(of the tower)I feel like it's Christmas morning in Midworld for me.
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    I have read it 5 times, not to mention the "installment" re-reads over the years of publication. Still, the ending floored me at first, but re-reads after that put it all in perspective. I envy your youth and enthusiasm!!! Enjoy!!!


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    5 times!You're a Dark Tower jedi!Maybe when I get into TDOT we can start to bounce some ideas around,I would love to hear your perspective.When it comes to baseball teams though I'm with the force and you're on the dark side...... In all seriousness though I resect the Yanks and we are DT kinfolk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin1958 View Post
    I have read it 5 times, not to mention the "installment" re-reads over the years of publication. Still, the ending floored me at first, but re-reads after that put it all in perspective. I envy your youth and enthusiasm!!! Enjoy!!!
    LOL I'll be starting my fourth re read of this series soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WalkingMan79 View Post
    5 times!You're a Dark Tower jedi!Maybe when I get into TDOT we can start to bounce some ideas around,I would love to hear your perspective.When it comes to baseball teams though I'm with the force and you're on the dark side...... In all seriousness though I resect the Yanks and we are DT kinfolk.
    I'd be very happy to discuss the volumes in the proper established threads. I have a "pet theory" regarding, Roland and the End, you might find interesting.

    As far as the "Evil Empire" goes, the Sux owe more to their poor choices and top to bottom mismangement over the years, than to any "Evil Empire" theories. Oh and maybe the musical "No, No Nannette"!!! LOL


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    I decided to wait until today to start.The 19th seemed too good to pass up.I can tell I'm really going to enjoy this the second time through.I burned through half the book this afternoon and have already had so many aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh ha moments.It's a long series but I love it and I really get the feeling a reread is essential even for a constant reader with very high reading comprehension.I'm going to see if I can finish the Gunslinger tonight.......can't sleep after that baseball game!Ya ken?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WalkingMan79 View Post
    I decided to wait until today to start.The 19th seemed too good to pass up.I can tell I'm really going to enjoy this the second time through.I burned through half the book this afternoon and have already had so many aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh ha moments.It's a long series but I love it and I really get the feeling a reread is essential even for a constant reader with very high reading comprehension.I'm going to see if I can finish the Gunslinger tonight.......can't sleep after that baseball game!Ya ken?
    Appropriate indeed!! You are not helping us to interact with remarks aimed at the "Evil Empire"!! LOL LOL However, since you are new I will grant a one time only "Pass". After that, you are on your own and in hostile territory when it comes to me!! LOL (sort of, pending future relations) LOL


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    I finished yesterday and although I agree with the decision for sai King to revise the first it does take a bit away from the mystical foreshadowing he achieves in this book.It is a page turner with a lot of interesting characters and awe inspiring settings that grab hold of my imagination(ironic when you think of our protagonist)and wisk me away back to Midworld with familiar ease.I really enjoy the palaver between the man in black and Roland after the slow mutants.I have had many existential palavers around many campfires until the wee hours of the morning long before I read this chapter and I honestly forgot how cool that part was.I especially like the baby chick in the egg metaphor when talking about reaching the end of time and space.I have had that exact epiphany with a friend of mine and I am going to have him read at least that chapter and mayhap the whole series if his attention permits it. Jake....my little buddy Jake.It was great to see him again in my minds eye and thank Ka that there are "other worlds than these" or that moment had potential to ruin the entire series to me and it still seems odd that Roland would so blindly trust the man in black but Ka was at work and Ka is a wheel.
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    I am about to re-read the Gunslinger tonight. Just finished Wizard and Glass last night and wont have my hands on Wind through the keyhole until tomorrow. I have the original version of The Gunslinger. Should I be reading the revised version for better understanding or is it not that important?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross View Post
    I am about to re-read the Gunslinger tonight. Just finished Wizard and Glass last night and wont have my hands on Wind through the keyhole until tomorrow. I have the original version of The Gunslinger. Should I be reading the revised version for better understanding or is it not that important?
    The revised has many references to future books that were not. I would read the revised, if it were me.

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    Read the revised.
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    I'm just nodding my head the whole time thinking "ok, stop now, please."

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    Personally, I prefer the original. Just me.

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    Unfortunately I only have the original. I read it last night. And I am glad I did. Although I plan on reading the revised (probably on my next go around of the series), I did take away a lot more my second time around. It was nice to already have some back story from the Wizard and Glass to help me better rationalize some of Roland's decision making as he made his way through Tull and closer to the man in black. I am going to start Wind through the Keyhole tonight. My goal is to finish the series in the next month or two (I have a 2 year old and a very pregnant wife so my reading time is going to he diminished severely in the next few weeks when the baby comes).

    Quick question.. In the revised version does Roland recognize Sheb?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross View Post
    Quick question.. In the revised version does Roland recognize Sheb?
    Yes he does, although the meeting is brief.

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    I actually find the revised to be more confusing as the 2-4 books are still based on the original text not the revised. The Man in Black/Walter thing is the most specific issue I have.

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    Yeah, I didn't like the overabundance of foreshadowing in the revised version of The Gunslinger.


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    Thanks Stroppygoblin. I was wondering what the interaction was like after the revision. Have just finished Wizard and reading The Gunslinger last night it was on my mind. That and Sylvia Pittiston, I know she was mentioned in Wizard and Glass but only briefly.

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    Personally, I did not even look at the revised edition until I had read the entire series (including Wind Through The Keyhole) first. My journey started with the original book, went through all the books in order (with WTTK in its proper place at 4.5, after W&G), and ended with the revised edition. To me, it just made more sense that way.

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