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    I read Everything's Eventual (the short story) definitely before getting to DTVII and it does help a lot with understanding Dinky's character. i'm sure you'll appreciate the backstory on him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean View Post
    even thought I don't like The Little Sisters, the collection (Everything's Eventual) contains All That You Love Will Be Carried Away which is, I think, my favorite King short story ever.
    Jean, we are in agreement yet again.
    Letti, you won't be let down by the collection as a whole.

    And as for enjoying the story without prior knowledge of the mythos, well it's very possible. It stands on its own, and serves as a nice introduction to those who have never heard of the series. However, since I'm a rabid devotee of the series it was hard for me to enjoy in conjunction with the rest of the series. This is not like "Young Zaphod..." to the Hitchhiker's Trilogy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frunobulax View Post
    Jean, we are in agreement yet again.
    (sorry people - just another very little bit off-topic, and then back)

    Fruno, you may not believe it, but when I was reading All That You Love, I was actually thinking of you and of how you must like it, too - it seemed just one of those things you and I could thoroughly enjoy
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    Yes! I was just re-reading that a few weeks ago to take a break from my slow but pleasant trudge through Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and thought the same thing in a name-reversed format! Awesome!!
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    I forgot this was reprinted in Everything's Eventual.
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    I liked it a lot, and I'd go along with the others in suggesting you get the Everything's Eventual version, for reasons given.

    Little Sisters can certainly be read as a stand alone story without prior knowledge of the Tower since it is set in the time period when Roland is casting about for Walter's trail before The Gunslinger.

    It could puzzle new readers though as to what the overall quest is that Roland is on, but then that could draw them into the novels series and serves as an advertisement.

    As for canonicity, (spell check doesn't like that, I think I might have invented a new word, but I'm sure you know what I mean) I'm not sure I agree with the concept, as it's kind of like saying, which of these fictional works are more real than others (although I can understand the reasoning when several different author contribute to a work like, say, the Star Wars novels, in establishing continuity.) Little Sisters certainly fits in with the other books though in that it is actually referenced in the later books (Song of Susannah, I believe.) I agree it's a separate work though.

    Everything's Eventual (the titular story starring Dinky) was one of the more interesting stories in the book I reckon. Very original in concept.

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    I think if I had not read the entire series first I probably wouldn't have liked it. But I did read the entire series first and like others have said it filled my DT fix. . . for the time being.

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    I felt it was a good side story. The muties and the interactions between Roland and that one Sister were my favorite parts. It really just adds a bit more to Mid-World, and not so much to the main story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empath of the White View Post
    I felt it was a good side story. The muties and the interactions between Roland and that one Sister were my favorite parts. It really just adds a bit more to Mid-World, and not so much to the main story.
    I like that we get to see Roland between when he left Gilead and The Gunslinger. It's an interesting perspective on him. Before he became machine-like and totally obsessed by the time we meet up with him in The Gunslinger.
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    My version of The Gunslinger has TLSoE as prologue and as such, I read it before starting TDT itself. To me it seemed to be part of The Gunslinger. It just seems to fit and the setting (the location, the muties) was really good. I really enjoyed it. I recently got Everything's Eventual and am going to read that as a whole soon.

    I don't see any reason why you shouldn't try TLSoE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savoury View Post
    My version of The Gunslinger has TLSoE as prologue and as such, I read it before starting TDT itself. To me it seemed to be part of The Gunslinger. It just seems to fit and the setting (the location, the muties) was really good. I really enjoyed it. I recently got Everything's Eventual and am going to read that as a whole soon.

    I don't see any reason why you shouldn't try TLSoE.
    I've heard of this version. It seems to only be available in the U.K.
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    It is indeed a UK version, but I bought it in the Netherlands (where I live). Bookstores sometimes import (sparingly might I add) the English version of books, which I'd much rather read than their translated version.
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    Did you get it in the end Letti? How do you (did you) like it?

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    The Little sisters is indeed quite entertaining HOWEVER I would not want to read a copy of the gunslinger that did not begin with "The Man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed."
    Not having that as the first thing u read is an abomination, like seeing a star wars film that didnt begin with "A long long time ago in a galaxy far away..."
    When I first read that book in the unrevised form THAT sentence is what immediatly hooked me, its the perfect begining and I feel sorry for the poor apprentice-tower junkie who picks up a copy that doesnt begin with that
    if the worlds gonna end then let's get it over with, i got shit to do

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    I have to pipe in and say I really enjoyed the story. And Letti, it sounds like you love Roland as much as I do. Its a good fix and it explains him being on foot instead of horseback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savoury View Post
    It is indeed a UK version, but I bought it in the Netherlands (where I live). Bookstores sometimes import (sparingly might I add) the English version of books, which I'd much rather read than their translated version.
    Could you maybe post a picture of this book or a link to a picture of it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brice View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Savoury View Post
    It is indeed a UK version, but I bought it in the Netherlands (where I live). Bookstores sometimes import (sparingly might I add) the English version of books, which I'd much rather read than their translated version.
    Could you maybe post a picture of this book or a link to a picture of it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by flaggwalkstheline View Post
    The Little sisters is indeed quite entertaining HOWEVER I would not want to read a copy of the gunslinger that did not begin with "The Man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed."
    Not having that as the first thing u read is an abomination, like seeing a star wars film that didnt begin with "A long long time ago in a galaxy far away..."
    When I first read that book in the unrevised form THAT sentence is what immediatly hooked me, its the perfect begining and I feel sorry for the poor apprentice-tower junkie who picks up a copy that doesnt begin with that
    That's why it's a prologue, it's not part of the gunslinger, let there be no mistake about that.
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    but if its a prologue people will read it BEFORE the opening lines of the gunslinger
    if the worlds gonna end then let's get it over with, i got shit to do

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    Quote Originally Posted by flaggwalkstheline View Post
    but if its a prologue people will read it BEFORE the opening lines of the gunslinger
    Yes..as a seperate story, not as a Dark Tower story, so I still don't see the big deal. You can read other King books that are somehow related to The Dark Tower and that doesn't change anything, does it?
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    right but you cant read the other dark tower books before the gunslinger and I view the little sisters of eluria to be more along the same lines a wizard and glass, a flashback of roland before the gunslinger
    having it before the gunslinger throws off the ending of dt7 leaving the reader to wonder
    Spoiler:
    y didnt he travel back to the town where he met the vampire bug chicks? the story has to start at that pivotal moment where he has just travelled backwards in time and feels lightheaded because of it
    if the worlds gonna end then let's get it over with, i got shit to do

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    Quote Originally Posted by flaggwalkstheline View Post
    right but you cant read the other dark tower books before the gunslinger and I view the little sisters of eluria to be more along the same lines a wizard and glass, a flashback of roland before the gunslinger
    having it before the gunslinger throws off the ending of dt7 leaving the reader to wonder
    Spoiler:
    y didnt he travel back to the town where he met the vampire bug chicks? the story has to start at that pivotal moment where he has just travelled backwards in time and feels lightheaded because of it
    That would only be true if
    Spoiler:
    he'd had a similar 'light headed moment' in Eluria.
    Which I suppose he did, if you count him getting clobbered on the head. But that really doesn't count.

    I kinda know what people mean when they speak of the introductory line of the Gunslinger coming first before everything though. It's such an (iconic?) line. If you're going to put the two stories together in one volume though, you might as well put them in chronological order.

    I won't be buying this though. I own both in different books, so I'm happy to stick with that. (I can see the attraction of having DT stories together though.)

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    Hey friends. I just wanted to let you know that I do have this book now because it was my Christmas present from my godmother.
    Soon I can join the conversations.

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    Yaaaayyyy!
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    I'll send a picture of it.

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