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The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla

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Publisher Comments:

Roland Deschain and his ka-tet are bearing southeast through the forests of Mid-World, the almost timeless landscape that seems to stretch from the wreckage of civility that defined Roland's youth to the crimson chaos that seems the future's only promise. Readers of Stephen King's epic series know Roland well, or as well as this enigmatic hero can be known. They also know the companions who have been drawn to his quest for the Dark Tower: Eddie Dean and his wife, Susannah; Jake Chambers, the boy who has come twice through the doorway of death into Roland's world; and Oy, the Billy-Bumbler.

In this long-awaited fifth novel in the saga, their path takes them to the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis, a tranquil valley community of farmers and ranchers on Mid-World's borderlands. Beyond the town, the rocky ground rises toward the hulking darkness of Thunderclap, the source of a terrible affliction that is slowly stealing the community's soul. One of the town's residents is Pere Callahan, a ruined priest who, like Susannah, Eddie, and Jake, passed through one of the portals that lead both into and out of Roland's world.

As Father Callahan tells the ka-tet the astonishing story of what happened following his shamed departure from Maine in 1977, his connection to the Dark Tower becomes clear, as does the danger facing a single red rose in a vacant lot off Second Avenue in midtown Manhattan. For Calla Bryn Sturgis, danger gathers in the east like a storm cloud. The Wolves of Thunderclap and their unspeakable depredation are coming. To resist them is to risk all, but these are odds the gunslingers are used to, and they can give the Calla-folken both courage and cunning. Their guns, however, will not be enough.

Review:

"The high suspense and extensive character development here (especially concerning Jake's coming-of-age), plus the enormity of King's ever-expanding universe, will surely keep his 'Constant Readers' in awe." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"King stuffs the book with juice, like the big flashback, in which Pere Callahan reveals his past in...Salem's Lot. One of the greatest cavalcades in popular fiction is back on track." Ray Olson, Booklist

Review:

"King does not fail us....Fans will delight not only in King's continued gleeful intertwining of multiple genres but perhaps most of all in the return of 'Salem's Lot's Father Callahan." Library Journal

Review:

"[King's often brilliant Dark Tower series is an] honorable pastiche of literary works that came before it....King's latest in this seven-course banquet...is a lip-smacking, brain-filling repast." Dorman T. Shindler, The Denver Post

Review:

"Like many of King's other books, this is a long one. A hefty 714 pages, it's an investment....Still, it's worth it. Say what you will about Stephen King, the man can spin a yarn, and a great one at that." Phaedra Trethan, Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"[A] solid addition to the fantasy series....Though King does an admirable job of recounting earlier adventures, newcomers to Roland's journey would be better off starting at the beginning." Todd Camp, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Review:

"[T]here's precious little adventure here. For almost 700 pages, King sets up a single battle with the title critters....Wolves of the Calla has no propulsion. It's a maddening exercise in interminable dawdling." Bruce Westbrook, The Houston Chronicle

Review:

"The Dark Tower volumes and Wolves of [the] Calla are spellbinding in their own right for the way that King has constructed this other world that may or may not be our own down to the last nuance." Joe Hartlaub, BookReporter.com

Synopsis:

The publication of Wolves of the Calla, the first of the final three books in the Dark Tower series, is the most anticipated event in Stephen King's legendary career.

The world's bestselling author returns to his beloved Dark Tower series — an epic, inspired by The Lord of the Rings, that King initiated more than thirty years ago. Now, Scribner and Donald M. Grant Publishers Inc. present the fifth installment of the series in a handsome edition, complete with twelve full-color illustrations by acclaimed comic book/fantasy artist Bernie Wrightson (Cycle of the Werewolf).

Wolves of the Calla continues the adventures of Roland, the last gunslinger and survivor of a civilized world that has "moved on." Roland's quest is ka, an inevitable destiny — to reach and perhaps save the Dark Tower, which stands at the center of everywhere and everywhen. This pursuit brings Roland, with the three others who've joined his quest, to Calla Bryn Sturgis, a town in the shadow of Thunderclap, beyond which lies the Dark Tower. Before advancing, however, they must face the evil wolves of Thunderclap, who threaten to destroy the Calla by abducting its young.

With the recent mainstream success of the Harry Potter books, Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, and the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, serial fantasy is bigger than ever — and the exciting, action-packed Wolves of the Calla, delivered in a beautiful, illustrated edition, is sure to be an enormous treat for fans both new and old.

Synopsis:

Commencing in November 2003 with the publication of Wolves of the Calla, continuing in June 2004 with Song of Susannah (Book VI), and ending in November 2004 with The Dark Tower (Book VII), this is one of the most eagerly anticipated publishing events in Stephen King's career.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

The Final Argument


Prologue: Roont


Part One: Todash

I: The Face on the Water
II: New York Groove
III: Mia
IV: Palaver
V: Overholser
VI: The Way of the Eld
VII: Todash


Part Two: Telling Tales

I: The Pavilion
II: Dry Twist
III: The Priest's Tale (New York)
IV: The Priest's Tale Continued (Highways in Hiding)
V: The Tale of Gray Dick
VI: Gran-pere's Tale
VII: Nocturne, Hunger
VIII: Took's Store; The Unfound Door
IX: The Priest's Tale Concluded (Unfound)


Part Three: The Wolves

I: Secrets
II: The Dogan, Part 1
III: The Dogan, Part 2
IV: The Pied Piper
V: The Meeting of the Folken
VI: Before the Storm
VII: The Wolves


Epilogue: The Doorway Cave


Author's Note
Author's Afterword

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crowyhead, September 15, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This series has me firmly in its grasp. This is one of the most complete-feeling novels in the series, I think, even though you really need to have read the books before it to understand what's going on. I think the fact that the ka-tet isn't travelling for the entire novel gives it a less picaresque feel.

The only thing I was kind of disappointed with was the illustrations in this one -- I prefer the style of the pictures in The Drawing of the Three and Song of Susannah to the more pulpy feel here. I don't disagree that in some ways The Dark Tower is a very pulpy series, but I found the illustrations distracting and caught myself thinking things like, "Why does Eddie have long shaggy hair, but Jake and Roland have neatly trimmed hair?" "Why is Susannah naked? I don't remember her being naked in this bit..." You get the idea. They had a very Boris Vellejo/Brothers Hildebrandt feel to them.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781880418567
Subtitle:
Wolves of the Calla
Illustrated by:
Wrightson, Bernie
Illustrator:
Wrightson, Bernie
Author:
King, Stephen
Author:
Wrightson, Bernie
Publisher:
Donald M. Grant/Scribner
Location:
Hampton Falls, NH
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Fantastic fiction
Subject:
Maine
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Heroes
Subject:
Good and evil
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Fantasy - Series
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Fantasy - Dark/Horror
Subject:
Adventure fiction
Subject:
Adult
Subject:
Roland
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Epic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st trade ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Hardcover
Series:
The Dark Tower
Series Volume:
05
Publication Date:
November 4, 2003
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
736
Dimensions:
9.20x6.44x1.97 in. 2.63 lbs.

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Product details 736 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9781880418567 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The high suspense and extensive character development here (especially concerning Jake's coming-of-age), plus the enormity of King's ever-expanding universe, will surely keep his 'Constant Readers' in awe."
"Review" by , "King stuffs the book with juice, like the big flashback, in which Pere Callahan reveals his past in...Salem's Lot. One of the greatest cavalcades in popular fiction is back on track."
"Review" by , "King does not fail us....Fans will delight not only in King's continued gleeful intertwining of multiple genres but perhaps most of all in the return of 'Salem's Lot's Father Callahan."
"Review" by , "[King's often brilliant Dark Tower series is an] honorable pastiche of literary works that came before it....King's latest in this seven-course banquet...is a lip-smacking, brain-filling repast."
"Review" by , "Like many of King's other books, this is a long one. A hefty 714 pages, it's an investment....Still, it's worth it. Say what you will about Stephen King, the man can spin a yarn, and a great one at that."
"Review" by , "[A] solid addition to the fantasy series....Though King does an admirable job of recounting earlier adventures, newcomers to Roland's journey would be better off starting at the beginning."
"Review" by , "[T]here's precious little adventure here. For almost 700 pages, King sets up a single battle with the title critters....Wolves of the Calla has no propulsion. It's a maddening exercise in interminable dawdling."
"Review" by , "The Dark Tower volumes and Wolves of [the] Calla are spellbinding in their own right for the way that King has constructed this other world that may or may not be our own down to the last nuance."
"Synopsis" by , The publication of Wolves of the Calla, the first of the final three books in the Dark Tower series, is the most anticipated event in Stephen King's legendary career.

The world's bestselling author returns to his beloved Dark Tower series — an epic, inspired by The Lord of the Rings, that King initiated more than thirty years ago. Now, Scribner and Donald M. Grant Publishers Inc. present the fifth installment of the series in a handsome edition, complete with twelve full-color illustrations by acclaimed comic book/fantasy artist Bernie Wrightson (Cycle of the Werewolf).

Wolves of the Calla continues the adventures of Roland, the last gunslinger and survivor of a civilized world that has "moved on." Roland's quest is ka, an inevitable destiny — to reach and perhaps save the Dark Tower, which stands at the center of everywhere and everywhen. This pursuit brings Roland, with the three others who've joined his quest, to Calla Bryn Sturgis, a town in the shadow of Thunderclap, beyond which lies the Dark Tower. Before advancing, however, they must face the evil wolves of Thunderclap, who threaten to destroy the Calla by abducting its young.

With the recent mainstream success of the Harry Potter books, Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, and the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, serial fantasy is bigger than ever — and the exciting, action-packed Wolves of the Calla, delivered in a beautiful, illustrated edition, is sure to be an enormous treat for fans both new and old.

"Synopsis" by , Commencing in November 2003 with the publication of Wolves of the Calla, continuing in June 2004 with Song of Susannah (Book VI), and ending in November 2004 with The Dark Tower (Book VII), this is one of the most eagerly anticipated publishing events in Stephen King's career.
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