Büyücü ve Cam Küre (Kara Kule, #4) By Stephen King

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    Stephen King okurlarının özlemi sona erdi. Kara Kule serisinin dördüncü kitabı sizleri heyecanın doruklarına taşıyacak.

    Ölümün pençesinden kıl payı kurtulan son silahşör Roland ve dostları bir boyuttan başka bir boyuta geçerek. Ve Roland onlara çok eskiden Susan Delgado adında güzel ve gizemli bir kadınla yaşadığı aşkı ve başından geçen maceraları anlatmaya başlar. Büyücü ve Cam Küre (Kara Kule, #4)

    Stephen King ended the third book in the Dark Tower series on a wicked cliffhanger in 1991. By 1994 my patience had grown thin, especially after King had delivered 787 pages of pure crap with Insomnia. Even worse was that he actually had the nerve to tease some of the DT stuff in that overstuffed abomination. I was relatively sure that King was sitting on pile of money somewhere and laughing at me as he wrote page after page that was NOT the fourth DT book.

    So in October of ‘94 when I read that King was going to make an appearance in Manhattan, Kansas, as part of a cross-country motorcycle tour he was doing to promote independent bookstores, I scored a ticket and then drove over two hours to confront that rat bastard. However, my plan to demand the next book in a fierce voice of righteous indignation was derailed when one of the first things King* said was that he’d save someone a question, and that he was very close to starting the next Dark Tower. He also told us that it would definitely be a tale of Roland’s past. The crowd cheered. Three years later after suffering through Rose Madder and Desperation, we’d finally get Wizard & Glass.

    * King’s appearance in an auditorium on the K-State campus had several hundred people in it, and it took place on a foggy night. When he took the stage, King noted that it was spooky weather, like one of his novels. Then he started speculating that it was the kind of night that a homicidal escapee from a mental asylum might be running around in. The crowd laughed. King continued that the maniac was probably out in the parking lot, checking cars to see if any were unlocked. The crowd loved it. Stephen King was telling us a creepy story on a foggy October night. How cool was that? King kept talking, adding details about the maniac and the knife he picked up somewhere. The crowd grew a bit uneasy but was still chuckling.

    Then Uncle Steve started in on asking us if we were sure, REALLY sure, that we had locked our cars. You thought you did, but do you actually remember doing it? By then, the crowd had fallen silent. By the time King described the maniac finding an unlocked car, everyone was on the edge of their seat. Say what you will about the man, he took a brightly lit auditorium full of laughing cheering people and creeped the living shit out of everyone in it in about two minutes. And when I left, I checked my backseat before getting it, and I wasn’t the only one in the parking lot who did.

    So I was more than a little anxious to read this when it was finally published in 1997. I was delighted that King delivered a thrilling and satisfying outcome to the cliffhanger that had me on pins and needles for six goddamn years. I was even more thrilled when the gunslingers crossed from Mid-World to Topeka since I’m a Kansan, and we don’t get a lot of fiction set here. The idea that a Dark Tower novel was going to at least partially take place in my neck of the woods had me bouncing in my chair as I read. It was even cooler when the Topeka that Roland and company were in was apparently the Topeka from The Stand, my favorite King novel.

    When Roland and his friends headed east on I-70, I remembered the ‘94 tour, and I realized that King had very probably been inspired by his motorcycle ride after that appearance when he had told us that he’d be starting the new book soon. I theorized that I’d seen the man himself the night before he’d taken that drive and probably come up with that scene. It felt like I’d been near the blast zone of his inspiration, and I got a remarkable kick out of that.

    And then the whole book went to hell.

    This was several years before George Lucas would impart his painful lesson to all of us regarding prequels, and King made some of the same mistakes first. Fifteen year old Roland has been sent out of Gilead to a rural community called Majis by his father along with his friends Cuthbert and Alain after passing his early manhood test. We’d already gotten glimpses of a very young Roland in The Gunslinger so setting a tale shortly after this didn’t really tell us anything new about Roland's history.

    Plus, King decided that Roland needed a tragic love story in his background so most of the book is filled with the young passion of the gunslinger and Susan Delgado, a beautiful girl who has agreed to be a kind of concubine to the mayor. Roland and his friends stumble across a conspiracy among the locals to help John Farson, the leader of a the opposition of a civil war that is distracting everyone to the larger problem of how time and space have started going adrift in Roland’s world.

    If King wanted to do a flashback novel, I would have much preferred to get more information about any of the many other numerous events that he only touched on or teased in the rest of the books. (Like the Battle of Jericho Hill for example.) Instead, we get a drawn out cat-and-mouse game between Roland and a failed gunslinger as he and Susan sneak around to see each other on the sly.

    I probably wouldn’t have been quite so disappointed if King hadn’t gone and done the one thing I can’t forgive: he incorporated The Wizard of Oz into the ending.

    I HATE the goddamn Wizard of Oz.

    It’s a Kansas thing. When you’re from here and particularly when you had a job where you traveled a lot and every single freaking person you meet has to say things like, “Oh, I guess you’re not in Kansas anymore! Yuk yuk!” or “Where’s Toto? Yuk yuk!” and then you spend a couple of nights in jail for punching some of those fucktards in the throat…. Well, let’s just say you tend to flip through the movie when you see it on TV.

    So my Wizard and Glass experience went kind of like this:

    - “It’s finally here!

    - Wow, that was awesome!

    -Holy shit! It’s Topeka!

    - Holy shit! It’s Topeka from The Stand! Even better!

    -Oh, flashback time. We’re going to see younger Roland whip some ass and get some answers.

    - Love story?

    -Well, I guess those guys are kind of evil.

    -Love story??

    - They’re just going to sit around waiting?

    - Love story???

    - Why do they all talk so stupid?

    - Love st.ZZZZZZZZZZ

    -Urk.. What’s going on? Oh, finally! Shooting! Battle! Killing!

    - Back to I-70 outside of Topeka. Maybe this is getting back on track.

    - Wait…. No… Seriously. The Wizard of Oz??…. Really? I mean, I know it’s Kansas, but that’s all you could come up with….For fuck’s sake you aren’t really going to have the goddamn dog put on ruby shoes too are you? Oh, you are. Suck my….”

    And then I had to wait another six goddamn years for the next book. Büyücü ve Cam Küre (Kara Kule, #4) There seem to be two distinct schools of Dark Tower readers. One school consider this the weakest of the seven volumes. They can't see what the point is. A huge flashback - stuff that has already happened - how does that advance the plot? I call these people the Rolands. The other school considers this to be the finest book of the series, they loved every page of the thing. They think the huge flash-back was a wonderful story in itself which develops a greater understanding of what motivates the gunslinger and where he came from. I call these people the Oys.

    I'm an Oy in this regard. Oys think the books are about the journey not the destination. Rolands think the destination (tower) is all-important and that any step to the side or backwards is an abomination.

    I believe the message of this series (slight spoiler)

    This is King at his best. Wonderfully rich characters and setting. Great imagination, brilliant description, scary evil, and the tension rising relentlessly with stakes that you're made to value.

    It's been a while since I read this, so I won't comment in more detail.

    For me, not only is it the best volume but each successive volume after this is a little less good. However, I can't attribute this to the author's age/decline as I also rated The Wind Through The Keyhole very highly, and that's a nominal volume 8 which sits around 4.5 in truth and is set (IIRC) in the period a little after that covered by the flashback that occupies most of Wizard and Glass.

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    . Büyücü ve Cam Küre (Kara Kule, #4) (A-) 84% | Very Good
    Notes: A slow, but never dull, build to a thrilling climax, it provides the sorely needed back-story lacking in previous books. Büyücü ve Cam Küre (Kara Kule, #4) In the immortal words of The Queen


    And yet I seem to be the only person who feels that way about this 4th installment of the Dark Tower series. Can you please riddle me why that is, sais? It’s not that fans of the series dislike this novel, but I often see it cited as their least favorite. I find that stunning and I don’t ken it. I don’t ken it a bit.

    While I love the entire series, this one is easily my favorite. My gushing was so torrential when I read this that I was on an IV drip for a week afterwards just to restore proper kidney function. Even worse, the literary priapism took over a fortnight to subside which seriously roont my work schedule and ability to engage in public activities. I note for the record that all charges for lewd behavior were eventually dropped.

    Now I admit I had the benefit of reading the Dark Tower novels back to back and was not one of those unfortunate souls who read this series when it first came out. For those people who had to wait years between installments, I can sympathize with their less than enthusiastic reception for a book that is almost all flashback and barely advances the main quest.

    Point taken and understood.

    I might have been hackled up and a bit frothy if I’d been unable to move on immediately to Wolves of the Calla
    after finishing this so I will issue a partial pass for this group.

    But still...there is so much…SO MUCHawesomefuckingsauce crammed into these pages that it seems almost preternatural. Methinks there is much of magic in the pen of Sai King and this was his finest creation.

    Thinking about favorite aspects of the story, I couldn’t even limit it to ten raves. It’s just too stacked with superiority. Therefore, here are (in no particular order) 10 reasons 14 reasons why

    Wizard & Glass is the Pinnacle of the Dark Tower series:

    1. Easily the most important Roland story of the series and it provides the raison d'être for his entire obsession with the Dark Tower. From that standpoint of understanding the quest for the Dark Tower, this is the most critical piece of the puzzle. The journey that Roland goes through in this novel from young, talented, naive 14 year old gunslinger to the jaded, cold and solitary figure readers have known throughout the series is essential for allowing us to finally see Roland as the truly tragic hero that he is.

    2. We finally get to meet Alain Johns and Cuthbert Allgood.

    Now I love Eddie, Sussanah and Jake, but Alain and Cuthbert completely won me over in the bar scene (see item 12). I loved finally beign able to spend some page time with them.

    3. We get to see the conclusion of the Blaine the Mono ride, which had to feel even better for those left stranded for years following the cliffhanger ending of The Waste Lands. Nice to finally scratch that itch.

    4. Rhea of the Coos (what a great name)

    The nastiest, foulest, most sadistic, most unwanted-finger-probingest grandma of them all. King must have had nightmares while he was writing about her.

    5. The tie-in to the Stand and Randall Flagg and nice jaunty detour through not-quite-Topeka, Kansas.

    6. A mighty fine riff on the Wizard of Oz…yes, that’s right, it was sweet so you may cease all your hemming, hawing and harrumphing. How can you not love King’s ability to create a canvas with this much color? Where anything goes and you have no idea what the next page will bring.

    7. Sheemie Ruiz

    Ah...Sheemie. Hard not to love this guy, especially given the role he ends up playing. King has a gift for creating characters like this and Sheemie brings a sense of urgency and danger to the story because you know that he is just never safe.

    8. Susan Delgado and an absolutely superb love story. I had never known King to write a romance/courtship/love story before this and he pulled it off with surprising skill. No clumsiness or groan-inducing dialogue. Even the sex scenes were well-written. The mind boggles at the man’s mastery over the story-telling craft.

    9. The introduction of the concept of the Wizard’s Glass that will play such a pivotal role in the remaining books of the series. Plus, as a plot device it was terrific and I really enjoyed the back story.

    10. The Thinny. Another wonderful plot device that ties in the breakdown of the Tower and impresses on the reader that time is running out. King’s description of the effect of the Thinny are like nails on a chalkboard uncomfortable…which is exactly as they should be.

    11. The Big Coffin hunters led by Eldred Jonas

    Finally a villain that Roland can truly take on in a traditional sense and I thought they were expertly drawn. Mean, nasty but human which made their vileness all the more compelling.

    12. The Bar scene. IMHO, the greatest single scene in all of the Dark Tower series, was the bar scene when Roland, Cuthbert and Alain confront the Big Coffin Hunters in defense of Sheemie. It was a microcosm of everything that Roland and the champions of the White stand for and everything that they oppose in the form of the minions of the Red (and Black).

    13. If I had to choose a second greatest scene in all of the Dark Tower series, it would be the final showdown between the Ka-Tet and the Big Coffin Hunters in Eyebolt Canyon. Again, King’s ability to grab you by the throat and rally your emotions is superb.

    14. Roland’s Mom…. King’s mile-wide range on display once again.

    Overall, I just found so much in the story. It was filled with growth and pain and discovery and love and friendship and predestination vs. free will and badass bullet-filled battles and betrayal and heart-ache and good and evil…

    I just find this to be the high water mark of the series. I love them all..but I love this one best.


    Nominee: Locus Award for best Fantasy Novel.

    Büyücü ve Cam Küre (Kara Kule, #4) Possibly the most controversial Dark Tower novel, as King has the audacity of mainly backstorying and retrospecting around instead of continuing the main plot.

    King often said that writing outside his comfort zone is something he avoids and fears, but sometimes does, and that entering the realms of emotional, heck, who do I want to fool here, let´s call the monster by its name, I hope it doesn´t hear it and comes at night, romance fiction, was something that took him time and overcoming to do it.

    There is a highly subjective problem with this, as I have never (and will never, don´t try to change me) read emotional, character focused works, I can absolutely not say if this is a good or just average description of pheromones and other chemical reactions going wild in primate brains or not. But Kinged as I am, I liked it, but I completely understand that many fans were outraged after waiting 6 years for the next part to be pranked in such a way.

    Just for the witch alone, it´s worth reading it, this may be one of the best fantasy job descriptions I have ever seen, prepare to be surprised by her lovely magic.

    But the love story has horror elements, a creepy setting, , possession spreading McGuffins, so it´s not all just brainless love idiot drivel or something, don´t be afraid, it´s still Kingian. Different, but still the master. I´m not the emotional guy, what understatement, but even I had some kind of, I don´t know how to say, uncommon body reactions (not that! psychological, not physical), while reading.

    Well, for the disappointed fans, that´s the funny King, he also has the bad habit of spoilering in introductions, forewords, interviews, whatever, to innocently grin afterward, saying that he doesn´t believe in the concept of spoilers, because the reading itself is what counts or something similar. In rare cases, I felt slight anger because of this jokester element of his personality.

    Furthermore, we learn much about the traditions of gunslingers, their code of ethics, and how Roland became the desperate desperado he is. King also likes to play within his interconnected worlds and novels and couldn´t resist adding an innuendo to „The Stand“.

    I didn´t realize until exactly now how excessively King was using allegories, MacGuffins, symbols, metaphors, innuendos,… in his earlier works and how few of these elements appear in his newer novels that are all just rotating around the characters and 2 to 3 parallel plotlines without magic, artifacts, dark fantasy tropes, and stuff. These elements seem to have gone missing, just as the worldbuilding, and I miss them both so much.

    If one is just interested in the Dark Tower series itself, most of the novel that is telling the backstory can be skipped, reading the beginning until Roland starts telling and jumping in back at the end (I don´t remember where) should suffice.

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    After all this time, laid out for all of us to read, we get the making of Roland! How Roland became the man we first met in The Gunslinger, is narrated by Roland in a tale of Wizard and of Glass. For some Constant Readers this is the book of The Dark Tower series, the making of The Gunslinger, or should that be the unmaking?

    A superb neo-Western with Stephen King setting up the scene so well, in his own unerring style. You can smell the stables, see the spurs, taste the West... pray, get ready to reap, thankee sai. Overall Stephen King interlaces and integrates iconic stories (including some of his own) and more, with one Goddamn hard, coming of age journey! Yes - because if you thought Roland came of age with the story of winning his guns in The Gunslinger, pick up a copy of this book and get comfortable... or should that be get uncomfortable?

    For me this book would have been almost perfect if the fate of Blaine and what happened after that was told in the previous book, The Waste Lands and that book ended with Roland starting his recounting. I don't think there's any room for anything else but the tale of Wizard and Glass. Some of the highs are so high - more wizard, lots of glass, there's Sheemie, there's the coffin hunters, town politics, Rhea and more...

    ...for me, one of the most real and heroic characters is Susan Delgado, whom akin to the treatment of Daenerys Targaryen by her male creator, could have had a better story and made the overall story even better? Ultimately I found The Drawing of the Three a great book, but it was also satisfying, Wizard and Glass is a great book, but at its heart, I find it unsatisfying... maybe it's closer to real life? 9.5 out of 12.
    Büyücü ve Cam Küre (Kara Kule, #4) Wizard and Glass, the 4th-installment of Stephen King's epic Dark Tower series, successfully added 5-years to my life.

    Honestly, what can I even say about this book?

    It is immense. Epic. A beautifully told story of love and loss. It's tragic, it's moving, it's so damn good.

    If you are reading this, you are most likely aware that Wizard and Glass is the fourth installment in Stephen King's beloved Epic Fantasy series, The Dark Tower.

    My favorite series of all time.

    In this book we hear the incredible tale of the early life of Roland of Gilead, beginning shortly after he became a Gunslinger.

    He has been sent from home to the Barony of Mejis with two of his closest companions, Alain and Cuthbert, in order to keep him safe from the sinister Marten Broadcloak.

    The boys settle in Hambry and there they encounter a ruthless and shady cast of characters, such as the Big Coffin Hunters, Mayor Thorin and everyone's favorite witch, Rhea of Coos.

    The main story involves Roland meeting his true love, Susan Delgado, and focuses on their budding relationship.

    The intricacy within this story, within this world, is absolutely astounding.

    King is the master of character development and this story showcases that skill beautifully.

    While reading this book, I truly felt like I could see everything playing out before me like a movie on a screen.

    This book is completely different from the other books in this series. I adore it for that uniqueness.

    Spellbinding from beginning to end. I feel more attached to Roland now than ever before!

    Excited to move on with my journey to the Tower. Büyücü ve Cam Küre (Kara Kule, #4) I think I might be done with this series. Wizard and Glass was a dissapointment for me, unfortunately, despite looking forward to reading Roland’s backstory. The book’s main problem was that it was BORING as hell. I struggled for two months to finish and I started to skip at the end. I did not like the beggining as I am not a fan of riddles and, unexepectedly, Roland’s story was even worse.

    By the end of this novel I realize I don’t like the characters too much ( except for Jake), I actually despise Susannah and I don’t care that much what happens to them and the Tower. I still like King’s writing and I plan to read more of him but it might not be this series.

    Büyücü ve Cam Küre (Kara Kule, #4) “If it’s ka it’ll come like a wind, and your plans will stand before it no more than a barn before a cyclone.”

    The fourth book in the Dark Tower series finds Roland telling his ka-tet the story of the first time he encountered a thinny, and also his first love, Susan Delgado.

    Sadie and Jake of 11/22/63 have been my favourite King love story since forever, but I’ve got a new favourite - Roland and Susan. “If you love me, then love me.” Okay, yes. They’re teenagers and it might get a bit icky if you think about it for too long. But I think King perfectly portrays the intensity and naivety of first love. I love Susan as a character, I find her incredibly relatable, and I’ve cried with her as she mourns the loss of her father.

    It honestly crushes my heart to see Roland laugh and smile with such carefree abandon. I feel like this book is CRUCIAL to understanding Roland’s past and his obsession with the tower - we finally get to see the more human side of Roland, and appreciate why he is so haunted.

    Outside of the love story, I absolutely adore Alain and Cuthbert. I love the bond between the three of them, it gives me warm fuzzy feelings... and SHEEMIE. What an unsung hero. Even the villains are fucking badass. Jonas and the Big Coffin Hunters are a formidable force and that scene in the bar is just epic. And the showdown in Eyebolt Canon!! I LOVE IT. Rhea the Coös is another character that I should hate, but she steals the show anytime she pops up - although she makes my skin crawl *shudders*

    I just noticed I haven’t even acknowledged the parts that bookend Roland’s tale. They’re great too, and the tie-ins to The Stand will have any Constant Reader flailing!! And the writing. My god. Some of King’s best work in here. So many parts I just reread over and over. I truly feel like this is one of King’s best pieces of work.

    My fangirling is over. For the time being. 5 stars. Büyücü ve Cam Küre (Kara Kule, #4) This buddy-read has been long- Some of our ka-tet have fallen...some have been left behind in the dust. We have picked up a few new members along the way- but only the strongest and most cunning will survive the whole journey to The Daaaaark Tooooooower.

    Buddy-read with our fearless leader- Quick Draw Stepheny, Jumpin' Jeff, Calamity Bev, Welcome- Kid Colt Karly, and Dastardly Dan...and let us have a moment of silence for our fallen members- Bronco Bustin' Black Jackin' Jason- Jason's perverted name will be missed- as will Jason...and who knows maybe a year from now he will get past page 43. One can only hope. May luck be with you, my friend. Also missing in action- is the cute as a button Bloody Black Kit Kat- We lost Kat to.....THE MANGAAAA....Da da Daaaaaaaaaaa *key scary music*...and last but not least Shotgun Slingin' Steven- Steven was last seen fighting with a succubus in The Wastelands- This was a battle he unfortunately lost. Sorry Steven- We tried to save you...really we did.

    WIZARD AND GLASS- book # four in the series- begins exactly where The Waste Lands leaves off...Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake Ake, and Oy: are riddling with Blaine the Mono. After dealing with Blaine the Pain- the ka-tet ends up in Topeka, Kansas...where they are rewarded with Roland's story. The story of his past...The story of what made Roland...Roland.

    His original ka-tet- Cuthbert Allgood and Alain Johns...

    ...his battles with baddies- Rhea of the Coos and The Big Coffin Hunters...

    ...and the love of his life- Susan Delgado.

    This one is for the laaaaaaaaaaaaadies. Or men with curiosity and romance in their hearts- because over 1/2 of WIZARD AND GLASS is the love story between Roland and Susan and how Roland came to be the heart-broken, distant, cold- man we see before us. Some people don't want to know what made their hero that way...some like these things to remain a mystery. I am not one of those people- I like things explained, and I don't mind my heroes vulnerable and human.

    WIZARD AND GLASS is my favorite of the series so far! I am sooooooo looking forward to the next buddy-read. Let the journey continue!! Büyücü ve Cam Küre (Kara Kule, #4)