Hi everyone, new to this forum, and am an aspiring author and avid reader, and I'm eager to get involved with the community! What better way to get stuck in then to strike up a conversation concerning Stephen King's self-proclaimed magnum opus The Dark Tower series, which I've only begun reading a few days ago (a crime, I know, especially since I've been a big Stephen King fan for a number of years now). The first novel, The Gunslinger, struck me as an odd read, and rather disjointed. This Mid-World curiously latched onto my mind (I wasn't so keen on the gunslinger's personal history at first) and I was more enraptured by this world that had mysteriously "moved on" (even now the phrase gives me chills!). How far along in time did it move on? Was it even set far into the future as I had suspected, or in a different world entirely? What are the people like? Are there other civilizations out there? Yet King never focused on any of these questions, if at all. The only town we encounter is run-down Tull and minuscule flashbacks of Gilead, however the dusty picture King paints of this world is both equally frustrating and mysteriously poignant. It wasn't until after I had finished it that a quick Google search revealed that it was in fact collated with five short stories linked together into a novel, confirming my suspicions. Now I have to be brutally honest; I was a little let down by it, because I had a growing sense of anticipation concerning these books and I know people rave about them. And then I started the second novel. I can't quite put my finger on it but it hooked me right about when Odetta and Detta arrived. I found the introduction of lengthy scenes into our familiar world uncomfortably juxtaposed against Roland's in the sense that it felt like two stories in one, almost. In fact looking back the first novel is completely unrecognisable to the second. Despite my reservations, I've downloaded the third novel and am keen to see where the story goes next. So what are everyone else's thoughts on the Dark Tower series? Do people love it? Hate it? Sound away.