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The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

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DarkTower
LOST Book Club - LBC

SPOILER NOTICE - YOU MAY WANT TO AVOID THIS BLOG UNTIL YOU HAVE FINISHED READING THE DARK TOWER SERIES

One of the first books to discuss with the LOST Book Club. Please post your comments here, so we can keep this discussion all together.

Thanks!

--Just Sayin' 20:25, July 19, 2010 (UTC)

LOST Reference

"The Gunslinger", a 1978 novel by Stephen King can be seen next to Ben's bed in "The Man from Tallahassee". S3/E13

The story centers upon "the gunslinger," who has been chasing after his adversary, "the man in black," for many years.

The Author

Stephen King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy fiction.

Stephen Kings Inspiration: Robert Browning's Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came (1855)

Quotes

In Entertainment Weekly article, Confessions of a TV Slut, Stephen King comments about LOST...

" It's simply the best thing on network TV, okay? Mysterious story, beautiful location, attractive cast."


In another Entertainment Weekly article, Stephen King's Best of '07: Movies and TV, Stephen King says about LOST...

"Still the best. I rewatched the entire third season to make sure, and — yes — still the best. Heroes just doesn't have its mythic grandeur. People are reaching for the stars here. And maybe beyond. Really, there's never been anything like it."

The Books

Everything's Eventual: The Little Sisters of Eluria(1) (Short Story)

The Gunslinger

The Drawing of the Three

The Waste Lands

Wizard and Glass(1)

Wolves of the Calla(1)

Song of Susannah

The Dark Tower(1)

New additional book announced

The Wind Through the Keyhole

Related Books

Dark Tower Connections(2)

(1) Books not mentioned in Lostpedia's Literary Works page.

(2) Only some of these books are mentioned on Lostpedia's Literary Works page. The books on Lostpedia's list will be read and discussed on future blogs.

The Characters

From The Dark Tower Official Website (This site includes some spoilers) There is also a glossary of terms here

"The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

AFFILIATION: The political and military network that united the Baronies of Mid-World-that-was.

AGELESS STRANGER: Another name for the great sorcerer Maerlyn. Roland will have to slay him in order to reach the Tower.

ALICE: Roland's lover from The Gunslinger. She owned Sheb's honky-tonk, located in the town of Tull.

BLAINE: As Jake Chambers says, Blaine is a pain. He is the psychotic computer that runs the city of Lud. He is also the monorail that runs southeast along the Path of the Beam toward the city of Topeka. As payment for passage, Roland and his ka-tet engage in a life-or-death riddling contest with him.

CUTHBERT ALLGOOD: Roland's childhood friend and fellow gunslinger. Cuthbert was a constant joker, hence Roland called him ka-mai, or ka's fool. Along with Alain Johns, Cuthbert accompanied Roland to the town of Hambry in the Barony of Mejis. Their adventures are recounted in the book Wizard and Glass.

ENRICO BALAZAR: A high-caliber big shot in New York's drug world. At the beginning of The Drawing of the Three.

BIG COFFIN HUNTERS: This is the group of harriers in Wizard and Glass. They work for the outlaw John Farson. The most dangerous of this group is the failed gunslinger, Eldred Jonas. Jonas is often described as a white-haired wolf.

MARTEN BROADCLOAK: Steven Deschain's sorcerer.

JAKE CHAMBERS: Jake is the youngest member of Roland's ka-tet. He is a blue-eyed, blond haired, eleven-year-old sixth grader. Roland originally met him in the Way Station of the Mohaine Desert.

CORT: Roland's teacher. Like his father Fardo, Cort taught generations of boys to be gunslingers.

CRIMSON KING: The Crimson King doesn't enter the Dark Tower series directly until Wizard and Glass.

EDDIE DEAN: Eddie was originally from Co-op City in Brooklyn. His brother is Henry Dean.

HENRY DEAN: Eddie's bossy older brother.

SUSANNAH DEAN: Susannah Dean is another member of Roland's ka-tet.

SUSAN DELGADO: Roland's one true love. He met her in the town of Hambry, in the Barony of Mejis. When they met, Susan was sixteen and Roland fourteen.

GABRIELLE DESCHAIN: Roland's mother.

ROLAND DESCHAIN: Roland is the hero of the Dark Tower series. He is his world's last-and perhaps greatest-gunslinger. His quest is to find the Dark Tower, the nexus of the time/space continuum.

STEVEN DESCHAIN: Roland's father. He was the leader of Gilead's gunslingers and the direct descendant of the great Arthur Eld, King of All-World.

ARTHUR ELD: Mythical king of All-World. He was also Roland's ancestor. Arthur Eld was popularly known as he of the white horse and unifying sword.

LITTLE SISTERS OF ELURIA: This tribe of vampire women posed as a holy order of hospitalers. The demonic Little Sisters wear a red rose-sigul of the Tower-on their habits.

JOHN FARSON: John Farson was a harrier. During Roland's youth, he was Gilead's major enemy.

GUARDIANS OF THE BEAM: These animal totems guard the twelve major portals in and out of Mid-World. Shardik, the Great Bear Guardian, was created by a company called North Central Positronics.

HAX: He was Gilead's head cook and the absolute ruler of the castle's West Kitchen.

ALAIN JOHNS: Alain was one of Roland's boyhood friends. He was also a fellow gunslinger. Along with Cuthbert Allgood, Alain accompanied Roland to the Outer Arc Barony of Mejis. Their adventures are recounted in Wizard and Glass.

MAERLYN: In the original version of The Gunslinger, Maerlyn is also known as the Ageless Stranger. He was responsible for creating the thirteen mischievous magical balls known as the Bends o' the Rainbow.

JACK MORT: Mort is a psychopathic accountant who is also known as "The Pusher." His hobby is "depth-charging" people.

OLD ONES (GREAT OLD ONES): They were the ancient people of Mid-World. They built great cities, tremendously powerful computers, and horrifically destructive weapons.

OY: Jake Chambers' pet Billy Bumbler.

SYLVIA PITTSON: Tull's mad preacher.

RICHARD FANNIN/RANDALL FLAGG: Two incarnations of Roland's multi-faced enemy, R.F.

RHEA OF THE COOS: Rhea was Hambry's resident witch.

WALTER: Walter is the shape-shifting wizard who Roland pursued throughout The Gunslinger. He is also known as the man in black.

Discussion Links

Discussion links are provided below. As you complete each book, please feel free to join the discussion.

PLEASE AVOID THESE DISCUSSIONS IF YOU WISH TO REMAIN SPOILER-FREE.

The Gunslinger
The Drawing of Three
The Waste Lands
Wizard and Glass
Wolves of the Calla
Song of Susannah
The Dark Tower

Discussion Points

  • What is unique about the setting of the story?
Does this setting enhance or take away from the story?
  • What specific themes are discovered throughout the story?
Do you see any themes also relating to the story of LOST?
What is the message conveyed by the story themes?
  • Do the characters seem real and believable?
Which characters remind you of similar characters in LOST?
Are their predicaments similar to any in LOST?
  • How do characters change or evolve in the story?
What triggers those changes?
What are the similarities and differences with LOST characters?
  • What are the philosophical views portrayed in the story?
How is it the same/different from LOST's philosophical view?

Some thoughts to consider in our discussions.

Be specific and provide examples to back up your point of view.
To make the discussion more interesting, feel free to ask your own questions.
Please be considerate of all points of view.
Encourage participation.
For any LOST Book Club/LBC suggestions or ideas please post on my talk page.

Happy Reading and Thanks!

--Just Sayin' JSTalk LBC LBCTalk eMail 12:59, July 30, 2010 (UTC)

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