Wizard and Glass by Stephen King

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"Wizard and Glass" is the fourth book in "The Dark Tower" series by Stephen King.

The four gunslingers and Oy the billy-bumbler disembark at the Topeka railway station, which to their surprise is located in the Topeka, Kansas, of the 1980s. The subtitle of this novel is "REGARD."

LOST References

Although this book is part of "The Dark Tower" series, it is not specifically referenced in LOST. However, there may still be some comparisons and analogies to draw upon with LOST and other books included in Lostpedia's Literary Works.

The Author

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

"Wizard and Glass" was nominated for a Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel in 1998.


"romeo: Lady, by yonder blessed moon I vow,

That tips with silver all these fruit-tree tops—

juliet: O, swear not by the moon, th' inconstant moon,

That monthly changes in her circled orb,

Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.

romeo: What shall I swear by?

juliet: Do not swear at all.

Or, if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self,

Which is the god of my idolatry,

And I'll believe thee."

—"Romeo and Juliet" William Shakespeare

"On the fourth day, to [Doreothy's] great joy,

Oz sent for her, and when she entered

the Throne Room, he greeted her pleasantly.

"Sit down; my dear. I think I have found a way to get you out of this country."

"And back to Kansas?" she asked eagerly.

"Well, I'm not sure about Kansas," said Oz, "for I haven't the faintest notion which

way it lies...."

—"The Wizard of Oz" L. Frank Baum

"I asked one draught of earlier, happier sights,

Ere fitly I could hope to play my part.

Think first, fight afterwards—the soldier's art:

One taste of the old time sets all to rights!"

—"Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" Robert Browning

The Characters

Go to The Dark Tower series by Stephen King for a complete list of characters

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?
  • Do you see any metaphors or symbolism in the characters, themes, philosophy, or setting of this book?
How are they similar or different to metaphors/ symbolism in LOST?
  • Why do you think the creators and writers were inspired by this story?

Discussion Guidelines

  • Keep the discussion related to the specific book and related LOST content
  • 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.

Happy Reading and Thanks!

--Just Sayin' JSTalk LBC LBCTalk eMail 14:14, July 30, 2010 (UTC)

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