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An atypical work

Discussion in 'UR' started by Aloysius Nell, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. Aloysius Nell

    Aloysius Nell Well-Known Member

    On audiobook, this was 2 CDs! Compared with other King stories that run into the upper 30s, it's positively a one-sitting appetizer. I really enjoyed it; never knew about it until I was browsing the audio at the library.

    If you liked the short story Word Processor of the Gods (I think was the title) in which the young man builds a word processor for his uncle, and the uncle finds that any sentence he writes on it becomes reality, you will like UR. A similar concept, but so much more. Without adding spoilers, I will say there is a definite Dark Tower connection.

    Anyone remember Pop Merrill's obsession with Kevin's camera in The Sun Dog? How he knows he should stop, but is powerless to change his future? I had that same feeling of dread in this story.

    You COULD miss this one, but it's a lot of fun , and as I recall the reader did a very good job.
  2. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    I read this one after I read 11/22/63. Cue the Double-Mint Twins.:semi-twins:

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...I bought a Kindle, just so I could GET this story...and loved the hell out of it...
  4. !redruM

    !redruM Semi-Well Known Member

    ...there was an audiobook...

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....I like the voices in MY head better...;;D
  6. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    I'm not much of an Audiobook person. Is it written down somewhere?
  7. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    Only available as download.

    I am currently reading it on the Kindle app of my iPad. Really enjoying it, though I'm reading it slowly.
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  8. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    I really like it. Have it on Audio also. Kind of a mind blower and has an excellent Dark Tower tie in at the end!
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  9. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    I finished it. I really liked it, but it was a rather odd ending for a King book.
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  10. John Excell II

    John Excell II De kallar mig John Erövraren

    This book UR kind of shoulds pretty
    horrifying to me but that's my kind
    SK. book!!

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  11. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Why don't I know of this? I will have to find it in a print version as well. I just can't get into the audios.
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  12. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    It will be part of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams collection if you're willing to wait until November. :smile2:
  13. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    For those who have not enjoyed UR, the wait will be well worth it!!
  14. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    I have it as an ebook but haven't read it yet. Now i think i'll wait until November. There is something special about holding a book in ones own hands.
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  15. John Excell II

    John Excell II De kallar mig John Erövraren

    I cannot wait for it to come out in November!!
    maybe I'll have my other books read by then hopefully!!
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  16. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Just Purr-fect

    I held off reading UR because I figured it would be in a collection.... And I was right. Can't wait till November. :)
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  17. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Beta Tester, Moderator Moderator

    I read it, but can't wait for it to be collected.
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  18. Rrty

    Rrty Well-Known Member

    I too am eagerly anticipating this one. Don't exactly know what it is about, but the little I do know makes me want to read it. Just one of the reasons why I wish the collection had been released earlier.
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  19. Tiny

    Tiny RECEIVED:Annoying Questions award

    People UR is one of my fav's along with THe Girl who Loved Tom Gordon
    These A-typical stories are some of the best!
    The DArk Tower is an A typical story!
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  20. johntfs

    johntfs Member

    There was a Dark Tower connection but it struck me as being somewhat odd. The two beings at the end were presumably "Low Men in Yellow Coats" who work for the Crimson King, at least according to their "red eye" accouterments. However, they seem to greatly disapprove of Wesley's actions and cite potential negative consequence of them. They also seem to hold the Tower sacred and are persuaded to spare Wesley by the potential that the Tower ordained the events that occurred.

    That said, these actions and characterizations seem contrary to the role the Low Men have played in the past. They serve the Crimson King and the Crimson Key wants to destroy the Dark Tower and the Beams in order to recreate the multiverse in his own image. They wouldn't revere the Tower or Rose. They'd reverse only the King.

    It's unlikely that this is a mistake. I'm wondering if instead a reflection of a new order of things set down by Rolands ultimately successful quest. Perhaps instead of being destroyed or reduced, the Crimson King has been absorbed and transformed into an agent of the Tower and the Low Men now serve it through him.
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