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The Wizard of Oz

Discussion in 'The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass' started by kendelrio, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. kendelrio

    kendelrio Member

    It's possible it was because I was in my mid-20's, but did any one else find the comparisons to TWOO too much? I actually quit reading the series because of this book.
     
  2. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    At which point in Wizard and Glass did you stop reading? The homage to Wizard of Oz isn't persistent and the W&G story is its own. Also, sK's homages are found throughout the Dark Tower series, and to me are an integral part of the fantasy, as if similar stories exist in similar Worlds.
     
  3. kendelrio

    kendelrio Member

    As I said, I was in my mid-20's (in other words... a loooonnnggg time ago! I feel closer to Ralph Roberts than I do to Arnie Cunningham) and I think I was looking for a reason to quit reading it. I found the series on a boat I was working on and for the life of me the only thing I can remember is frustration. I may have to give the series another look.
     
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  4. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Keep reading!
     
  5. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Welcome, but please go back and finish reading. The Wizard of OZ stuff doesn't go all the way through the book.
     
  6. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...do so, giver er another go...The Ozian references I thought were appropriately creepy in context with the series....
     
  7. muskrat

    muskrat Dis-Member

    I didn't like that Oz stuff either. But the Susan part of the book, holy crow--that's down home Gunslingin. Finish the series. You got Wolves next--if you don't dig that, then son, you just don't dig DT.
     
  8. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    King has always, always, always used Pop Culture references in his works. What he used from TWOO is perfect because, in the context he uses it, it is disturbing and jarring. I hope now that you've got some years under your belt (like the rest of us here) you can go back and start this wonderful series over and this time be able to enjoy it. It really is an amazing piece of literature. The best is yet to come after WAG.
     
  9. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Yes, he does.
     
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  10. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    It wasn't my favorite of the series for sure - but give her another go. After you get beyond Wizard of Oz metaphor, it's the story of Roland and Susan Delgado, and his original Ka-Tet, and it's tragic and lovely and it has the frightful Rhea of the Coos. I'm with muskrat - Wolves was great. I think my least favorite was Song of Susannah, but that's another thread for another day.
     
  11. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    WOLVES! :love_heart:

    Then we can all speak the same language..

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    Last edited: Mar 10, 2015
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  12. kendelrio

    kendelrio Member

    Thanks everyone. I'll buy it when I get in. I'll probably buy the entire hardback series just so I can restart it and refresh my memory
     
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  13. imaginary friend

    imaginary friend Well-Known Member

    wow...... and i was totally disappointed the part of the journey that included the emerald city seemed too short. i thought the references to oz could have been developed into something much more elaborate with a larger struggle or a rematch between the tick-toc man and the gunslinger's posse.
     
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  14. nalaa

    nalaa Banned

    okay. lol
     
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