The Stand pales by comparison, possibly because Stephen King had already written The Gunslinger, and the events that took place in The Stand was related--just a small piece in a much larger puzzle that is The Dark Tower.
referenced that mysterious world in a number of his books--It, Insomnia, From a Buick 8, Rose Madder, The Eyes of the Dragon, many more. It seems that in Stephen Kings mind, everything in his fiction is in one way or another connected back to Roland Deschain's world--and the Dark Tower.
Since Stephen King finished the series in '04, Marvel Comics has been putting out a series of graphic novels called Gunslinger Born--the prequel to The Gunslinger. I've lost track, but I think Marvel is into a second and third storyline as they explore Roland's past.
And now the news that really prompted me to review these books--Stephen King misled us. Apparently, the seventh book wasn't the end of the series. He will be releasing another Dark Tower book (the eighth) titled The Wind Through the Keyhole in 2012.
If you start reading now, you'll be ready for the new book in 2012.
|The Dark Tower Series--check them out!|