The best way to explain my love for this book shall follow with quotes and stuff:
“King looked back at Roland. “As The Man With No Name–a fantasy version of Clint Eastwood–you were okay. A lot of fun to partner up with.”
“Is that how you think of it?”
“Yes. But then you changed. Right under my hand. It got so I couldn’t tell if you were the hero, the anti-hero, or no hero at all. When you let the kid drop, that was the capper.”
“You said you made me do that.”
Looking Roland straight in the eyes–blue meeting blue amid the endless choir of voices–King said, “I lied, brother.”
– Sure, sure, let’s not only break the 4th wall but tear that shit apart completely. I thought the whole SK part in this book, along with the upcoming scene in TDT, worked really well. I know I’m in the minority here, but that’s ok. Anywho, King’s last line gives me chills. I remember the first time I read it, my jaw dropped and I thought, “Damn, Roland, what a dick thing to do.”
“The thud came again and yet again. It was Jake, bringing his balled-up fist down on the hood of the taxi. “Asshole!” Jake yelled at the pallid O on the other side of the windshield. Thud! “Why don’t you – ” Thud! ” – watch where – ” THUD! ” – the fuck you’re GOING!” THUD-THUD!”
“Say you’re sorry for the way you were driving, you careless motherfucker! Do it now! Do it now!”
– Ugh, I could really just put a huge quote of that entire scene in here because I LOVE IT. It’s my favorite scene in the book. ‘Cus Jake, duh.
“Anger is the most useless emotion,” Henchick intoned, “destructive to the mind and hurtful to the heart.”
– Gotta love the Manni, Henchick in particular.
I could spend all day doing this, but I think you get my point. Ok, yeah, the Susannah/Mia (or Susannah-Mio if you prefer) parts of the book are alright. Frankly, I prefer the other character parts. Go figure.
Alright, y’all get ready for a GAWD BOMB!