Dave McKean’s artwork has been an unexpected surprise in-between the pages of Wizard & Glass. Although I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite genre of art it adds a nice touch to book four. Another surprise, McKean also does the cover art for The Sandman graphic novels by Neil Gaiman. King, Gaiman, and McKean must all eat at the same restaurant or something.
I’ve become somewhat of a tower-junkie(Stephen King’s Dark Tower Series) over the past 6 months. As cliché as it might sound, I have fellowshipped in the struggles/horrors that Roland Deschain and his band of follower (ka-tet) have preserved through. When it’s all said and done, I will have read some 3000 pages, reflected heavily on the character of Roland, and will know what King has hide at the end of his magnum opus.
The gunslinger is iconic and legend, your best friend, praise the Man Jesus, and your worst enemy … ya kennit?”
Book series come and go, some more obscure than others, but I feel like I was really holding out for this one, and I’m glad I did. Rest assured, I’ve not adopted a funny mid-world accent (do ya kennit?), forgone all my casual dress for a cowboy hat and boots—I still hate country music—nor have I purchased sidearm’s to tote around with me as I walk down the street. No this would be the condition of a geek or up there with drawing a scar across your forehead with a sharpie marker and buying tickets for the Harry Potter amusement park in Florida. I like to think I’m finding something far richer than all the aforementioned things.
After each reading session I feel like I’ve reinforced the plain knowledge that some people (even make believed ones) have it far worse than me, and no matter what horrors I must face on the other side of college (the real world) I’ll be alright. The past 6 months have been pretty shitty compared to how wonderful the 6 months were before that, but Roland has got me through it and made me better for it. What I mean is this, spending time reading about someone else’s journey and the inner strength they find to preserver through the muck sets an example. Even simpler, those that don’t read, that don’t spend time reflecting, are often the ones with hefty bills from their shrink.
Here’s to 6 more months and 1,500 more pages with Roland Deschain!