There comes a moment in everyone’s life, mostly unexpected, when things align in such a way that they achieve a sort of clarity into their own hearts. Whether it be good or bad usually depends on the person, but sometimes, you just have no control over it. Such is the tale of Roland of Gilead. Such is the will of Ka. An undeniable force that dictates and wills our lives in a way that is near unchangeable, Ka is a rollercoaster that takes you where it wants you to go. You just better be sure you are ready to deal with what it throws in your way. I will also try and keep this as spoiler free as possible, but some things may need to be said to get my point across.
My journey with Roland and his Ka-Tet, who after a while became my Ka-Tet as well, started about 2 years ago, but did not hit full steam until about 6 months ago. I had read the Gunslinger, which I profiled for you guys here a while ago, but for some reason or another, I had not gotten the chance to pick up the second book. I think I was afraid to be honest. The Gunslinger was such a great book, and although some might have seen it as incomplete considering the way it ended, I did not. I thought if Sai King had decided to call it quits on the series there, I may have been fine with it. But something kept nagging me about it. Maybe it was my need to see how Roland would continue on with his unbendable quest to see the Tower…or maybe it was something else? I put the thought away for a while, and picked up some other books, mainly the Thrones series, and put my thoughts of Roland and that damned Tower away. Things like that have a way of hiding themselves, but never truly going away forever. That fucking Tower was always calling me.
It’s been a heavy reading season folks. I know you have all been frothing at the mouth for a new Villain Spotlight, and as your just and fair ruler, I would be honored to provide you your medicine. It really has been a heavy reading season for your boy Arthur, and in the midst of consuming every page of I possibly can of the Dark Tower series, I find myself constantly thinking about one thing…riddles. Deep in the City of Lud sleeps a terrifying giant of steel and speed. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Blaine The Mono.
Oh how I’ve missed you, my sweet little suggestions. Welcome back my heathens to another installment of me telling you what to do. I honestly haven’t done a suggestions post in a while, and it feels good to be back. I’ve been somewhat stuck on quite a few different things recently, and it’s been difficult to get into the swing of constant entertainment and reading that I am so used to, but I have been making time for something that our good friends in Fiction for Bandits have brought me back into. I started reading the Dark Tower series a couple years ago, but stopped right after the first novel, The Gunslinger. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not because it was bad, it was just because of circumstance, as I was deep into so many things at that point (perverts, don’t even think about it) that it just slipped by me, but now has been permeating my entire daily existence. Why , you ask? I’ll tell you….because it’s fucking awesome. Seriously.