Just One More Fix
I can’t help it.
Call me dependent. Hooked. A junky. Go ahead, I won’t hold you against you. Ya see, there’s just something about Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series that keeps calling out to me. Haunting me in my waking hours. Beckoning me to follow the gunslinger just one more time into the desert on his journey to the Dark Tower.
And, as you have most likely guessed by now, I’ve begun reading the Dark Tower series for the second time. I know the story well, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tag alone with Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake, and Oy for just one more trek across time and dimension. Who knows, perhaps Roland might finally get see journey’s end, Jake might not step in that road, and Oy might not have to make the ultimate sacrifice.
It could happen. I know it won’t, but the optimist in me can hope, right?
The Dark Tower series, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the Hitchhiker’s Guide series, Trout Fishing In America, Survivor (by Chuck Palahniuk), Snow Crash, the Hyperion series, Amped, A Walk In The Woods, Ender’s Game, Animal Farm: These are just a few of some amazing works of art that I can’t seem to get enough of, and I often catch myself staring at their cover art, thinking about re-reading them again (and in some cases again, and again). With finely-crafted works such at these I can’t help but get caught up in the lives of the characters, become emotionally attached to them and their plights, and miss them when the story ends. Call me strange, but these protagonists, antagonists, addicts, narrators, scofflaws, idealists, opportunists, slackers, Nihilists, monsters, zealots, saviors, and naturalists that populate the pages of my favorite books are my kind of peeps, and I often find myself missing them months and years after closing the book on the last of their chapters.
So, please excuse me as I cut this post short. Roland the gunslinger is currently inhabiting Eddie Dean’s body as they’re trying to smuggle drugs through airport customs, and I have to see how this turns out. I trust that Ka will see them through…