I have no personal stake in The Dark Tower, I should say. After trying numerous attempts to read The Gunslinger, book 1 of Stephen King’s magnum opus, I finally threw my hands up in defeat and gave up. Not that I didn’t like King’s work at the time – quite the opposite, in fact. In the mid to late 80s, I was a yuge fan of his work, and read his stuff voraciously, sometimes palpably impatient waiting for the books to finally be released in Scotland. I still consider Pet Sematary one of my all time favourite books. But when I tried to read The Dark Tower, it just didn’t feel like a Stephen King book. A little later, me and Uncle Stevie just kind of drifted apart. His work in the early 90s left me feeling unimpressed, so I stopped reading., and never got around to thinking of picking up the series again.