Episode 221: The Dark Tower, Books 1-4
After a long delay, Dietrich and Josh finally sit down for the first big chunk of filling in Dietrich's gap in his Stephen King education: the Dark Tower series. The pair dig into the first four books, warts and all. Josh talks about the discovery of The Gunslinger on the shelves of a bookstore, and his deep love of this bizarre, strange world and its unrelenting protagonist. Dietrich discusses why the second book nearly led him to give up on the series entirely, and why he's extremely glad that he kept going. They debate the bizarre choice of Detta Walker, while marveling over the spectacular world building and the climactic finale of book three. Finally, Dietrich raves about book four, an extended flashback that tells a surreal spaghetti Western. It's a deeply uneven and wobbly series that shows the evolution and experimentation of one of the greatest authors of all time, and one that they both enjoy despite its flaws. In addition, Dietrich raves about Josh's recommendation HEX, Josh explores a book that taps into a mythology not often explored in American books, and they discuss a book with echoes of Trainspotting, and whether such a book is for everyone. Finally, they wrap up with a pair of movies and a pair of Netflix series. You can send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can send questions or comments to email@example.com.