Originally Posted by PrairieDog
WARNING! ***Possible Dark Tower spoilers!!!***
I don't have time right now, but The Dark Tower books are just spellbinding, really.
The gunfights he describes, the way he does it, its waaaay more intense that ANY movie could ever be.
For example, I think it was in The Drawing Of The Three (DT2) where there is an entire chapter that is 4 words long, right in the middle of an epic battle:
"It wasn't a misfire."
Stuff like that, King has the ability to build you up for 300 pages, then turn you on your head with one very short sentence that just makes you know you are going to be reading into the wee hours.
Another one, from The Wolves Of The Calla, like 300 pages in, so much build up and then one line:
"The Wolves were coming."
The effect in context is pretty intense.
I remember both those phrases. Totally agree how he can use a simple phrase to split up a scene after a long build up. Sometimes you have to keep reading of course, other times I know if I don't have time I purposely stop there (or soon after) because I know I won't be able to stop later on.