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For Stephen King fans at the turn of the millennium, the Dark Tower series was what George R.R. Martin’s Song Of Ice And Fire is now: a gritty epic that stood as its author’s most sweeping accomplishment, but looked like it might never be finished. King’s genre-hopping series about a grim hero from a post-apocalyptic world, eternally battling his way across realities toward a mystical tower, launched in 1982 with The Gunslinger. But the sequels came at distressingly long intervals, and it frequently seemed as though King had shelved his magnum opus entirely. Fans waited more than 20 years for the complete story, which spanned thousands of pages and seven books, plus a later anthology, a series of graphic novels that expanded the series’…

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