So, finally finished reading this brick of a book (The full, uncut edition) the other day...and gotta say, what a masterpiece. This book really has it all, an epic in every sense of the word, deep characters, gripping story throughout, and a kick ass villain to boot (Next on my SK to read list is the dark tower series, so get read more about him...been told a rough overview of the books, looking forward to reading them...not to mention all the hype of them on here). Only gripe perhaps was the ending bit in vegas seemed a bit shorter than it could have been, and I wasn't too sure about the 'hand of god' thing, even though it's essentually a tale all about good v evil and god v satan, and Mother Abigail and Randall Flag are essentially personifications of each, you never really directly see the influence of either until than ending, but for what it is, it was still decent and fitted in with the overall theme. As a whole, the book is a staggering effort, sure it's long, but there aren't many scenes wasted. The general ending theme of humanity being doomed to repeat past mistakes was pretty poignant too, i thought.
Favourite scenes have to be:
-The spreading of 'Captain Tripps' and humanity's near extinction
-Flagg saving Lloyd from his prison cell
-Trashcan Man's encounter with the Kid (This was cut from the original version - madness!) and his arrival into vegas and witnessing the drugs mule being crucified
-The ending in Vegas, as Larry and Ralph arrive and are about to be killed
Seen the TV adaption of the book, as far as adaptions go, it's a pretty fine effort. The last episode in particular is fantastic. I hear they're now making a big-screen adaption of it...gonna be interesting to say the least, not sure how they'll condense it all unless they make it into a series/trilogy of movies.