I got into the DT books a few years ago, and yeah, it's a pretty poor ending. I'd say they're still worth reading though, especially if you're interested in King's work; there's some really good stuff in some of them. I read some of his other novels that tied in with the series too while I was going through, like 'Salem's Lot and Insomnia. Insomnia was terrible. Skip it if you're going through King's stuff. It (the novel It) gets tied in at the end, too, but I haven't read that one yet. I've read quite a lot of his work over the years. I picked up one of his recent novels, a crime one called Joyland that came out in June, over the summer. Looking forward to getting to that at some point.
Stuff I've read recently:
Sensation by Nick Mamatas. Really original novel about a woman (Julia) stung by an irradiated parasitic wasp, which ends up altering her behaviour so that she murders a real estate developer and sparks off a nameless political movement. The brilliant touch of the novel is that it's told through the collective point of view of the species of spider that the wasp species normally preys upon (species that have been at war with each other for a long time, and who are both influencing human society and history) - the spiders try to influence humanity for our own sake and betterment, while the wasps create chaos and destabilisation. The spiders are trying to track Julia down and stop her, and can en masse assume human form (becoming so-called men of indeterminate ethnicity). There's lots of commentary about modern society in it. It sounds mad, and it is, but it's also excellent.
Bullettime by Nick Mamatas. I've been reading a lot of Nick's work because a) I like it and I plan to interview him for my university newspaper, so it's part preparation for that. Nick's moved more into crime fiction these days, and this is I guess his transition novel between fantastical fiction and crime/noir fiction. Long story short: Dave Holbrooke, bullied high school student, may carry out a school shooting. I say may, because the novel uses three timelines, where Dave's life turned out differently in each one. And it's narrated by a part of Dave that has been banished to the Ylem by Eris, the Greek goddess of discord, from where he can live out all his possible lives over and over again, but not change them. (Part of Dave is banished by Eris as she wants him to shoot up the school, so banishes the part of him likely to not go along with this). One of the best books I've read in a while. Highly recommended.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Not too much to say about it, other than I really enjoyed it. An English teacher at school once recommended that I read it, as all I used to read were really trashy horror novels, and I wish I'd taken his advice back then. Not just a story about romance and finding love, which I'd assumed it was, but also mocking the mannerisms and mores of the period.
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 by Hunter S. Thompson. HST's coverage of the 1972 US Presidential campaign for Rolling Stone. The first thing of his that I've read, partly to prepare for the novel I'm currently reading. Pretty enjoyable. Didn't have enough material on Nixon for my liking though.
Currently reading: The Damned Highway: Fear and Loathing in Arkham by Brian Keene and Nick Mamatas. H. P. Lovecraft meets Hunter S. Thompson, as dark tentacular forces are behind Nixon's re-election campaign, with HST trying to get the scoop and save the world. Pretty good so far. Nails HST's voice, and I'm a bit of a sucker for Lovecraftian stuff (as long as it's not dreck). A compelling and amusing mixture.
Next up: Nick's latest novel, called Love is the Law. 1989 on Long Island, and punk rocker Dawn Seliger has crafted an outsider's life combining the philosophies of Trotskyism and Aleister Crowley's black magic. (Gomez, are you reading this?) One fateful day she finds the dead body of her mentor in both politics and magick shot in the head, seemingly a suicide. But Dawn knows there's more going on than the Long Island cops could ever hope to find, and sets out to find the murderer herself. Really looking forward to reading this. If this sways anyone's opinion, Warren Ellis called it "Absolutely, perversely brilliant...a fucked up piece of work" and Duane Swierczynski said, "Easily the most original mystery of the year, full of big ideas, serious menace, and raw attitude. As Dawn tells us in the first line, she's a fucking genius. Well, so is Mamatas." Check it out!
I can't list all the books I've bought over the last few months, but some of them are:
Stephen Crane - The Red Badge of Courage. I've heard this is supposed to be a really good war novel.
James Joyce - Ulysses. Sort of a life goal to read this at some point, with some kind of reference guide while doing so, as I've heard that's the way to do it.
David Goodis - The Blonde on the Street Corner. Not sure how well known Goodis is, but I only recently heard of him, in the context of being an underrated noir writer.
Gerald Kersh - Night and the City. Supposedly a classic 'lowlife' account of London in the 1930s. Another writer I've only recently learned about, and apparently a very good one.
Martin Amis - Money. One of the big books of the 1980s.
Paul Auster - The New York Trilogy. Picked this up when I saw it in a charity shop, due to the word of mouth from boredies in this thread.