Charlie wrote:I'm pretty sure the second book is called the Subtle Knife. His Dark Materials is the name of the trilogy. I haven't got very far through Gunslinger. Besides, I'm only reading the Dark Tower books so I can understand the Dark Tower comics later.
I know, I was referring to the series intentionally, because it was the series in its entirety that I despised. The Golden Compass, the Subtle Knife, and the Amber Spyglass. The second biggest literary disappointment of my life. In both cases, though, I was referring to the whole series, so I should have referred to 'the Dark Tower' rather than the Gunslinger. The first one was actually very good, it's the series as a whole that enrages me.
I was so disgusted by the last three books in the DT series, I don't even care that the comics exist. Maybe if you're coming from the other direction and have read the comics and want to know the background it's different, but seriously, if I ever met Stephen King, I think I'd kick him in the nuts.