This is actually a 4.5 but I'm being generous cos Mr. King went seriously geekballs meta on our asses. C'mon - Dr Doom robots wielding lightsabers and tossing death-dealing sneetches! And although the entire Dark Tower story so far has seemed like a series of campaign missions culminating in a grande finale, this book was really strong as a story in, and of itself. I'll admit, I'm not a fan of the Susannah/Detta/Mia plot, and I secretly wish that I could skip right to the Dark Tower now, but I'm also intrigued by what SK is going to do with in book 6. I was lukewarm about The Gunslinger, and then The Drawing and Wastelands hooked their insidious little claws in me. Let's see - I'm hoping to be pleasantly surprised but I won't be destroyed if the next book is just meh.