What can I say? Stephen King is not the most brilliant prose writer in America, but this book is something else. The imagery and language is refined like in no other work of the author's. I share the sentiments of another reviewer when he said that he was craving some really good fantasy without all the quaint elements that usually appear like dwarves, elves, orcs and goblins. This book and the series that follows seems to defy classification, one part fantasy, one part western, one part science fiction, one part horror..... At every turn its something new and unexpected and brilliant. I wonder how King managed to make so many connections to his own cannon and contemporary and classic fiction without losing his mind (perhaps that's why insanity is such a prevalent theme). Anyway, kudos to King; he went from being decent in my opinion to brilliant.