Valparaiso, IN, United States | Member Since 2008
I first began reading about Roland in 1986 when a customer at a bookstore where I worked was kind enough to loan me her hardcover. I read the opening couple of lines and I was hooked. It set up the situation perfectly. Unfortunately, this book doesn't really show much of the Roland I've grown to know over more than 25 years.
I actually listened to the first two books in the series on audio cassettes as narrated by King. Unfortunately, I've not been able to track them down digitally anywhere so I'll end up converting them, but his narration had more life in the '80's.
Yes, they're clear that The Wind Through the Keyhole is a story within a story within a story. It didn't seem so clear to me, however, that it has only a tenuous connection to the rest of the series. The best way that I can sum it up is that it's a fine story on it's own, but not a good Dark Tower story.
It's been out for a while and each time I'd seen it I'd just shake my head. Then, finally, I just had to give it a listen.
I hadn't read a single review before I got this audiobook, so I didn't realize how much of a biography feel the book would have. I'm still not sure how I feel about it, and I'm even less sure that it felt important that the vampire hunter was Abraham Lincoln. I think that it could have been almost anyone else and the story could have been virtually identical. Sure, the politics stuff would have been absent, but that's really only a small part of the meat of this story.
I didn't particularly dislike the story, but I didn't particularly care for it either. The concept was interesting enough to originally get my attention, as I'm sure was the intention. The execution wasn't nearly so interesting.
Many more interesting vampire and vampire hunter stories are available in the world. This is just too much of a gimmick.
I've been a fan of epic fantasy for years and this story is one of my favorites in years. The protagonist, Kvothe, deals with some of the typical trials and tribulation that are common in many fantasy novels, but it seems that each of the confrontations that endures are handled with much more flair than I'm accustomed to. A very fun listen.
For such long story I was surprised at the fact that I really found none of the main characters very interesting at all. The title character, Swan, wasn't particularly engaging.
The Stand by Stephen King is another post-apocalyptic story with supernatural elements, but the characters stand out.
I won't focus on the theological blunders, though there are a few. No, I'll simply focus on the fact that it's very poorly written. This book had very juvenile sentence structure and use of language. Combine those problems with the "point of view" switch and I'm amazed that it was ever published. I've seen other people complain that they couldn't give zero stars. Now I understand why.
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