For those discovering the epic best-selling Dark Tower series for the first time—and for its legions of dedicated fans—here is an immensely satisfying stand-alone novel and perfect introduction to the series.
Beginning in 1974, gaining momentum in the 1980s and coming to a thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published in 2003 and 2004, the Dark Tower epic fantasy saga stands as Stephen King’s most beguiling achievement. It has been the basis for a long-running Marvel comic series.
Now, with The Wind Through the Keyhole, King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast's most recent slaughter. Roland, himself only a teenager, calms the boy by reciting a story from the Book of Eld that his mother used to read to him at bedtime. "A person's never too old for stories," he says to Bill. "Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them."
Sure to captivate the avid fans of the Dark Tower epic, this is an enchanting introduction to Roland’s world and the power of Stephen King’s storytelling magic.
©2012 Stephen King (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
I may listen to this story again because I am a Stephen King fan, and plan on reading the Dark Tower series again. It's been a long time since the last installment and I've forgotten some of the details.
Yes to those who are fans of the series and may not be aware of the new book.
I don't have a favorite, but I do like the fact that he gave each character his or her own voice.
I thing Rolland bonding with the cooks son was the most moving.
I'd recommend this book to everyone who has been a fan and reader of the Dark Tower series since it was first published in the late 1970s. Fans would know that nearly everything King wrote had some ties to this series. I think it's honestly just a short story to get his name back into the mainstream again. Perhaps even recover some of his fans he lost since he's been writing in or about Florida instead of Maine. As the title I wrote says...after all this time its almost necessary to add in this story about some strange weather phenomenon that never once occurred or discussed in over 30 years. Oh and yet another story of Roland as a young teen gunslinger in a town with a big problem. Also more bits never mentioned in a single "palaver" in over 30 years.
It was short by King standards, we got to meet Merlin and what he thinks of Martin, and the Crimson King. And what I liked best was the backstory expanded about the "Billy Bumblers" and why they were killed off as well as another ability they have beyond those told.
Merlin seems to say that the Crimson King has much more power than he does. Why? No idea, but I thought that was interesting mixing mythologies as the whole saga always compared Roland and the Gunslingers as a sort of Knight, even some modified reference to the line of "Eld" who is supposed to be Arthur - as in King Arthur, Merlin, Camelot, etc., etc.
King did what King does. I'm a huge fan, but I honestly think even he has discovered that without those voices form the Dark Tower in his head, most of his newer stories are lacking what made him famous a terrific storyteller. The only thing different about the characters were that they were huddled up in a stone building trying to stay safe from the "weather". Oi was the most interesting character in this portion of the story in my opinion.
The same as the opening line...The man in black went across the desert and the gunslinger followed. I might have misquoted exactly, but you get the idea.
All I can hope if there would be any type of big project based around this entire story is that it be handled like Lord of the Rings with that much depth and accuracy to the real written story. Or perhaps set it up like Game of Thrones in being done as the CABLE TV program so that the entire story can be told as long as the ratings hold out.
If this were to be done like most of king stories - it would be a tragic waste of his life's work. AND for god sake, PLEASE make certain that Frank Daramont was the director/producer!! he seems to be the ONLY director that understands how king stories should be made and has proven he can do them very well.
Any one but Stephen King!!!!
Why didn't anyone stop King from narrating this book. It took away from the story for me. Love Stephen Kings writing but he needs to stick to just writing..
Love these characters and it's nice to find out a little more about Roland and his past.
Isn't it everyones dream to hear a bedtime story from their favorite author??
YES. The story is great! The Narrater holds you captive with each word. The author again takes you inside the worlds he walks in, not leaving you sitting on the sidelines watching the action.
The ending sentence - whereas I kept flipping my ipod around trying to find the MORE button!
This rates up with the library I have of Listen to Again- which I will do before this year is out.
Yes, I actually started the book in the evening, listening to the first 2 1/2 hrs. The next morning I got up early, told the world I just HAD TO get my garden in order, grabbed my thermos and spent the day outside. I actually DID get through the rest of the book that day, as I puttered around in my yard - an amazing day!
The day that I have NO new Stephen King stories to listen to will be one of the worst top 5 days of my life. In our house, he is like a treasured relative, and often the subject of conversations. Just waiting to begin the next!
No.. once was enough
Ties in with the other Gunslinger books
No, I love Stephen Kings books, but he should NEVER be allowed to read his own works. He just can't handle different voices, or add the emotion. I get the impression that he is just reading the book, not actually acting, like a really good reader will do. His pauses and inflections are never where they need to be.
Loved the story... especially Tim's ..
I haven't read the print version.
I enjoy getting more into the lives of the characters.
Good story and fits well into the Dark Tower saga. I even enjoyed the "story within a story." As for the narration, I am one of the fans who wore out tapes of the first three books. I listened to them again and again for years while awaiting Wizard in Glass. It took me a while to get used to the different narrators of the later books and I never wanted to go back and hear the remakes of the first three with those narrators. As for this story, I enjoyed returning to midworld and hearing more of Roland's life before he began his quest. I hope King eventually tells the backstory through Jericho Hill.
This is a great, quick look back into Rolland's life. Very entertaining little story. Don't be put off by King narrating. At first, it's a bit painful, but you get into the rhythm of his readying fairly quickly.
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