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 very much enjoyed this Dark Tower entry! Stephen King know how to write entertaining characters and great stories! Hopefully he will find another Gunslinger gem in him!
The story that was new but included some beloved characters. Stephen King is a master storyteller.
Stephen King is my favorite writer of all time. I admire his genius and his work has provided endless hours of enjoyment. But he is not an actor, nor is he a narrator. With all of the wonderful narrators available, including those who have performed his other novels brilliantly, I wish he would leave this part of the process to those who have the talent for it. "Read by the author" is usually not better than a true narration, and this is no exception. Stick to the forwards and afterwards, and the occasional cameo, and let the pros breathe life into your phenomenal characters. Please.
Just wanted to say thanks to the author. I'd ached to return to Midworld for quite awhile now. I'm glad Roland reappeared to tell you another tale and you were kind enough to share it with us. Hearing this read in your own voice just made it that much better. Thank you.
This was a fun trip back into dark tower series, but it is also a book that could have been passed up. It doesn't add any new details to the original story. It is not a favorite for me, but it was a fun listen. I will defend King's performance, I thought he did a fine job narrating this story. Are better narrators yes, but I have listened to him narrate before.
I have listen to every book in the Dark Tower series. This series has been one of my favorites. Previous books were well produced with great readers. Steven King is a great author, but he should not have read this book.
As long as he isn't the reader.
Frank Muller, George Guidall, or Scott Brick.
I don't know. The narration was so painful, I hated the experience.
I only finished this book out of commitment. It is very frustrating to end such a long quest with such a bad taste in my mouth.
The idea of a story within a story.
It was good, but not as good as the original Dark Tower series.
When the evil step Father died.
If I had the time yes,
Sorry, I think following a question and answer format is a waste of my time. Likewise the comments on the narrator. If the story is so bad you can not lose yourself in it and forget the narrator it is not worth the listen.
This is the first SK I have read in a while that I liked. Not as much as the original DT series but still good. I saw it described as a prequel but it is more a side track off the original story line. It's another small dose of the imagery that hooked me in the original series. This telling makes me remember how much I loved the Stephen King that wrote Black House, The Talisman, and the Dark Tower series. Maybe he is still round after all. BTW, the sneak of Chapter One of The Shinning sequel was great as well. Dr. Sleep appears to be more in the right direction.
I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.
This was a great book, and I loved how it fit into the exisiting Dark Tower series. The idea of a story inside a story inside a stroy was incredibly well executed. Some of my friends didn't care for Stephen King's narration; however, I thought he was terrific. I always prefer listening to the author because you can hear exactly how the author imagined the words to be said. I would highly recommend this book to anyone--even if they haven't read any of the other Dark Tower books.
This book was boring. It added nothing to the overall story. I have read all of SK's books, and this one did not make the cut. Come on Stephen, you must have another book on the caliber of The Green Mile. I know you do.
Yes, anything he writes.
Nearly anyone. I love your writing Stephen, but please leave the reading to someone else.
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