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The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower IV-1/2 Mass Market Paperback – February 26, 2013
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“It’s both a pleasure and a surprise to encounter The Wind Through the Keyhole, a new, largely independent narrative set in a previously unexplored corner of Roland’s universe.” (The Washington Post)
“Masterful . . . King shows himself to be an ace storyteller yet again, spinning yarns like a favorite relative about a hero and his adventures in a world like our own but just slightly skewed.” (USA Today)
“Each nested narrative delivers its fair share of suspense, action and solid character work. King knows this fictional universe intimately, and his love for it shines through every page.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“Vivid and precise . . . A genre mash-up of horror/western/detective fiction, in which our hero rides into town to wade through gore, solve a mystery, and bring justice to an unruly frontier town.” (Esquire)
“A fairy tale of great adventure and beauty.” (Vulture)
“Pitch-perfect . . . Even those who aren’t familiar with the series will find the conclusion both satisfying and moving.” (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Bill Hodges Trilogy—Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), Finders Keepers, and End of Watch; the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams; Revival; Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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As for this book, it starts off after the end of Wizard and glass, with Roland giving a story from his past when he was a young gunslinger in a nearby town from Gilead to deal with a "Skin-Man" creature terrorizing and slaughtering the community. But halfway into that story he begins telling another story, more of a fairy tale, about a young boy on a quest to save his mother from his abusive step father.
I don't really want to go further into it, but the gist is basically a story within a story, so it may throw some off a bit but trust me, the wind through the keyhole is very engaging, never boring, and in my opinion one of the best editions of the series. I've read the other dark tower novels and are my favorite of King's works. This was a great read and made it blast to be able to relive Roland and all the other characters in the series.
Highly recommended for Dark Tower fans and newcomers alike.
When Roland Deschain and his full ka-tet are caught in an epic storm they must take shelter and are given an unheard of moment to do nothing. As all fans of the Tower know this not a time the know how to fill. Their gunna does not hold this skill but Roland knows how to hold our interest as well as his ka-tet's so he spins a yarn to pass the time. As Roland draws in those listening to his story around the fire with him he also fills our heads with his voice as our eyes follow the words. Swiftly our heads are filled with the entire world that he speaks of and it is impossible to remember that you are only reading. When we are drawn into Stephen King's witchcraft in writing, Roland takes us back to one of the first journeys his father sent him upon after the young gunslinger had to dispatch his mother and came to terms with the state his teacher would not return from. As he delves deep into the details of what happened while he and fellow gunslinger Jamie undertake a perilous task it feels as if we are with them.
But in the middle of the unsavpry business they were sent to attend to Roland tells a story once told to him by his mother. As this story overtakes us we become aware of so much more of the world in which the Dark Tower resides. The yarn Roland spins is thrilling and terrifying as well as exciting and eye opening. As each page is turned we are privy to a couple of lost pieces of his youth which have driven my intrigue back to the beginning once again. (I have already begun reading The Dark Tower series again for the umpteenth time & it will reveal even more to me once again.)
I loved this book just as I have loved all of the books in the Dark Tower series. I applaud Stephen King's ability bewitch me to the point of having to start over every time he grabs my attention with only the mention of the gunslinger or the man in black. I have to force myself to read a new book in between each of the books in the Dark Tower series every time that I read the entire series once again. I live for the moments I am able to get lost in this world even if I am working out at the same time or listening to an audible copy while driving down the road. These books bring something new to my life each time that I read then and this one has made me remember that I am stouthearted myself. My hat is off to you Mr. King. I will always hold you in the highest regard. Hile.
When I first heard about this project, I thought it made good sense. King mentioned that after some reflection, he realized there was a gap between Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla, and has referred to this novel as "Dark Tower 4 ½." Let's go back in time a bit. Years before King was hit by a van and nearly killed, he always said that The Dark Tower would be a series of about seven or eight novels. After the accident, King attacked the story like a man possessed, determined, as he also mentioned several times, not to end up like Geoffrey Chaucer with a hugely ambitious literary work that didn't get finished. He steamrolled through writing three final novels, ensuring that his story's fate wouldn't end up the same as Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Now, after several healthy years recovering from the accident and resuming his career, he seems less pressured and more interested in enriching the story. And like King, I also sensed a gap between DT 4 and 5, one that didn't exist between the other novels. Sure, Jake, Eddie, and Susannah have progressed noticeably from the end of The Drawing of the Three to their first appearance in The Waste Lands, but not to the point that it seemed like a great deal of time had passed, as it did between 4 and 5.
The best thing about The Wind through the Keyhole to me is that the book doesn't change anything, but it adds much. It bridges the gap and fills in that missing time, establishing a more cohesive flow between books 4 and 5, while offering Dark Tower junkies like myself another glimpse into King's fantastic creation with stories of Roland's past. I don't know if I'm alone here, but I was looking for more of Roland's back-story than I got when Wizard and Glass was published. I loved the story of his ordeal in Mejis, but I thought the flashback would have a wider scope, that it wouldn't be mostly concentrated on one summer from his youth. The stories within Wind through the Keyhole open up a bit more of that past with rich storytelling that helps flesh out Roland's early years and negates the concern of what the stakes will be for him and his current ka-tet. As others have noted, we know all of the characters are safe, so a worry going in was, what is there to provide suspense? Once you get lost in Mid-World's past, that concern will fade and the joy of experiencing that magical world only presented in tantalizing fragments in the other Dark Tower novels (except DT 4, of course) will set in. Wizard and Glass proved that flashbacks like these can be thrilling even if you know the characters will survive. They're great fun, allowing King to delve into the history of Mid-World and the forces that shaped Roland's personality. The Wind through the Keyhole is, for me, a welcome addition to Tower lore.
I actually can't wait to go back and re-read the entire series with this book added to the timeline. It's impossible that King was able to squeeze in all of the ideas that he wanted to develop when he wrote those last three books, considering that he took years in between each of the others, and that Roland promises at the end of Wizard and Glass he has a "tale for another day" that must be told before reaching the Tower. I feel like we're now getting some of those ideas that might've come naturally if King's accident hadn't given him a pressing urgency to finish the story as soon as possible. Maybe not everyone will agree with me, and maybe even some will refuse to accept this book into the Dark Tower family; to that, I'd say they will always have the freedom of skipping it and ignoring what it adds to the story. As for me, I'm grateful that King decided to give us a little bit more. You never know, he might even decide one day to give those readers unhappy with the ending of Dark Tower 7 the final version where Roland reaches the Tower with the Horn of Eld in tow. Whether he does or not, The Wind through the Keyhole opens the door for future possibilities with this series.