I started reading these years ago and finished them once already in about 2006. I found them so fascinating then that I decided to read all 7 novels in order, all over again. This is the 3rd on the series of 7. I have just recently read the first 2. Although each novel does stand on it's own, I recommend you start reading at book one, the Gunslinger. I read "Lord of the Rings" as a child (all 3 books) and those always held a special fascination for me (I've read them again at least 4 times as an adult), and this Stephen King series really reminds me very much like LOTR. It is an epic journey from the first book until the last. But be warned; once you start reading the first book you will be hooked. They are extremely addictive and just get better and better with each novel. I am looking forward to the day when they begin to make these books into films but I really hope they do it justice and make at least one film for book. They are just too good to edit down to one 2-hour movie. Much would be lost. I highly recommend this series of novels and Amazon makes the Kindle download so easy!!