The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower #4.5)
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In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World, the spectacular territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga that stands as his most beguiling achievement.

Roland Deschain and his ka-tet—Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler—encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to th...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Scribner
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Kemper
Shenanigans! I cry shenanigans on Stephen King!

King put me through years of mental torture with The Dark Tower series, but I was able to forgive once he finally delivered a fitting ending to that saga. So I had a lot of concerns about him returning to the story of Roland. I worried that King had come down with a vicious case of Lucasitis that was going to have him tinkering with this story repeatedly.

However, King’s public statements indicated that it would not change the core Dark Tower story...more
Dan Schwent
While taking shelter from a storm along the Path of the Beam, Roland tells his ka-tet a story from his youth, about going up against a skin-man with Jamie DeCurry, in which he tells a frightened youth yet another story to bolster his courage...

First off, it pains me to give a Dark Tower book less than four stars but I thought this one was on par with Wizard and Glass.

The Wind Through the Keyhole is really three tales nested within one another. One features our beloved ka-tet, somewhere between t...more
Seak (Bryce L.)
May 30, 2012 Seak (Bryce L.) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dark Tower lovers and lovers of a well-written tale.
Welcome to flashback town, population - Wizard and Glass and The Wind Through the Keyhole.



(It's a terrible ride btw, unless you enjoy your head getting bashed over and over again.)

Wizard and Glass may have the record for length of flashback, but Wind Through the Keyhole goes Inception* on that flashback with a flashback** within a flashback.

*It's still accepted to reference Inception right?

**Okay, really it's a story within a flashback, but the story is a flashback to an even younger Roland te...more
Christina
OK ... This book has nowhere near come out. SO HOW IN THE HELL CAN PEOPLE RATE IT ALREADY? I'm giving it five stars just to counteract the negativity.
Mitchel Broussard
As a bridge between Wizard and Glass & Wolves of the Calla, this book couldn't be more perfect. It draws on the dark, down-to-earth nostalgia of growing up in a harsh, mean world that Wizard did beautifully, but it also introduces the bat-shit crazy, heady material of alternate dimensions and dense mythos that Wolves began introducing in its later pages. So it may not move the overall plot forward, but it's not supposed to. That plot already ended eight years ago. This is a bridge book. A bo...more
Trudi

Sigh. Well, it's finished. I will now try and express some of my deep disappointments here even though it will hurt me to do so. Kemper's review captures much of what frustrated me and left me feeling cheated by the whole affair. To be promised another Dark Tower installment and offered this underwhelming book in its place, so loosely tethered to the source material as to feel as if someone else wrote it, a comical pastiche in parts that tries too hard to be Dark Tower worthy -- well, it just le...more
Kevin Michael
It was good to be back in Midworld, if only for a short visit. This book is three stories in one, and those looking for an expansion of the quest for the Tower will be disappointed. Only the frame story contains Roland and his ka-tet from our world. Roland tells Jake, Eddie, and Susannah a tale from his days as a young gunslinger, but even that story is just another frame for the true story: The Wind Through the Keyhole, a fairytale Roland's mother told him when he was a young boy. The fairytale...more
TJ
A wonderful entry into the Dark Tower series that King supposedly completed in 2004. Think of this as DT 4.5, after Glass and before Wolves. We don't spend much time with the Ka-tet, as Roland tells them a story of his past while they take shelter from a storm (a "starkblast"--great imagery behind that name). As Roland tells the tale of hunting a shifter in a small town, King then takes it further and tells a story WITHIN the story, that of a boy who must attempt to save his mother's life. It's...more
Chris
....

Uummmmm. What do I say? For as long as I've been on GR, I've seen the debate on the Dark Tower. Which story era is more enjoyable? The "present day (sorta)" ka-tet of Roland, Susannah, Eddie, Jake, and Oy. Or the "Young Roland" era when he ran with Alain, Cuthbert, and Jamie?

So as I'm about to start this book, I find out that many of the "present day" crews are disappointed because we get a little time with the ka-tet, only to have the story shift back in time with Roland telling another sto...more
Becky
3.5 Stars
Believe it or not, there was a time when I hadn't read the Dark Tower series... but we don't talk about that. It's a painful time in my history, and polite company lets me keep my shame to myself. But I mention it because since stepping foot into the Tower multiverse, everything changed. I thought I was a Stephen King fan until I read the Dark Tower series, but I had no idea how much I could love King and his books. I adore this series. No other series or book can claim a higher spot i...more
Jeanette
Does this guy ever stop? I sure hope not. Live forever, Stevie baby, live forever.

3.5 stars
Jennifer
Apr 29, 2012 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kevin
Shelves: fiction
Adding this with some trepidation and suspicion, as the last two books in this series were so bad. This appears to be a prequel and could be better. But if Stephen King appears as a character in it, all bets are off.

Updating this on 4/29/12: I read this today. So much better than the last two Dark Tower books. This one takes place in the middle of things, between books 4 and 5. It is a novella within a story within yet another story. It was a fine quick read, and nice to spend another spell with...more
Joel
I have read a few negative reviews of this book that make excellent points about why this is a disappointing addition to the Dark Tower canon. I can't really disagree with them. And yet I enjoyed this story. The difference, I think, lies more with my expectations than the execution.

My favorite part of the Dark Tower is the world King slowly assembled over the course of the series, and the way he eventually tied it in to a dozen or so of his other novels, creating a vast meta-fictional landscape....more
Mark Lawrence
The headline here is that I almost never read a book in 3 days - but I did this one and I was up past my bedtime turning pages.

Stephen King has written this series across the whole span of his adult life & both the character and quality of the series change across the decades (and also between front and back cover). For me Dark Tower as a whole is often spectacular, sometimes a bit weak, but mostly very good.

The Wind Through The Keyhole (TWTTK) is set just after my favourite of the series '...more
Melissa
As The Dark Tower 4.5, this book sits right at the point in the series where, for me, it all went downhill. Too much time passed between books back then and the characters stopped being who they were and started being who Stephen King was telling me they were. From Wolves of the Calla on, I could never shake the picture in my head of King sitting behind the words, plinking on about commalas and positronics and swapping consonants needlessly for apostrophes. When he wrote himself into the whole t...more
Kevin Xu
This book can be read as a standalong as this book has nothing to do with the main story of the Dark Tower series, but more of a black story as Wizard and Glass and The Dark Tower Graphic Novels are as a black story. This right after Wizard and Glass as Roland and Company hides from a coming story as Roland tells a story about his past where he brings his mother, and how he hunts down a Magican known as the Skin-Man, who can change into different forms of animals at night, killing people. While...more
Kelli Lee
Apr 30, 2012 Kelli Lee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dark Tower fans and everyone else
Recommended to Kelli by: Me, myself, and I
Nothing short of amazing, this story within a story within a story. I want to say more, but for the time being, what a bittersweet feeling I'm left with. Having to say good-bye yet again to my beloved Oy, Jake, and Roland. Especially Oy. I sincerely hope there will be more revisits, journeys into the Dark Tower world. And what a journey it was!

And for those wondering if they can read/ enjoy this book actually never having read The Dark Tower series. Here's your answer, in the form of a snippet...more
Bob Milne
Stephen King begins The Wind Through the Keyhole with a nod to Robin Furth and the gang at Marvel Comics. It's a fitting dedication since, with the exception of a narrative framing piece, this really could have (perhaps even should have) been a story arc in the comic series.

That's not to say I disliked it, just that it really adds nothing of value or context to the overall Dark Tower saga. It's nice to revisit friends, and immeasurably comforting to fall back into the language of Mid-World (say...more
Rob Hermanowski
Stephen King himself narrated the audiobook version of this Dark Tower release, and I am happy to say he does a masterful job! Any fan of the Dark Tower series will want to read (or listen to) this book. It is essentially a story within a story that Roland tells the rest of his ka-tet (fans will know) during their travels. Highly recommended!
Wendell Adams
I've been plowing along with The Dark Tower series for a little while now, and it has been a love/hate relationship at best, though more love than hate lately. Sometimes, however, you just stumble upon the perfect book; it has the right character with the right story for you at just the right time of your life. The Wind Through the Keyhole is that book for me I suppose, and if you are mesmerized by Roland the Gunslinger and the world he grew to manhood in, this book will also be that for you. It...more
Rachel
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Evan Leach
Eight years after the Dark Tower series wrapped up, Stephen King returned to Mid-World in 2012. And boy, it felt good to go back. The Wind Through the Keyhole takes place between books four and five of the original series, and features a somewhat unusual A-B-C-B-A structure. The “A” plot (about 15% of the book) fills in some of the gap between Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla, focusing on Roland and his Ka-Tet (Eddie, Susannah, Jake, and Oy) as they make their way to Calla Bryn Sturgis....more
Chris
I have had some time to think about my review of this book and there is so much I want to say. The only problem I find is the fact that most of what I want to say will spoil the book and the series for anyone who reads this. I can't write a review with spoilers because I want anyone who reads this review or the book to be surprised along the way as I was. So bear with me and I will do my best to write a good review.

Having read the Dark Tower series I know what happens down the beam, having a bo...more
Traci
First a little back ground. I'm still currently reading The Dark Tower books for the first time. Actually I'm stopped where this book takes place. Between four and five. Secondly I'm not sure I'm a fan. They're okay but...they just aren't speaking to me. Also King is kind of a hit or miss to me. I either love him or he's meh.

I recommend fans who haven't read this yet to keep their hopes down. It's not strictly speaking a gunslinger book. Roland is barely in it. The others even less. Roland is te...more
Alex Maidy
Jun 20, 2012 Alex Maidy marked it as to-read
I just got my copy of the Donald E Grant first edition, signed by illustrator Jae Lee! Limited to 5,000 copies! I cannot wait to start reading it!
Jason P

A story within a story through my Ear-hole: A Dark Tower Afterthought

Welcome back? to Mid-World, where uncle Steve continues his long palavery-journey!

I really enjoyed this book and I thank a friend (you know who you are) for letting me know this was book 4.5, and not Dark Tower book 8. Either way, this book can be read not only at the end of the series, as I assume many had done, but this is also a stand alone story as well.

It was a story within a story within a story - and somehow King nails i...more
Jeremy
Wizard and Glass is the best DT book, and this sequential follow-up to it is probably the second best. Unlike George Lucas, Stephen King has found gold in the more classical backstory of the Gunslinger. It is an almost perfect mixture of fantasy, western, and horror, followed by a superb postmodern fairy tale. If you're the type to have a conniption because Jake is practicing with a gun on page 2, then these concentric circles of stories aren't for you. There are beautiful stretches of matured w...more
Dustin


I adored every word, and it definitely qualifies as a DT novel. It just left me wanting more...more of Roland and his Ka-Tet, more of the sighe (she's an awesome character, BTW.) Maybe I was anticipating too much because I'm used to being spoiled by King, and he very rarely disappoints, IMO, but I also wanted to know more about Roland's youthful adventures, young Bill Streeter, Tim "Stoutheart," and a things or two more that I won't mention here.
I think there are more questions than answers..
I'...more
Grace
A story within a story is one of my favourite tropes. A story within a story within a story? It’s even better. You know I said this about the Wizard and Glass but the flashbacks, the sprinklings of backstory, and detours from the main story, it just works so well. I look forward to them. In a long series like this you’d expect to be annoyed to not have a clear path to the end by now but it’s just such an intoxicating and addictive world I *want* to linger a little longer. I honestly don’t give a...more
James Renner
I finished reading the last page of The Dark Tower series on a flight into Bangor, in 2004. I cried. I had come to know Roland, Jake, Eddie, Susannah, and Oy very well over the course of my teenage years it was like losing a friend. The ending is so complete I never thought I’d chance to see them again. But you can never say never with ol’ Uncle Steve. He’s got a lot of tricks in his bag, that one. This is just to say I was quite happy to hear he’d written another novel set in the Dark Tower uni...more
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“In the end, the wind takes everything, doesn't it? And why not? Why other? If the sweetness of our lives did not depart, there would be no sweetness at all.” 55 likes
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