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The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel (The Dark Tower #4.5)

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In a storytelling tour de force, Stephen King explores an uncharted corner of the Dark Tower universe—and the early days of the gunslinger Roland—with the twice-told tale of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man,” who inspires fear and wonder, fantasies and bedtime stories, and one boy’s savagely real nightmares.
Paperback, 309 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Gallery Books (first published 2012)
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Oliver Brackenbury I'd read it after book seven. It's a story within a story that doesn't really spoil anything from book five on and I found a pleasant return to world…moreI'd read it after book seven. It's a story within a story that doesn't really spoil anything from book five on and I found a pleasant return to world - if not really the characters (you barely see the main cast) - of the series.

But honestly, as long as you read it after book four then you're in the clear.(less)
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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
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
May 30, 2012 seak rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dark Tower lovers and lovers of a well-written tale.
Shelves: 2012, stephen-king
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
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 '
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.
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
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

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

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
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
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
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Does this guy ever stop? I sure hope not. Live forever, Stevie baby, live forever.

3.5 stars
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.
Apr 29, 2012 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Paul Nelson
I listened to the audio version of The Wind through the Keyhole, narrated by the author himself, which I think made it that little bit more special because Stephen King has one of those voices in more ways than one, that demands your attention as if you’re listening to a master story-teller. Which you definitely are.

The Wind through the Keyhole is a nail-biting story about the trials and tribulations of a young boy named Tim Ross, told to Roland by his mother as a young boy.

Roland & his Ka-
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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 (view spoiler) ...more
Franco  Santos
El tiempo es un ojo de cerradura. Sí, eso creo. A veces nos agachamos y atisbamos a su través. Y el viento que entonces sentimos en la mejilla, el viento que sopla por la cerradura, es el aliento de todo el universo viviente.
Un libro del cual me esperaba muy poco y me terminó dando muchísimo. Forma parte de la saga de La Torre Oscura pero no es indispensable para entender la misma.
—¿Y si me caigo? —Gritó Tim.
Maerlyn se rió.
—Tarde o temprano, todos lo hacemos.
Es una novela conformada por h
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
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!
Nandakishore Varma
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Joanne Harris
I'm no longer awarding stars on here, as so many people seem to fixate on the number of stars, rather than the review itself. But in this book - a perfectly-constructed addendum to the Dark Tower series - the author seems very much at home with what he does best - telling stories. The twitches of discomfort evident in MR MERCEDES - partly due to Stephen King's lack of familiarity with modern crime-solving procedure and his impatience with the details of modern slang and technology - are wholly a ...more
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

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..
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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
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
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
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
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“What if I fall?', Tim cried.

Maerlyn laughed. 'Sooner or later, we all do.”
“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.” 64 likes
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