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The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
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Mar 11, 2011

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Read from April 28 to May 01, 2012


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 story of his youth, much like Wizard & Glass. That book seems to be either a least favorite or a most favorite with everyone. With me, it was a most favorite. So while they were lamenting the return to the early Roland days, I was excited.

But in the end, Ka got me too. King pulled a double switch on us, giving us a little Roland story within the Ka-tet story, only to have THAT one shift to a storytelling situation about a kid we never heard of from even further back. And I'm like, wtf? It's ok for a little bit, but it takes up half the damn book.

The actual story "The Wind Through the Keyhole" is this thing, a fable about a kid disguised and sold as a Dark Tower novel. Ok, so there are some Midworld references and sayings and society stuff built in, so I can see that. It was Midworldian. It was rather interesting to see some stuff in the long ago, before the world moved on.

But if it's always like that, I can see why it moved on. It was boring. That story didn't even feel like a King story. It wasn't bad. It started out alright. By the end it was even engaging. But the middle slogged on quite a bit to the point that I found my mind drifting.

Then we switch back to Young Roland and get a quick wrap up on that story, which was very intriguing and enjoyable. And finally, we switch back up to modern Roland and Ka-tet, getting a wrap up on it too. Which wasn't a wrap up as much as a "ok, we're done screwing around, let's get on with it" that leads into Book 5.

Crap, it was like reading Inception. Only not as good.

Half this book is 5-star material (Young Roland story, Modern Roland interlude). The other half of the book is 3-star (with some boring 2-star fairy chasing in the middle). We'll average it out and call it 4. I'm being generous, but it IS a Dark Tower related book. I won't call it part of the main series though. It's an extra, like The Little Sisters of Eluria or the graphic novel series.

ETA (1/27/2013): The more this book has settled in, the more I am bothered by my overly generous 4-star review. It simply doesn't deserve it. A 4-star should not leave a bad taste in my mouth 8 months after I've finished it.

It's worth reading, but simply does not measure up to the rest of the series, period.
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Kathryn :)

Angie haha my husband commented it is like Inception too!!!

Rachel I is more like The Little Sisters of Eluria or the graphic novels. It expands on the world but not the arc of the 7-novel series.

Scott Marley Very accurate points you made, I agree with them

Stepheny This makes me sad, Chris. I really enjoyed this one. I do see your points though and can understand your disappointment. The parts that bored you were my favorites. I love the fantasy elements of the Dark Tower much more than any other aspect. And I am a sucker for a kid fairy-tale type story! :)

Chris I'll reread it eventually, and maybe I'll feel differently with reset expectations.

Stepheny Chris wrote: "I'll reread it eventually, and maybe I'll feel differently with reset expectations."

Well, I'm glad you're going to reread it. I didn't mean to impose my views on you. You and I just usually are on the same page so this one surprised me is all!

Chris Yeah, it all goes back to expectations. If I had read this without several months of seeing advertising for a "new Dark Tower novel", I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more. Then the actual DT references would have been like uncovered Easter eggs, and so much cooler for all of that. Hehe

Stepheny LOL Yeah, I can see that. I just love any mention of the Dark Tower. LOL And like I said, I am such a sucker for a kid's fantasy story! LOL You know my obsession with Harry Potter.... haha

Chris Yeah, I might have seen you mention that a time or two LOL

Stepheny hahahahahha! yeahhhhhh

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