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The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
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May 11, 2017

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An interesting read and while more of King's Dark Tower is always welcome, this is definitely the weakest of the Tower books. It's a semi-standalone novel and as such is superfluous to the overall story.
for me the issue with the book is the three part layered narrative, with Roland's ka-tet spending a night waiting out a storm and Roland telling a story of his youth; then within that story young Roland telling a story to a young boy.

The third story, the titular Wind Through The Keyhole, didn't really work for me, as it's framed as a tale Roland was told at his mother's knee, but no attempt is made to alter the narrative voice or style and the story is far too full of extraneous Tower lore & nods to feel convincing as a "story" rather instead this feels like King setting up a new character for spin-off stories. it also takes up a full 1/3 of the book, leaving only a few pages left at the end to tie up the more interesting skinchanger story and the ka-tet layer.

For fans, it's likely a welcome addition to the lore, but avoidable for casual readers of the books. Still worth reading but I'd far rather read a full book about young Roland or the ka-tet.

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