Outside the winds from the starkblast reverberated off the dwelling like the screams of a banshee in heat. Given that this book was written after the next book chronologically story-wise, I didn't expect much to happen in that regard. As it has been explained in 827320821 other reviews, this is a story within a story within a story. There were bin-rusties as well. Are the dragons really gone? As a bonus, we learn a bit more about Roland's mother, and a last letter she wrote to Roland. I think this is honestly my least favourite book out of the Dark Tower series. And yet I enjoyed this story.
That book seems to be either a least favorite or a most favorite with everyone. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that I care more about the world than the characters -- I care about the characters quite a lot. I have to say this again, the writing is top-notch or tip top as the Swiss would say. It is your own responsibility to adhere to these terms. Overall though, I loved it.
It seems to fit between Wizard and Glass and The Wolves of the Calla. The book is 8th in the Dark Tower series, but more appropriately can be considered book 4. Put it down to the insistent, economical and wholly distinctive authorial voice. The next morning, Tim discovers that the tyger is actually Maerlyn, a white magician, who had been trapped in the cage for years due to black magic. 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.
Here Roland discovers a bloody churn of bootprints, clawed animal tracks and terrible carnage--evidence that the 'skin-man', a shape-shifter, is at work. Unfortunately an average edition to the Dark Tower collection. 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. Here we have 3 instead of 6 stories. Contents of this site including text and media may not be reproduced without prior written consent. 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 Sigh.
The Skin Man, not so much. Read an Excerpt of the First Five Pages: Requires View the Cover Artwork: Order the Hardcover: Order the eBook: Order the Audiobook Read by Stephen : © Copyright 2012 StephenKing. Yeah, ok, so the rest of the book isn't the best. This is a wonderful edition of the Dark Tower series, and any fan of these books could do worse than to give it a read. I do love The Wind Through The Keyhole story within this book. They rose and twisted helplessly in the eddies and currents.
I love Wizard and Glass, but the Mejis flashback storyline is long. That plot already ended eight years ago. Getting everyone on board for this on Prologue: No one said that the path to the beam, on the way to the Dark Tower was going to be this hard. I'd recommend this to any King fan, especially those who've followed the Dark Tower series. The story he tells, occurs fairly soon after the Susan Delgado flashback from book four.
This book reminds me a lot of which was a babushka book. I'd still recommend this to readers of the Dark Tower and even non-readers may not be too confused. As lovely as it is to see our old friends again, the visit is so brief as to be unsatisfying. Still, any inconsistencies are small, and quite forgivable considering this excellent novel. It's a pleasing enough story, but all while I was reading it, all I could think about was 'the gang' and wishing I were back with them, walking with them, adventuring with them.
You get three stories for the price of one: one filling in the period of time that occurred between the ka-tet leaving the Emerald Palace and arriving at Call Bryn Sturgis; the second allowing a greater insight into the younger life of Roland Deschain as he recounts a mission he undertook with a friend and fellow apprentice gunslinger. I wish I could say I was, but the Quest for the Dark Tower has claimed many of lives. During this meeting, The Covenant Man reveals to Tim that it was actually Kells who killed his father, not a dragon, and with help of a scrying bowl shows Kells beating his mother, causing her to go blind. But there are times that books change who you are as a person. He didn't matter to me and so he didn't matter to the story, so I take no points off for that. Roland tells them of an adventure in his youth to keep them occupied: The story of The Skin Man. Wrong quote there, but it seems somewhat appropriate for such a polarizing little book.
As with the core books, the stories here are fantasy, but also Western, science fiction, horror, and more. Only the frame story contains Roland and his ka-tet from our world. The story is suspenseful, but perhaps not quite as suspenseful as some of King's others stories after all, we all know that Roland will survive the shapeshifter. Why, the Wind Through the Keyhole, of course! Maybe Gan will bless King with another Dark Tower book? They eventually find it and while waiting for the storm to end Roland tells them a story from his youth. Within this story is the story from which this book takes its title, which is the story of Tim Ross and his encounter with the Covenant Man, whose horse is called Blackie.
Many were gathered into the collection or appeared in other anthologies. On December 1, 2009, Stephen King posted a poll on his website, asking visitors to vote for which book he should write next and it was announced at the start of 2010 that The Wind Through the Keyhole had received most votes. But as we have lost some, we have also gained some. Just because we know the ending already well, not me , doesn't mean a story lacks tension. I would welcome a dozen more of these Midworld tales from one of the greatest storytellers of our time. While returning to Debaria with Bill, Roland performs his hypnotism trick which Roland first used in his chronological life in with one of his spare rounds of ammunition.