The Stories We Hear in Childhood Are The Ones We Remember All Of Our Lives

(The Wind Through The Keyhole) I don’t know if Stephen King will return to the Dark Tower again, or if he wants to, but we know that he at least did at one point, because this is part of the main Dark Tower series. Although it came years after the end of the series, it … Continue reading The Stories We Hear in Childhood Are The Ones We Remember All Of Our Lives

The Trip Has Been Long And The Cost Has Been High… But No Great Thing Was Ever Attained Easily

(The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII) We’re here. To steal a quote from another epic series, one that this series owes a lot to: here, at the end of all things. Except it’s not, not really. After seven books (plus an eighth that I won’t be able to touch on for a while yet) … Continue reading The Trip Has Been Long And The Cost Has Been High… But No Great Thing Was Ever Attained Easily

It’s Wonderful How Everyone Seems to Think They Know Just What Ka Means for Them

(Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI) I’m of the opinion that Song of Susannah is hugely underrated. And I think I know why. It’s that slide effect the last three books have. Wolves of the Calla takes you up the stairs and onto the slide, then pushes you to start the sliding. The Dark … Continue reading It’s Wonderful How Everyone Seems to Think They Know Just What Ka Means for Them

Head Clear. Mouth Shut. See Much. Say Little.

(Wolves of the Calla: The Dark Tower V) Before I get too into the story, I want to announce, for anyone who might be following along in real time, a change to the timeline. When I got the idea to start writing this, it was a couple of months after I decided to read all … Continue reading Head Clear. Mouth Shut. See Much. Say Little.

I Was Raised to Be Polite, But Not to Suffer Bullshit

(Wizard and Glass: The Dark Tower IV) On a Reddit thread, I recently described Wizard and Glass as a book that I thought was “unfairly controversial”. And on re-read, I think I stand by that. This is a book I love. This is a book that quite a lot of Stephen King fans and Dark … Continue reading I Was Raised to Be Polite, But Not to Suffer Bullshit

I Kill With My Heart, Motherfucker

(The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower III)4 The first three Dark Tower books have always been the ones I find most difficult to get through. Of the three, this is the easiest one. I like the beginning of the book where they’re getting Jake from New York into Mid-World. And Blaine the Mono shows up … Continue reading I Kill With My Heart, Motherfucker

We Are Going To Fight. We Are Going To Be Hurt. And In The End, We Will Stand.

(The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of The Three) If it’s a question of quality, I personally think that the second Dark Tower book is far better than the first. It might be because the first one has been re-edited — it always feels a bit disjointed to me, and the second one flows better. … Continue reading We Are Going To Fight. We Are Going To Be Hurt. And In The End, We Will Stand.

The Man in Black Fled Across the Desert, and The Gunslinger Followed

(The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I) I normally try to title the post with a less notable quote, but really, how can you not quote that first line? I will admit, I had trouble getting into this book the first time I read it. I actually came to The Dark Tower series through Wizard and … Continue reading The Man in Black Fled Across the Desert, and The Gunslinger Followed