There Was Magical Thinking; There Was Also Magical Doing

("The Gingerbread Girl", Just After Sunset) I had that strange experience with Just After Sunset — the one where I know I’ve read this book, I am pretty sure that I owned a hard copy of this book at some point and read it immediately upon acquiring it, as I do with most Stephen King … Continue reading There Was Magical Thinking; There Was Also Magical Doing

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.

Tonight, However, The Impossible Was Selling Cheap

(From A Buick 8) I feel like From A Buick 8 is one of those King books that gets overlooked entirely or just isn’t much liked. And that sort of makes sense — after all, didn’t he already write the evil car story with Christine? And if that wasn’t enough for you, you could always … Continue reading Tonight, However, The Impossible Was Selling Cheap

Ka Was A Wheel; It Was Also A Net From Which None Ever Escaped

("The Little Sisters of Eluria", Everything's Eventual) Everything’s Eventual is one of those books that I like just as much for the notes King adds about each story as I do for the stories themselves. I always like to see that kind of information about his thought processes and story ideas. Hopefully, should I ever … Continue reading Ka Was A Wheel; It Was Also A Net From Which None Ever Escaped

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

It Ain’t The Blows We’re Dealt That Matter, But The Ones We Survive

(Rose Madder) Rose Madder is another one that’s not generally a favorite across the wide world of King fans, and I think he’s said in the past that it’s his least-read book. The thing is, I don’t think it’s bad at all, in fact I like it, but I just don’t have a lot of … Continue reading It Ain’t The Blows We’re Dealt That Matter, But The Ones We Survive

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