The Wind Through the Keyhole

The Wind Through the Keyhole

A Dark Tower Novel

eBook - 2014
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In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World, the spectacular territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga that stands as his most beguiling achievement. Roland Deschain and his ka-tet'Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler'encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two ... and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past. In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his mother's death, Roland is sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man" preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast's most recent slaughter. Only a teenager himself, Roland calms the boy and prepares him for the following day's trials by reciting a story from the Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother often read to him at bedtime. "A person's never too old for stories," Roland says to Bill. "Man and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them." And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us. King began the Dark Tower series in 1974; it gained momentum in the 1980s; and he brought it to a thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published in 2003 and 2004. The Wind Through the Keyhole is sure to fascinate avid fans of the Dark Tower epic. But this novel also stands on its own for all readers, an enchanting and haunting journey to Roland's world and testimony to the power of Stephen King's storytelling magic.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2014
ISBN: 9781451658927
1451658923
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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nbcrook
Oct 10, 2017

I enjoyed this one. Even though it doesn't contribute to the main quest of the Dark Tower series, the nested narration still captures the same sense of adventure present in the earlier books.

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LylaD
Sep 11, 2017

This supplement tale to the Dark Tower series does not even come close to the writing style that I loved in the main books, and was actually quite disappointing. It did not add much to the overall plot of the series, or reveal anything that I wished the author had provided more insight upon originally. The few important points about Roland's younger days that were touched upon here were not expanded enough outside of the nested tales to enable you to better understand what makes Roland who is, and why he became so, which I had hoped to read here. It really was just a tale told by Roland while the katet was waiting out a storm, don't expect anything more.

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kickassbass
Aug 09, 2014

Part of remaining top of the game in pop literature is to know what to keep and what to toss out. Kings 1st instinct to exclude this from the GunSlinger saga was correct. It's a bore. He must have been donating the proceeds for this book to charity or just wanted to clear the shelves!

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gsbenham1986
Jun 23, 2014

The novel doesn't contribute much to The Dark Tower mythology but is a fine read nonetheless.

eexilas Dec 30, 2013

This was the first Stephen King book I have ever read. Now I'm hooked on Stephen King (though I'm only up to my second book). I like the way he was able to pull off writing three stories like he did.

rlbishop7880 Jan 29, 2013

It is such a treat to return to Mid-world and the characters we have come to care so deeply for. This book is very much a stand alone story that is in no way essential to the thread of the Dark Tower saga “proper”. Nevertheless, King brought the world back in its entirety. The story itself tends to blur the line between myth and history (but then again, the world has moved on and time is in flux). If you’re afraid it won’t bring back the detail and sheer awesomeness of the main epic, you obviously don’t read a lot of Stephen King. Also, the fact that this is a downright short book (compared to the 800+page volumes we’re used to) makes it an enjoyable read to start and even finish in a single day.

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owenyunfat
Aug 02, 2012

This title adds nothing to the Dark Tower series and as a stand alone book is very weak for a Stephen King novel. I lost interest whilst reading, which I rarely do and couldn't wait to finish it, so I could start reading something else. I loved the Dark Tower novels and like other great series in all forms of media somethings should just be left alone. This novel is what Prometheus is to the Alien franchise only more unnecessary.

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danielestes
Aug 01, 2012

Stephen King's magnum opus, the Dark Tower series, officially concluded in 2004 with the eponymously titled 7th volume. And then beginning in 2007, the world of Roland Deschain found new life in a popular comic book prequel series. And now talks of both movie and TV adaptations have gone from rumor to (nearly) a reality. (As I write this, the project hasn't officially been green-lit but the producers hope to start shooting next year.) Since the stories of Mid-World are alive and continually evolving, I was delighted to learn that King had written another volume for the series, The Wind Through the Keyhole.

The timeline for this one takes place between books #4 (Wizard and Glass) and #5 (Wolves of the Calla), and fans should be pleased how it adds to the tale of Roland and his Ka-Tet while maintaining the consistency of the later novels. The story meanders some in the middle, and King's Mid-World jargon can get a little distracting at times, but overall this is a fine addition to the saga.

Blue_Horseshoe Jul 20, 2012

I started this with an uneasy feeling. I wasn't sure what to expect. I loved the Dark tower series, even if it was a little "fantastical". it was a cross between science fiction and a spaghetti western, not a bad combo. I also think that King is truly one of the greatest American writers in history, not BS.

This did not disappoint even a notch. I jumped right into the talk and cadence of the gunslingers - and absolutely ate up the story within the story.

I hope that SK continues with this, the limits to these side stories are boundless. Please SK keep these coming. I would love to hear a more detailed account of the Battle of Jericho Hill.

Ka is a wheel my friend.

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shanauer
Jun 19, 2012

Stephen King can write for me any day. A rolicking good read by one of the masters.

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maiyag
Jun 11, 2012

Time is a keyhole. Yes, I think so. We sometimes bend and peer through it. And the wind we feel on our cheeks when we do—the wind that blows through the keyhole—is the breath of all the living universe.

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