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OKKingFan

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#1
Just finished "Wind Through the Keyhole." It was OK, but I didn't think it added much to the Dark Tower saga. There are a lot of other missing pieces I would have rather read about than that. Also, not much about Roland and his ka-tet. This ranks near the bottom for me among the Dark Tower books. Going to read revised edition of The Gunslinger next, then I'm thinking of ranking them.
 

HollyGolightly

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#2
Just finished "Wind Through the Keyhole." It was OK, but I didn't think it added much to the Dark Tower saga. There are a lot of other missing pieces I would have rather read about than that. Also, not much about Roland and his ka-tet. This ranks near the bottom for me among the Dark Tower books. Going to read revised edition of The Gunslinger next, then I'm thinking of ranking them.
I can't believe you're finished already. I'm lagging. I'm bummed to hear it's not so much about the Ka-Tet - I love them!
 

Autumn Gust

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The Wind Through the Keyhole brought up strong feelings of nostalgia when I read it. The fresh material about Roland and his ka-tet was like a wonderful gift to me. I can understand someone's disappointment if they expected the book to be like another volume of the DT series. I think this book serves as a bridge to help make the Dark Tower storyline even tighter.
 

91rewoT

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#4
The Wind Through the Keyhole brought up strong feelings of nostalgia when I read it. The fresh material about Roland and his ka-tet was like a wonderful gift to me. I can understand someone's disappointment if they expected the book to be like another volume of the DT series. I think this book serves as a bridge to help make the Dark Tower storyline even tighter.
I agree totally. I always want more, more, more of the ka-tet (who doesn't?!!!) but I still loved this story.
 

OKKingFan

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#5
I should point out I did like the story, but it was a little far off topic for me. Plus, I didn't care for the interruption of one story with a really really long one. By the time we're finished with the story of Tim, I had forgotten some of the names of the characters dealing with the Skin Man. Also, for about the last four books of the series, I kept waiting to hear the story of Jericho Hill. I'm still waiting....
 

FlakeNoir

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#11
FlakeNoir, nothing wrong with pudding. It was my first DT read and opened up the rest of the series for me. In that way it will always have a specialplace for me. When I take my second DT journey I'll read it 4.5 as suggested and perhaps my opinion will change. But I don't think so.
Oh there is never anything wrong with pudding. :biggrin2: (Unless it includes dates and rhubarb, oh and sultanas... blech.)
 

kingricefan

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Jul 11, 2006
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#14
I should point out I did like the story, but it was a little far off topic for me. Plus, I didn't care for the interruption of one story with a really really long one. By the time we're finished with the story of Tim, I had forgotten some of the names of the characters dealing with the Skin Man. Also, for about the last four books of the series, I kept waiting to hear the story of Jericho Hill. I'm still waiting....
Oh, I would love to Read King's version of the Battle of Jericho Hill!!! I would also like to read what happened when Roland met up with Rhea (that b*tch!) again!
 

blunthead

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Aug 2, 2006
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#15
I enjoyed it for one very simple reason-I got to spend more time with my favorite character of all time. Oy! :smile-new:
And that book really focused a lot on billy bumblers, didn't it? I really liked that.
The Wind Through the Keyhole brought up strong feelings of nostalgia when I read it. The fresh material about Roland and his ka-tet was like a wonderful gift to me. I can understand someone's disappointment if they expected the book to be like another volume of the DT series. I think this book serves as a bridge to help make the Dark Towerstoryline even tighter.
One of my favorite aspects of DT was the incredible language sK created. Keyhole was absolutely ripe with that. I was much more impressed than I imagined I'd be with sK's ability to insert a new novel into the middle of an existing masterpiece. I won't go on and on about what I mean; suffice to say, I don't perceive it as an interruption or that it doesn't absolutely belong and right where it is.
 
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Just finished "Wind Through the Keyhole." It was OK, but I didn't think it added much to the Dark Tower saga. There are a lot of other missing pieces I would have rather read about than that. Also, not much about Roland and his ka-tet. This ranks near the bottom for me among the Dark Tower books. Going to read revised edition of The Gunslinger next, then I'm thinking of ranking them.
I don't want to gush and become obnoxious, but this is like a return to the story as it started. It is like a door opened and King stepped out into the midworld and saw more of the story much like 'wizards and glass'. The later books were like someone trying to finish an odious and unsavory job as fast as possible so that they didn't have to do it anymore. This part of the tale is filled with the wonder that was missing from the last three. I don't care if he never writes another or if he writes ten more,as long as he steps through that door and is filled with the wonder that he expressed in volumes 1-4.5. Like the first four books, The wind through the keyhole is complete immersion in midworld and the beam actually exists and when you read it you can feel it pulling at you and drawing you on.I hope Stephen King writes more of them as they call him and come to him, not just to get them written. He said he started these stories as a way of passing time between other tales, and I want him to write them that way or not at all. The beam is strong and the tower awaits, but it has to be the tower as it truly is, not as an outsider writes it.
 
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blunthead

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#19
The Wind Through the Keyhole brought up strong feelings of nostalgia when I read it. The fresh material about Roland and his ka-tet was like a wonderful gift to me. I can understand someone's disappointment if they expected the book to be like another volume of the DT series. I think this book serves as a bridge to help make the Dark Tower storyline even tighter.
Me too. I think if I'd read it very soon after finishing the original seven, I might have thought differently of it than when I did read it. I loved it.
 
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