As a longtime fan of King, I've not always agreed with every decision he's made, while respecting his right to do whatever he wants with his own writing. For example, there are things I like and don't like about the revised edition of The Gunslinger, in which he made several changes to the book's tone and some aspects of the characters' personalities, as well as to much of the dialogue. I appreciate any and all Mid-World fiction King wants to treat us with, but I'm not wild about changes being made to beloved material. That brings us to The Wind through the Keyhole, King's latest re-entry into the Dark Tower universe. Noting the five-star rating I've given it, you can safely assume I'm pleased with this addition to the canon. Here's why.
When I first heard about this project, I thought it made good sense. King mentioned that after some reflection, he realized there was a gap between Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla, and has referred to this novel as "Dark...
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When a true master storyteller embarks on a journey from his own heart, he does the reader a favor by taking them with him. This is regardless of the consequences. Stephen King has done this with The Dark Tower series, and the brilliantly crafted afterthought The Wind Through The Keyhole. While Hollywood has taken the reins of The Gunslinger, one would hope a separate movie is made of The Wind Through the Keyhole for not only is it a story within a story, it's a damn good portrait of the boundless imagination of one of our masters. Say what you will about Stephen King, and the question of form and content. Leave those arguments for James Joyce, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway (who broke a lot of rules himself). Stephen King writes for the story. He wants to reach inside your body and pull out all of the guts inside, and then watch you wither and shake on some desert plateau in New Mexico or Arizona. Much like the Skinman. Without spoiling too much here, let us remember that Stephen...
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