[What’s that sound? Is it the clanging of pitchforks & the lighting torches to take revenge for that poor comparison? Relax Constant Readers, I jest!!]
The latest of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series chronicles the journey of Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake & Oy between books 4 & 5 of the series. The book is essentially three stories in one.
The first involves the Ka-tet’s progress toward the Dark Tower after leaving the “Emerald City” (Wizard & Glass). The group comes upon a river crossing and befriends the ferryman. He warns them of an impending vicious storm that promises sub-freezing temperatures that kill, almost instantly, everything exposed.
After finding shelter and warmth, Roland shares the story of the “Skin man”. This tale recounts an assignment given to him as a young gunslinger. He and a fellow gunslinger are charged with finding out what is responsible for a series of deaths that local villagers are blaming on a shape-shifting entity.
After finding a survivor of the latest attack, Roland comforts the young man by telling him a fairy tale his mother used to tell him before he became a gunslinger. It is a cautionary tale of bravery, trust, and redemption. It is this fairy tale that takes up the majority of the book. But, it is wrapped nicely by the other two.
All three parts involve characters that have been part of the other seven novels. They provide further insight into the lives, motivations or influences of those characters.
I can only hope that there will be The Dark Tower 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, 5.5, & 6.5.
Hey! A guy can dream!!
Here is an updated list of books I will be reading for the 2013 Catch Up Reading Challenge:
Wizard & Glass: The Dark Tower IV by Stephen King Wolves of the Calla: The Dark Tower V by Stephen King The Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI by Stephen King The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII by Stephen King The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King Carrie by Stephen King Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King
- Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (due to be published in 2013)
Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King Joyland by Stephen King The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore