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The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower IV-1/2 by [King, Stephen]
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Classic King, fine characters, compellingly written in a gripping, well-honed plot Daily Express on THE DARK TOWER Superbly energetic, it's King at his best. Mail on Sunday on WIZARD AND GLASS

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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba

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-tetJake, 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2906 KB
  • Print Length: 498 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (April 24 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GG0MTC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,497 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Dark Tower series has always been coveted by many Stephen King fans, so it's a welcome sight to see another book added to the mythology even though Roland "The Gunslinger" Deschain's quest came to an end several years ago. Taking place between Volume 4 (Wizard & Glass) and Volume 5 (Wolves Of The Calla) we find Roland and his group seeking shelter from a deadly storm during their venture.

The incident recalls to Roland a past murder mystery he investigated in his youth as well as the story that he heard as a child that connects to the storm and the case from long ago. Roland decides to tell these tales to his comrades to pass the time, with the reader falling progressively into each story and then coming back to the present. Longtime readers are rewarded with bits of info that shed some light on a few characters we 're already familiar with, but the structure is very similar to Volume 4's heavy return to the past and therefore only a bit of time is spent expanding Roland 's current journey.

Still, for fans who believed that this series was over, a return to the wickedly bizarre and fantastical world that King created continues to prove itself as a fascinating read. Definitely a must for faithful followers.
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This book if you read it on its own without reading any of the other books from 'The Dark Tower' series would be great. However, the only part that puts it into the series is the use of the characters. It really holds no purpose to the other books, however its a nice read to see the ka-tet back together again.
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Is this book ghost-written? I have read almost all of Stephen King’s books except the Dark Tower series, which I was planning to get to eventually. The unfortunate encounter with ‘ The Wind Through the Keyhole’ has completely ruined it for me. I do not think I will now have the heart to take up the DT books.

In all of its 300 plus pages there is hardly a character or story that can hold the reader’s attention. The pitiful patch of story as there is can be told in (or rather expanded into!) one sentence, with no fear of spoilers: On a stormy day Roland and his friends cross a river to take shelter in a house, and Roland reminisces how he as a young man had killed a monster who was terrorizing the countryside (this reminiscence is rather an excruciatingly boring and unimaginative retelling of the St. George and the Dragon legend). That’s all, the story. To utilize 300 pages to tell it is sheer cruelty towards the reader.

In this book SK has managed to marry two contradictory aims: keep it short (compared to the normal length of his books) but still give an impression of dry verbosity.

The attractive qualities of SK’s writing- his facility with the language, the quirky wit, meticulously etched characters, irony, surprise twists, and most importantly imagination, which are most evident in his early works, and glimpsed in patches in the later works, are completely missing in this unimaginative dry as gravel book. Difficult to believe it is written by SK.
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As Roland tries to shelter from a menacing storm I was reminded slightly of the same kind of atmosphere as the witches conjure up evil at the beginning of Macbeth and,indeed, Roland is reminded of a storm in his childhood and a homicide he has investigated and as Roland relates this to his friends the tension, via their responses, mounts in a way which only King can do when stirring up the psychological storm that accompanies the real one.
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This book fits into the previous series perfectly. I was heartbroken when I finished the last book, knowing that was the end of my time with Roland and his Ka-Tet. This book is mainly based around Roland telling a tale of a childhood story that he was told as a child. The story has the same gripping nature of the rest of the series, and does provide an all too familiar link. It also gives insight into more of Roland's past.
I would have enjoyed more time with Roland and the gang, but all in all, I was very happy with this book, and a feeling of familiar disappoint came at the end of this book; not disappointed in the book but rather that my time with the characters is once again over.
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Much like all other dark tower fans, Im totally in love with this series, and again, much like dt fans out there, i was afraid this might not fit into the completed story. However, this book did not take anything away from the story it fit in so snuggly, and my fiance who is currently reading the series was able to seamlessly read this book into the previously completed saga. Well done once again SK, pleasant days and pleasant nights.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 22 2014
Format: Hardcover
"The Wind in the Keyhole"... is a very odd story. It has three stories layered inside each other -- we have a person telling a story, in which he tells a story to someone else.

And while this new addition to the Dark Tower saga doesn't add a lot to the overall saga, it's a richly textured return to the "world that has moved on." Stephen King spends much of the book (when he's not merrily flipping through narratives) adding more dimensions to his raw, wild world, where a few brave individuals fight against the dark.

Roland, Eddie, Jake, Susannah and Oy take shelter in an abandoned house when a massive storm known as the "starkblast" blows in. To pass the time, Roland begins to tell his ka-tet a story from his youth, before his father's death and the fall of Gilead.

Shortly after his mother's death, his father sent Roland and another young gunslinger named Jamie to Debaria. A small mining town is being ravaged by a "skin-man" -- a shapeshifter who can appear as any kind of predator. With only one witness to the skin-man's rampages, Roland will have to play detective to figure out the killer's identity.

And during one of the quieter moments, he tells a young boy "The Wind Through the Keyhole." It's the story of a boy named Tim, whose father is unexpectedly killed, and whose mother remarries an old friend... who turns out to be an abusive drunk. Desperate to help his mother, he makes a disastrous trip to see an ageless black-cloaked man.... and when that goes horribly wrong, on a quest to find Maerlyn so he can make things right.

He ain't Catherynne Valente, but Stephen King does an impressive job stacking the stories inside each other like a matrushka doll.
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