Theme of the Month: Stephen King’s Dark Tower

I was very happy that so many people voted on my poll about which series I should read or finish this month. The blog is still very new and to have even a handful of votes would have been great. It was a close race at times but Stephen King’s The Dark Tower was always a little ahead and won out in the end. I have read the first three books in the series already but I’ll take this opportunity to write review them and, of course, finally finish this awesome series. As The Wind Through the Keyhole has been published recently, so I’ll include it in the series. If books four through eight are anything as good as the first three, I have no doubt I’ll manage to finish them all within the month.

The Dark Tower series:

  1. The Gunslinger
  2. The Drawing of the Three
  3. The Waste Lands
  4. Wizard and Glass
  5. Wolves of the Calla
  6. Song of Susannah
  7. The Dark Tower
  8. The Wind Through the Keyhole

And here’s the brand-new shiny covers for the UK editions (I own the ones above in paperback and they’re really pretty on the shelf).

The only reason I didn’t race through all of the Dark Tower books was that I wanted to read more of Stephen King’s other books. As any fan of the Dark Tower (or Stephen King) knows, a lot of his work feeds into this series, characters are referenced or show up, certain mysteries that never get revealed in a novel may have to do with the Dark Tower – I’m thinking Hearts in Atlantis, here. I found this neat little graphic, showing some (I’m sure not all) of the books that have something to do with the Dark Tower universe.

UPDATE July 22nd:

So I didn’t go as fast as I was hoping. This is no fault of Stephen King’s, I am loving the series more and more and I have at least reviewed the first three books as I planned. But book 4 was a chunky novel and while I enjoyed myself enormously (see the review linked above), there were other books that also demanded immediate attention. The latest Jasper Fforde couldn’t wait another day and I’m trying to plough my way through Giles Foden’s The Last King of Scotland (without much success).

I found myself returning happily to Stephen King’s universe whenever other books annoyed or bored me. And it was here that I found solace and suspense and exactly what a good book should offer you. Characters you care about, an amazing plot, and loads of pages. 🙂 I am quite happy I still have a number of novels to go in this series. And while I’ll dive straight into the next volume, I doubt I’ll finish it in July. I guess that’s just ka.

4 thoughts on “Theme of the Month: Stephen King’s Dark Tower

  1. Bryce says:

    I’ve been a Dark Tower addict lately, recently finishing The Wind Through the Keyhole and I’ve done much the same – I started reading his other books as well. He’s kinda good at what he does. 🙂 I haven’t read the last three, but I’m looking forward to your thoughts.


    • Dina says:

      He is, isn’t he? I mean, “The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon” has a really simple premise but it was sooooo thrilling. That must be a writing craft thing. Stephen King could re-write the telephone book and make it interesting.

      I look especially forward to the new one, The Wind Through the Keyhole. At the moment, I’m very much enjoying Wizard and Glass.


    • Dina says:

      I know, I know. You’re going to overtake me again, aren’t you? 🙂
      I’m about 80 pages into Wolves of the Calla and it’s already full of awesome again.


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