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The Dark Tower (Interquel): The Wind Through the Keyhole (edition 2012)

by Stephen King

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Title:The Dark Tower (Interquel): The Wind Through the Keyhole
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Simon and Schuster Digital Sales (2012), E-book
Collections:Your library, Key books, Kindle
Tags:Horror fiction, Dark fantasy, Dark Tower, Time, Storytelling, Childhood, 2012-05

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The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King

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Loved it! Finished up the series in a couple months last year, and was saving this one as a treat, knowing there wouldn't be anything left afterwards. It was worth the wait, as it was a wonderful story.

The biggest disadvantage is that (as the review before this one points out) it's a story within a story within a story. The main framing device has the ka-tet, and the secondary story only has Roland. "The Wind Through the Keyhole," the story young Roland tells to child in the story old Roland tells, doesn't have any of the main characters in it. But it's still a wonderful story. And I did enjoy the little peek into the law-keeping business of young Roland, and even what the man in black was sometimes up to long ago.

More shocking to me was that Merlyn shows up in it. I had finished "The Once and Future King" just before this book, and had forgotten about the Arthur Eld connection in this series.

Great stuff, though I am sad there isn't any more Dark Tower now. ( )
  ConnieJo | Aug 15, 2014 |
This book contained the short story, "The Wind Through the Keyhole," inside the short story, "The Skin-Man," that was in turn, inside the short story that I call, "Starkblask (Dark Tower 4.5)." I would give "The Wind Through the Keyhole" a strong four almost five stars. The other two were three star material. I was surprised who was responsible for the crimes in "The Skin-man." I thought someone else did it. I would very much like a book set in the universe when the North Central Positronics LTD is fully operational, and the Guardians of the Beam (bat, lion, bear, horse, rat, wolf, rabbit, eagle, turtle, dog, fish, and elephant) are doing whatever they are doing. ( )
  mainrun | Aug 11, 2014 |
I enjoyed this small story that fits neatly between Dark Towers books 4 & 5. Packed full of references to other events in the series, it helped remind just how richly detailed this series was.

I could have handled a little less detail, however, when it involved a bursting wound filled with a spider and her eggs. Really. Ick.

It's so hot today, I could kind of enjoy a starkblast, a sudden burst of extreme cold. ( )
  drhapgood | Jul 27, 2014 |
Well, it's a really good tale, two actually, but it really has very little to do with The Dark Tower, other than the fact that the ka-tet is in it. The tet is caught in a starkblast, and Roland tells the tale of the Skin-Man from when he was young. In that adventure, he tells the story of "The Wind Through the Keyhole" which has nothing to do at all with the DT! So... I liked the stories, but am bummed at how little they had to do with the overall saga. ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jun 26, 2014 |
I remember when this book came out – the reviews were not good. Neither critics nor fan seemed to much appreciate this bonus peek into the world of Roland Deschain. I’m not sure what they were hoping for…but in my view – “The Wind Through the Keyhole” was an enjoyable reminder of Roland’s world – of the world of the Beam, and Billybumblers and ka…the world that lived in the past and the apocalyptic future at the same time. The world that has moved on, even as its readers hope to journey back.

This is an interesting read – it is a fairy tale within reminiscence within a story. The fairy tale, the actual “The Wind Through the Keyhole”, is a tale Roland had been told many times by his mother. In the midst of the memory he tells Jake, Susannah and Eddie, this tale is included as one he told a younger boy. The tale is about a boy, Tim Ross, and a quest he goes on. This quest, like most, involves danger, uncertainty and a child who is forced to grow up before his time. “He felt awe as he looked up at those stars, but also a deep and abiding contentment, such as he felt as a child, awakening in the night, safe and warm beneath his quilt, drowsing half in and half out of sleep, listening to the wind sing its lonely song of other places and other lives.”

When Tim’s story ended, it was difficult to shake off the cobwebs of that magic tale and reorient myself in Roland’s. I had to stop for a moment and remember where I was – in a story about Roland’s youth. That reminiscence was interesting as well – and does give the Dark Tower fan a few additional treats. Roland’s tortured feelings about his mother come to the forefront and we learn a bit more about the end of that relationship.

“There was a little more, words I traced over and over during my wandering years after the disastrous battle at Jericho Hill and the fall of Gilead. I traced them until the paper fell apart and I let the wind take it – the wind that blows through time’s keyhole, ya ken. In the end, the wind takes everything, doesn’t it? And why not? Why other? If the sweetness of our lives did not depart, there would be no sweetness at all.”

I was not disappointed in this book at all. It was lovely to go back to Roland’s world…or at least return to the feel of his world. Where longing echoes through every sound – longing for times past and people who have crossed over and are in the clearing. For times of gunslingers and villains and magical creatures. For a time before the Dark Tower series was finished and on a bookshelf. For a bit more of the magic that this author and this series has put into our world. ( )
  karieh | Jun 15, 2014 |
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During the days after they left the Green Palace tha wasn't Oz after all -- but which was now the tomb of the unpleasant fellow Roland's ka-tet had known as the Tick-Tock Man -- the boy Jake began to range farther and farther ahead of Roland, Eddie, and Susannah.
It seemed to him that if the wrong man stepped into the marriage-loop with a woman, it was a noose instead of a ring.
"I cut the rope so, chary man!"
Time was a face on the water, and like the great river before them, it did nothing but flow.
There's nothing like stories on a windy night when folks have found a warm place in a cold world.
Horror's a worm that needs to be coughed out before it breeds. Now tell them.
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Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape shifter, a "skin man," Roland Deschain takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast's most recent slaughter. Roland, himself only a teenager, calms the boy by reciting a story from the Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother used to read to him at bedtime, "The Wind through the Keyhole." (The novel can be placed between Dark Tower IV and Dark Tower V.)… (more)

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