My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Last month, Stephen King released an eighth Dark Tower novel by the name of “The Wind Through the Keyhole.” I took this as a personal challenge, and began fervently trying to finish King’s “Wizard and the Glass,” because “The Wind Through the Keyhole” nestles firmly between the fourth and fifth Dark Tower novels.
For the past eight years I have attempted to read “The Wizard and the Glass” to little to no avail. I love Stephen King and I love his work. I remember reading the “Gunslinger” for the first time and being riveted and quickly marked as a bibliophile. I knew after reading it cover-to-cover (in the span of a couple hours) that I would forever read, and that literature would always be a close friend. However, even though the “Gunslinger” is rightfully King’s magnum opus, “The Wizard and the Glass” (which resides in the same series) woefully deviates from Roland’s tale to tell even older tale.
It starts slow and for me “The Wizard and the Glass” was hard to concentrate on because I was being constantly reminded of the much more interesting story that lay in the immediate background. However, I finally finished it and the tale was masterful as always. About halfway through the novel the sidetracked story begins to get interesting in its own right, but like all great King story it ends in sadness and to quote my own thoughts on “11/22/63”:
“Damn it Stephen King! You’re so brilliant, but I hate you!”
The novel wraps up by diving into Roland’s psyche, syncing a great Wizard of Oz reference to Stephen King’s famous novel “The Stand,” and shoring up some loose plot points divulged in the prior three novels.
“The Wizard and the Glass” is a good novel in its own right, but definitely not my favorite of King’s work or the best of the Dark Tower saga. Ironically enough, I am desperately looking forward to cracking into his newest foray into the land Oz though, so stayed tuned for my review on King’s “A Wind Through the Keyhole.”
- New Stephen King! The Wind Through the Keyhole (readmorebooks.wordpress.com)
- The Wind Through the Keyhole (shelflove.wordpress.com)
- A Read of the Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles Wizard and Glass, “Susan,” Chapters 1-2, Beneath the Kissing Moon, and Proving Honesty (tor.com)
- Stephen King Releases Forward From Wind Through the Keyhole (examiner.com)
- Quint checks out Stephen King’s newest Dark Tower novel THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE! (aintitcool.com)
- ‘The Wind Through the Keyhole’: a sort-of return to the Dark Tower (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- New book in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series – The Wind Through The Keyhole (booktopia.com.au)
- BOOK REVIEW: The Wind Through The Keyhole (geeksyndicate.wordpress.com)
- The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King (tor.com)
- Audio: Dark Tower – The Wind Through the Keyhole is Now Available (skfancast.wordpress.com)
- A Read of the Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles Wizard and Glass, “Riddles”: Turnpikin’, Sections 11-16 (tor.com)