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‘The Wind Through the Keyhole’ by Stephen King: A (86%) – Aggregate Book Review

‘The Wind Through the Keyhole’ by Stephen King

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Excellent (86%)
Summary of the Reviews:
Though really kind of a bunch of short stories within short stories, this book, “4 ½” in the “Dark Tower” series, satisfies. Not groundbreaking or anything, just good, apparently really good.
ISBN: 978-1451658903, Pages: 320
Fiction | Fantasy | Dark Tower | Series
THE BOOK JACKET:

For those discovering the epic bestselling Dark Tower series for the first time—and for its legions of dedicated fans—an immensely satisfying stand-alone novel and perfect introduction to the series.

Beginning in 1974, gaining momentum in the 1980s and coming to a thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published in 2003-2004, the Dark Tower epic fantasy saga stands as Stephen King’s most beguiling achievement. It has been the basis for a long-running Marvel comic series.

Now, with The Wind Through the Keyhole, King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man,” Roland 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 Book of Eld that his mother used to read to him at bedtime. “A person’s never too old for stories,” he says to Bill. “Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them.”

Sure to captivate the avid fans of the Dark Tower epic, this is an enchanting introduction to Roland’s world and the power of Stephen King’s storytelling magic.

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THE REVIEWS:

 

Alison Flood – The Guardian
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King has proved that he does long well […] but when the author reins himself in and keeps it short, he’s even better

Brian Truitt – USA Today
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It may not be as much of a page-turner as King’s recent novels Under the Dome and 11/22/63, but Wind Through the Keyhole is a perfect storm of everything he does well.

Rob Merill – Associated Press
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King’s “constant readers” can judge whether the story stands on its own, but my guess is fans will be a little disappointed and newcomers won’t find enough to truly love.

Bill Sheehan – Washington Post
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At his characteristic best, King creates the kind of fully imagined fictional landscapes that a reader can inhabit for days at a stretch. In “The Wind Through the Keyhole,” he has done this once again.

Eric Spanberg – Christian Science Monitor
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At minimum, longtime fans will be happy to find themselves back in the (dis)comfort of King’s addictive narrative.

Zach Handlen – AV Club
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The writing is clean and well-edited, with little of the meandering that marred the series’ weakest books.

Matt Thorne – The Daily Express (UK)
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[…] another excellent example of King’s sheer skill as a storyteller. It is warmly recommended to all readers, even those allergic to dragons.

Publishers Weekly
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Even those who aren’t familiar with the series will find the conclusion both satisfying and moving.

James Kidd – The Independent (UK)
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Baffling as the stories occasionally are, King’s ability to entertain and unsettle cannot be denied.