With the announcement that both Doctor Sleep and Joyland will be released in 2013, I have decided it is time for me to return to The Dark Tower.
I have read the first three books several times (the first two many, many times). I have not read Wizard and Glass or The Wind Through The Keyhole. I also skipped and dipped through the last book. The arrival of Wind Through The keyhole actually peaked my interest: I want to retrace the steps of Roland and his journey to the tower.
My favorite books previously were: Drawing of the Three, Wastelands, Wolves of the Calla and parts of Song of Susannah. My least favorite is the first.
So here’s the plan:
1. I’ll do most of the reading by audio book.
2. I choose the original version of the first book, as opposed to King’s revised edition.
3. I will read the books in chronological book order.
4. I will stay with the primary 8 books; skipping Little Sisters and other short Dark Tower related works.
When I first came to The Dark Tower, I was brand new to Stephen King. I only made it through the first few pages, then jumped ship and went to The Stand. I later read The Dark Tower, and though confused, went on to The Drawing of the Three. That book was awesome!
There are things I still don’t totally understand, the primary one is simply this: How does Roland getting to the tower change anything?
There are several good Dark Tower books to guide me on the journey. My intention is to stay primarily with The Road To The Dark Tower, by Bev Vincent.