The Wind Through the Keyhole

Author: Stephen King Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: The Dark Tower (#4.5) Published: 2012 I read it: March 2017 (re-read) An intermission. We have to back up just a bit. I love Wizard and Glass, but my recap of it stuck to the core story. Other stuff was going on though. The first 100+…

Wizard and Glass

Author: Stephen King Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: The Dark Tower (#4) Published: 1997 I read it: February 2017 (re-read) “Is it a Western?” Jake asked. Roland looked at him, puzzled. “I don’t take your meaning, Jake. Gilead is a Barony of the Western World, yes, and Mejis as well, but—” “It’ll be a…

The Waste Lands

Author: Stephen King Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: The Dark Tower (#3) Published: 1991 I read it: November 2016 (re-read) Book three feels like the point where the journey properly begins. The crew is healing and eating better. The gunslinger “had done more smiling these last five weeks than he had done in the five…

The Drawing of the Three

Author: Stephen King Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: The Dark Tower (#2) Published: 1987 I read it: September 2016 (re-read) We open with Roland on a beach, dazed and exhausted. He’ll spend most of the book this way, just one of the many ingenious tricks King chooses for The Drawing of the Three (an…

The Gunslinger

Author: Stephen King Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: The Dark Tower (#1) Published: 1978-1981 (original stories); 2003 (this edition) I read it: August 2016 (re-read) I spent plenty of hours wandering the aisles of Hastings in Ames, Iowa. Most of that time was spent combing through the racks of used CDs, but I’d also peek…

The Song of Roland

Translator: Robert Harrison Type: Fiction, poetry Published: 1115 (original); 1970 (this version) I read it: July 2016 Ka is a wheel, and the wheel’s spin has come around. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is materializing on the silver screen this summer, for better or worse. I’ll subscribe to the stock phrase “mildly optimistic” and give…

The Myth of the Spoiled Child

Author: Alfie Kohn Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Coddled Kids, Helicopter Parents, and Other Phony Crises Published: 2016 I read it: May 2017 We live on a busy street, with all the constant dread that fact brings when our children are quite small and adventurous. Cars and motorcycles…