My favorite author is Stephen King. In a world where I was insane, I would say that I would try to read every book he’s ever written (maybe I will, but that’s a discussion for another day). What I will do, is read anything and everything related to his epic book series, The Dark Tower. I’ve read it before and the way many people feel about The Lord of the Rings, I feel about The Dark Tower. It’s a seven-book long story about Roland of Gilead, a Gunslinger which doubles as both a knight and a quick-draw gunfighter. He travels between universes following along his path to either save or destroy the world and find the Dark Tower.
It’s an interesting series because not only is the story creative and well-written, it’s an opportunity to see King’s writing evolve over time. He started the series early in his career (First book published in 1982 – although apparently he came up with the concept when he was 19 which would technically be late 60s) and the final novel was published in 2012. He did go back and edit the first installment to fit the rest of the epic but it’s cool seeing the way his writing progresses through the story.
But one of the awesome things about The Dark Tower, and King’s writing in general, is how he weaves The Dark Tower‘s story into his other work. You can also find characters from his other stories finding homes in The Dark Tower. It makes reading not only story of Roland more interesting, but it adds a new dynamic to reading King’s other material as well.
All this is to say that I’m making it a point to re-read The Dark Tower as well as the other novels that have relevance in its universe. I’ll also try to find hardcover versions of all of them. It’s 42 books long, sorted by chronology of story (not published date), and should take me a while (thus adding to the “Bucket List”):
The Eyes of the Dragon
Everythings Eventual: The Little Sisters of Eloria
The Dark Tower I: Gunslinger (Revised)
The Dark Tower II: Drawing of the Three
The Dark Tower III: The Wastelands
Night Shift: Night Surf
The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass
Night Shift: Jerusalem’s Lot
Night Shift: One for the Road
The Dark Tower VIII: The Wind through the Keyhole
Hearts in Atlantis
From a Buick 8
The Dark Tower V: Wolves of Calla
The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah
Bag of Bones
Skeleton Crew: The Mist
Everything’s Eventual: Everything’s Eventual
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower
The Dark Tower I: Gunslinger (Original)
Now as I’m reading through them, I may or may not try to record the progress with “Keen Reading” posts along the way. Now for the few of you who care, boring or not, I’m looking forward to tracking my progress.
If anyone else out there is insane, I hope you’ll join me on the journey!