Many of you know that Jenny and I are ardent and unapologetic Stephen King fans. And we’re especially big fans of his seven-volume epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower. Roland, the last gunslinger of the lost kingdom of Gilead, journeys through Mid-World with his ka-tet (a group of people bound by fate), seeking the Dark Tower that is the nexus of all the worlds—worlds that appear to be coming apart. It’s an extraordinary series, inspired by stories of a hero’s journey, spaghetti westerns, and the poetry of Robert Browning. King fans will recognize echoes of his other work here, especially The Stand, Insomnia, and Salem’s Lot.
Jenny and I have been wanting to reread the whole series for a while, and with a new book, The Wind Through the Keyhole, coming next year, and a movie/TV series going into production, this seems like a good time to do it. We invite you to join our little ka-tet and read along.
Our plan is to keep this very casual and low-key. Starting in May, we’ll be reading one book a month for the next seven months. Toward the end of each month, we’ll do a conversation post on that month’s book and invite others to share links to their own posts. Here’s the schedule:
- May: The Gunslinger
- June: The Drawing of the Three
- July: The Waste Lands
- August: Wizard and Glass
- September: Wolves of the Calla
- October: Song of Susannah
- November: The Dark Tower
If you’re a long-time fan or a Mid-World newbie, we hope you’ll consider joining in!
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