It's been a few weeks, who here has finished The Wind Through the Keyhole? What did you think?
I have to admit that I was very apprehensive when I heard that there would be a new book in The Tower series, especially one that fell in the middle of the series. Granted, there was a bit of a gap between Wizard and Wolves, but I felt that there was sufficient explanation of the gap in the latter book.
Because of that, I was incredibly pleasantly surprised to be such a big fan of the book. The fact that it largely consisted of tale-telling, and didn't involve a ton of events that were occurring in that gap was a smart move on Uncle Steve's behalf. Plus, the introduction of Tim Stoutheart was really cool, since it not only allows for future stories about his further exploits, but also adds a glimpse into the type of tales of courage that Roland was reared on. I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting to find out more and more about Tim Stoutheart.
The Skin-Man story was enjoyable (the concept of a gunslinger using a silver bullet to slay a shape shifter? C'mon, that's fucking awesome) though a bit unremarkable. I was convinced for a bit that Young Bill would turn out to be the Skin Man (with Roland in the cell with him when the change came upon him), but wasn't totally disappointed with the way it turned out, either. All in all, that story was fun (and allowed Jaime to finally be featured in a story of Roland's younger years) but paled significantly in comparison to the Tim Stoutheart story (featuring RF!).
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