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I finished The Waste Lands last week and it was absolutely fantastic. The Dark Tower seriers seems to get better for each book.

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I was fully onboard ”The Dark Tower” after ”The Drawing of the Three” and ”The Waste Lands” really kicks things into high gear. I did not see the thing with and about the bear coming.

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I finally finished ”reading” (listening to) Stephen King’s The Drawing of the Three today. As I’m looking back through the archives of this blog now I realize that I started this book in 2018. Wow, that’s a long time ago.

As I’ve written before, I’m not really a reader anymore and even thought I want to read more I find it hard to get around to doing it. Earlier this week however I decided to listen to an audio book while mowing the lawn and since it’s a fairly large lawn I managed to listen for over an hour. Because I had already started The Drawing of the Three and almost but not quite finished it, I decided to give it a go.

And boy am I glad I did. I liked the book all the way through, even though I stopped reading and listening to it for so long, and the ending was just awesome. Great climax and perfect lead in to whatever happens next in the Dark Tower series.

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The first Dark Tower book had a lot of interesting ideas but it was quite a slow read. The second one so far appears to be much more of a page turner.

Also a full-sized iPad, even an Air, is a bit on the heavy side for reading in bed.

Which books should I include in my The Dark Tower reading?

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I just finished the first book – The Gunslinger – in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series and I immediately started reading the second one – The Drawing of the Three. As those of you who have read the series knows, this is quite a long series but it can be even longer depending on which books I would chose to include.

So that is my question to all of you, which books should I read as part of my The Dark Tower reading?

Of course I will read the seven main books, but then there’s the eight ”The Wind Through the Keyhole” that takes place between number four and five. Should I read this one after ”Wizard and Glass” and before ”Wolves of the Calla” or should I consider it more like bonus material after I’ve finished the main books?

How about other King novels that tie into The Dark Tower, like ”The Stand”, should I intersperse it in the reading of the main series or should it also be considered something extra to read afterward?

Two things to note if you have suggestions for me:

  1. The Gunslinger is the first King novel (or short-story) that I’ve ever read.
  2. I’m currently reading the series in Swedish and I will try to keep it that way. While King is a successful writer in Sweden as well, he is less successful here than he is in the English speaking world. That means not all his books are available in Swedish, so it’s possible that I really like your suggestion but still chose not to read it because it’s not available in Swedish.

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Turns out I did start reading the second book – The Drawing of the Three – in The Dark Tower series tonight as well. I haven’t read far and now it’s time for bed, but I’m definitely hooked on the series now!

The Gunslinger

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Almost a year ago I listened to Episode 374 of The Incomparable podcast where they discussed Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. I got really intrigued by the discussion, stopped listening before they went into spoilers and instead I purchased the first novel in the series – The Gunslinger.

These days I’m a fairly slow reader and I have very little time for reading so it has taken many weeks but tonight, on a very hot summer night of what I believe is one of the warmest summers in Sweden in recorded history, I finished the book. I can’t say that I loved it but I am definitely intrigued by it, so I will keep on reading the series. I believe that a lot of the things that are still confusing will be less so as I keep on reading. I also think that this will be an interesting way into the works of Stephen King, which I haven’t really explored at all before reading this book.

Because I’ve gotten into purchasing physical copies of books again, and because I buy books much faster than I read then, I already have four books in the series in my bookshelf.

I don’t think I’ll read more tonight and I’m not sure whether I’ll reading something else before starting book two in the series. Time will tell.

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