I am planning a long reading project specifically focusing on Stephen King’s Dark Tower series; however, there is more to the Dark Tower series than meets the eye, so it seems.
When it comes to Stephen King I am a slow reader, because I find his books very long most of the time, it takes me an average of 3 to 6 weeks to finish a King novel, yet here I am, planning to read approximately 19, could be more!
Because I know my attention span is almost non-existent in almost every context of my life, I know that this reading project will probably span over 5yrs for me – that is realistic, because knowing me, as I do, I know that I will not just focus 100% on these books, there will be other books thrown into it as well as I have a heavy penchant for non-fiction and anthologies and my goodreads current reading list has 13 books in it, some are non-fiction reference books I started two years ago.
There is a YouTube video I watched the other day which tells you in order to better understand the Dark Tower series you should really do further reading between books of the series to understand the novel more; why? Because a lot of the characters and things within the Dark Tower books can be found in other non-Dark Tower books by Stephen King. What I find strange is in my opinion this is not a comprehensive list, because according to the YouTuber they mention that “The Shining” is mentioned in these books as well as Carrie White, yet these books are not part of the list he gave.
Here is the video if you are interested… https://youtu.be/4pmxpfPfzOw
Now before I jump in and read his recommended list I will be researching other people’s suggestions as well before making my decision where I will start. No doubts at the end of this project I will have created my own list of recommendations because personally I think I know Stephen King novels like the back of my hand, I have been watching most of his movies and reading his stuff since I was 8yrs old, I have just got slow with reading altogether since 2006.
Also I was extremely hasty in 2009 when I wanted to run away from my parents’ house, I gave away half of my unread Stephen King collection to charity, because I was downsizing to the point I could take almost everything with me if needed. However, I never had to do that and if I had known that before I gave away the 200 books I had from other people as well, I would never have truly given them up willingly and the DVDs too for that matter!
This memory makes me extremely sad because I had almost completed the collection for the Green Mile at the time too!
Anyway the above list was shown as this, to be read in this order;
- Salem’s Lot (seen the movie)
- The Stand (owned read to page 40 on average before weirdly getting the flu, this happened on 4 separate occasions I read the book – spooky!)
- Dark Tower – gunslinger (owned never read)
- Dark Tower – Drawing of the 3 (owned never read)
- Eyes of the dragon
- The Talisman
- Black House
- Everything’s eventual (not the title story yet but everything else)
- Dark Tower Wastelands
- The Dark Tower Wizard of Glass (owned never read)
- Insomnia (owned never read)
- Bag of bones
- Dark Tower wind through the keyhole
- Dark Tower the wolves of calla
- Dark Tower song of Susannah
- Everything’s eventual (the title story)
- Hearts in Atlantis (the 1st story)
- I.t (owned, read halfway before mastoid surgery made me forger to finish it, seen the movie too)
- Dark Tower
As you can see there are at least three books missing from this list if we were to include other mentioned characters from the Dark Tower. There is no recommendation to read Carrie, The Shining or Doctor Sleep. So those who are not au fait with Stephen King but want to read this epic fantasy series, really would not get the idea behind the mention of “The Shining” or Carrie White, how much more has this YouTuber left out I wonder?
So until I have watched a few more videos and viewed a few more blogs based on other reader recommendations, I will have to keep this project on hold, because I don’t like to miss a trick wherever possible and no, I don’t like spoilers!