Hi all. I haven't been around blogland for awhile. The demands on my time have been quite extensive, leaving me with little time for my own pursuits. I've also been suffering multiple episodes of brain freeze and this has meant no-brain-cells-left for reading or blogging (or commenting -- I apologize if you were kind enough to leave me comments to which I never responded).
Actually, I've done some reading but it has mostly consisted of culinary mysteries (yay, Diane Mott Davidson!) and Stephen King's Dark Tower series. Have any of you read this King series? I was skeptical after reading volume one. It wasn't bad, but I rolled my eyes a lot and wondered "What. Is. The. Point"??? I was encouraged, by another reader, to be forgiving of King's youthful writing and carry on with volume two. I am so glad I did. I'm almost done with volume three and I count myself as one of the fans of this series.
King has created a mythic hero in Roland of Gilead (yes, there is a connection to the Browning poem). He is a gunslinger and he is cool and mysterious. Think ... Clint Eastwood. Think ... Sergio Leone. Roland is on a quest for the Dark Tower. But what IS the Dark Tower? And why the heck do North, South, East and West get a bit confused? Why is "Blaine a pain"? I still don't know the answers to the first two.
This book is a blend of many genres. I can see the influence that science fiction has had on King. Then there are the mystery elements. And of course adventure. It is an epic quest. What an interesting blend he has created. There are seven volumes in all, so it is not an endless commitment. And you must, if nothing else, read Stephen King's new introduction to the series. Even he is amused by his young self's grandiosity and chutzpah!
Link to more about The Dark Tower.
Author web site.
Possible eighth book "Wind in the Key Hole" coming 2012.