Re-reading Stephen King’s Dark Tower Series

A few days ago, I began re-reading Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. I first read the series over a period of about 2 months in the summer of 2013. I have always enjoyed King’s books, but had not gotten around to the Dark Tower because I didn’t really know what it was, or if I would like it. By the time I finished the series, I found that I did like it, although I found it to be a little uneven in places. My favorite books in the series were (1) Wizard and Glass and (2) A Wind Through the Keyhole.

The first time around, I listened to the audiobooks. This time, I am reading the paper books. Not the e-books–the paperback editions of all 8 books. I am doing it slowly and carefully, and with a yellow #2 pencil in hand, doing lots of underlining and making marginal notes along the way.

It’s true, having been through the series once, I know the story and the outcome, but knowing that, and knowing how many tendrils the Dark Tower books send out into other stories by King, a more careful reading exposes more of the story that I realized the first time around. Indeed, the first time around, I found The Gunslinger (the first book in the series) to be a bit slow and difficult. This time, more than two-thirds through the book, I am finding it almost new, and revealing.

Of course, I am particularly looking forward to re-reading Wizard and Glass and A Wind Through the Keyhole, but for now, I am completely enjoying the immersion in the world that King has created in these books. I am roaming through them a second time, and knowledge of that first time through has not completely left me. It makes a careful reading that much more enjoyable.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.