Last week, I read the last two pieces of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series that I hadn’t already read. These were two novellas in King’s Everything’s Eventual collection. The first was the title story of the collection, “Everything’s Eventual” which delved into Dinky Earnshaw’s backstory. The second, “The Little Sister’s of Eluria” was a delightful return to Midworld and Roland of Gilead.
With the exception of the graphic novels, I believe I have now read every novel and story that is a direct part of the Dark Tower series. I have also read many novels and stories that are connected to the series in some way.
I read my first words of the Dark Tower series back on June 6 of this year. I read the last words a few days ago. Parts of it I thought were okay (The Wastelands was probably my least favorite of the series) and parts I thought were genius (Wizard and Glass and A Wind Through the Keyhole). The series as a whole didn’t have the same affect on me as when I first read Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series–I was breathless through the entire series and wept at the end of Forward the Foundation–but I did enjoy it.
Upon finishing “The Little Sister’s of Eluria” a few days ago, however, something strange happened. I began to feel like I’d traveled a long way with Roland and his ka tet, and I was sad that it was all over. Moreover, I began to feel like I wanted to go through it all over again1. I’m not quite ready to do that yet, but I recognize the feeling, and I can imagine that sometime in the future–and probably the not-too-distant future, I’ll find myself cracking open The Gunslinger and reading those opening words:
The man in black fled through the desert, and the gunslinger followed.
- Readers of the entire series will recognize the irony in this. ↩