Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Wind Through The Keyhole (Book Review)

Title: The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel
Series: The Dark Tower 4.5
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Scribner
Source: Gift from friend

Goodreads Summary:

In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World, the spectacular territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga that stands as his most beguiling achievement.

Roland Deschain and his ka-tet—Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler—encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two . . . and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past.

In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death, Roland is sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man” preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter. Only a teenager himself, Roland calms the boy and prepares him for the following day’s trials by reciting a story from the Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother often read to him at bedtime. “A person’s never too old for stories,” Roland says to Bill. “Man and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them.” And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us.

King began the Dark Tower series in 1974; it gained momentum in the 1980s; and he brought it to a thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published in 2003 and 2004. The Wind Through the Keyhole is sure to fascinate avid fans of the Dark Tower epic. But this novel also stands on its own for all readers, an enchanting and haunting journey to Roland’s world and testimony to the power of Stephen King’s storytelling magic.

I love the Dark Tower series and not because the stories are so good, because trust me I was disappointed by the storyline a lot of time, but because the characters and the world he wrote about became so real and such a part of me and my life that I could just never put the books down. I was a little skeptical when I heard there was another book coming out and especially when I heard that this one would only feature the ka-tet a small amount.
But this story within a story within a story really fits right in with the other Dark Tower books on my mind. I loved seeing these beloved characters back at it. And as Oy has always been my favorite it was fun to read another story about other bumblers as well. The storyline in this book works pretty well too although I'm still not sure it really explains the beginning of book 5. Maybe there will be a Book 4.75. We can only hope.

Rating: 5/5

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Muse (Book Review)

Title: Muse
Author: Janica L. Stoff
Publisher: Asimi Publications
Source: From author for review

Goodreads Summary:
The last thing Callie expected to receive for her sixteenth birthday was the power to freeze time. Before she can adjust to her new talent though, she discovers that her worst enemy, her best friend, and six other girls are all descendants of the nine Greek Muses, and are now blessed with various magic abilities.

Between visions of the future and ghosts of the past they come to realize not everything is at it appears and something wicked is pursuing them. Can they learn to put aside their childhood jealousies and fears in order to take control of their new found powers and fight together or will the wretched creature get his way by pitting them against one another.

I hadn't really been in a reading mood recently so I wasn't really expecting to get very far when I picked up Muse the other day. However once I started it, I just couldn't put it down. I love the characters in this story. They just jump off the page. Callie seems like exactly the kind of girl I would have loved to have for a friend when I was her age and her adventures are exciting and fun.
It's a blend of high school drama, Greek mythology, and teen fantasy and they work so well together to create a very unique and remember-able story.
Thank you for getting me back into reading!

Rating: 4.5/5