My [add appropiate unit of time] in books #2

I had this plan of not buying books in 2015. I gave myself 3 caveats to this self-imposed rule: I was allowed to use giftcards to get books (which I did thrice this year already), I was allowed to get free e-books, and I was allowed to request books for review. But the last few weeks I faltered. I needed some comfy reading, so I got myself the first books from The Animals of Farthing Wood series. And then one of my favourite authors posted on twitter one of the books from his Laundry Files series was just 2$ on amazon (US only, or US-registered kindle only). I should really get back on this book-buying-ban-bandwagon, because my TBR is growing larger and larger and I can’t keep up with my reading as it is. Also, saving money is (or so they say) one of those things you should do as a grown-up.

I did get some nice reading done this week though! I finally finished my re-read of It, by Stephen King. As with all the King books, it had some pacing issues (some parts were really hard to get through), but over all, I really loved it. The crafting of the story, how the past intermingles with the present, and especially how he wrote it with changes both time and character viewpoint in the middle of sentences without the reader getting lost, was absolutely lovely. You also see the themes that always seem to get back into King’s work: the turtle and his guiding way, the cyclical nature of all things in life (and death), the stories within stories.
This week I also finished a short story collection by Irene Radford, of which I’ll hopefully find time to write a review next week.

Also, I finished re-watching Gilmore Girls. Again. And started on Death Note (quite a nice anime, interesting concept (notebook from the underworld falls down on earth, is found by young man, who discovers that you can kill people by writing their name in it; he proceeds with wiping out all criminals, in order to create a better world and become god) and cool art), and on Once Upon a Time (yeah, I know I am late to that party).

I’ll have quite a busy week next week. Tomorrow I have a job interview, and if that goes well I’ll start the same week, probably. Dinner with my aunt. A big work-meeting/conference thing with talks and food and beer with coworker-friends. Seeing both my partner-units. And I hope I’ll get my fair share of reading in, since I am in a book loving mood these days.
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[Review] The story-weaving of Stephen King

Title: The Wind Through the Keyhole
Author: Stephen King
Source: bought
Tl;dr: A glimpse back in the life of Roland, somewhere halfway the way to the Tower.

The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower, #4.5)

A story in a story in a story. I wrote before I don’t like short stories much, but if stories are embedded in other stories, they do work for me. And if stories are written into stories into a story, and when it’s done well and feels “natural”, I love it all the more and appreciate the craft of the author. As you can probably guess by now, this was the case in “The Wind Through the Keyhole”.

I’ve read all the Dark Tower books, starting when I was a kid (about 13, just discovering the science fiction and fantasy section in my local library) and finishing them during my time as a student. I loved them all (except maybe book 6 and 7 a bit less) and reread the first 5 books multiple times. Mostly because of disliking the last last two books a bit (even though I’m in the camp that loved the ending), I did not pick up The Wind Through the Keyhole until a few weeks ago. I bought the book halfway february, and only started reading it after it had been sitting on my desk for a bit.

I immediately fell in love with it. It was so nice to meet these characters again, that have been a part of my reading-life for so many years. It was really like getting back together with old friends you know well; getting under a warm cozy blanket, on a comfortable couch in a familiar home. The story that wraps the story that wraps the story is not that deep: the ka-tet hides in a house for a certain kind of storm, and Roland tells them a story to help them through the night. It’s a story from his past, and contains a story his mother always told him when he was young, that he tells a young troubled boy in the story he tells his friends (you still with me, with all those stories?). There are the well known phrasings and dialects, the mysteries to be found in Midworld, and some figures that always keep returning. I can’t say everything ends happy for everyone (like is never the case in these books), but it won’t make you feel empty-handed.

If you’ve read the other Dark Tower books, go and read this one. It is more than worth it.