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Dark Tower Reading Order List

The Dark Tower Series

The Dark Tower Series

Good morning people in blogosphere. Destination Me. YouTube. And anyone else who might be reading this blog post… Today is the official start of my creative projects.

Working on Creative Projects

Working on Creative Projects

I have read over multiple lists of how to read The Dark Tower series and connected novels. I’ve read all but one book that is on the lists. Everyone has a different opinion about the order in which to read these books.

Stephen King Bookshelf

Stephen King Bookshelf

The connected books list is long, but some books are vaguely connected, others are directly connected. I’ve chosen the books that I feel are directly connected. I’ve put all but 6 in the order in which to read, the last six or connected and I’m going to read, but I am just not sure of the order… So I’m going to go by publication date for those.

  1. The Gunslinger (DT #1)
  2. The Drawing of the Three (DT #2)
  3. The Eyes of the Dragon
  4. The Stand (uncut version)
  5. The Talisman
  6. The Wastelands (DT #3)
  7. Wizard and Glass (DT #4)
  8. Salem’s Lot
  9. The Mist (Short Story (SS) found in the Skeleton Crew)
  10. IT
  11. Insomnia
  12. Rose Madder
  13. The Regulators
  14. Desperation
  15. Everything’s Eventual: LIttle Sister’s of Eluria, Autopsy Room 4, Dinky Earnshaw, Mr. Sharpton, Skipper Brannigan, and The Road Virus) SS: these are Short Stories
  16. Bag of Bones
  17. Hearts in Atlantis
  18. Black House
  19. From a Buick 8
  20. The Wind Through the Keyhole (DT #4.5)
  21. Wolves of the Calla (DT #5)
  22. Rita Hayworth & Shawshank (SS from Different Seasons)
  23. Lisey’s Story
  24. Song of Susannah (DT #6)
  25. The Dark Tower (DT #7)

Here’s where it gets tricky: To me these are connected directly, but I am not sure of where they fall… so I’ve put them down by publication date…

The Shining 1977

Cell 2006

N (SS in Just After Sunset) 2008

Under the Dome 2009

UR (on Kindle) 2009

Sleep Doctor 2013

And… If you have the un-revised version or the revised version of the Gunslinger then once we’ve finished these I’d suggest you read the other version. I can’t find my non-revised version… Hopefully, I’ll find that version before the end of the project. 😀

***NOTE: If you find that after the first chapter you’re not so sure about the Gunslinger, hang in there… It’s a series worth reading… I’ve been hooked on Roland, the last Gunslinger, since the late 80s… I’ve read it multiple times. 😀 The Gunslinger and The Drawing of the Three are, by some, considered to be more of a Prologue to the rest of the books. Though you can see the progression of King’s writing style, he started The Gunslinger when he was nineteen and over thirty years passed between when the first sentence and the last sentence of the series was written.

 

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The Stephen King Dark Tower Series Challenge Project

The Edition I have of the Gunslinger. :D

The Edition I have of the Gunslinger. 😀

I decided a week ago, or so, to re-read the Dark Tower series because the movie is coming out and I always like to read the books first–well, with the exception of a few, like The Game of Thrones, and a few others. Today I started looking for discussion questions for the books and found this blog post. They started their “Epic Dark Tower Read-along” on September 1, 2012. Great minds think alike, or synchronicity. 😀 I think it’s both.

In preparation for the upcoming event I started making my own insert for the project. I wanted an insert to go in my Jonelfish Traveler’s Notebook, with my other project inserts, so I can keep up with things. Organization. Planning. Thinking ahead… that whole thing. So I created my own DIY insert, complete my own rendition of Michael Whelan’s picture of the Dark Tower… I realize mine is NO where near as beautiful as his, but I love his work for the Dark Tower series so much I was inspired.

Dark Tower Watercolor DIY cover of my TN insert

Dark Tower Watercolor DIY cover of my TN insert

I am really excited about the project, but after doing a bit more research I’ve found that many consider “The Eyes of the Dragon” to be the prelude to the Dark Tower series, and the short story “Little Sisters of Eluria (which is in Everything’s Eventual) to be book 0.5. That means that I’m going to be re-reading both of those over the next week so that I can have them finished by the 1st of September, which is when I start re-reading “The Gunslinger.”

None of this hurts my feelings. I love the world of the Dark Tower… King’s Omni-Verse. I get to delve back into the world of the Dark Tower series. Submersed in the actual books from the Dark Tower series, as well as books that are connected to the series. Books like: Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Doctor Sleep, Cell, Bag of Bones, Black House, The Talisman, Cell, Cujo, Desperation, Dreamcatcher, From a Buick 8, Hearts in Atlantis, Insomnia, It, The Stand, Lisey’s Story, The Mist, Needful Things, Pet Semetary, The Regulators, Rose Madder, The Stand, and many of his short stories.

So off I go into Stephen King Land, into the world(s) of the Dark Tower. I’ll be writing posts at least once a week. Some of the posts will include discussion questions and answers, others will include my thoughts…

 

“Long days and pleasant nights…”

 

 

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