Hi everyone, just registered to the board. I'm a long-time Stephen King fan. I'm 44 and started reading King in junior high in the early '80s. I've either read every book he's written, or plan to very soon.
I've had periods where I didn't read King very much, due to being busy with life, etc. So I fell behind and have been trying to catch up for years, but King is so prolific with how much he writes, it's hard to catch
up once you've fallen behind.
I haven't read any of the Dark Tower series, not by intention, but that's just the way it's happened, I just never got around to the first one, and in the meantime, the volumes have piled up!
I've read several of the books that are part of the "Dark Tower universe" so I know a limited amount about what I'll eventually get into. At the moment I'm trying to decide whether to read all the other
non-Dark Tower books, or just get on with it and start the actual series.
My favorite book is probably The Stand. I love the sweeping epic of that story. I also really like Pet Sematary, The Shining, and Dream Catcher. He hasn't written much that I didn't like, although I was
not a big fan of The Colorado Kid, or a short story about how we perceive time. I can't remember the title or what book it was in, but I remember thinking, "what was the point of that story?" Anyway,
I'm a big King fan and I thought I'd introduce myself and let you know a little of my background related to reading King.
I also have a question regarding Black House. It's a book I haven't read but am thinking about starting soon. My question is this. I read The Talisman, but it was years ago, so I've forgotten a lot about the story
and the characters. Should I re-read The Talisman before starting Black House? Or would a basic knowledge of the Talisman suffice to start Black House.
I'd love to get some feedback on how to approach reading the Dark Tower series, and if I should just read all the volumes in that series in sequence, or if I need to read some of the related books at points in between
the Dark Tower books.