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A Read of The Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles Wolves of the Calla, Telling Tales, Chapter 9: “The Priest’s Tale Concluded (Unfound),” Sections 11-20

A Read of the Dark Tower on Tor.com: Constant Reader Tackles Wolves of the Calla, Part 2, Chapter 9, The Priest’s Tale Concluded (Unfound) Sections 11-20

“First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.”

—Roland Deschain, of Gilead

Welcome to A Read of The Dark Tower series. Join me each week as I, Constant Reader, tackle the magnum opus of Stephen King’s career for the first time. If you want to discuss in general terms or talk about these first sections, join me by commenting here.

We last left our story with Callahan finally telling the others the rest of his story, and he’d gotten to the point where he’d hit rock bottom—in a jail cell in Topeka.

 

Wolves of the Calla—“Telling Tales,” Chapter 9, “The Priest’s Tale Concluded (Unfound),” Section 12

Callahan wakes up in the cell and vaguely remembers trying to take a police officer’s hat, so he suspects he’s been arrested for “Penal Code 48, Assaulting an Officer.” He’s grown fond of hats because he has “the Mark of Cain” on his forehead. Down the hall from his cell, someone is droning out names in alphabetical order, and someone else is singing what has become his least-favorite song, “Someone Saved My Life Tonight.”

It takes a while before he realizes he’s the one singing, and then he has a seizure, loses control of his bodily functions, and breaks his jaw and nose on the concrete floor. The seizure finally passes, and as he’s lying there he thinks about the “cavalry” coming to save him when the Hitler Brothers were getting ready to kill him and what they’d risked their lives for—“a dirty, emaciated, busted-up asshole drunk, his underwear drenched with piss on one side and full of shit on the other. A daily drinker and a nightly drunk.”

It’s February of 1982, and he vows he’ll give himself a year to try and clean up his act and justify the risk his rescuers took in saving him. If he’s still drinking in a year, he will kill himself.

What Constant Reader Learns: Because I’m just considerate like that, I did some reading about the Mark of Cain (Genesis 4). Cain, of course, was the first murderer in biblical history, having slain his brother Abel. As punishment, God cursed him so that he would never be able to settle down, but would forever “be a restless wanderer on the earth.” When Cain protested that everyone would see him as bad news and try to kill him, God marked him so that no one would kill him without suffering dire consequences. The Bible doesn’t specify what the mark was, so there’s been a lot of speculation that it was like a tattoo or a birthmark or a scar. So Callahan, perhaps, sees the cross/aborted swastika on his forehead as a sign of the restless, wandering life he’s fallen into…and which is going to wander much farther before we’re done, no doubt.

During his seizure, Callahan looks at the cell wall, and someone has scrawled “Just Had My 19th Nervous Breakdown” on the concrete.

 

Wolves of the Calla—“Telling Tales,” Chapter 9, “The Priest’s Tale Concluded (Unfound),” Section 13

The first thing Callahan does after he’s released is find the nearest AA and begin to attend daily meetings. Six months later, he wakes up one morning and realizes he doesn’t want to drink anymore. And even though the program advised recovering alcoholics not to make major changes in the first year, he is in Gage Park and sees a poster: “Have you seen Callahan, our Irish Setter? Scar on paw, scar on forehead.” So he knows the low men know too much and he has to move on.

He heads to Detroit and begins working at a local shelter called Lighthouse. “And that’s where I was in December of 1983, when it happened,” he said. Jake is the one who’s figured it out. “That was when you died,” Jake says.

What Constant Reader Learns: Topeka’s Gage Park was where our ka-tet found the toy train version of Blaine from Jake’s book. As Eddie says, “It’s nineteen o’clock and all the birds are singing.”

 

Wolves of the Calla—“Telling Tales,” Chapter 9, “The Priest’s Tale Concluded (Unfound),” Section 14

It’s a tradition at the Lighthouse Shelter to decorate the Holy Name High School gym for a Thanksgiving dinner for the desperate and downtrodden. Everyone goes around the table before digging in, saying something he’s grateful for. Callahan bites his tongue before his first thought is blurted out: “I’m thankful I haven’t seen any Type Three vampires or lost-pet posters lately.” He thinks maybe God has taken him back, removed the curse of Barlow’s bite.

In early December, the guys who run the shelter get a letter from the Sombra Corporation, signed by a Richard Sayre, that the shelter has been chosen to receive a million-dollar donation, and the two shelter directors and Callahan are to come to the Sombra offices and accept it. “The date of the meeting—what will be the date of Donald Callahan’s death—is December 19, 1983. A Monday.”

What Constant Reader Learns: Nice foreshadowing that Callahan’s relaxing too much: “It never occurs to him—at least in his conscious mind—that [the low men] want to make sure the net’s all the way around him this time.”

Well of COURSE Callahan would die on the 19th.

 

Wolves of the Calla—“Telling Tales,” Chapter 9, “The Priest’s Tale Concluded (Unfound),” Section 15

Callahan shares his thoughts on the whole situation from his current vantage-point: “There is a loose league of association between the vampires and the low men. I think if you traced it back, you’d find the roots of their association in the dark land. In Thunderclap.” The vampires are stupid, and the low men aren’t much smarter. But Callahan thinks he finally came to the attention of someone else—an agent of the Crimson King, “whoever or whatever he is.”

Callahan and his friends had done some research on the Sombra Corporation and found it had been incorporated in the Bahamas. This startles Eddie, since that was the location of his last drug run, the one that led him to Roland. And another tie between this world and Enrico Balazar.

They arrive early for their meeting with Mr. Sayre and don’t suspect a thing. At 4:19, they are taken to a conference room, and the man who escorts them in wishes them “god luck” instead of “good luck.” Only then does Callahan’s internal alarm start going off, but it’s too late.

What Constant Reader Learns: Ha! Callahan’s defending why they went to the meeting. “Do you have any idea what a million bucks would have meant to a fly-by-night outfit like Home or Lighthouse? Especially during the Reagan years?” This, of course, startles Susannah because she’s been arguing with Eddie forever that the western actor Ronald Reagan couldn’t possibly have been elected president. Eddie is triumphant.

The address of the meeting with “Sombra” was 982 Michigan Avenue (19) on Dec. 19, at 4:20 p.m. I get the nineteens, but what’s the significance of the odd meeting time?

 

Wolves of the Calla—“Telling Tales,” Chapter 9, “The Priest’s Tale Concluded (Unfound),” Section 16

As soon as they enter the room, the doors slam shut behind them. Callahan looks around and sees a large window with a view of Lake Michigan. He also sees thirteen people in the room—three low men, nine Type Three vampires, and another man. “His face has a lean and foxy look, full of intelligence and dark humor. On his brow is a red circle of blood that seems neither to ooze nor to clot.”

Only when his friends drop to the ground does Callahan see two more people, a low man and a low woman with “electrical stunners.”

The man Callahan thinks of as Sayre—the one with the bloody forehead—tells Callahan his friends will be all right, but he won’t. Callahan starts hearing the chimes, faint at first. Sayre tells the vampires that Callahan has killed hundreds of them, so they can “have at him” but must not kill him. They all carry the AIDS virus, Sayre tells Callahan—and that’s what will kill him.

Callahan can’t stand the thought of their mouths on him, so he decides “they don’t get to win.” He runs down the side of the conference room, praying for the first time since his encounter with Barlow. He hits the window shoulder-first, and as the low men and vampires try to stop him, he breaks through and suddenly “is standing in cold air” high above Michigan Avenue. And then he falls.

What Constant Reader Learns: The low men are described as having “heavy, unhealthy-looking faces, red-glinting eyes, and full, womanish lips.” All are smoking. Nice.

Callahan realizes the blood-filled hole in Sayre’s forehead is an eye. “A bloody eye. What is looking out of it? What is watching, and from where?”

 

Wolves of the Calla—“Telling Tales,” Chapter 9, “The Priest’s Tale Concluded (Unfound),” Section 17

Back in the present, Callahan asks Jake, “almost shyly,” if he remembers dying. Jake does, but Callahan doesn’t. He remembers looking down through his new shoes, seeing the street below him, the sounds of Sayre behind him “yelling in some other language.” He remembers thinking Sayre was frightened. Then there was darkness, the chimes grew louder, and he saw a light. So he goes toward it.

What Constant Reader Learns: So…what is the Crimson King’s interest in Callahan, and his relation to the low men and vampires—or were they simply his means to Callahan…Hm….

 

Wolves of the Calla—“Telling Tales,” Chapter 9, “The Priest’s Tale Concluded (Unfound),” Section 18

Callahan comes back to consciousness smelling hay—only it’s a faint smell, “almost exhausted.” He sits up and wonders if he’s dead. “If this is the afterlife, then all of the holy books of the world, including the one from which he himself used to preach, are wrong. Because he’s not in heaven or hell; he’s in a stable.” The sound of the chimes is fading.

He becomes aware of a thudding noise of a machine that’s not in the best of shape, and as he gets up, he realizes he’s now wearing jeans and a faded chambray shirt, and boots with rundown heels. Behind him, he sees a door in the middle of the abandoned stable, not attached to any wall. It has a crystal doorknob with a rose etched on it. “He has read his Thomas Wolfe: a stone, a rose, an unfound door.” He tries the knob but it doesn’t open, although he realizes that when he touches it, he hears the chimes again.

Clearly, he’s at the Way Station where Roland met Jake, because he finds the LaMerk Industries pump. He pushes the red button on the pump and has a drink of the cold water—and almost chokes on it when a man in a hooded robe appears out of nowhere with a “Hello, Faddah.”

The man makes a comment about Roland and Jake, and leads Callahan outside. Callahan notices he’s carrying a wooden box, maybe a foot long and wide and deep. In the distance, they can see two figures, two moving dots.

When Callahan asks who they are, Walter says, “Folks you’ll almost certainly never meet. They’ll die under the mountains. If they don’t die under the mountains, there are things in the Western Sea that will eat them alive. Dod-a-chock.” Callahan thinks that, all of a sudden, Walter doesn’t sound so sure of himself. Then he holds up the box. “If all else fails, this will kill them…And who will bring it to them? Ka, of course, yet even ka needs a friend, a kai-mai. That would be you.”

He orders Callahan back into the stable and when Callahan resists, Walter says, “What you want hardly matters. You’ll go where the King decrees, and there you will wait. If yon two die on their course—as they almost certainly must—you will live a life of rural serenity in the place to which I send you, and there you too will die, full of years and possibly with a false but undoubtedly pleasing sense of redemption. You’ll live on your level of the Tower long after I’m bone-dust on mine…And if they keep coming? If they reach you in the place to which you are going? Why, in that unlikely case you’ll aid them in every way you can and kill them by doing so.”

Walter backs Callahan into the stable and thrusts the box toward him, opening it as he does so. “I don’t think you’ll be able to kill him,” Callahan tells Walter, who says, “That’s ka’s business, not mine.” And when Callahan responds, “Suppose he’s above ka?” Walter is horrified. “No one’s above ka, false priest,” he says. “And the room at the top of the Tower is empty. I know it is.”

Finally, a lot happens at once. The water pump kicks on. Callahan backs into the door. Walter thrusts the box forward into Walter’s arms (his hood falling back and “revealing the pallid, snarling face of a human weasel...with the same welling red circle” on his forehead). Callahan sees Black Thirteen inside the box and begins to shriek. And he falls through the door, which has opened, as the ball rolls in its box like an eyeball. “It’s alive,” Callahan thinks. “It’s the stolen eye of some awful monster from beyond the world, and oh God, oh dear God, it is seeing me.”

He falls onto the stone floor of a cave, and doesn’t have the strength to close the box. Inside Black Thirteen, a red dot glows. “it’s the King…It’s the Eye of the Crimson King as he looks down from his place in the Dark Tower. And he is seeing me.”

And we’re told that at that point Callahan passes out and will not open his eyes for three days, when he’s with the Manni.

What Constant Reader Learns: Reborn in a stable…how very symbolic. And philosophical: “Was my whole life a dream? Is this the reality? If so, who am I and what am I doing here?”

And because I’m just that considerate, I looked up the full lines from Thomas Wolfe’s “Look Homeward Angel” (1929):

A stone, a leaf, an unfound door; of a stone, a leaf, a door. And of all the forgotten faces. Naked and alone we came into exile. In her dark womb we did not know our mother’s face; from the prison of her flesh we come into the unspeakable and incommunicable prison of this earth. Which of us has known his brother? Which of us has looked into his father’s heart? Which of us has not remained forever prison-pent? Which of us is not forever a stranger and alone? O waste of loss, in the hot mazes, lost, among bright stars on this most weary unbright cinder, lost! Remembering speechlessly we seek the great forgotten language, the lost lane-end into heaven, a stone, a leaf, an unfound door. Where? When? O lost, and by the wind grieved, ghost, come back again.

Wow. This makes the English major in me want to drag out a red pen to start a list of symbolic parallels. But it’s late and I’ll spare you the geekdom.

Ah, I’ve missed ole Walter. “So much backstory, so little time,” he tells Callahan when he asks who the figures in the distance are. LOL.

It’s really cool that here’s Callahan at the Way Station, with Jake and Roland still visible. And that they’re chasing the man in black, who was ahead of them, and now he’s behind them with Callahan…and soon will be ahead of them again.

Interesting…When Callahan tells Walter that he’s cruel, he thinks Walter looks genuinely hurt. Which begs the question: What is Walter’s perception of himself? “I am what ka and the King and the Tower have made me,” he says. “We all are. We’re caught.” Would that be ka and the (Stephen) King?

Reborn in a stable, and risen from death after three days. And the symbols keep on rolling.

 

Wolves of the Calla—“Telling Tales,” Chapter 9, “The Priest’s Tale Concluded (Unfound),” Section 19

Back to the present, and Callahan is tired. It’s after midnight. He wraps up the rest quickly since it’s late and Roland’s already heard it. The Manni found him and Henchick closed the box. Eventually he recovered and began to wander around town, becoming known as the Walking Old Fella. He started doing work around the farms and ranches, and eventually began to preach again. The people built him a church.

After a few years, Black Thirteen started calling to him again, and he was tempted to go and look at it. He thinks about going back to 1963 in Dallas and stopping Kennedy’s assassination, and how that might change all that came later. But he also realizes that Black Thirteen seduces with thoughts that what he might do is for the good when, really, it’s evil and chaos.

Callahan says he went todash twice more. Once to Ben Mears’ funeral in Mexico, where he was able to see Mark Petrie as a grown man. The second time, it was to the Castle of the King, but all Callahan will say of it is that there were great black birds, and that he’ll not talk of it at night.

What Constant Reader Learns: Callahan’s in for a shock. He asks if it was after Jake had died when he saw them in the distance. When Jake says it was after the first death but before the second, Callahan crosses himself. “You mean it can happen more than once? Mary save us!”

The whole Kennedy and changing-the-past scenario, if I’m recalling correctly, is the central theme of The Dead Zone. Am I recalling correctly?

Roland comments that when the ka-tet leaves the Calla it will be through the door in the cave. “Would that I could come with you,” Callahan says. Roland responds, “Mayhap you will.”

 

Wolves of the Calla—“Telling Tales,” Chapter 9, “The Priest’s Tale Concluded (Unfound),” Section 20

Afterward, Jake is the first one who admits he’s freaked that Callahan was at the Way Station, and that Walter was both behind them and ahead of them. “It makes my stomach flutter,” Roland admits. “As though I’d lost gravity.”

Eddie asks who the men were who saved Callahan in the laundromat, and Jake’s the one who answers: Calvin Tower and Aaron Deepneau, from the bookshop.

Even though it’s late, Roland wants the ka-tet to have a council in case there are things they should discuss. No one speaks at first, but Susannah finally does. She haltingly tells them she might be pregnant. “Having said that, Susannah Dean/Odetta Holmes/Detta Walker/Mia daughter of none put her hands over her face and began to cry.”

What Constant Reader Learns: What? What? What a place to end a section! What will the fallout of this be? How will Roland and Eddie handle the delicate subject of invisible demon paternity? Stay tuned….


That’s it for this week! Next week—same time, same place—we’ll tackle the next chapter of Wolves of the Calla.

26 comments
Chris Nelly
1. Aeryl
The only significance of the time that I know of, is that it's the international time to get stoned. There is even a holiday, April 20(420, geddit?)
Thomas Thatcher
2. StrongDreams
The Dead Zone is (partly) about changing the future by killing a bad politician before he takes power. King's much more recent novel 1963 (edit: 11/22/63) is actually about preventing the Kennedy assassination and the consequences of that.
Thomas Thatcher
3. StrongDreams
There are some odd things about Walter's appearance here. For one thing, it is the only time he is ever shown with the red circle on his forehead. For another, his line about "long after I'm bone-dust on mine." It seems that, when King wrote this line, he was maybe still thinking that Walter really did die at the end of Gunslinger, his life's work complete (which in my mind is the correct ending after the sacrifice of Jake). At some point King decided that Walter faked his death, so that he could appear later in the story, and I wonder if that didn't happen after he wrote this chapter, and didn't go back to fix it.
C Oppenheimer
4. C Oppenheimer
The Stephen King book about changing the Kennedy assasination is 11/22/63: A Novel.
Chris Nelly
5. Aeryl
@3, It's difficult to know how to view Walter, that "level of the Tower" line throws things off. I always viewed that "level of the Tower" stuff to be talking about different versions of reality, alternative universes. Like the Jake that died under the mountain, isn't the same Jake that we have know. It was a Jake from a similar version of that world, that Roland was in with Mort, but not the same exact Jake(current Jake is from Rose-World, previous Jake was not). So on one level(the original series) Walter dies. On another level, Walter lives on.

Or Flagg could have been lying in W&G. That on THAT level of the Tower he died, but because he spans all levels and share a conciousness with them all, he fudged the story so he wouldn't have to explain all that.
Thomas Thatcher
6. StrongDreams
Or Flagg could have been lying in W&G. That on THAT level of the Tower he died,

Except that the level in which the Man in Black died in the golgatha after palavering with Roland (in the original Gunslinger) is one of the keystone levels, the Tower keystone world that contains Gilead, Mejis, Mid-World, and most of the important action of the series.

I think the Man in Black should have died, his task completed, and his place as Roland's antagonist taken over by Flagg. Making the Man in Black and Flagg the same person does have many benefits in the story, but it creates a number of complications. The need to revise book 1 being one such. Another is that, by the middle of book 7, we will learn that one of Walter/Flagg's tasks has been to keep Roland's quest on track, at least up to a certain point. This gets to be really odd if you think about it too much. It would be easier to explain if the Man in Black (whatever his name) had been a lesser minion of Flagg, tasked with stopping Roland, finally being defeated by the sacrifice of Jake. Meanwhile, Flagg himself had a different purpose, not known to the Man in Black, and Flagg operated by manipulating both Roland and the Man in Black to achieve Flagg's longer-term goals.
C Oppenheimer
7. Lsana
@5,

I know that's the interpretation of Jake's death that seems to prevail from this book onwards, but in my mind, it doesn't make any sense. If that's the case, what was the first half of Wastelands about? If Jake died in one reality and lived in another, then there's no paradox, and Jake and Roland shouldn't have been going crazy over it. Their experiences only make sense if it was in fact the same Jake who both died and didn't die.
Chris Nelly
8. Aeryl
@6, Are we sure about that though? There is no Beam that's ever mentioned at that time. I always thought that coming out of the golgotha was leaving the previous level and returning to the Keystone level(Sheb being in Tull could contradict that, but we've seen it's possible for regular schmoes to cross between levels, why not Sheb).
Suzanne Johnson
9. Susannah Sandlin
@ Dead Zone... I know 11/22/63 was the Kennedy do-over, but the whole idea of going back in time to change the course of history was the one I remember him first broaching in TDZ.

@Jake, Walter, and time-slippage. I figure it's just me because I still don't know what's to come, but the whole bloody hole in the forehead/Walter-as-everydude/levels of the tower and who died when or wasn't dead at all...Right now, it feels a bit disjointed and undecided to me. Whether SK changed direction, or I'm just at a place where I can't see very far ahead of me, I'm not sure.
Chris Nelly
10. Aeryl
No, Gunslinger Jake was not from the Rose Level of the Tower, so his death didn't matter. When Roland stepped through the door into Mort, that happened on the Rose Level and caused a break in reality. Especially if you look at the beginning of the Gunslinger as taking place on another level.

And I felt that way about it since Jake's return in the Waste Lands, not this one.
Thomas Thatcher
11. StrongDreams
@8,
At one point Walter/MIB talks about being a in "fistula" or bubble of space-time, that explains how Roland aged 10 years in one night while the rest of the world moved on maybe hundreds of years, but I don't think Roland left the Tower Keystone world in Gunslinger. Books 5-6-7 are clearly written from the point of view that Walter/MIB/Flagg are the same person and that Flagg faked his death. It's even hinted to in Roland's thoughts in the ending of the revised Gunslinger.

@5, @7,
While there are alternate realities and alternate versions of some of our favorite characters (especially coming up in book 7), I think the Jake who fell and the Jake who was drawn through the demon house are the same Jake from the same world/level of the tower, thus the paradox. After all, it was Walter's intent to create the paradox.
Thomas Thatcher
12. StrongDreams
@10,
It's never specifically said that Gunslinger Jake was from the Rose level, but I think he had to have been. If his death didn't matter, because he was from a different level, then preventing his death in the rose level wouldn't have created a paradox for Roland. It would have been a Jake who died and a different Jake who didn't die. The problem was that is was one Jake who both died and didn't. Jake's mind was broken too, not just Roland's. (And I think it's unfair to say Jake wasn't from the rose level because it wasn't specified, when the rose level itself wasn't thought of until 10 years after Jake died the first time.)

Here's an important question: What level was Eddie drawn from? Jake II was drawn from the rose level, and Jake II followed Eddie and Henry to the monster house. So our Eddie lived in the rose level. That means he killed the rose level version of Wnpx Naqbyvav twice (book 2 and book 7). But that's supposed to be impossible.

So maybe this is like all the changing history of Middle Earth, except that instead of devoting the rest of his life and the life (and career) of his son to straighten it out, King just shrugs his shoulders and writes 10,000 pages having nothing to do with Roland's quest.
Risha Jorgensen
13. RishaBree
I have to agree. There's only one Jake up until this point, because otherwise huge chunks of the entire series just fall apart, logistically and emotionally, especially, what, a third of the first three books?
Chris Nelly
14. Aeryl
The Eddie that Rose-Jake followed, is not the same as the our Eddie. Which leaves the one killed in Drawing a "fake" and the one killed in Song(is he? I thought he made it out in Song?) the "real" one.

To go into this more will have to wait until after a certain "royal" conversation in the next book. But the implication is, is that all these minor changes create alternate realities, a "Ring Around the Sun" that is referenced in Hearts in Atlantis. But changes to the Rose-World have big consequences to the Tower, which is why Roland refusing to kill Jake created the paradox. When Rose Jake didn't die, it prevented all the mirror Jakes from doing the same thing, meaning NO Jake could fall through into the level Roland was in at the time(still not convinced Tull is on the same level as Mejis and Gilead). Bringing Jake in from Rose Level to Keystone Level repaired the paradox, because they are the only two worlds that matter.
C Oppenheimer
15. silver97rwa
One thing has always bothered me in this section. When Callahan arrives for his fateful "million dollar meeting" description says you can see Lake Michigan from the window. Having grown up 2 miles away from Lake Michigan, I can say with certainty that you can NOT see Lake Michigan from anywhere in Detroit - wrong side of the state! It would most likely be Lake St. Clair - or depending on where the building was located in Detroit - Lake Erie. Not a major plot detail or anything, but it always sort of jars me out of the story for a minute...every time!
M G
16. nalattam
Suzanne- Re: the meeting time 12/19 @ 4:20
1+2+1+9+4+2+0=19
Chris Nelly
17. Aeryl
@15, The Stand has one of those for me too. It's the ALL CAPS protest letter, talking about a protest in Louisville, KY on the University of KY campus. No, UK campus is in Lexington, University of Louisville campus is in Louisville.
Suzanne Johnson
18. Susannah Sandlin
@silver97rwa...I know. I kept thinking we were in Chicago on Michigan Avenue with a view of the lake, and then kept reminding myself it was supposed to be Detroit.

@nalattam....Hahaha---I didn't see it. And I looked, I swear. Um...math=not my strong suit.
M G
19. nalattam
Yeah, I was trying to figure out how 1983 fit into it all as well. The way King Deals with the "19s" feels very conspiracy theoristesque to me. It all fits, unless it doesn't, in which case you just ignore it so it doesn't mess up your theory.
Thomas Thatcher
20. StrongDreams
@14,
At a certain point in the saga, we are told that Co-Op city, where Eddie lived before being drawn, is in Brooklyn in Eddie's world but in the Bronx in the Rose-Earth. However, we know that Jake II comes from Rose-Earth, and therefore Eddie must also come from Rose-Earth, because Jake II goes to Co-op city in Brooklyn and follows Eddie to the monster house in Dutch Hill. *Unless you want to say that sometime after finding the key and before leaving home to meet Eddie and Henry, Jake flipped worlds. But King never says that, and never even invented the highways in hiding until 10 years later. You might just well say "A wizard did it."

Basically King screwed up, and in trying to paper over the cracks he screwed up even more. Call it Crisis in Infinite Mid-Worlds.
Chris Nelly
21. Aeryl
@20, OF COURSE King screwed up!!!! That's what happens when you write a book series over 30 years, LOL. All of this is papering over.

But that Brooklyn/Bronx conversation you brought up is the one I was waiting to get to before we addressed that again, so I'm leaving this for now. But I will say again that there is no proof that the Eddie Jake is following is OUR Eddie.
Emmet O'Brien
22. EmmetAOBrien
Strong Dreams@6: The whole "keystone Earth" theory slips from character speculation to character assumption to narrative assumption without anyone ever testing it or getting any evidence for it other than it feeling right, so I incline to see it as quite possibly a colossal red herring.
Margot Virzana
23. LuvURphleb
Hiya folks! I just caught up with this re read. This has made me sad because now i have to wait a whole week for the next post instead of the time it takes my phone to load. However i am happy to have the review so fresh in my head. I read the DK series so long ago. So ive forgotten a lot.
Drawing of the three is still my favorite.
Poor suze! I dont think i would want to know what I had been snacking on if i were preggo with a demon spawn.
Excited for next post.
C Oppenheimer
24. Georgie
I am sure others have mentioned that one cannot really grasp the significance of the Low Men without having read Hearts in Atlantis. Which should really happen stat if you haven't already because of things to come in book six.
Drake Stephens
25. MynameisDrake
Just passed by Co-Op City today on my way to the Bronx Zoo and thought of this blog series.
Juan Manuel Guerrero
26. juanmaguerrero
Mmm too many spoilers in the comments here I can see (altough I tryed not to look at them too much). Will add this page to my bookmarks so I can get back here after I finish the series :D

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