Such a joy to go back to the Dark Tower universe (although it’s all Dark Tower universes…!) and meet up with the ka-tet again.
This sits between books 4 and 5 (Wizard and Glass, and Wolves of the Calla) and is a very slight tale in that timeline. Rather, it’s an excuse to let Roland tell a story he was told as a child. While it seemed a little slow to begin with, eventually it does become a nice slice of the DT mythos.
Overall: better than I expected – how often does an author revisit a series, poorly? Rather, this feels like an outtake: it would have spoiled the pace of the main narrative, but it’s still interesting.
Recommended for fans; I can’t agree much with the “this isn’t a bad place to start” comments in the intro.