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What does it mean to forget the face of one's father?

Said about one's self, it was used as a statement of remorse and shame; the idea being that you are watched over by your ancestors, and should never do anything to shame them -- having forgotten the ...
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Reading order/reading plan for the wider Dark Tower universe?

There are many suggested reading orders out there (here's one and here another, plus a forum discussion on the topic). This is just one, and it's not for the faint of heart. Stephen King writes long ...
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What does it take to make it onto Roland's list?

Note: This answer is full of spoilers - so many that it would be impossible to spoiler-tag all of them - so if you haven't finished the series and want to avoid spoilers, don't read it. TL;DR: We ...
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Why does King specifically reference Kubrick's "The Shining" in light of his own opinion of it?

While Stephen King despises how Kubrick managed the story, he appreciates the beautiful filming. I think ‘The Shining’ is a beautiful film and it looks terrific and as I’ve said before, it’s like a ...
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Is this a real quote from the Dark Tower series?

Probably, but not in the finished draft I contacted Bev Vincent, author of The Road to the Dark Tower: Exploring Stephen King's Magnum Opus. Here's what he had to say: Jonah: When I was writing The ...
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Are we the Great Old Ones?

The Great Old Ones may be Keystone humans To the best of my knowledge, King has not explicitly confirmed (or denied) that the Old Ones are humans from Keystone Earth. That said, there is still some ...
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Are there references to number 19 in the Dark Tower series' books 1–4?

TL;DR: Not often. Although it is featured in the revised version of book I, The Gunslinger, the obsession with "19" pops up rather suddenly in book V, Wolves of the Calla, and mostly ...
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Is there any connection between Gilead in Stephen King's The Dark Tower and in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale?

In both cases the name derives from the biblical location "Gilead" which is described as part of ancient Israel (though now on the East Bank of the River Jordan and within the Kingdom of Jordan) In ...
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Are any of Stephen King's works not connected to The Dark Tower?

All King's writings are at least tenuously connected to The Dark Tower multiverse. The reason (which may, unfortunately, seem overly glib) is that the real world is one of the worlds that The Dark ...
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How did Susannah know that the riddle was about the prime numbers?

@Duane Dibbley Thanks to your comment I found the answer myself. The riddle asked by Blaine was You'll have to prime the pump to get me going and my pump goes backwards. Obviously a wordplay on prime. ...
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How much of King's journal was true?

Is the journal itself pure fiction, or is it adapted from a real journal? It is adapted from real journals. I spoke to Robin Furth, who is King's research assistant, and the author of Stephen King's ...
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Is this a real quote from the Dark Tower series?

The article "Paradox, Reconciliation, and Redemption in The Dark Tower Series" by Dr. Hilary S. Webb contains a nearly identical version of the quote: He says of his ka-tet, “I love them, but I ...
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What is a clan-fam?

While not ever actually explained, this is almost assuredly a portmanteau of "clan" and "family". It refers to families of farmers who have inbred, creating small pocket clans that are largely self-...
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Is East not East in The Dark Tower Series?

It's not a mistake. Stephen King did this intentionally. There are lots of references, including one in your question, in the series which tell us that places are not stable, world is moving on (...
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Did The Dark Tower books ever refer to psychic powers as "The Shine?"

In the original books, psychic powers are usually referred to as "The Touch." Stephen King's website describes The Touch: If a person has the touch, he or she can read minds and/or see into the ...
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Is the "Shine" in The Dark Tower related to "The Shining"?

Short Answer: Yes The dark Tower is the work that connects all Stephen King works I have written enough novels and short stories to fill a solar system of the imagination, but Roland's story is my ...
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How much influence does King's "The Dark Tower" have on Overwatch?

Yes it certainly seems to be the case. The only credible proof I can give is that there are unused data mined voice lines which refer to the Dark Tower series. Reaper voice The man in black ...
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What did Eddie do with the rest of the cocaine?

TL;DR: It is still sitting in a crack in the rocks on the beach near the spot where Roland found the door marked "The Prisoner". In-Universe: Eddie left it on the beach. He was addicted to heroin, ...
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Dark Tower references in other works of Stephen King or vice versa

Stephen King recently discussed this very subject with Entertainment Weekly. He lists the following connections, though, some are tenuous at best: The Shining and Doctor Sleep The Stand and Eyes of ...
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The Dark Tower and existence

Roland is not stuck in a time loop. Roland is a character in a book and when the reader finishes the story, someone else starts it. He's not stuck in a loop, he's stuck in the universe that King ...
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When is the first mention of the Horn of Eld?

Pretty early The gunslinger waited for the time of the drawing and dreamed his long dreams of the Dark Tower, to which he would some day come at dusk and approach, winding his horn, to do some ...
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Why does Odetta/Detta/Susannah not have prosthetic legs?

May be because of the when. Odetta was drawn in 1964 in a realistic world. So even if her family was rich and her father an inventor, i don't think prostetics for both legs other than cosmetics would ...
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Dark Tower references in other works of Stephen King or vice versa

Actually, most of the references tend to go the other way. That is; the Dark Tower series contains many references to other King works, rather than the other way around. King began to see the series ...
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Why didn't Eldred Jonas take Roland's guns?

TL;DR: Because Jonas' plan is to make the boys angry enough to do something stupid - he isn't trying to disarm them. In fact, he wants them to be armed so they can destroy their own good standing ...
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What is the meaning behind The Dark Tower's ending?

Roland was never meant to get to The Dark Tower. Roland was served with protecting the beams and restoring Prim to the broken lands. Unfortunately, he was set on a quest by an evil warlock who ...
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What does it mean to forget the face of one's father?

It's essentially the equivalent of failing to "honour thy father". There's a glossary of all the phrases and words used in The Dark Tower series: http://stephenking.com/darktower/glossary.html I ...
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Dark Tower references in other works of Stephen King or vice versa

If we take the original version of this question literally - i.e., references to The Dark Tower in other books (that is, a non-DT book that mentions something from DT, rather than a DT book that ...
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Versions of Gunslinger

The Gunslinger started out as an essentially stand-alone novel, taking place in what seems to be a post-apocalyptic Earth. Once King has fleshed out the multiverse of The Dark Tower, he went back and ...
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When someone tries to fire Roland's pistol he nearly breaks his arm. Just what exactly does the book mean when it says "pistol"?

The thing is, as with the inscriptions on the guns, it's hard to say what they would actually fire. Ever hit a tree with a baseball bat? That mechanic, with enough force behind it, could break bones....
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How far is a Wheel?

In book 7, The Dark Tower, Susannah equates 120 wheels to approximately 100 miles (“perhaps a bit less”)
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