Yes and no. I've tried reading the series before, but this last try is the first time I really got into them. Of course there is a gray area since I've read plenty of King's other books and quite a few are set in the same universe (so I should also be somewhat prepared for any weirdness ). I'm currently about 2/3 through the 4th book, so I'm making progress. It should go faster now that it's getting warmer and I prefer reading outside.