In my review I mention the fact that a Denver Starbucks features–impossibly–in an inset tale set in 1980; after writing the review the first weekend in September and sending it off, I then saw a similar criticism at The Complete Review. They subsequently offered the following update (I’ve taken some liberties with the formatting, for clarification of what’s quoted from where):
Update: The official Stephen King site offers a Continuity Clarification from Stephen (scroll down to 7 October entry):
"The review of The Colorado Kid in today’s issue of today’s USA Today mentions that there was no Starbucks in Denver in 1980. Don’t assume that’s a mistake on my part. The constant readers of the Dark Tower series may realize that that is not necessarily a continuity error, but a clue."
If it is a clue, we still can’t figure out for what.
I can’t figure it out either (and haven’t read the Dark Tower at all, let alone being a constant reader).
Surely someone out there knows the answer? (If you don’t, I’ll have to stop thinking of you as All Knowing and All Powerful.