The Dark Tower: Gunslinger Bk. 1 Paperback – 2003
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Roland is following the man in black. We don't know who this mysterious figure is until the end of the book, but we do know that he holds the first clues for Roland on the quest for the Dark Tower.
What is the Dark Tower? Amazingly enough, a lot of it is explained in this book, though it's hard to grasp the concept until one has read further into the series. The series opens us up to the concept of multiple worlds in multiple universes, all held together with beams, which are breaking and thus, the Tower is being destroyed.
The Dark Tower series is also held together by beams. These beams are other King works. Any King fan should read this series because it opens up so many treats for the "constant reader." There are tie-ins everywhere. The Gunslinger is linked to the rest of the books in the series, which are linked to other King books such as Salem's Lot, The Stand, Insomnia, From a Buick 8, and Rose Madder (which is linked to Desperation and Regulators).
Wow! All this depth and a great story to boot! As we follow Roland, his quest becomes our quest.
Every journey starts with one step. The first step is "The Gunslinger."
Lousy at some may think it is, I actually fell in love with that old version of "The Gunslinger". No, it's not your typical, linear, run of the mill story. If that frightens you, stay away from this book. It's written in an artistic, vague, almost pretentious way (King edited some of this out in the new version, but the core stil remains). Obviously some people find this annoying, but I love it. To me it is almost the novel equivalent of a Sergio Leone movie, because his movies can be described much the same way. Needless to say, I was more than understanding of King's admission that "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly" was an inspiration for this story.
So I very much surprised when I learned that King had gone and "revised and expanded" this novel which I loved. Blasphemy! I thought. Of course, I went and bought it anyway. My feelings on the new version are mixed. I like the additional scenes (almost like watching the cut-scenes on a DVD), but overall the novel seems to have lost something to me... lost a bit of that original pretentious magic.
Slowly but surely, King has degenerated his Dark Tower story into just another one of his crazy romps where seemingly anything and everything goes. I, for one, will always prefer that mysterious, haunting image of the last gunslinger, following across the desert. But that's just me.
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Favorite King novel. Very well written and exciting, its slow at the beginning and you have to keep an open mind while reading it but man does it get intense and exciting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steve S
I am reading this series for the second time. It's a fabulous read!!Published 2 months ago by Sandra Todd
Great book. Takes you to a place you've never seen in your minds eye. lots of exciting readingPublished 5 months ago by Eric Khambata
This was a very captivating book. Not only this book, but the entire series. It's absolutely well written with a very interesting plot and very exciting twists and turns.Published 7 months ago by Katou Kitkat
After reading some of the not-so-great reviews, I'm starting to think it's just a matter of taste. This book is unlike anything else Stephen King has ever written. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jumanah
A captivating story from start to finish! Read it through twice, to make sure I hadn't missed anything. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Terry Howes