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The Dark Tower: Gunslinger Bk. 1 [Paperback]

Stephen King
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After hearing all my friends rave about this series i finally decided to pick it up. I had been reading all of his books with Randall Flagg in them to get some background. What you get here is a scattered, slow as molaaaassssessss story, that you have to force yourself to read. You are given bits and pieces of stories, with nothing explained. This story does NOT build to a climax, in fact, it doesn't build at all. The ending...supposedly a climax... seemed very hokey to me (but lets face it steven king has been known to let you down after a great book with a cheezy ending. I finally picked up the second and subsequent books (i waited so long b/c i didnt care for this one, and yes i am a HUGE stephen king fan)... and i was hooked. The sequels are great, and YES you must trudge through this book before you read the rest of them. This book is a necessarry introduction to the rest of the series. After reading the wizard and glass i reread this and it makes more sense b/c that book explains all (most)of the questions this book creates. For my second reading i give it 3 and 1/2 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's not just a guy thing July 1 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've just completed the first in The Dark Tower Series, and I have to say, I think, this is one of King's best told stories yet. I was a little disappointed to see one review suggesting that this book is "a guy thing"; so, ladies especially, I wanted you to know (coming from a woman, mother, wife, etc. and long-time King fan) that this book has a little bit of everything told in a parallel world that will keep you turning the pages, in true Stephen King style. Roland, the last Gunslinger, is a likeable, and realistic character who shares a wide range of feelings and reflections that will make you love and hate him. His dealings with his women, his mentors, and his too brief travel mate, Jake, make him a rugged, yet soft-hearted hero, one that I will not too soon forget. The book is hard to put down, and will make you long for the next pages in the saga, even before you've finished.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A ridiculous start to a great series Aug. 4 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
The title says it all. The Dark Tower series on the whole is magnificent, but it starts off the wrong way. This book is just 200 pages of drivel where nothing important happens and next to nothing is explained. Borrow it just for the conversation with Walter at the end (which still doesn't explain or clarify anything; if it relates to the rest of the story at all I haven't yet seen how), but everything before it is pointless. I'm glad I gave the other books in the series a chance. I was pleasantly surprised to find out they're not nearly as bad as this one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a bone-dry beginning May 17 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a huge fan of Stephen King's Dark Tower series of books. I think that "Wizard and Glass" is possibly the best book he has written so far. I am always evangelizing others on the greatness of King's massive uber-story. Yet book one, "The Gunslinger," seems to be one heck of a stumbling block for most folks.
This is understandable. The story begins with Roland (the main protagonist of the series) in his darkest place. He has become hardened, unable to love. The story ends with him making the most heartless of decisions. "The Gunslinger puts the capital "G" in Grim.
Yet this almost unbearably bleak backdrop is essential to what the story of Roland and the Dark Tower becomes. In it we learn of what Roland is--a "Gunslinger"--and how he became one. We learn of the treachery that has set the course of Roland's destiny in motion.
Most of "The Gunslinger" comes off like a flashback wrapped inside a horrible hallucination. Bad things happen and there is no fulfilling end to this part of the tale. It understandably turns a lot of folks off to going any further with The Dark Tower.
I am here to tell you to keep on pressing on. King's story is, in my opinion, turning into one of the most epic and worthwhile tales ever written. The dryness of the Gunslinger is more than compensated for in the following books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get through this one. You'll be happy you did. Feb. 20 2004
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This is the first in a wonderous series about Roland the Gunslinger. Roland hails from Gilead, an ancient or possibly future civilization where the blood-line of King Arthur Eld is highly regarded as protectors of the world. Unfortunately, by the time we meet up with Roland, the world has moved on.
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."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, but a matter of taste.
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 more
Published 7 days ago by Jumanah
4.0 out of 5 stars ...and the Gunslinger followed.
A captivating story from start to finish! Read it through twice, to make sure I hadn't missed anything. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Terry Howes
5.0 out of 5 stars Revision makes the story fresh
I'd read the Dark Tower series in high school and with talks of a potential TV special or movie I wanted to re-read it again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Maggie O.
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
This is it. The is the book that started it. Not only did this book start me on an eight book adventure, it introduced me to the world of Mr. Stephen King. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ty2K
2.0 out of 5 stars Everything in this novel needs more clear explanation
I've wanted to read the Dark Tower series for some time now, so I dove in.

Pros:
1) It was short so I was done quickly. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Adam Munro
4.0 out of 5 stars Post Apocolyptic Western
Terrific story. Mix of a western and post apocalyptic setting. Very good book. Would recommend to anyone. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Published 6 months ago by alex hurley
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
Great start to what I hear is a great series! I can only hope it keeps on getting better Mr King
Published 6 months ago by Tom 33
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King
I have been a big fan of Stephen King since I was a kid. I have almost all of his books including all 6 of the Dark Tower. Loved it.
Published 8 months ago by Karen Stanway
5.0 out of 5 stars Talk about a cliffhanger!
The dark tower series is a series of cliffhangers. With no real direction and a scanty outline Stephen can not paint himself into a corner. Read more
Published 12 months ago by bernie
3.0 out of 5 stars A very slow read
First off I have to say that I love Stephen King and all his work. I came across this series and heard great reviews about it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Luisa
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