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The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger: (The Dark Tower #1)(Revised Edition)
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The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger: (The Dark Tower #1)(Revised Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen King
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Finally, after thirty-three years, a horrific and life-altering accident, and thousands of desperately rabid fans in the making, Stephen King's quest to complete his magnum opus rivals the quest of Roland and his band of gunslingers who inhabit the Dark Tower series. Loyal DT fans and new readers alike will appreciate this revised edition of The Gunslinger, which breathes new life into Roland of Gilead, and offers readers a "clearer start and slightly easier entry into Roland's world."

King writes both a new introduction and foreword to this revised edition, and the ever-patient, ever-loyal "constant reader" is rewarded with secrets to the series's inception. That a "magic" ream of green paper and a Robert Browning poem, came together to reveal to King his true "ka" is no real surprise (this is King after all), but who would have thought that the squinty-eyed trio of Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach would set the author on his true path to the Tower? While King credits Tolkien for inspiring the "quest and magic" that pervades the series, it was Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly that helped create the epic proportions and "almost absurdly majestic western backdrop" of Roland's world.

To King, The Gunslinger demanded revision because once the series was complete it became obvious that "the beginning was out of sync with the ending." While the revision adds only 35 pages, Dark Tower purists will notice the changes to Allie's fate and Roland's interaction with Cort, Jake, and the Man in Black--all stellar scenes that will reignite the hunger for the rest of the series. Newcomers will appreciate the details and insight into Roland's life. The revised Roland of Gilead (nee Deschain) is embodied with more humanity--he loves, he pities, he regrets. What DT fans might miss is the same ambiguity and mystery of the original that gave the original its pulpy underground feel (back when King himself awaited word from Roland's world). --Daphne Durham

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King's (Pet Sematary, Audio Reviews, LJ 11/1/98) fantastical and allegorical "Dark Tower" series commenced in 1982 with the publication of The Gunslinger. Subsequent volumes have appeared about every five years thereafter. The Gunslinger introduces protagonist Roland as he pursues the Man in Black through bleak and tired landscapes in a world that has "moved on." Roland believes that the Man in Black knows and can be made to reveal the secrets of the Dark Tower, which is the ultimate goal of Roland's quest. The Waste Lands sees Roland and his fellow travelers continuing the quest for the Dark Tower. They journey through imaginative landscapes, over astounding obstacles, and meet with and confront a unique and fully drawn cast of characters, both human and nonhuman. Reader Frank Muller gives voice to the characters with a thoroughly engaging precision, accuracy, and great humanity and with an edge that drives the story onward and seems to amplify King's skill as an author. Highly recommended for all fiction collections.?Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 612 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Revised edition (July 1 2003)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing: Got me Hooked June 9 2012
By Chronic
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is amazing, and it does a great job of introducing you to Roland as a character, as he chases the mysterious man in black through the desert. You see his personality and are told about his trials as a gunslinger. After you finish the book, you understand who Roland is, but not all the answers are given. The only warning I will give you, is that if you love the first one, this book will make you want to read all seven of them. And of course, what would a Dark Tower book be without a shootout. Stephen King is a master of the craft, and this book proves that he can write an epic tale just as well as he can a tale of horror.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Darlene TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This series has been on my TBR list since I was a teenager! I own multiple copies of the books in the series: Bound copies on my shelves, Kindle copies, and also audiobooks. Yet, I have never read them! I have finally taken the plunge into the series, and it was not at all what I expected! I was hoping for the "creep factor" that I have experienced in other King novels, but it was missing here.

In the first installment of The Dark Tower series, we are introduced to Roland Deschain, a Gunslinger whose sole purpose is to meet up with The Man In Black. In his journey along the way, he meets up with a boy named Jake and takes him under his wing.

Parts of the book really dragged for me and, even though I finished book, I still feel a bit lost! I will continue on with the series and hope that I get hooked with the next one. This is definitely my least favourite King book, and I much prefer his horror books to this fantasy series so far. However, I am trying to be optimistic that the series will pick up given its popularity. I like the whole good versus evil vibe, and I am hoping that I won't be disappointed!

This is my first narration by George Guidall, and his voice was a nice choice for the book. However, his reading does tend to speed up during the more exciting scenes, and I actually had to put my iPod on ' speed to follow along at a regular pace.

MY RATING: 2 stars!! Meh, it was just "ok".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice March 27 2014
By Tom 33
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great start to what I hear is a great series! I can only hope it keeps on getting better Mr King
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King Feb. 20 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Talk about a cliffhanger! Oct. 5 2013
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
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. As with any dream (nightmare) you just change the rules if you get stuck with some logic. And this is what it is, just one long dream. It has all the elements of Stephen King including his potty mouth.

Do not try to compare this loosely jointed series of encounters with works such as of J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, and George Lucas, as they have no resemblance to the Joseph Campbell myth of someone challenged to become more than they are. This animal is in its own purely fantasy (don't look for depth) project. I say project because it is ongoing with out a clear stopping point in mind. If you look at it this way then it can be a "five star" in its category.

"The Gunslinger" is over before it gets started no time to form an opinion.
"The Drawing of the Three" twice as long as the previous, leaves you with a dislike for lobster.
"The Waste Lands" twice as long as the previous, leave you with a dislike for Amtrak.
By now you have no opinion, dislike eating lobster on Amtrak, and can not wait for the next installment (Wizard and glass.)
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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 7 months ago by Luisa
1.0 out of 5 stars Dark Tower is not very dark
A difficult read at any time. Liked the Marvel comic better. Don't waste your time or money on this book.
Published 8 months ago by Irwin Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
Not your typical Stephen King, but awesome series.Once I read the first book I was hooked and had to read the entire series. Read more
Published 13 months ago by GinaJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
When my friend asked me to read this I was skeptikal since I had never read Stephen King. Now I am hooked and on the fourth book. Read more
Published 15 months ago by fromthenorth
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Although a little confusing and random in parts, I did really enjoy reading this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Published on May 27 2011 by B. Went
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
My copy of The Gunslinger is old. Damn old. It's got a few pictures, for chrissakes.

It's a short novel, but I have to say - I've never read so few pages and become so... Read more
Published on April 26 2011 by IDGS
4.0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review
First in the long-running Dark Tower series, The Gunslinger is a poetic, nightmarish tale set in a world parallel to ours. Read more
Published on March 7 2006 by A. J. Cull
1.0 out of 5 stars Way to weird
There have only been a few books that i never finished, but the Dunslinger was one of them. It was just so weird. King never told you what was happening. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Bryan
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