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The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger v. 1 Paperback – Aug 1 1988


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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (Aug. 1 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747400997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747400998
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,872,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NotATameLion on 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 By Chronic on June 9 2012
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 By Amazon Customer on 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 By J. W. Charles on April 25 2000
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 4 1999
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darlene TOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 10 2012
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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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