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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 1 month 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 9 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 10 months ago by Terry Howes
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 morePublished 12 months ago by Maggie O.
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 morePublished 15 months ago by Ty2K
I've wanted to read the Dark Tower series for some time now, so I dove in.
1) It was short so I was done quickly. Read more
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 15 months ago by alex hurley