The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1)
Beginning with a short story appearing in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1978, the publication of Stephen King's epic work of fantasy -- what he considers to be a single long novel and his magnum opus -- has spanned a quarter of a century.
Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dar...more
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*** I think the Dark Tower series as a whole is a staggering achievement and belongs in any discussion without qualification of the “Greatest Fantasy Series of All Time.”
*** There are no spoilers in this review but I have read the series twice all the way through and am doing a third reading as part of a group read this month. Therefore, my review is colored by my knowledge of how...more
Roland Deschain, the last of the Gunslingers, is on a quest for the Dark Tower, a mysterious edifice that is the axle of worlds and holds all existence together. In this, the first volume, Roland pursues his nemesis across the Mohaine Desert. He follows the man in black's trail to a little town called Tull, then through more desert, encountering a boy named Jake from our world, and then into the mountains. Will Roland finally c...more
The man in black fled across the desert and the Gunslinger followed.
That is the line I remembered for years and years that made me think that someday I would revisit THE GUNSLINGER...As a young teenage girl I read THE GUNSLINGER and really didn't like it that much. I didn't hate it- it just confuuuuuused me. And to review this I will have to take you back to when I first read it as a teen...
Stephen King is special to me. Special because when I first discovered him- it was the first time I went...more
Buddyread with the adventurous Karly (Click to read her review)
Second Book: The Drawing of the Three
My Gunslinger theme song that I can't get out of my head when reading: Knights of Cydonia
Listen, before you start stoning me...understand that this is a book that needs to be re-read after the entire series in order to be fully appreciated.
And I for one plan on re-reading it. I love King’s works and I STILL adore his writing with this one, but I didn't click with pretty much everything else. And b...more
I'd like to apologize for the times that I've made fun of you in any way, shape or form, including the kid in my English 2 class sophomore year who would not stop raving about you as if you were the only person to ever write a book.
It's not that I think that kid was justified for only ever reading your books and no-one else's, and it's not that I thought you were a horrible writer and now I think you're amazing.
But, this was really quite a pleasant surprise. I'm not sure what...more
A Second Read. the first time: unimpressed, bored, agitated, gave up. the second time: so much better, a lot to consider, an enjoyable experience...
A Strangely Sparse Narrative, perhaps too much mystery, perhaps too much of a tease and not enough action, perhaps too much to think about, a frustrating lack of detail...
A Tarot Card: THE HANGED MAN...
Sacrifice... Renunciation... Contemplation... Waiting...more
I was baffled by The Gunslinger when I first read it way back in my high school days. It had been an unobtainable limited edition that had popped up in the title card of King’s other books, and when it finally went into wide release I couldn’t wait to snatch it up. But then I couldn’t make sense of it. There was a...more
The Gunslinger clambered over the rocks. He knew the Man in Black was close. He could pick up his scent. The Man in Black smelled like charred meat. Evil charred meat. The river to his left was the apotheosis of all rivers; it was watery and wet. The Gunslinger pictured himself lying in the river, being carried backwards in an unending current; lulled by the sweet relentless drifting towards death itself. In a fuz...more
"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."
This simple and beautiful sentence is the opening line, the trademark and even the summary of The Gunslinger. In most ways, this single sentence is what defines this book.
For that is how it all begins....more
The Gunslinger is high plains, lonely traveler, John Wayne-in-a-post apocalyptic dystopia goodness.
With a survivalist main character and a dependent boy at his side, fighting mutants and what were human beings against all that wealth of stark nothingness for scenery, it felt very akin to Cormac McCarthy's The Road, which I'd read somewhat recently and loved. Mysticism and Biblical references abound and at points threaten to muddy the narrative waters, but never...more
The Gunslinger is one of those books that evokes strong reactions in readers. You could simply say that people either love it or hate it but that is really too simplistic. Rather Stephen King evokes such a myriad range of different emotions with this science fiction/fantasy western that it is perfectly normal for an individual to feel both awed by its brilliance yet completely unhappy with its conclusion. I realize that is strange to say, but it is abso...more
"The Interloper, The Lord of Flies, The Man in Black cometh!"
Stephen King our modern day Charles Dickens takes you on beginning of an epic journey with Roland 'The Gunslinger' in this poignant tale. The story takes us through the past and future and the coming of age of a man and a boy in search of The Tower.
'The more you eat the more you toot!' or should I say the more you re-read it the more you will appreciate it, that's what I felt second time round reading the novel and als...more
The juxtaposition of the book was not great as an entry into a series. It jumped all over the place chronologically and didn't provide an easy smooth ride. I like to think of writers as pilots (well I just made that metaphor up then but I shall think of...more
Now I have made vague promises for years to them and to others that, yes, I would read the book and I was sure that I would love it....more
I have never been a fan of Stephen King, I don't really like horror books and I really don't understand how many times you can read about a car killing people before you get bored of the man. The reason I read this is because the Marvel comic version of this is r...more
This will be the third time I’ve read “The Gunslinger,” and each time I read it the more I appreciate it. Not for its plot structure, which is often times as broken as Roland – but more for its...more
I read this book aloud to the misses and it was only the second book I've read to her that she simply wouldn't let me stop (the other: Hyperion). The rich, relatable and broken characters; the unfolding world that seems recognizable, but isn't; poignant wr...more
Oops, I did it again
I expected too much
I wanted an epic beginning...
Oh deary, deary.
Oops, my expectations were too high
I wanted a masterpeice
From 19 year-old Mr. King....
The Gunslinger is a solid three for me. Not a "because-I'm-being-nice" or "it-was-relatively-inoffensive" three, but merely because he bit off more than he could chew in 300 pages, in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, it was good, I just had so hoped it woul...more
I really enjoyed several parts in this book. I've seen a lot of negative criticism about The Gunslinger, and quite honestly, I'm the type to give a book a chance and not let anyone else's fe...more
But this is definitely a book that gets better with time, with re-readings, and with the rest of the series. The second tim...more
I decided to read this book because one of the executive producers of Lost (which I love) loved this series. And I tend to like the fantasy quest type thing... so I had high expectations for Stephen King's Dark Tower series.
But this book was... weird. And icky. There was a lot of sex in this book that I found completely unnecessary, unenjoyable and kind of gross. And the protagonist is not particularly sympathetic......more
And so it begins.
I have ventured along the Path of the Beam many a times with Roland. The Dark Tower Series is one of my all-time favorites and it is hard to review the Gunslinger as a stand-alone book. But, I will try.
I had attempted to read the Gunslinger 4 times….that’s right, you read that correctly. I loved Stephen King and could not understand why I couldn’t get through this book. I would get to the same point every ti...more
It was a short read and my friends ha...more
There are quite a lot of books in the series - I believe the count now stands at six - and also there are many peo...more
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