This book is a tough pill to swallow. Realistically I wanted to give it 3 1/2 stars, but no dice. It was a good enough read that I felt it was fair toThis book is a tough pill to swallow. Realistically I wanted to give it 3 1/2 stars, but no dice. It was a good enough read that I felt it was fair to round up rather than down.
Let me just say, this is my first Stephen King novel - I've never really been interested in the whole horror genre, so I've never really had cause to come across his work. I am not sure I love his writing style to be honest.
In parts it's incredibly engrossing, in others I found myself scanning the text and not really reading it. Parts of it flowed well and other parts made me wonder what the author was thinking when he was writing. Sometimes I wondered if he'd written the book with a thesaurus in front of him - kind of how I thought it would be a good idea to use a thesaurus in high school to change words around for essays so I'd sound smarter. Sometimes it works, other times you just wonder what the hell the other person was thinking.
That said, I had been looking for a fantasy series without walking trees, men with flowing flaxen locks and short men with axes who I imagine to have a Scottish accent. I like my characters dark, people who aren't always thinking of the greater good. I like heroes who are flawed or disconnected.
The Gunslinger fits the bill. I have spoken to friends who tell me the series gets more interesting as it progresses (they argue the disjointed nature of The Gunslinger is due to the fact that the books is actually a collection of short stories written over a number of years).
I found the book interesting enough to keep my attention and I am looking forward to seeing how the characters and the story progress from here...more