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Dark Tower Boxed Set

(The Dark Tower #1-4)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  4,985 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Set in a world of ominous landscape and macabre menace, The Dark Tower features one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations—The Gunslinger, a haunting figure who embodies the qualities of the lone hero through the ages, from ancient myth to frontier Western legend. As Roland crosses a desert of damnation in a macabre world that is a twisted image of our own, he moves eve ...more
Published October 7th 2003 by Signet (first published 2002)
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Michelle Lowe
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Warning: There are some mild spoilers in this review.

These are the first Stephen King novels I’ve read. I wanted to read the first four set in this series before posting a review. Each book now has creases over their spines. I’ve enjoyed these novels very much. Let’s start with, of course, The Gunslinger. . .

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.
The story plunges us dead into the already long and gritty quest of Roland Deschain of Gilead to reach the Dark Towe
Kieran McAndrew
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The Gun Slinger': A traveller chases the mysterious Man in Black across a dangerous desert. His unnamed quest is aided by some, hindered by others in a bleak and brutal world.

In many ways, this is a strange book. It feels wrong both as a reading experience and as the opening volume of 'The Dark Tower'. Stephen King's almost terse writing style is tempered by the sense that there is something looming on the horizon which casts a shadow on this book.

There is a sense of foreboding and terror which
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book 1: The Gunslinger (★★★★☆)
Book 2: The Drawing of the Three (★★★★☆)
Book 3: The Waste Lands (★★★★☆)
Book 4: Wizard and Glass (★★★☆☆)
Aug 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fiction
I didn't read this boxed-set edition but I wanted to review these as a lump.

Let's face it - I loved the whole thing. There isn't another story out there quite like this one. I am not a fan of the fantasy genre - I like my science-fiction on the hardcore side. This series softened my attitude toward fantasy fiction because King applies his softest touch ever here. You can tell that he didn't just knock out another tome for the sake of his publisher, which is a feeling I get about a lot of his lat
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
And now for the best and most complex of them all....... I deliberately postponed reading this to catch up with the group. I really don't have anything to add to this. The bleak, seemingly unending journey is described so heartrendingly that yes, one does feel some pity for Mordred.

I am so very glad I decided to re-read the entire series - it was like plunging into another world. I found myself unable to concentrate on any other books while I was reading "The Dark Tower."

And I agree with King, t
Antony Socrates
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great fantasy series by Steven King which took me months to read but really enjoyable and gripping. I think he put his heart and soul into it and came out with a really good yarn.
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: survival-kit
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Dec 18, 2006 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, horror, fantasy
I can't help it - I'm a sucker for horror novels. I love 'em, and I unashamedly admit that I am a big fan of Stephen King. I've read nearly all of his novels, and the Dark Tower series is my favorite. Don't get me wrong - I thoroughly enjoyed his horror classics (The Shining, Carrie, 'Salem's Lot, etc); they are fabulously tense, scary, and just gory enough to make one cringe and get the blood racing. However, the Dark Tower has it all - fantasy, mythology, science fiction, epic, allegory, adven ...more
Jun 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
OK, I'm not much for horror, but this series is amazing. It's not really horror, more of fantasy/adventure/sci-fi/western. Sarah got me hooked on them. I was trying to put down the whole series (I think there are 7) but couldn't find it all together. These are really good. There is some gore, but the characters are really well-drawn and the story sucks you right in. I think Wizard and Glass was my favorite, as you get the back story of the Gunslinger. The 6th one, Susanna's Song, was the least i ...more
Oct 01, 2010 is currently reading it
My brother gave me the series to borrow. The first book is going very slowly and difficult to get into, which is strange as I've grown up reading Stephen King, and most of his work (good or bad) is usually very accessible. I'm still holding out for something to click with me.

10-14-10 Twenty pages into the second book, which looks more promising. The first had its moments, but it felt like he was writing in a style that didn't quite suit him. Work and getting ready for winter has been keeping me
Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love Stephen King, but this series is the best I've read of his. The first four books I read twice while I waited for the next three to come out!
Anne De rooij
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
These are almost no words to describe Stephen King's Magnus opus. The Dark Tower takes you on a wonderful, weird, amazing quest and is set in a universe different, but so like ours.
Michael Sorbello
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Book 1: The Gunslinger

Grim and intriguing with occasional bursts of philosophical genius, but far too vague in detail and plot direction. Even after having finished the novel, I have no sense of direction of where the plot is heading or where it was ever meant to be heading in the first place. The motivations of the characters, the setting and the story were lost in a jumbled sea of hallucinatory prose and characters speaking in riddles. I have so many unanswered questions that I had to sit back
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite stories of all time. I loved Lord of the Rings (of course). I read that Stephen King was influenced by Tolkien as well but was determined to retell the epic story in his own style. He really did. It is a sweeping epic that crosses many different genres (western, sci-fi, fantasy) with one of the most brilliant endings I've ever read. It's a story that has stuck with me my entire life. Steven King is the author that as a kid made me love to read and appreciate the craft ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This starts out as a great story, with mysteries and hints at events long past. The first books are great, but without any structure or direction other than what comes to the authors mind several years after the project started, it becomes an uninspiering read. It all goes down hill when the author writes himself into the book with a prominent role. His character has thoughts of how he couldnt finish the story in the first place, how it's been in the back of his mind all this time, and how tough ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just finished the fourth book today! Can't wait to read the next 3 books.
I loved the first book and was obsessed with the second, I was less impressed with the third but the fourth book made up for it and then some!
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this series about 10 years ago and loved it, except for the first book.
Now I was ready for a reread. Not only did I love the first book as well, but I found so many hidden things in all of the books I didn't notice the first time. So glad I read them again!
R.L. Manson
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very strange mix of fantasy, science fiction, old west, and horror - something that only Stephen King could create. This epic story stirs the emotions and evokes fascination every step of the way. Brilliant!
Dean Fox
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first introduction to Stephen King, and I loved it! Not at all like the movie. I found it fascinating how he wove all the stories together as the series progressed. A very fun read, and now I'm hooked on his writing!
Gary Lee Veale
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was just a good the second time . This is King's masterpiece, it equals the works of Tolkien,

I waited and suffered many years for the final book and own all the volumes this quest. It was worth the wait.

Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Favorite series of all time. The first book is best described as a Western, but even if that's not your typical genre, stick with it - it picks up part way through. The whole series expanded my worldview.
Josh Bibb
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I literally cannot say enough good things about these books
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect ending!

Make sure you read from the beginning — and *all* of the other books the Dark Tower even brushes by. You won’t regret it.
Meghan Mills
my most fave of all
Joy Ogozelec
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it
The only King I can't get through & I've been reading King for about 30 years. ...more
Amanda Bell
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series left me oddly haunted...
Edward Davies
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
This is a pretty slow start to what becomes an incredibly engrossing series of novels from the Master of Horror. With the focus only being on one of the Dark Tower characters, the tale drags a little, but what it leads into is so wonderful that I think we can forgive Mr King.

This is where the series really finds its feet and gets going, with the introduction of additional characters that help us sympathise a bit more with the plight of the book. Where Roland
Alan Dempsey
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hey you: yes, you.

If you're perusing the fantasy genre and for some reason you haven't dipped a toe in this series, I'm your guy. Let me explain to you what's going to happen.

You're going to pick up that first book and it's going to be intriguing to you, not unlike the Sergio Leone Westerns. The Gunslinger is sparse, but it gives you just enough to want to know more:

"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

How can you not keep reading after that line?

You'll experi
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-tower
I'm not usually a Stephen King fan.

That said, this series is fantastic. As this is a boxed set, I'll review the books individually...

The Gunslinger: Probably the simplest book, in terms of plot, it does a very good job of introducing Roland and his world, and beginning to reveal what exactly is driving him on his quest.

The Drawing of the Three: Roland gathers his ka-tet (at least, most of them). While the portion of the book that centers on Eddie Dean is highly entertaining and has the same sens
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more

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  • The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower, #3)
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  • The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower, #4.5)
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