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The Gunslinger by Stephen King
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Aug 19, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: sci-fi-fantasy, horror

I don't know why it took me so long to finish reading The Gunslinger. It was one that I admired on the shelf as a kid, reading Stephen King for the first time, but never picked it up. Then once I finally acquired a copy, I kept putting it down in favor of other reads. Reading The Gunslinger, for me, was a lot like King's writing of it; Roland kept coming to his mind over the course of 12 years. It was much longer of a span as the novel kept calling to me, but only 4 years after I finally read page 1.

The Gunslinger is very obviously the early work of King, that is clear in the writing skill level. Yet his mastery of storytelling has always been apparent and shines in this labor of love. This book is a deluge of dreamy, wandering Salvador Dali paintings that simultaneously melt against you in a burning, searing slap against ruddy cheeks, while chilling your naked spine with the trembling, frozen winter of horror's clammy grasp. The tension slowly builds throughout the story like drawing a hot, cauterizing blade from a fatal wound; it hurts, it's dizzying, yet it cannot be stopped. The Gunslinger is filled with gorgeously variegated imagery and a honeycomb of storytelling that only whets your appetite for The Drawing of Three, the second book in the series.

Thank you, Mr. King. It was worth the wait.
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Reading Progress

August 19, 2012 – Started Reading
August 19, 2012 – Shelved as: horror
August 19, 2012 – Shelved
August 19, 2012 – Shelved as: sci-fi-fantasy
March 9, 2016 – Finished Reading

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Sarah Pottenger Your review is a work of art in itself, my friend. :D


Mangy Cat Aw, thank you! :)


Shane Riter That is a very fitting review for Gunslinger! Very Nice!


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