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The Gunslinger by Stephen King
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Oct 09, 2012

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This is far from a bad book, but I just personally wasn't a huge fan. The writing is great, and the world in original, it's a fantastic piece of literature, but I just didn't enjoy reading it. I couldn't really get into it, and this was perhaps because of the very round-about style of story telling. By this, I mean that almost nothing happens in the present, with all of the exiting things occuring in flashbacks. I also found the writing to be a bit pretentious, and I didn't like the main character. The story when you get down to it is pretty basic, where essentially it occurs many years in the future after some sort of apocalyptic event, and now time and the laws of the universe are running thin, with humanity on its last legs consequentially. The main character is the last gunslinger, which is this worlds version of a noble/knight, but his world was apparently ruined by a man dressed in black, and he's been chasing him for years. When the book starts, the Gunslinger is finally closing in on the man dressed in black, and he's only a desert away from finding the answers he's been searching for.

I wouldn't wholeheartedly recommend this book, but it is definitely an interesting read. I'm not sure if I'll continue the series, but I am happy to have read it, I was always curious about the series as so many people love it, but perhaps it just isn't for me.

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Joel Really, this was the only book in the series I actually ENJOYED overall. I am not a fan of King's writing style, and it didn't translate to a SFF world as well as I'd hoped. But the Gunslinger was unique and interesting for it's own reasons.

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