The Gunslinger (Dark Tower Series #1)

The Gunslinger (Dark Tower Series #1)

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Gunslinger 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 855 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I thought this was a good story, it is definitely weird. In my opinion, it was a little slow at times, but it definitely picked up at other times. The book appears to be setting up a great story. I will definitely read the rest of the series. By the way, the 175 page book is the expanded edition, and is not a sample. King added around 30 pages. I had the original ebook version which was around 130 pages. Keep in mind, the number of ebook pages are generally less than paperback.
Erin Zink More than 1 year ago
Unlike previous reviewers have stated, this is not a mere sample of the book. It is the full book, and it is fantastic. I began the series about 15 years ago and was only able to read the first 4 books since the others had not yet been written. I am excited to go back and start the series over knowing that I will be rewarded with an epic conclusion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best series of books ever. I do not read at all. Video game type of guy. Fast and hard are the only things that keeps my attention. Except for this. I read every book until i ran out and had to wait on the next one, Wolves of the Colla. I have four of the seven and i am waiting until i can get all hard copies before I start reading again. Look, its a journey! Do yourself a favor and start here. Best choice you will ever make.
JeffNewman More than 1 year ago
I read before bed for about 30min to an hour until I can't fight it anymore and just fall asleep. Do not, I repeat do not read this book in that manner. It is meant to be read in one sitting. I read through the entire book and when finished was wondering if I had interpreted everything correctly or if I had missed a chapter here or there. Breaking it up into different sittings didn't help this issue. I later read a detailed review of the book and it is all clear now. The book is very subtle if that is the right word. Explanations are given then immediately followed up by the main character wondering if what was just said "is the truth or not", thus leaving the comment to be interpreted by you. Maybe mysterious is a better word. The Gunslinger himself is not described very well and I had a hard time trying to envision him during this journey. Most of all the time/frame and setting is never really explained until the end. Is this a future earth, is it earth in another dimension, is it an entirely different fantasy land. It is all left for your interpretation. After initially finishing the book I felt let down but now as I write this review the fact that it has caused me to put in this much thought is right now getting me slightly excited about seeing what the next installment has to offer.
Ian Sawyer More than 1 year ago
Was sometimes a little slow but it was needed for the later novels. Also it is the full book it was just compressed a little. It was still all there.
Obinerin More than 1 year ago
First off, I loved the Dark Tower series - really great stuff. It got a bit weird as it went along, but whatever. I read The Gunslinger years ago, in high school. So I was excited to get into it again, and just recently picked up this version. I also just recently returned it - here's why: King did something I hate. He took the original novel and revised it. Reading the first section, I was aghast to see that it wasn't some minor factual errors or grammar mistakes he had corrected. Instead, he had basically rewritten the book, changing scenes, characters, dialogue, and the plot. It's just like what they did with the Star Wars movies, but worse. It's a different book, written by a different man, King today as opposed to King in the 70's. I hate this kind of revisionism. What was done cannot and should not be changed. What's more, I found some of his revisions laughable and absurd. I'll go back and find the original. Shame on you, Mr. King, for a lack of artistic integrity - and for this book, you'll not get my money. Hope this helps someone.
Roni-Night More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Stephen King fan and I bought this book on a whim. I'd read a bunch of review saying it wasn't very good (I disagree, just so you know) but I figured that it was a King book so it had to be good. I was way wrong. It wasn't good it was GREAT. I'm now addicted to this series and I can't wait to read the rest. Christmas can't come quick enough! If you like fantasy or horror or just Stephen King you have GOT to read this book. It was amazing and I might even read it again while I'm waiting to get the rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am halfway through the 4th book in The Dark Tower Series and i cannot put these books down! im a highschool student and i was supposed to read 2000 pages this semester so i decided to red stephen king novels and im well over 2500 and the semesters not done yet! normally i have trouble reading books for school but i had no trouble reading this series. i would recommend the series to anyone that is a stephen king fan or interested in action, mystery, suspense and adventure. To start with the first book in the series is sort of a slower book to read and you really have to pay attention to what you read or you'll get lost in whats happening. i would say that to read this book you also have to be tolerant to bad language and have a good set of vocabulary and comprehension skills. stephen king does a great job keeping the reader guessing throughout this novel and not losing the readers interest throughout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I own the actuall book and it is great. It has so many different twists and turns you never know what to expect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone interested in fantasy/science fiction will be captivated
beyondapointofthought More than 1 year ago
When i first started reading this book, I thought "What is going ON!?" I knew it took place in some kind of arid desert, but it also had a western movie feel to it, as well as magic and sorcery. Intrigued by this interesting mix of options, I kept turning the page one after another, simply fascinated by this world that Stephen King has spent the majority of his life creating. This first book starts off a little slow, I'll give you that, but as it goes on it builds momentum and soon enough you discover that you don't want to put it down because you want to know what happens next. I HIGHLY recommend you read this book. Try not to think too deeply on it- King does all of the work for you- just prepare yourself for one hell of an amazing adventure with some truly remarkable characters. I can't believe I'm about to say this, but I will compare this to the legendary Harry Potter- they're both amazing works of art and should not be missed. 
McCarthy92 More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Lord of the Rings and The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly is my second favorite movie of all time, so The Gunslinger is a reading experience that I will never forget. I always enjoyed Stephen King and in this book, and hopefully in the other six Dark Tower books, King writes with great prose that reminded me of Cormac McCarthy. I would definitely recommend this book to others with similar interests as me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stephen King is always a favorite author. Big fan of his works.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Very awesome book! It is hard to understand sometimes but as you continue reading it gets easier. Highly recommend the book! Once you push through the first it gets way better!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Great book by a great author.
Anonymous 5 months ago
The Man In Black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed… With these everlasting words, Stephen King began the journey of epic proportions of The Dark Tower, and began his epic which can only be described as the strangest and most entertaining fantasy story ever told. The plot follows the titular Gunslinger , a mysterious figure whose name we do not know at the start, through “Mid-World” as he tracks a mysterious “Man In Black”, while also learning of the story of the Gunslinger, and his past. The Gunslinger meets a young man named Jake in his travels, a 9-year old boy with a mysterious ability known as “the touch” and they continue to follow the “Man In Black” through the barren landscape of Mid-World, with an ending both disturbing and amazing, you will not be able to let go of this book until the end. The plot is intriguing and makes you want to continue reading, and the characters feel compelling and realistic, and it feels as though the characters move the story, and not King as an all-powerful puppeteer. Overall, The Gunslinger is a interesting story, in an original setting, one of the few not ripoffs of Tolkien, and is perfect for people who enjoy Horror, Fantasy,Westerns,or Sci-Fi and is also perfect for just about anyone else.
TheLiteraryPhoenix 5 months ago
The beginning of Roland's story. I have read The Gunslinger at least four times. It's a short book, especially as King's novels go. It's also fascinating. Roland Deschain is a ruthless, gritty character carved somewhere out of the American Old West. He's seen his world fall apart, his friends killed, his family destroyed - he's also seen the literal crumbling of Gilead. His final quest - to reach the Dark Tower - is the only thing winding him up to move forward, like clockwork. Roland's character is an interesting one in a hero, and I think that's why I keep going back to The Gunslinger and Wizard of Glass. His history plays such a strong part in his motivations. His training comes into play as well. In The Gunslinger we see a little of his early days, before he was a gunslinger. Back when he was a slightly softer person. We see the first glimpses of his deadly potential. And it's fascinating, because while you don't really want to root for him, you are interested to see where he's going. Stephen King apologizes for nothing. An interesting aspect going into The Gunslinger and the Dark Tower series in general is that you know from the beginning that this is King's story, and he's not writing it for you. If anything, he's writing it for Roland (something that becomes abundantly clear in later books). You won't get one of those heartwarming love stories and you won't get a whole lot of character redemption. Roland Deschain is who he is and that's all there is to it. The world in general seems very much the same way. Everyone is aware that things are falling apart. Again, you won't find some white knight riding it to save the day. People have accepted their lives and the way of things. Some see Roland as a hero. More see him as a curse - especially in these early books. Ultimately The Gunslinger sets up Roland's character for the rest of the series and gives you a hint of what's coming. You won't have that warm fuzzy feeling when you finish this book. But, you may be intrigued, may be enflamed, may feel that primal need to know if it was all worth it. Having read this several times, I think it's fair to say I enjoy it. While The Gunslinger isn't perfect, it is fascinating. It's also got some of the best lines in the series, one off quotes that are strong and striking. The first line of the book (and my review) is a good example of this. Also Jake's prophetic, "Go now, there are other worlds than these." I'm a sucker for a book with perfect quotes like that. But also the grittiness of this first books really gets to me. The dark, desperation of it is something I don't see a lot in science fiction and fantasy, and it's an alluring premise. I will freely admit that The Gunslinger isn't for everyone. As with many of King's works, the Dark Tower series starts off very slow and with a lot of back story and things don't really get moving until the middle of book three or (arguable) The Wolves of the Calla. But it's still an interesting story and essential if you're going to read the entire series. Which, yes, I heartily recommend everyone do.
Anonymous 6 months ago
See headline.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I have never been a big fan of reading but The Gunslinger kept me pretty interested throughout the whole story. The whole idea of a cowboy in a western post-apocalyptic world drew my attention instantly. I always have had a thing for post-apocalyptic stories and western stories and the combination of the two is something I have never really seen before, so if you are into those two things, this is a definite read. There were many things I liked about the book, Stephen King was very descriptive throughout and there would always be an image in my head as I kept reading, right at the start of the book Stephen King displayed great description on the setting making you see what King visualized. I really liked how it was a mystery the whole way as well. Roland, the gunslinger which is also the protagonist, was chasing after the man in black, the antagonist. You never knew when the gunslinger was going to finally find the man in black. How King displayed the gunslinger made me really like him, I liked how he was so determined to find the man in black no matter what, he would go to every cost to find him. He was silent but deadly, also very strong and heroic Even though he was the good guy, he did not fail to show how he was a relentless killer. Things I didn’t like, I thought that the story was not very action packed, there were not that many events that struck me and left me in awe, could have been a lot more intense. As the reader, you are left with many unanswered questions that would give you a more clear understanding of everything, but as a prologue book, I guess it makes sense.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Enjoyed it
Anonymous 9 months ago
No review; there are reviews aplenty. A comment instead: Why doesn't the author provide illustrations? Yes, I have adequate imagination. Yes, the author is generously descriptive. I'm just less interested in my visual interpretation of the author's narrative, and much more interested in King's visualization. What did he see when he envisioned each character? each location? I don't want a comic book, just an appreciation for the author's vision of key moments and main characters. Arthur Conan Doyle commissioned Sydney Padgett to illustrate Holmes, whose drawings remain as dear today as do the stories about the great detective. King's dust jackets are a tease, I don't even know if they are King's vision or the nameless illustrators'. An excellent story nonetheless.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I am fan of sci-fi and fantasy, I had never read anything by George R.R. Martin. I was scolded for this oversight by many of co-workers and friends. I finally gave in this past month and have been converted to a fan. and take a extra 15% off promo code from