The Gunslinger (Dark Tower Series #1) (Revised Edition) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Gunslinger (Dark Tower Series #1) (Revised Edition) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Stephen King
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The Gunslinger (Dark Tower Series #1) (Revised Edition) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) by Stephen King

Roland, the world's last gunslinger, tracks an enigmatic Man in Black toward a forbidding dark tower, fighting forces both mortal and other-worldly on his quest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780613669702
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 07/01/2003
Series: Dark Tower Series , #1
Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Few authors have tapped into our secret fears as adeptly as Stephen King, Master of the Macabre and one of the most widely read novelists writing today. With his trademark blend of fantasy, horror, and psychological suspense, this prolific and immensely popular contemporary writer continues to remind us that evil is still a potent force in the world.

Hometown:

Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine

Education:

B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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Gunslinger 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 849 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 12 days ago
Enjoyed it
Anonymous 19 days 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.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Epic
Anonymous 4 months ago
Liked
Anonymous 4 months ago
Abc
Anonymous 4 months 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 bookscoupons.com
Anonymous 5 months ago
Good read
Mike7370 6 months ago
I'm with the negative reviews. The rest is "we love King" hype. The book is written as if the author is in a mescaline dream--a Pollack in print. To those who loved it-- sorry. On the plus side, it's short.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I love everything about this world that Stephen King created
Anonymous 6 months ago
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Anonymous 6 months ago
First read this, 28 years ago. Still a great read.
Anonymous 7 months ago