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The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1) (original 1982; edition 2003)

by Stephen King

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Title:The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1)
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Plume (2003), Edition: Revised, Paperback, 264 pages
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The Gunslinger by Stephen King (1982)

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    The Dark Tower, Books 1-3: The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, and The Waste Lands by Stephen King (Valjeanne)
    Valjeanne: While The Gunslinger Book 1 is not one of my favorite books by Stephen King, one should read it to provide the backdrop to the sequels. The Drawing of the Three (especially) and The Waste Lands are much more engaging and two of King's most brilliant novels.… (more)
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    Insomnia by Stephen King (sturlington)
    sturlington: Insomnia introduces the Crimson King, the big baddie from The Dark Tower series.
  3. 20
    Wizard And Glass by Stephen King (Morteana)
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    The Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree by S. A. Hunt (emren)
    emren: Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree is a love letter to the Dark Tower series. Now read the original!
  5. 10
    A Book of Tongues by Gemma Files (Anonymous user)
  6. 12
    Hyperion by Dan Simmons (Scottneumann)

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The beginning of an epic journey, this is Stephen King starting our first steps upon the chase of the elusive man in black and eventually to The Dark Tower itself. ( )
  Emery_Demers | Mar 27, 2017 |
I enjoy King (aside from his random, needless/pointless vulgarity) but this really didn't do anything for me. I know that this is the first novel in the Dark Tower series, but even a book that serves as the exposition for the rest of a series should have some kind of interest or allure. I know the identity of the "Man in Black" or the purpose of the "Dark Tower" or why the Gunslinger is chasing the Man in Black is *supposed* to be the hook, but I just couldn't bring myself to care. They aren't intriguing enough (yet). ( )
  benuathanasia | Mar 16, 2017 |
Not my cup of tea. Not even a little bit. It started out pretty good, very King. Got me all excited.
And then. Well I don't know what happened next, because to me nothing major, exciting or even remotely interesting happened. It felt like a big book about nothing.
I was very disappointed as I love other novels by Stephen King. But I am pretty sure I missed all of the important points, references and anything else that a lot of people love about this book. So here is that.
Barely 200 pages, but it felt like 700 pages to me.
I finished the book, as in 2016 I didn't want to Not Finish books. That's not going to be the rule in 2017. ( )
  bookandsword | Feb 20, 2017 |
Right away I will tell you I do not LOVE Stephen King. I have enjoyed a few of his stories (The Stand being my favorite). I decided to start the Dark Tower series because someone hinted to me that there is a tie into The Stand. I must say that I was surprised to have enjoyed The Gunslinger. It grabbed me right away and I basically could not put it down. The only thing I have to say against it is that it is filled with vulgar language. I'm no prude; I just don't feel that an abundance of profanity adds anything to the story. Having said that, I would, based on this first story, recommend the series. ( )
  kp9949 | Feb 20, 2017 |
I have read several books by Stephen King that I really enjoyed, the Green Mile for one. The Gunslinger was a disappointment. I won't continue the series. ( )
  nngrey | Jan 13, 2017 |
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...a stone, a leaf, an unfound door; of a leaf, a stone, a door. And of all the forgotten faces.
Naked and alone we came into exile. In her dark womb, we did not know our mother's face; from the prison of her flesh have we come into the unspeakable and incommunicable prison of this earth.
Which of us has known his brother? Which of us has looked into his father's heart? Which of us has not remained forever prison-pent? Which of us is not forever a stranger and alone?

...O lost, and by the wind grieved, ghost, come back again.
--Thomas Wolfe Look Homeward, Angel
To Ed Ferman, who took a chance on these stories, one by one.
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The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.
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The story centers upon Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger who has been chasing after his adversary, "the man in black", for many years. The novel follows Roland's trek through a vast desert and beyond in search of the man in black. Roland meets several people along his journey, including a boy named Jake Chambers who travels with him part of the way.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0452284694, Paperback)

Thirty-three years, a horrific and life-altering accident, and thousands of desperately rabid fans in the making, Stephen King's quest to complete his magnum opus rivals the quest of Roland and his band of gunslingers who inhabit the Dark Tower series. Loyal DT fans and new readers alike will appreciate this revised edition of The Gunslinger, which breathes new life into Roland of Gilead, and offers readers a "clearer start and slightly easier entry into Roland's world."

King writes both a new introduction and foreword to this revised edition, and the ever-patient, ever-loyal "constant reader" is rewarded with secrets to the series's inception. That a "magic" ream of green paper and a Robert Browning poem, came together to reveal to King his "ka" is no real surprise (this is King after all), but who would have thought that the squinty-eyed trio of Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach would set the author on his true path to the Tower? While King credits Tolkien for inspiring the "quest and magic" that pervades the series, it was Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly that helped create the epic proportions and "almost absurdly majestic western backdrop" of Roland's world.

To King, The Gunslinger demanded revision because once the series was complete it became obvious that "the beginning was out of sync with the ending." While the revision adds only 35 pages, Dark Tower purists will notice the changes to Allie's fate and Roland's interaction with Cort, Jake, and the Man in Black--all stellar scenes that will reignite the hunger for the rest of the series. Newcomers will appreciate the details and insight into Roland's life. The revised Roland of Gilead (nee Deschain) is embodied with more humanity--he loves, he pities, he regrets. What DT fans might miss is the same ambiguity and mystery of the original that gave the original its pulpy underground feel (back when King himself awaited word from Roland's world). --Daphne Durham

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First portion of an epic story of a fantastic world of good versus evil in which the hero, The Gunslinger, pursues The Man in Black.

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