I'm not really a Stephen King fan, but his Dark Tower series has changed all that. Four books have been published so far, this being the first, followed by "The Drawing of the Three", "The Waste Lands" and "Wizard and Glass". Written over a space of 12? 20? years, King admits freely the difficulty he's had in actually writing down the story that wants to tell itself. The series follows the quest of one Roland of Gilead, the last gunslinger, as he searches for the Tower, and is dark and gritty and painful. Faint touches of the classic spaghetti Westerns, poetry, quests, and science fiction. Unfortunately, maybe due to the long periods in between, the fourth novel does not have the same urgency as the first two, and the series loses steam a little into the fourth book. The storyline is gripping, and the introductions tell you as much about the background of the story as as the book itself does. Does anyone know if King has written books of this genre before? Highly recommended. I also found the series similar in feel to David Gemmell's Jerusalem Man series.