The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born Hardcover – 21 Nov 2007
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Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born In a comic book personally overseen by Stephen King, Rolands past is revealed. Sumptuously drawn by Lee, adapted by Robin Furth, and scripted by "New York Times" bestseller Peter David, this series delves into Rolands origins. Includes books #1-#7. (Graphic Novels) Full description
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King has outdone himself in this the last Dark Tower book, You really got to see the heart of Roland, to see his true character, and the realization of how much he truly loves his friends...Jake, Eddie and Suzzanah, even Oy. We see much more of Rolands feelings, and how all his companions will gladly sacrifice themselves to allow Roland to reach his dream.
Yet again we meet characters from other King books, and it all ties in, its as if no matter what book SK is writing, the Dark Tower was always there at the back of his mind, and always trying to find its way through.
This is the end of truly the best series of books i have ever read, the ending was something i could never in my wildest dreams have imagined, yet after reading it again, and again, the only ending there could be that would make sense. I cant imagine anything coming close to this series of books, and if SK decides never to publish again, he can be content with knowing he has written the best there ever is
but that isnt the aim of this book. upon taking the plastic seal off my book, i find a leather bound hardback book, with an inviting full colour sleeve just waiting for me to prise open. if you havent already take the sleeve off and look at the book underneath.
then of course there is the quality of the paper. it is full colour glossy paper. this is no cheap graphic novel. this is artwork done to perfection. there is not a single page that isnt its own piece of fantastic art in itself.
Gunslinger born brings rolands world to life. if you, like me, loved the dark series, then you will love this. if you havent read the novels and your thinking of about it, do it.
When you strip away all the excess fat in the DT series (King's allusions to his other novels, the copious number of various minor coincidences scattered throughout the series explained away as "ka", characters which shouldn't even be in the series in the first place, basically everything that is "19") whats left after all is said and done is an extremely weak, unfinished and poorly written story.
I completely fell in love with The Gunslinger when I first read it and subsequently picked up the next 3 volumes. Wizard and Glass is by far my favourite installment to the series because of the absolute quality with which Roland's sojourn to Mejis with his friends was written. This was probably King at his pinnacle. You can actually see the duality of the quality of the story in this novel, the sheer scope and quality of Roland's no bull**** recounted tale in Mejis versus the bland and ludicrous weirdness of the story of the Ka-tet of the Nineteen and Ninety and Nine. The contrast between what the story had become at this point and what it should have been (Mejis and "The Gunslinger" will forever be captured in my imagination) is all too evident at this point in the series and with the following volume, Wolves of the Calla, it was all but blatant that King had lost the plot. And by that I mean, yes, he is telling a story...its just no longer the one we were reading.
Kings introduction of Callahan and his vampires ( why are they even there, The Grandfathers? Uh, ok?). His inclusion of his fictitious, utterly useless and dithering self who I might add has an extremely important task in the series that makes absolutely no sense (By "makes sense" I mean, yeah its logical but IT SHOULDN'T BE THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE.) Mia, why re-cover this ground?Read more ›
But in The Dark Tower, he stops that and fast. Unlike the last two entries, this book harks back to an older style of Dark Tower book: action, lots of action, and good action to boot. The way the story flows most strongly resembles The Waste Lands, my favourite book of the series up to this. One thing King uses very well is the plot device of having himself in the story, he really plays around with it, and it works. This book has everything: great joy, terrible sorrow, suspense, horror, love, and most important of all: everybody's favourite characters return. Roland and his ka-tet are all present, of course, but Walter's back, too. And a certain author is still knocking around... New characters appear as well, such as Roland's half-human son, Mordred (brilliantly written, and nasty as hell.), and his OTHER father, The Crimson King, is finally more than just a menacing prescence. I won't mention any other new characters, but those of you who know your Dark Tower connections in SK's other work will see a few friendly faces.
Kicking in where the cliffhander ending of volume six left off, we find Jake and Pere Callahan (accompanied by Oy) entering the Dixie Pig in search of Susannah. It's a tense situation, and we love it. Kudos to King for the echoes of 'Salem's Lot.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found the 'metafiction' a little odd at times. Having the author as a character in his books was a little strange at first. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andy Graham
Sai King did it, say thankya! Just remember, the story is in the journey and the adventure, not the ending.Published 1 month ago by S. Handy
I bought this as a present for my partner as we had read the book series and I was so impressed with its condition it came in (totally perfet) and my partner loves it! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rosie Munro
One of the best series I have read in my life. Very addictive. I would love to read it again in few years. Bye bye Gunslingers :)Published 2 months ago by claudia brosio