The Gunslinger (Dark Tower (Paperback)) Paperback – 1 Jun 2003
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Stephen King, the world's bestselling novelist, was educated at the University of Maine at Orono. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, and their children in Bangor, Maine.
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It’s a masterpiece, the setting is fantastical but grounded enough to make it really easy to visualise. Action is fairly rare but is written breathlessly and punchily, you can imagine every shot right down to the feel of the hot shell casings and the sound of the guns. Characters are great, the foreword is really illuminating - basically I’m hooked. Count me in for the rest of the Dark Tower!
I really liked this book although it did confused me in some places. I thought there was always something I was missing and had to re read certain parts. I will probably have to re read this book again. I think there may be something about Stephen King writing that makes it slightly harder for me to get into. I am going to look at carrying on with this series,maybe giving this book a 2nd read before doing to make sure I fully understand what is going on. Roland was a good character and I liked that we got quite a bit of his background in the story. I will probably do a better more detailed review once I have re-read it. I still give it a 4 star rating though as the bits i understood where really good.
I do have to agree with other reviewers that this felt a little long and meandering sometimes, and perhaps some content could have been cut - for example Pere Callahan's backstory. Of course I may be wrong and the vampire subplot may prove to have some importance in the series, but based on this book alone it felt a bit odd and out of place. It also seems just a tiny bit self-indulgent for King to reference his own characters (Callahan, Flagg etc) and even to name-drop himself a couple of times!
But these are minor issues, and the reader is free to skim-read sections that don't interest him/her!
So, here is a book that is expanded, enhanced and is now a proper prequel to the DT series. All I can say is that I was hooked after 30 pages. The characterisations are brilliant and the visualisation of the world that Roland inhabits has obviously been used as inspiration in so many computer roleplaying games that I've played, I immediately recognised it and loved it.
The chapters are all separate stories with a single arc that they follow and it sets up the character for the subsequent series brilliantly. Why oh why didn't I read this years ago?????