nothing_of_consequence, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by nothing_of_consequence)
Whether you're a fan of westerns, sci-fi epics, or tales of fantasy; there is something in the Dark Tower series for everyone. The relationships of the gunslinger and those who cross his path, feel tangible enough to reach out and touch, a speciality of King's that is always a welcome vacation from a great deal of fiction's two dimensional character development. It's hard to find something to dislike about these books, it would also be worth it to say that if you're a bit burnt-out on the Steampunk trend, this tale feels like the old spaghetti westerns, gritty, and sans the Steampunk, which is refreshing. They may have been written over his whole career, but every book in the series stays surprisingly relevant with every passing year.
ReaderOfBooks, September 3, 2011 (view all comments by ReaderOfBooks)
When people think of Stephen King, most of them immediately think that he only writes horror novels. This book proves them all wrong. It is about a gunslinger in a dying world chasing down a mysterious 'Man in Black', who has the answers to the gunslinger's most important questions. It is a remarkable, fast - paced book that is rewarding in the end. I thought this book was amazing, and it is truly one of my favorites.
Kristen Krauter, September 2, 2011 (view all comments by Kristen Krauter)
This book is the very slow start to the dark tower series, which is the crowning achievement of Stephen Kings career. The writing of this series has taken a lifetime for King to accomplish.
Although it starts out slow and can be hard to get through, in fact, this book weeds out the weak before the real journey begins on this epic fantasy adventure. If you make it through the desert with the gunslinger, you've proven you are indeed up for the journey. Hold on tight, because the rest of the series is going to be a wild ride. Like life, sometimes you have to get through the slow and the boring in order to experience the amazing and wonderful. After all, how else would you know a good thing when it's right in your hands?
Thomascyne, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Thomascyne)
Ok, this book was really hard to get through but I am so sucked into this series. I hear that Universal pulled the plug on this production, too bad it would have been awesome. I'm on the fourth book now and am firmly in its grasp!
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by The Denver Post,
"In the interest of fair criticism, The Gunslinger is still a good read....[It] strives (successfully, on some levels) to invest the high fantasy genre with a uniquely American angle. Filled with plenty of strange creatures...and just the right amount of dread, foreshadowing and poetic prose, The Gunslinger is a quirky, interesting start to Roland's journey."
by Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
"An impressive work of mythic magnitude. May turn out to be Stephen King's greatest literary achievement."
"Brilliant, fresh, and compelling...will leave you panting for more."
In the first book of this brilliant series, Stephen King introduces readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which frighteningly mirrors our own, Roland pursues The Man in Black, encounters an alluring woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the Kid from Earth called Jake. Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, The Gunslinger leaves readers eagerly awaiting the next chapter.
In 1978 Stephen King introduced the world to the last Gunslinger, Roland of Gilead. Nothing has been the same since. Over twenty years later the quest for the Dark Tower continues to take readers on a wildly epic ride. Through parallel worlds and across time, Roland must brave desolate wastelands and endless deserts, drifting into the unimaginable and the familiar as the road to the Dark Tower extends beyond its own pages. A classic tale of colossal scope—crossing over terrain from The Stand, The Eyes of the Dragon, Insomnia, The Talisman,Black House, Hearts in Atlantis, Salems Lot and other familiar King haunts—the adventure takes hold with the turn of each page.
And the tower awaits
The First Volume in the Epic DARK TOWER Series
This heroic fantasy is set in a world of ominous landscape and macabre menace that is a dark mirror of our own. A spellbinding tale of good versus evil, it features one of Stephen Kings most powerful creations—The Gunslinger, a haunting figure who embodies the qualities of the lone hero through the ages, from ancient myth to frontier western legend.
The Gunslingers quest involves the pursuit of The Man in Black, a liaison with the sexually ravenous Alice, and a friendship with the kid from Earth called Jake. Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, here is stunning proof of Stephen Kings storytelling sorcery.
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