The Gunslinger


April 4, 2016

5 thoughts on “The Gunslinger

  1. The first book of The Dark Tower epic is the least likable. The first time I read it, I was turned off to the entire series and didn’t pick up book 2. A few years later, because of my love for Stephen King and having recently learned all his books tie into the Dark Tower series, I reread The Gunslinger. It was maybe better, maybe in my head because I wanted it to be better, but I was committed to the series. When I finished, I read the second book. And it blew me away!! The series as a whole is one of my favorites, and your dad was right about how you “get” all his other books more. I would highly recommend the series to anyone who loves science fiction and fantasy, as he ties in references to Harry Potter, Star Wars, and more!

  2. Oh my gosh! I started reading The Gunslinger this summer! My boyfriend has the series so I decided to give it a try. He said the first book is a little rough, but it gets better. I’m currently on the second one in The Dark Tower series.

  3. I think what makes the Dark Tower series so amazing is that it’s like this unifying narrative that crosses into almost all of Stephen King’s other books. But none of that is in the first one – at least not explicitly, so I can see why you’d have a less than enthusiastic reaction. But by the time you get to through the third book, you’ll be hooked — at least I was.

    Though “Wolves of Calla” was a complete disappointment and didn’t move the story along at all, you could probably just skip that one (I wish I had).

    If you finish the series you’ll have all your questions answered.

  4. I have to agree that the first book is the weakest in the series. I only continued because the first was short, so I figured what the heck. But I’m glad I stuck with it, even though it took up an entire summer of my life. It will be interested to see how they make the series work in movie form.

  5. I loved this book from the very beginning. Granted, I read it over 20 years ago (showing my age I suppose), but I certainly did not find it to be the weakest book in the series. In fact, it hooked me deeply, and has one of my favorite opening lines to a story I have ever read. I found the dynamics of the relationships between Roland, Jake, and Walter wildly compelling.

    It had to wait around 15 years from the time I read this book to the publication of the final book in the series. That is without a doubt the longest, and quite possibly most fulfilling journey as a reader I have ever taken.

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