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King writes both a new introduction and foreword to this revised edition, and the ever-patient, ever-loyal "constant reader" is rewarded with secrets to the series's inception. That a "magic" ream of green paper and a Robert Browning poem, came together to reveal to King his "ka" is no real surprise (this is King after all), but who would have thought that the squinty-eyed trio of Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach would set the author on his true path to the Tower? While King credits Tolkien for inspiring the "quest and magic" that pervades the series, it was Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly that helped create the epic proportions and "almost absurdly majestic western backdrop" of Roland's world.
To King, The Gunslinger demanded revision because once the series was complete it became obvious that "the beginning was out of sync with the ending." While the revision adds only 35 pages, Dark Tower purists will notice the changes to Allie's fate and Roland's interaction with Cort, Jake, and the Man in Black--all stellar scenes that will reignite the hunger for the rest of the series. Newcomers will appreciate the details and insight into Roland's life. The revised Roland of Gilead (nee Deschain) is embodied with more humanity--he loves, he pities, he regrets. What DT fans might miss is the same ambiguity and mystery of the original that gave the original its pulpy underground feel (back when King himself awaited word from Roland's world). --Daphne Durham --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This will be a short review as A. I don't want to reveal too much and B. If you've been reading this far into the series you shouldn't need a review to tell you to buy the final... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Daniel
I very much loved this book, I only gave it four stars instead of 5 because of the slow start. It took awhile to build up and to start to get an idea of what was going on. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Hillary Dennison
The book was what I expected out of the King!! Can not wait to read the next in the series!!Published 14 days ago by abomb56
Best king story , will be stuck inside your brain forever , kings mona lisa 5 star ,,, roland deschainPublished 14 days ago by bmaxxx5000
Last book in the Dark Tower series and Stephen King does not disappoint. You think that finally Roland has made it to the end of the story and you will have closure; however, the... Read morePublished 14 days ago by KK