- Series: The Dark Tower (Book 1)
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (May 3, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501143514
- ISBN-13: 978-1501143519
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2,160 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger Paperback – May 3, 2016
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Thirty-three years, a horrific and life-altering accident, and thousands of desperately rabid fans in the making, Stephen King's quest to complete his magnum opus rivals the quest of Roland and his band of gunslingers who inhabit the Dark Tower series. Loyal DT fans and new readers alike will appreciate this revised edition of The Gunslinger, which breathes new life into Roland of Gilead, and offers readers a "clearer start and slightly easier entry into Roland's world."
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 the Hardcover edition.
From Library Journal
King's (Pet Sematary, Audio Reviews, LJ 11/1/98) fantastical and allegorical "Dark Tower" series commenced in 1982 with the publication of The Gunslinger. Subsequent volumes have appeared about every five years thereafter. The Gunslinger introduces protagonist Roland as he pursues the Man in Black through bleak and tired landscapes in a world that has "moved on." Roland believes that the Man in Black knows and can be made to reveal the secrets of the Dark Tower, which is the ultimate goal of Roland's quest. The Waste Lands sees Roland and his fellow travelers continuing the quest for the Dark Tower. They journey through imaginative landscapes, over astounding obstacles, and meet with and confront a unique and fully drawn cast of characters, both human and nonhuman. Reader Frank Muller gives voice to the characters with a thoroughly engaging precision, accuracy, and great humanity and with an edge that drives the story onward and seems to amplify King's skill as an author. Highly recommended for all fiction collections.?Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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...and so in my mind the man in black has now taken on the demeanor and voice of Matthew McConaughey, and that's surprisingly not a bad thing. It is an odd fit, but fit it does. That alone has made the story new, though time has allowed me a different perspective in and of itself.
This is an epic tale I never regret reading, from beginning to end. I would recommend it to anyone.
A little something I cherish from Clive Barker sums it up quite nicely:
"Nothing ever begins... ...nothing ever ends"
I have tons of patience when reading. I don't mind long build-ups, slow reveals, subtlety, twisted piece-meal plots, or character development that spans hundreds of pages. But The Gunslinger was so disappointing and hard to get into that more than once I seriously contemplated tossing the paperback straight into the garbage, which I can't recall ever doing before in 40+ years of reading novels. The book didn't captivate me, entertain me, or make me think - so that's three strikes against it. To be honest, I only forced myself to finish it because I wanted to be thorough and make sure I didn't miss some big payoff at the end that would make the whole read worth it in the end. I only wish that was the case. I thought it might be a bit dated due to its original publication date, and it was. But I could've gotten past that. However, on top of that I found the story to be slow, dry, disjointed, awkward, and annoying in just about every way. I didn't become invested in the plot or characters at all. I realize King was much younger when he wrote this, but I think he tried so hard to create his own clever, dark, epic fantasy that he outsmarted himself. The way King wrote this reminded me of an unlearned person who attempts to sound more intelligent than they are by using big words that they don't really understand, and they end up sounding even more stupid.
If there is a huge, climactic payoff in the remainder of the books in this series, then that's too bad because I'll never bother to find out. An author needs to do SOMETHING to entice a reader to continue following the story, and The Gunslinger miserably fails in that area. King said reading Tolkien inspired this story, but if he wanted to write his own epic fantasy then he really should've waited another decade or so before attempting it. Especially in recent years where there are SO many authors who are truly awesome at building characters, writing witty dialogue, and creating entire worlds or different systems of magic from scratch with each series, there's really no reason for a discerning reader to even pick up The Gunslinger. I'm shocked at all of the positive reviews this book has received. My only conclusion is that people are rating Stephen King because he's a good author in general and not rating this novel specifically, or they're strictly horror fans who have no clue how good the majority of fantasy authors are at writing this type of epic.
I think this first book was an amazing introduction to the Gunslinger's character, and the world he came from.
I'd recommend this story to anyone who is a fan of King, or interested in getting started on a long multi-part journey. It's a LOT of fun. And the story really starts picking up in the second book.
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