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The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger Paperback – May 3, 2016
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"An impressive work of mythic magnitude. May turn out to be Stephen King’s greatest literary achievement." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"A compelling whirlpool of a story that draws one irretrievably to its center." (Milwaukee Sentinel)
"Brilliant, fresh and compelling…will leave you panting for more." (Booklist)
About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Sleeping Beauties (co-written with his son Owen King), End of Watch, the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and now an AT&T Audience Network original television series), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a recent Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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It's a great story and a necessary and interesting chapter in the overall saga. But it would definitely not suffice as a stand-alone book because of the cliffhanger ending.
Although I'm not a fan of the first book, I wanted to push on to the second book. The Drawing of the Three was amazing and everything I expected from Stephen King. It completely made up for the odd first book, in fact you forget it even existed.
I know a book is great when I start sifting through the internet to find any fan art or illustrations that will help bring things to life for me. I wanted so badly to see the lobstrosities and Roland's guns.
I'm reading the entire series through again in anticipation of the Darktower movie coming out in a few weeks. I'm excited but I have to remind myself that his movie should not be expected to follow the books, it's just not possible. Some of my favorite movies are Stephen King stories (The Shawshank Redemption, the original Shining and Stand by Me) but some of the worst movies of all time are also Stephen King movies (Maximum Overdrive, Thinner, The Mangler). Still, I go with an open mind and a hopeful heart.....
I highly recommend The Dark Tower series. If you read the first book, and you're undecided about continuing the series, please consider getting the second book anyways. It's an amazing series and the first book doesn't do it complete justice. This book really starts the series off properly.
I'm an avid King fan and while this was different than any book I had read before I became obsessed with the story, the characters, and the "worlds". The stars for the book I would rate 5.
Now onto receiving this book. I don't know who's fault it is but I'm getting tired of receiving damaged products from Amazon. Someone took a box cutter to my package, damaged the book and then tapped the package back up. This is getting ridiculous. I rate packaging a 0.
The Girl who loved Tom Gordon has been out for quite a while, I bought the paperback and then lost my sight in bothy eyes, due to a head injury. As the years went by, my eyesight returned, still unable to read normal books, I discovered this new thing called a Kindle, where I could adjust the font size to where my poor eyes could actually read. I have finally got t read the last book I bought prior to losing my sight.
Is it worth the money? Yes. Was it worth the wait? Yes.
I won't talk about what the book is about, but if I had kids and they asked me which Stephen King book I would recommend, I would tell them, this one.
Language is acceptable for the situation, there are no horror scenes, plenty of suspense, and edge of your seat, nail biting parts, most assuredly so. For age 16 and up.
It is not a long, full length novel, I finished it in one day, but again, worth the six bucks and change.
Buy it, sit back and relax, if you can, and enjoy a little break from reality, that could very well be something that could happen.
September 17, 2014