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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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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
While I'm sure there are many wonderful parts of these books the movie did not cover, I was just expecting a faster pace, more ground to be covered. I was expecting more of Jake. I was expecting "The Face of his Father" mantra. I knew both too much and not enough. The gaps left by the movie were not filled here. And the stuff I thought I knew, wasn't covered at all.
This is no fault of the book and I am solely to blame for my expectations. (I like books- but I like movies too! Also I've found that sometimes seeing the movie first helps with my understanding of the book.) I kept seeing Idris Elba in my head and upon reading this I think he did a really excellent job as The Gunslinger. I'm still trying to figure out The Man in Black (Walter?) of the book so TBD on Matthew McConaughey.
Anyway, back to the book, things I did like: "Go, then. There are other worlds then these." King delivers some truly fantastic and chilling lines. The atmosphere was masterfully set, like when the Gunslinger is walking through the town or when he meets Jake for the first time, or the demon in the cellar. The scene of The Gunslinger's coming of age trial was a particular highlight for me.
Though I know that The Gunslinger's history must be integral to future books, I found the parts where he was reflecting upon his childhood difficult to follow and the names difficult to keep straight. He definitely shared some interesting anecdotes but the structure of the society in which he grew up is a big fat question mark.
I already own the second one so I will be continuing, and I will maintain high hopes for it now that I know what to expect.