The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1) by Stephen King

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)

Beginning with a short story appearing in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1978, the publication of Stephen King's epic work of fantasy -- what he considers to be a single long novel and his magnum opus -- has spanned a quarter of a century.Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower series is King's most visionary feat of storytelling, a magical mix...


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TitleThe Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)
ISBN9780452284692
Author
Release DateJun 24th, 2003
PublisherNAL
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction
Rating

Reviews The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)

  • Stephen
    2008-08-17
    INTRODUCTION : A few things you should know before deciding how helpful this review will be for you.………….………….………….*** I think the Dark Tower series as a whole is a staggering achievement and belongs in any discussion without qualification of the “Greatest Fantasy Series of All Time.” *** There are no spoilers in this review but I have read the series twice all the way through and am doing a third reading as part of a ...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2017-08-15
    Please don't hate me. I know it seems sacrilegious to give a Stephen King anything less than 4 stars, but this one was SLOOOOWWWW for the first 75%. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it, but I did find this was an easy book to put down and not feel an urgency to jump back into for days at a time. I've heard many folks describe this as a nice prologue to the series and that, in a sense, the action and story doesn't become investment worthy until bo...
  • Dan Schwent
    2008-02-04
    The man in black fled across the desert and the Gunslinger followed. Roland Deschain, the last of the Gunslingers, is on a quest for the Dark Tower, a mysterious edifice that is the axle of worlds and holds all existence together. In this, the first volume, Roland pursues his nemesis across the Mohaine Desert. He follows the man in black's trail to a little town called Tull, then through more desert, encountering a boy named Jake from our world, ...
  • Kevin Kelsey
    2014-12-27
    Great world building and atmosphere. Definitely different from anything I've read before. It felt very scattered, like King didn't really have any idea what the next paragraph would hold. I'm sure that probably made it a blast to write, but it could've been better if it wasn't quite so disjointed. The dialogue between characters is Star Wars Episode II level bad, unfortunately. I really enjoyed the world building though, which makes me think that...
  • Luca Ambrosino
    2017-07-17
    ENGLISH (The Gunslinger) / ITALIANOWhen I read this novel more than twenty years ago, I did not appreciate it. Clearly, Roland's story did not charmed enough my distracted and teenage mind. Therefore, I decided to prematurely stop the "The Black Tower" series. A few days ago in a bookstore I stumbled on a copy of the new edition of "The Gunslinger", and reading the preface I understood a couple of things. FIRST: not just myself, but also Stephen ...
  • Mohammed Arabey
    2016-08-05
    صدرت بالعربية اخيرا بعنوان الرجل المسلح Beaware that the movie's following the Ending of the Last Book!!!But in the first book, I suffered the Hard, Dry, Boring read of following a Man in Black you don't know, in a weird hot dry desert in hot August for one reason,To reach a Dark Tower you don't know where..or why..detailed in too much adverbs and ambiguity.That didn't help much to start the following 2 books I a...
  • Lyn
    2012-01-10
    An intriguing book, it draws the reader in little by little. It is fantastic, imaginative ... but inconsistent. Amid moments of brilliance there are also islands of abstraction so murky, almost Kafkaesque in absurdity, that I could not follow. But it is interesting enough that I will probably read the sequels. Of course that is another detraction, this book does not stand alone but leaves the reader with many questions unanswered. Fun questions t...
  • Delee
    2013-09-02
    The man in black fled across the desert and the Gunslinger followed. That is the line I remembered for years and years that made me think that someday I would revisit THE GUNSLINGER...As a young teenage girl I read THE GUNSLINGER and really didn't like it that much. I didn't hate it- it just confuuuuuused me. And to review this I will have to take you back to when I first read it as a teen...Stephen King is special to me. Special because when I f...
  • Kemper
    2007-09-22
    The Dark Tower series was one of the great joys of my reading life. However, it also frustrated me to the point where I often wanted to bludgeon Stephen King with a hardback copy of It.I was baffled by The Gunslinger when I first read it way back in my high school days. It had been an unobtainable limited edition that had popped up in the title card of King’s other books, and when it finally went into wide release I couldn’t wait to snatch it...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    2017-01-14
    All I could think throughout this book was… what the hell am I reading?!This western fantasy has to be the most confusing book I’ve read in a long time. Some parts were more interesting than others but overall I was very disappointed. After hearing everyone rave about this series I have a hard time understanding why. I don’t believe it would be this popular if it wasn’t for Stephen King’s name on it. There I said it!I didn’t like the ...
  • Markus
    2014-07-04
    This is the beginning of Stephen King's famous magnum opus, the Dark Tower. This is where the master of horror writes his great work of fantasy based on a combination of The Lord of the Rings and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."This simple and beautiful sentence is the opening line, the trademark and even the summary of The Gunslinger. In most ways, this single sentence is what...
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    2017-06-14
    Reviewed by: Rabid ReadsSo here's the deal . . . THE DARK TOWER obliterated my long-running book funk. I read all ten of the original series graphic novels, then I read the five from the spinoff.FIFTEEN graphic novels. In three days. Then I had to read the real thing. #cantstopwontstopYou: Why?B/c after reading all FIFTEEN of the graphic novels, Roland still hadn't made it to the tower. *bangs head against wall*And after reading THE DARK TOWER (t...
  • Adina
    2015-07-14
    My father is currently reading 11/22/63 which I gifted to him on Christmas since he is an admirer of JFK and he once told me he wanted to try King. He is completely mesmerized by King’s writing (rightly so) and I thought it will be a nice idea to tell him about the King’s novel I’ve been reading in the same time. My tentative to explain the plot of Gunslinger went kinda like this: a guy, a Gunslinger, travels through a desolated desert to c...
  • Lala BooksandLala
    2017-09-16
    I get the popularity, obviously I do. And as a massive King fan, I dish out this rating sadly, for I would have loved nothing more than to tell you this is my new favourite book. Alas, it was not my taste- and as is such with all my reviews, my rating must be based on my own personal enjoyment and less on a novel's possible literary merit. So I can't tell you if this book is objectively good, I just know that I did not find it to be so.
  • Sr3yas
    2017-11-06
    The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed. And our BR gang followed the gunslinger as he tracked the devil, and when he paused to relax and make camp, he told stories of his latest gunfight, his old world, his childhood training and the tests he went through to become a gunslinger... and we just followed him, you know, like these flamingos!King has masterfully created a unique world that integrates fantasy genre with A...
  • Chris
    2009-01-28
    This book is something of an oddity. That being, the first time I read it, I would probably have given it 3-stars, and felt quite generous doing so. It was really "meh" and though I was a King fan, I wasn't pleased with it after the hype. I even delayed reading Book 2 for awhile because I was somewhat turned off. I didn't hate it, but it left me ambivalent for the most part.But this is definitely a book that gets better with time, with re-reading...
  • Apatt
    2011-08-29
    “The rain in Spain falls on the plain. There is joy and also pain but the rain in Spain falls on the plain. Time’s a sheet, life’s a stain, All the things we know will change and all those things remain the same, but be ye mad or only sane, the rain in Spain falls on the plain.We walk in love but fly in chains And the planes in Spain fall in the rain.”I can not imagine Audrey Hepburn singing this version.The Gunslinger is Stephen King at ...
  • Mark
    2017-01-28
    The first book of Stephen King's epic fantasy series will not disappoint but may frustrate - stick with me here.The Gunslinger is a rare book for fantasy lovers, it reads like a Clint Eastwood western - perhaps The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Pale Rider or even Unforgiven. Our protagonist is indeed the Gunslinger, starting out on a mission that has plagued him from his childhood and his Father before him. A quest the he 'earns' the right to pursu...
  • Taylor
    2008-03-20
    Dear Stephen King,I'd like to apologize for the times that I've made fun of you in any way, shape or form, including the kid in my English 2 class sophomore year who would not stop raving about you as if you were the only person to ever write a book. It's not that I think that kid was justified for only ever reading your books and no-one else's, and it's not that I thought you were a horrible writer and now I think you're amazing.But, this was re...
  • mark monday
    2011-12-25
    A Gunslinger, a Man in Black, a Child Out of Time & Space, the Beginning of a Cryptic Saga...A Second Read. the first time: unimpressed, bored, agitated, gave up. the second time: so much better, a lot to consider, an enjoyable experience...A Strangely Sparse Narrative, perhaps too much mystery, perhaps too much of a tease and not enough action, perhaps too much to think about, a frustrating lack of detail...A Tarot Card: THE HANGED MAN...Sacrifi...
  • Kyle
    2016-11-12
    Typical King, Strange, Really Strange. Roland, the last gunslinger, is pursuing "the man in black" across the desert. Why? I'm not really sure. Something to do with a Tower and the fact that "the man in black" is evil.  The writing style is typical Stephen King - strange. In this book, he has the habit of starting a chapter with a sentence like: "The boy found the oracle and it almost destroyed him." Then he'll go off on page after page of flash...
  • Blake Crouch
    2016-09-10
    At a loss for words when it comes to this book. There is something that feels so new and fresh in terms of genre. Western. Fantasy. Coming-of-age. And possibly sci-fi. All things I love. And having now read this, and knowing it was first published in 1982, I'm pretty sure one of my other favorite writers, the great Cormac McCarthy, drew inspiration from The Gunslinger in both Blood Meridian and The Road. One of the most original stories I've ever...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    2017-05-27
    For me, this was a super fun read with terrible pacing. I found the first third of the book to be a bit of a drag and I just wanted to know more about the world (which we only really get a good glimpse of at the end). The middle third was my favorite bit, as that's when Jake was introduced and I found him to be the most interesting aspect of the story. The final third had some answers, but I still found the pacing to be a bit too slow for me. I'm...
  • Carol
    2013-02-26
    Enjoyed it! Glad I purchased the revised and expanded edition with the new introduction and forward by KING. (which I wasn't aware of at the time) He really set up the book enticingly. Only 6 more to go. Can't wait to see what happens next! Update: May 15, 2017 - Wow! Dark Tower fans.....Check out the new movie trailer - Excellent - Coming August 4th.
  • Will M.
    2014-05-09
    Roland Deschain of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger, is on a mysterious quest for the mysterious Dark Tower. Aside from that, he was also in a quest to follow the man in black, for answers. With his trusty companion, the child named Jake, he sets on an unforgettable adventure.The synopsis was really short and vague, but once I finished the book, everything seemed to clear up. This novel was about a man's quest for something meaningful to him, and he w...
  • Jason Koivu
    2012-02-28
    Gloriously moody and atmospheric!The Gunslinger is high plains, lonely traveler, John Wayne-in-a-post apocalyptic dystopia goodness. With a survivalist main character and a dependent boy at his side, fighting mutants and what were human beings against all that wealth of stark nothingness for scenery, it felt very akin to Cormac McCarthy's The Road, which I'd read somewhat recently and loved. Mysticism and Biblical references abound and at points ...
  • Jeff
    2014-02-18
    Buddy read with the notorious duo, Quick Draw Stepheny and Pistol Packin’ Delee .The Gunslinger clambered over the rocks. He knew the Man in Black was close. He could pick up his scent. The Man in Black smelled like charred meat. Evil charred meat. The river to his left was the apotheosis of all rivers; it was watery and wet. The Gunslinger pictured himself lying in the river, being carried backwards in an unending current; lulled by the swee...
  • karen
    2007-04-12
    i made a kinda-sorta readalike list for the dark tower series here:https://www.rifflebooks.com/list/236304childe harold, get your gun!