Title: The Gunslinger
Author: Stephen King
Series: The Dark Tower #1
Pages: 300 pages
Source: Borrowed from library/Scribd
My Rating: 3 stars
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 of science fiction, fantasy, and horror that may well be his crowning achievement.
In The Gunslinger (originally published in 1982), King introduces his most enigmatic hero, Roland Deschain of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting, solitary figure at first, on a mysterious quest through a desolate world that eerily mirrors our own. Pursuing the man in black, an evil being who can bring the dead back to life, Roland is a good man who seems to leave nothing but death in his wake.
This new edition of The Gunslinger has been revised and expanded throughout by King, with new story material, in addition to a new introduction and foreword.
I’ve been sitting here trying to think about what to say about this book for what seems like forever. I don’t really have to much to say about it because not a whole lot happens.
Like I said not a whole lot happens in this book. The Gunslinger is following the man in black for the whole book with a few obstacles thrown in and that’s pretty much it. That’s not a spoiler because it literally tells us that’s what happens in the synopsis. Anyways, while reading it I was a little confused about some things and honestly I still feel confused now that I have finished it and I am left with some questions but seeing as this is the first book in a 7 book series I am hopeful that those questions will be answered the further into the series I get.
Even though this isn’t the greatest start to a series I was still hooked immediately. There was something about it that drew me in enough to keep me reading it. I listened to the audiobook while following along in the book which I think helped me a lot. I loved how King told the story and I liked the characters and want to know what’s going on and what is going to happen. Normally I find him to be overly descriptive but that’s not the case with this book. I found his descriptions were on point and I could easily imagine the world.
Overall I thought this was an ok start to the series and I will definitely be picking up book 2, the Drawing of the Three very soon.