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

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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.

Book I
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. It also includes four full-color illustrations in the hardcover and trade paperback formats.

Title : The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)
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ISBN : 0452284694
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 231 pages


Stephen rated it ★★★★☆

April 08, 2011

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...

Chelsea rated it ★★★☆☆

October 08, 2017

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....

Dan rated it ★★★★★

December 20, 2014

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 M...

Kevin rated it ★★★☆☆

May 04, 2017

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...

Mohammed rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 17, 2018

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...

Lyn rated it ★★★☆☆

January 17, 2018

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 rea...

Delee rated it ★★★★☆

February 26, 2017

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 con...

Kemper rated it ★★★★☆

August 05, 2016

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 unobtainabl...

Luca rated it ★★★☆☆

March 11, 2018

ENGLISH (The Gunslinger) / ITALIANO When 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 stum...

Markus rated it ★★★☆☆

May 02, 2016

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....

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