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The Gunslinger  : Dark Tower Series : Book 1 - Stephen King

The Gunslinger

Dark Tower Series : Book 1

Paperback

Published: 16th February 2012
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Hodder are reissuing and rejacketting all seven volumes in Stephen King's epic, fantasy series The Dark Tower in anticipation of the brand new Dark Tower novel, THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE, coming in May 2012.

In this first novel in his epic fantasy masterpiece, Stephen King introduces readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey into good and evil, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.

In his first step towards the powerful and mysterious Dark Tower, Roland encounters an alluring woman named Alice, begins a friendship with Jake, a kid from New York, and faces an agonising choice between damnation and salvation as he pursues the Man in Black.

Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, THE GUNSLINGER leaves readers eagerly awaiting the next chapter.

And the Tower is closer...

About the Author

'At the age of 19 Stephen decided he would like to write an epic similar to The Lord of the Rings. The 'spaghetti Westerns' of that time [specifically The Good, the Bad and the Ugly] and a poem written by Robert Browning, 'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came', became the inspiration for his magnum opus. The series written and published separately over a period of 22 years consists of seven books and the short story, 'The Little Sisters of Eluria' published in his short story collection, EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL.' From the author's website

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1.0

Dark, depressing and confusing

By Cathy

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Pros

  • Takes You To Another World

Cons

  • Difficult To Follow
  • Limited Appeal
  • Uninteresting Characters

Best Uses

  • Start A Bonfire

Comments about The Gunslinger:

I bought this book with the idea that Stephen King is obviously a great writer. This book was dark, nothing in it enticed me to buy the rest of the series. I was left confused. There was no narrative that provided any background about who this man was, what his purpose was, what was this world all about? I held on the until the end hoping that some kind of context would be provided to explain the 'Gunslinger's' motives and mission but none came. There was little to no character development. It was simply depressing and awful.

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5.0

Unmissable beginning to an epic story

By G Force

from Blue Mountains

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Pros

  • Compelling Characters
  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Great For Any Age
  • Once You Start No Way Bac
  • Original Story
  • Takes You To Another World
  • Well Written

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      This story is about you and me and the life we are captured within. The uncertainty, the choices, the dilemmas we are faced with cleverly woven through a tale of intrigue, sci-fi, myths and legends. Unputdownable.

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      King's magnificent uberstory is finally complete... King's achievement is startling; his characters fresh... his plot sharply drawn... It is magic. Daily Express on THE DARK TOWER Join the quest before it's too late Independent on Sunday on THE SONG OF SUSANNAH

      Stephen King

      Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers.

      Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.

      Visit Stephen King's Booktopia Author Page


      ISBN: 9781444723441
      ISBN-10: 1444723448
      Series: The Dark Tower
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 304
      Published: 16th February 2012
      Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
      Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 2.1
      Weight (kg): 0.2
      Edition Number: 1