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

The Gunslinger

The Dark Tower : Book 1

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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...

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3.5

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  • Compelling characters (3)
  • Original story (3)
  • Well written (3)

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3.0

Intriguing

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  • Compelling Characters
  • Original Story
  • Takes You To Another World
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      Comments about The Gunslinger:

      First time I've read Stephen King. Intriguing & very different style of fantasy quest adventure to anything I've read. Compelling vision that's focused on emphasising the ugly at times that's maybe putting me off, but the story & characters are plausible & engage. In his Intro SK indicated that this book is the door way only to a journey that deepens in following books...I'll have to find out

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      5.0

      Beginning of a profound journey.

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      • Compelling Characters
      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Read
      • Original Story
      • Takes You To Another World
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        • Older Readers

        Comments about The Gunslinger:

        The beginning of a great journey. Just enough there to wet your literary tongue and capture your imagination.

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        1.0

        Dark, depressing and confusing

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        Pros

        • Takes You To Another World

        Cons

        • Difficult To Follow
        • Limited Appeal
        • Uninteresting Characters

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        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

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        • Compelling Characters
        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Easy To Read
        • Great For Any Age
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        • Original Story
        • Takes You To Another World
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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
            Country of Publication: GB
            Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.0
            Weight (kg): 0.21
            Edition Number: 1