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The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1) by Stephen King – Late To Join The Quest

October 4, 2011

Thirty-three years, a horrific and life-altering accident, and thousands of desperately rabid fans in the making, Stephen Kings quest to complete his magnum opus rivals the quest of Roland and his band of gunslingers who inhabit the Dark Tower series. Loyal DT fans and new readers alike will appreciate this revised edition of The Gunslinger, which breathes new life into Roland of Gilead, and offers readers a clearer start and slightly easier entry into Rolands world.

King writes both a new introduction and foreword to this revised edition, and the ever-patient, ever-loyal constant reader is rewarded with secrets to the seriess inception. That a magic ream of green paper and a Robert Browning poem, came together to reveal to King his ka is no real surprise (this is King after all), but who would have thought that the squinty-eyed trio of Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach would set the author on his true path to the Tower? While King credits Tolkien for inspiring the quest and magic that pervades the series, it was Sergio Leones The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly that helped create the epic proportions and almost absurdly majestic western backdrop of Rolands world.

To King, The Gunslinger demanded revision because once the series was complete it became obvious that the beginning was out of sync with the ending. While the revision adds only 35 pages, Dark Tower purists will notice the changes to Allies fate and Rolands interaction with Cort, Jake, and the Man in Black–all stellar scenes that will reignite the hunger for the rest of the series. Newcomers will appreciate the details and insight into Rolands life. The revised Roland of Gilead (nee Deschain) is embodied with more humanity–he loves, he pities, he regrets. What DT fans might miss is the same ambiguity and mystery of the original that gave the original its pulpy underground feel (back when King himself awaited word from Rolands world). –Daphne Durham

Very Good
For a long time I resisted buying and reading these books. I don’t quite know why. I like Stephen King. I like post-apocalyptic dark fantasy alternative reality. But for some reason, I just balked. Then I finally gave in and managed to get almost all of them within a couple weeks (except Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower, Book 5), which I’ve only just managed to track down, leaving me hanging half-way through for some months), and I started reading. What a world, what a world – and what a fascinating character is Roland Gilead, the last of the gunslingers.

From the sounds of things, Roland is ageless, near immortal, and has been chasing after the Man in Black for a very long time. It is while chasing the Man in Black through the desert that Roland meets up with the boy Jake at an abandoned way station – and Jake appears to be from our world; how he got to Roland’s world is a mystery.

I won’t ramble on about the plot – there are over 500 reviews here, plus long editorial reviews and I’m sure the plot is expressed well by someone else. I tend to throw out spoilers when I try, so I won’t waste your time. I’ll just say this: if you, like me, are unsure whether to go ahead and read these books – stop second-guessing yourself and go for it. Not only is the story entertaining, but it is also multi-layered. I have a feeling that reading it multiple times will result in multiple understanding – I’ve actually just finished reading it for the second time in less than a year, since I just got Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower, Book 5) and thought it best that I re-read the first four books before going on, so I can refresh my memory, and I can see things I’ve missed. I think people who aren’t generally fans of Stephen King’s works might still enjoy The Dark Tower series, because it is different than his usual fare in many ways, even though it has webs of other stories that occasionally wind through it. Definitely give this series a try.

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