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Roland, the world''s last gunslinger, tracks an enigmatic Man in Black toward a forbidding dark tower, fighting forces both mortal and other-worldly on his quest, in a revised and expanded edition of the classic fantasy novel. 60,000 first printing.

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Thirty-three years, a horrific and life-altering accident, and thousands of desperately rabid fans in the making, Stephen King''s quest to complete his magnum opus rivals the quest of Roland and his band of gunslingers who inhabit the . 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 Roland''s 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 series''s 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 Leone''s The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly that helped create the epic proportions and "almost absurdly majestic western backdrop" of Roland''s 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 Allie''s fate and Roland''s 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 Roland''s 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 Roland''s world). --Daphne Durham

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Stephen King has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story "The Man in the Black Suit."

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Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2018
I am an avid reader, approximately 100 books per year on a variety of topics and themes. I have to say that The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger is one of the most unreadable books I have ever encountered. I powered through over half of the book before I asked myself; WTH am... See more
I am an avid reader, approximately 100 books per year on a variety of topics and themes. I have to say that The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger is one of the most unreadable books I have ever encountered. I powered through over half of the book before I asked myself; WTH am I spending my time reading this nonsense. I will never attempt to finish this book due to the intense boredom of it. I can''t say more than that except don''t waste your time.
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Confusion and Unmoored Sufferings
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2019
Confusion and Unmoored Sufferings While reading this book, it almost seemed like the author was creating confusion and misery for misery and confusion’s sake! Why would you do that in the first book of a series? If Stephen King’s name wasn’t on this book, I... See more
Confusion and Unmoored Sufferings

While reading this book, it almost seemed like the author was creating confusion and misery for misery and confusion’s sake! Why would you do that in the first book of a series? If Stephen King’s name wasn’t on this book, I sincerely doubt most readers would have finished reading it. That said after completing the book I googled it and found King’s fans encouraging people to “power” through the book because book two is good, while on the same page I found others talking about underage sex that is weird in further editions of the series. This leads me to one question:

“Why did you create such frivolous misery in your novel Mr. King?” Apart from Jake, it just seems like pain that neither builds the character, nor furthers the story. It is, to me, uninteresting and does nothing but sear and jade your reader’s imagination.

This book was much less interesting than some less known/self-published smaller authors today like AC Cobble, Peter Flannery, A.G. Riddle and others. In fact this being the first Stephen King book I’ve ever read, I was left wondering if the only reason he has been so popular was due to the advertisements of his brand over the years. After all, prior to Amazon a writer could not easily get their works known or published. I now wonder if King is really deserving of his lofty place amongst well known literary authors.

The final quarter of this book from the flashback of Roland’s “coming of age” through the cave onward was decent and even good occasionally, but prior to that I wanted to stop reading the book several times.

Maybe my review is unfair, but this doesn’t seem like a work worthy of one of the past century’s most popular authors. Read it if you must, or just read the cliff’s notes version and save yourself some pointless misery.
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Fascinating Book Starts King''s Epic Series
Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2019
Stephen King says he started his epic series, THE DARK TOWER, when he was a very young man. Perhaps with the arrogance and/or enthusiasm of youth this series is a mash-up of any number of literary traditions. In most hands it could have wound up a mess. THE... See more
Stephen King says he started his epic series, THE DARK TOWER, when he was a very young man. Perhaps with the arrogance and/or enthusiasm of youth this series is a mash-up of any number of literary traditions. In most hands it could have wound up a mess.

THE GUNSLINGER, the first in the series, opens, appropriately enough, with “the gunslinger” chasing an unidentified man across a nameless desert:

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”

The scene has the look and feel of an old spaghetti western, which King freely admits:

“… I realized that what I wanted to write was a novel that contained Tolkien’s sense of quest and magic but set against Leone’s almost absurdly majestic Western backdrop.”

I think he succeeded:

“The desert was the apotheosis of all deserts, huge, standing to the sky for what looked like eternity in all directions. It was white and blinding and waterless and without feature save for the faint, cloudy haze of the mountains which sketched themselves on the horizon and the devil-grass which brought sweet dreams, nightmares, death. An occasional tombstone sign pointed the way…”

The Gunslinger (eventually we learn is name is Roland – an epic/mythic/heroic name) comes across a mysterious young man who has somehow been transported from (our) contemporary New York to this strange land. No attempt is made at explanation.

When Roland comes to a town, we learn that this is post-apocalyptic time in which the world as we know it has been destroyed, possibly though nuclear war. It is a dystopian vision that predates the current popularity of such stories.

As the journey continues, old-fashioned magic becomes part of the mix. Also a bit of derring do in the style of Indiana Jones. Also some fantasy in the vein of George R. R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” (“Winter is coming.”)

And, of course, questions of good versus evil are explored.

Whew.

Any type of cross-genre mixing is difficult to do well, much less on an epic scale. I have not even looked at subsequent books in the series in the hopes of being continually surprised when I do read them. I expect this volume is a good launch. If anybody could make it a success it would in the hands of Stephen King.
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Emanuel Lopez
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Third Time Journeying To The Tower
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2019
I like how King explores string theory and parallel universes here. This story is like a perfectly balanced soup we sometimes eat at a restaurant that''s not too much of this or where it''s not lacking in that. The mixed in genres, The Hobbit, King Arthurian legend, Doc... See more
I like how King explores string theory and parallel universes here. This story is like a perfectly balanced soup we sometimes eat at a restaurant that''s not too much of this or where it''s not lacking in that. The mixed in genres, The Hobbit, King Arthurian legend, Doc Holiday, Biblical references and of course, horror are beautifully written. He weaves in other stories in here like, The Talisman, Insomnia, IT, and even Pet Sematary, (The black magic crystal that lets you travel to the land of the dead in his later D.T. volumes). The villains in these series are as intriguing to me as the enigmatic, archetype gunslinger is. And they range in variety as they do in lethality. Werewolves, ghosts, skin changers, artificial intelligence robots & trains, demons, rogue gunslingers, witches, evil men, sorcerers, were-spiders and even creatures related to Pennywise the clown. I suppose that like Roland, if you don''t have much of an imagination, then you should read a senseless love novel where there''s infidelity like in these tube soap operas and silly reality t.v. shows where people make a fool of themselves on national television.😂
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Annie Weaver
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Stephen King, you’re an excellen writer, why would you mess with perfection????
Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2018
Once one of my all time favorite books. Stephen King revised this book and it is TERRIBLE!!! You get no back story and don’t know who some of the characters are, how they played a roll in Roland’s life, what he went through to get to where he is now. NOTHING!!! It is... See more
Once one of my all time favorite books.
Stephen King revised this book and it is TERRIBLE!!! You get no back story and don’t know who some of the characters are, how they played a roll in Roland’s life, what he went through to get to where he is now. NOTHING!!! It is terrible!!
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Drew J Buoni
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Disappointing Compared to Other King Novels
Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2017
There are many Stephen King books that I really enjoy (Salems Lot, Finders Keepers, The Stand, 11/22/63 just to name a few . . . in fact, 11/22/63 is one of my all-time favorite books). As such, I really had high hopes for The Gunslinger. However, the story line was... See more
There are many Stephen King books that I really enjoy (Salems Lot, Finders Keepers, The Stand, 11/22/63 just to name a few . . . in fact, 11/22/63 is one of my all-time favorite books). As such, I really had high hopes for The Gunslinger. However, the story line was disjointed, confusing, and not very enjoyable at all. I kept expecting the flow of the book to smooth-out and become a "cannot put down" read. However, this never occurred. In the end, I was completely disappointed. I have heard that other Dark Tower books are much better, but I disliked The Gunslinger so much that I''m not sure I''ll read any others.
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James H. Thomas
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CULT SERIES
Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2020
I say cult because some people like me are King fans but including myself many have avoided.this series, I m taking the plunge because some things I’ve read and what.people I do know who are crazy about this series. I read one guy couldn’t get enough and said he wished King... See more
I say cult because some people like me are King fans but including myself many have avoided.this series, I m taking the plunge because some things I’ve read and what.people I do know who are crazy about this series. I read one guy couldn’t get enough and said he wished King would write just The Dark Tower books. This first one was interesting enough for me to read the next one. I’ve downloaded it to my iPad and will start it tomorrow. I show a 3 rating but it should be 2 1/2. I’d say give it a try. Rarely can you go wrong with Stephen King. He amazes me with he ability to be prolific but rarely have I read anything he did that seemed like he was just cashing in on his name or trying to meet a deadline. I identify with S. K. since we grew up together. I think he was born in ‘45; me, 1944. I’m a bleeding heart liberal from east Texas, not from Maine but when I read his book about his movies, books and his growing up, it brought back memories from my childhood. He mentions William Castle’s movie, Macabre and how he and his friends probably called it Mcbear. I think we did, too! There were so many things he spoke about that.made me feel 10 or 12 again. I love Stephen King and ironically I think he’s one of our rare great short story writers living. He’s keeping that almost forgotten form alive and well.
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I do not understand the appeal.
Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2017
I don''t understand the fascination with this series, much less Stephen King. Most of his books end up with an alien monster. This one ended up in the trash.
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Louise886
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The start of the Dark Tower journey
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 16, 2020
This is my second time re-Reading the dark tower series. The first time I read this book I found it very hard to follow. The second time I enjoyed it far more. The gunslinger is following the man in black across the desert. It is meant to be a world different to ours which...See more
This is my second time re-Reading the dark tower series. The first time I read this book I found it very hard to follow. The second time I enjoyed it far more. The gunslinger is following the man in black across the desert. It is meant to be a world different to ours which is old. There are some links to our world and some parallels. If you are a King fan then the Dark Tower journey is an absolute must!
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Hard to know.......
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 10, 2020
I am afraid to allow myself be drawn into this series. I have read all nine (I think) of Donaldson''s Thomas Covenant story, and the five of his space series (the name eludes me) and I''m not sure either was worth the time. Great vision and interesting stuff, but man were...See more
I am afraid to allow myself be drawn into this series. I have read all nine (I think) of Donaldson''s Thomas Covenant story, and the five of his space series (the name eludes me) and I''m not sure either was worth the time. Great vision and interesting stuff, but man were they heavy and loooooong! I''m pretty sure that Dark Tower series is similar....... As a book I really enjoyed The Gunslinger. It is soo of the 70''s and expanding the consciousness, yet still very Stephen King. I''m glad I read the revised version as the original, based on his foreword, mist have been been hard going at times.
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Jake G
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A hard intro to a series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 13, 2021
Even King says its not great, himself. It was a fairly hard, fairly boring, confusingly and fairly pretentiously written book... but I’m going to trust everyone and go on to the second in the series, as this book gave just enough intrigue. I can’t see I’d spend 50-60£ on...See more
Even King says its not great, himself. It was a fairly hard, fairly boring, confusingly and fairly pretentiously written book... but I’m going to trust everyone and go on to the second in the series, as this book gave just enough intrigue. I can’t see I’d spend 50-60£ on the full series of books unless the next one is MUCH better than this one Parts of this book kind of reminded me of parts of The Stand.. not in its writing as such but in the narrative atmosphere
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Memories of time passed on
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 18, 2018
This is my fourth journey to the Tower and like all journeys it begins with one small step. But what a step, Sai King is still the master storyteller and I , a constant reader , must continue to find new joys in old words . I shall , before I reach the clearing at the end...See more
This is my fourth journey to the Tower and like all journeys it begins with one small step. But what a step, Sai King is still the master storyteller and I , a constant reader , must continue to find new joys in old words . I shall , before I reach the clearing at the end of the path , return again , because this book is worth every second it takes to read it .
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Squeaky Joe
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An interesting read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 7, 2021
In the first of Stephen King’s Dark Tower, we meet Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. As he pursues the Man in Black in his quest to the Dark Tower, the Gunslinger meets a young boy, Jake, who accompanies him across the desert. This isn’t the easiest of King’s books to...See more
In the first of Stephen King’s Dark Tower, we meet Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. As he pursues the Man in Black in his quest to the Dark Tower, the Gunslinger meets a young boy, Jake, who accompanies him across the desert. This isn’t the easiest of King’s books to get to grips with and the writing style is less accessible than usual. However, the cowboy/fantasy scenario is a fascinating one and sets the scene for the later books (which I’m told are more interesting). Apparently, much of what the author sets up in this volume makes a lot more sense later, but of course I’ll have to read all the others to confirm that. Though there is some proper gunfighting early on, much of the book is taken up with recounting the memories of Jake and the Gunslinger and building up the backgrounds of the characters. An interesting read that promises much for the rest of the series.
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