This heroic fantasy, set in a world of ominous landscape and macabre menace, features one of Stephen King's most powerful creations-The Gunslinger.The book opens with "The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.". (A favorite quote among Dark Tower fans.) The Gunslinger follows Roland's journey across the desert searching for the man in black.
I have no other way to say it, but I didn't particularly like this book. I felt lost, I felt confused. I felt disappointed by acts I did not know would serve a purpose later in the series.
This book seems to be either the start or the end of most readers' Dark Tower journey. I read this book about 10 years or so ago, and I didn't give it another try until just a few months ago. I'll talk more about the second book in the series this week, but I will say I was glad to pick the series up again.
If you would like to give this series a try, but you find you are just not getting in to or enjoying The Gunslinger - skip it. That's sounds kind of crazy, but it's actually not crucial that you read it. Book 2 begins with an "argument" containing the only information you need to draw from book 1. My honest recommendation would be to read The Gunslinger's wikipedia page and start with book 2. Someone suggested to me that The Gunslinger would be a good read at the end of the series rather than the beginning. I find that to be a fair recommendation.
The artwork for this book was done by one of my favorite artists: Michael Whelan
Have you read any of King's Dark Tower books? I'd love to hear from you!
Reading: Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower #4) by Stephen King
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