The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1)

 
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The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1)
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December 01, 1982
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0452279607
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Beginning with a short story appearing in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1978, the publication of Stephen King's epic work of fantasy -- what he considers to be a single long novel and his magnum opus -- has spanned a quarter of a century.

Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower series is King's most visionary feat of storytelling, a magical mix of science fiction, fantasy, and horror that may well be his crowning achievement.

Book I
In The Gunslinger (originally published in 1982), King introduces his most enigmatic hero, Roland Deschain of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting, solitary figure at first, on a mysterious quest through a desolate world that eerily mirrors our own. Pursuing the man in black, an evil being who can bring the dead back to life, Roland is a good man who seems to leave nothing but death in his wake.

This new edition of The Gunslinger has been revised and expanded throughout by King, with new story material, in addition to a new introduction and foreword. It also includes four full-color illustrations in the hardcover and trade paperback formats.

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... and the gunslinger followed
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Reader reviewed by Dede

This book is about Roland, the gunslinger, and his quest to catch the man in black. The man in black starts out as a mystery and stays that way throughout the book. There is a little history given about Roland and his childhood, his friends. The main focus is on his hunt for the man in black and his friendship with a young boy named Jake that he meets on his way. Roland does some things in this book that makes him hard to root for or really like for that matter. However, if you read the series through, you begin to understand him more and truly feel more connections going on. Really good beginning in a series of great books.
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Outstanding
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Reader reviewed by Harlan the Hammer

I think this book is another of Stephen Kings masterpieces, although it dose have a few unanswered questions wich are answered in the later books (mainly book four). I really enjoyed this series and i couldent wait to get my hands ont the next books!
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Kind of interesting but boring
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Reader reviewed by Morgan

This book was interesting but the style of the writing didn't appeal to me and for a while it seemed to not even have a plausible plot. who is the man in brown and why is the Gunslinger after him? Isn't this the first of the series we shouldn't have to search for simple answers like these.
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