The Gunslinger

The Gunslinger By Stephen King, The Gunslinger Beginning with a short story appearing in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in the publication of Stephen King s epic work of fantasy what he considers to be a single long novel and hi
  • Title: The Gunslinger
  • Author: Stephen King
  • ISBN: 9780670032549
  • Page: 200
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Gunslinger By Stephen King, 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 DarBeginning 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 IIn 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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    1. Stephen King

      Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support After Stephen s grandparents passed away, Mrs King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966 From his sopho year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate He came to support the anti war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional He graduated in 1970, with a B.A in English and qualified to teach on the high school level A draft board examination immediately post graduation found him 4 F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students they married in January of 1971 As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men s magazines.Stephen made his first professional short story sale The Glass Floor to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men s magazines Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English 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.

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    1. INTRODUCTION A few things you should know before deciding how helpful this review will be for you I think the Dark Tower series as a whole is a staggering achievement and belongs in any discussion without qualification of the Greatest Fantasy Series of All Time There are no spoilers in this review but I have read the series twice all the way through and am doing a third reading as part of a group read this month Therefore, my review is colored by my knowledge of how the rest of the series is [...]


    2. Please don t hate me I know it seems sacrilegious to give a Stephen King anything less than 4 stars, but this one was SLOOOOWWWW for the first 75% That s not to say I didn t enjoy it, but I did find this was an easy book to put down and not feel an urgency to jump back into for days at a time I ve heard many folks describe this as a nice prologue to the series and that, in a sense, the action and story doesn t become investment worthy until book 2 That, coupled with the fact that I did become ve [...]


    3. The man in black fled across the desert and the Gunslinger followed Roland Deschain, the last of the Gunslingers, is on a quest for the Dark Tower, a mysterious edifice that is the axle of worlds and holds all existence together In this, the first volume, Roland pursues his nemesis across the Mohaine Desert He follows the man in black s trail to a little town called Tull, then through desert, encountering a boy named Jake from our world, and then into the mountains Will Roland finally catch his [...]


    4. Great world building and atmosphere Definitely different from anything I ve read before It felt very scattered, like King didn t really have any idea what the next paragraph would hold I m sure that probably made it a blast to write, but it could ve been better if it wasn t quite so disjointed The dialogue between characters is Star Wars Episode II level bad, unfortunately I really enjoyed the world building though, which makes me think that the series may be worth continuing.


    5. Beaware that the movie s following the Ending of the Last Book But in the first book, I suffered the Hard, Dry, Boring read of following a Man in Black you don t know, in a weird hot dry desert in hot August for one reason,To reach a Dark Tower you don t know whereor why.tailed in too much adverbs and ambiguity.That didn t help much to start the following 2 books I already boughtBook one was a true disappointment for me, I never thought it d be from you, Mr KingI believe in Old Gods of King Sale [...]


    6. An intriguing book, it draws the reader in little by little It is fantastic, imaginative but inconsistent Amid moments of brilliance there are also islands of abstraction so murky, almost Kafkaesque in absurdity, that I could not follow But it is interesting enough that I will probably read the sequels Of course that is another detraction, this book does not stand alone but leaves the reader with many questions unanswered Fun questions that lead the reader to seek further, but a work of literatu [...]


    7. The man in black fled across the desert and the Gunslinger followed That is the line I remembered for years and years that made me think that someday I would revisit THE GUNSLINGERAs a young teenage girl I read THE GUNSLINGER and really didn t like it that much I didn t hate it it just confuuuuuused me And to review this I will have to take you back to when I first read it as a teenStephen King is special to me Special because when I first discovered him it was the first time I went out on my ow [...]


    8. The Dark Tower series was one of the great joys of my reading life However, it also frustrated me to the point where I often wanted to bludgeon Stephen King with a hardback copy of It.I was baffled by The Gunslinger when I first read it way back in my high school days It had been an unobtainable limited edition that had popped up in the title card of King s other books, and when it finally went into wide release I couldn t wait to snatch it up But then I couldn t make sense of it There was a cow [...]


    9. This is the beginning of Stephen King s famous magnum opus, the Dark Tower This is where the master of horror writes his great work of fantasy based on a combination of The Lord of the Rings and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed This simple and beautiful sentence is the opening line, the trademark and even the summary of The Gunslinger In most ways, this single sentence is what defines this book.For that is how it all begins The m [...]


    10. All I could think throughout this book was what the hell am I reading This western fantasy has to be the most confusing book I ve read in a long time Some parts were interesting than others but overall I was very disappointed After hearing everyone rave about this series I have a hard time understanding why I don t believe it would be this popular if it wasn t for Stephen King s name on it There I said it I didn t like the story very much nor the writing.I had been warned that the first book wa [...]


    11. Well, I m trying this thing where I don t DNF books Let s face it, I ll probably mess up that resolution though On a similar note, who here is still hitting the gym Ha Thought so Don t judge me then Anyway, I know this was a short read but it took me forever to finish it I think that the idea is fine but it s the writing that is putting me off I feel the same way about Neil Gaiman, in that I really like the premise and want to read their works but I m just not feeling their style.Apparently, Idr [...]


    12. ENGLISH The Gunslinger ITALIANOWhen I read this novel than twenty years ago, I did not appreciate it Clearly, Roland s story did not charmed enough my distracted and teenage mind Therefore, I decided to prematurely stop the The Black Tower series A few days ago in a bookstore I stumbled on a copy of the new edition of The Gunslinger , and reading the preface I understood a couple of things FIRST not just myself, but also Stephen King was young when he wrote the same edition of The Gunslinger th [...]


    13. I get the popularity, obviously I do And as a massive King fan, I dish out this rating sadly, for I would have loved nothing than to tell you this is my new favourite book Alas, it was not my taste and as is such with all my reviews, my rating must be based on my own personal enjoyment and less on a novel s possible literary merit So I can t tell you if this book is objectively good, I just know that I did not find it to be so.


    14. The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.And our BR gang followed the gunslinger as he tracked the devil, and when he paused to relax and make camp, he told stories of his latest gunfight, his old world, his childhood training and the tests he went through to become a gunslinger and we just followed him, you know, like these flamingos King has masterfully created a unique world that integrates fantasy genre with American old west A mysterious world that poses layers o [...]


    15. My father is currently reading 11 22 63 which I gifted to him on Christmas since he is an admirer of JFK and he once told me he wanted to try King He is completely mesmerized by King s writing rightly so and I thought it will be a nice idea to tell him about the King s novel I ve been reading in the same time My tentative to explain the plot of Gunslinger went kinda like this a guy, a Gunslinger, travels through a desolated desert to catch a Man in Black, who is a sort of a sorcerer The followed [...]


    16. This book is something of an oddity That being, the first time I read it, I would probably have given it 3 stars, and felt quite generous doing so It was really meh and though I was a King fan, I wasn t pleased with it after the hype I even delayed reading Book 2 for awhile because I was somewhat turned off I didn t hate it, but it left me ambivalent for the most part.But this is definitely a book that gets better with time, with re readings, and with the rest of the series The second time I rea [...]


    17. The rain in Spain falls on the plain There is joy and also pain but the rain in Spain falls on the plain Time s a sheet, life s a stain, All the things we know will change and all those things remain the same, but be ye mad or only sane, the rain in Spain falls on the plain.We walk in love but fly in chains And the planes in Spain fall in the rain I can not imagine Audrey Hepburn singing this version.The Gunslinger is Stephen King at his most whimsical and lyrical, not two words you would associ [...]


    18. The first book of Stephen King s epic fantasy series will not disappoint but may frustrate stick with me here.The Gunslinger is a rare book for fantasy lovers, it reads like a Clint Eastwood western perhaps The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Pale Rider or even Unforgiven Our protagonist is indeed the Gunslinger, starting out on a mission that has plagued him from his childhood and his Father before him A quest the he earns the right to pursue, indeed he may well be the last Gunslinger alive.As the [...]


    19. Reviewed by Rabid ReadsSo here s the deal THE DARK TOWER obliterated my long running book funk I read all ten of the original series graphic novels, then I read the five from the spinoffFTEEN graphic novels In three days Then I had to read the real thing cantstopwontstopYou Why B c after reading all FIFTEEN of the graphic novels, Roland still hadn t made it to the tower bangs head against wall And after reading THE DARK TOWER the novel , I discovered that with the addition of a few flashbacks, [...]


    20. Dear Stephen King,I d like to apologize for the times that I ve made fun of you in any way, shape or form, including the kid in my English 2 class sopho year who would not stop raving about you as if you were the only person to ever write a book It s not that I think that kid was justified for only ever reading your books and no one else s, and it s not that I thought you were a horrible writer and now I think you re amazing.But, this was really quite a pleasant surprise I m not sure what I expe [...]


    21. A Gunslinger, a Man in Black, a Child Out of Time Space, the Beginning of a Cryptic SagaA Second Read the first time unimpressed, bored, agitated, gave up the second time so much better, a lot to consider, an enjoyable experienceA Strangely Sparse Narrative, perhaps too much mystery, perhaps too much of a tease and not enough action, perhaps too much to think about, a frustrating lack of detailA Tarot Card THE HANGED MANSacrifice Renunciation Contemplation WaitingA Brilliant Passage detailing th [...]


    22. Typical King, Strange, Really Strange.Roland, the last gunslinger, is pursuing the man in black across the desert Why I m not really sure Something to do with a Tower and the fact that the man in black is evil The writing style is typical Stephen King strange In this book, he has the habit of starting a chapter with a sentence like The boy found the oracle and it almost destroyed him Then he ll go off on page after page of flashbacks or other none related storylines until at some point he ll com [...]


    23. At a loss for words when it comes to this book There is something that feels so new and fresh in terms of genre Western Fantasy Coming of age And possibly sci fi All things I love And having now read this, and knowing it was first published in 1982, I m pretty sure one of my other favorite writers, the great Cormac McCarthy, drew inspiration from The Gunslinger in both Blood Meridian and The Road One of the most original stories I ve ever read Cannot wait to continue this series


    24. For me, this was a super fun read with terrible pacing I found the first third of the book to be a bit of a drag and I just wanted to know about the world which we only really get a good glimpse of at the end The middle third was my favorite bit, as that s when Jake was introduced and I found him to be the most interesting aspect of the story The final third had some answers, but I still found the pacing to be a bit too slow for me I m definitely interested to continue the series though as I ve [...]


    25. Enjoyed it Glad I purchased the revised and expanded edition with the new introduction and forward by KING which I wasn t aware of at the time He really set up the book enticingly Only 6 to go Can t wait to see what happens next Update May 15, 2017 Wow Dark Tower fansCheck out the new movie trailer Excellent Coming August 4th.


    26. Roland Deschain of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger, is on a mysterious quest for the mysterious Dark Tower Aside from that, he was also in a quest to follow the man in black, for answers With his trusty companion, the child named Jake, he sets on an unforgettable adventure.The synopsis was really short and vague, but once I finished the book, everything seemed to clear up This novel was about a man s quest for something meaningful to him, and he was so desperate, desperate enough to do unimaginable [...]


    27. Gloriously moody and atmospheric The Gunslinger is high plains, lonely traveler, John Wayne in a post apocalyptic dystopia goodness With a survivalist main character and a dependent boy at his side, fighting mutants and what were human beings against all that wealth of stark nothingness for scenery, it felt very akin to Cormac McCarthy s The Road, which I d read somewhat recently and loved Mysticism and Biblical references abound and at points threaten to muddy the narrative waters, but never fu [...]


    28. i made a kinda sorta readalike list for the dark tower series here rifflebooks list 236304childe harold, get your gun


    29. Buddy read with the notorious duo,Quick Draw Stepheny andPistol Packin Delee.The Gunslinger clambered over the rocks He knew the Man in Black was close He could pick up his scent The Man in Black smelled like charred meat Evil charred meat The river to his left was the apotheosis of all rivers it was watery and wet The Gunslinger pictured himself lying in the river, being carried backwards in an unending current lulled by the sweet relentless drifting towards death itself In a fuzzy formless way [...]


    30. I m a sucker for origin stories In fact, this is the third time I ve read this book I ve read The Fellowship of the Ring and watched the movie multiple times, but I ve only read and seen the others once I love watching Marvel movies, especially when the movie is just an origin story of a super hero I love the first Harry Potter book where you get to learn all about Hogwarts and the amazing characters in that world In fact, I love origin stories so much that I usually just stop there and don t co [...]


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