Gunslinger Sep 16, 2007
I didn't quite know what to make of this. This book felt mostly like a western, but has elements of fantasy, mystery and aventure all mixed into an epic quest. It opens with the protagonist, Roland the Gunslinger, following his enemy the man in black. The entire book is about his pursuit of this man, who will tell him information he needs in his greater quest to find the Dark Tower. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world where everything is pretty much dead, and the Gunslinger is the last of his kind. He traverses a horrific desert and runs into many different characters who either help or hinder him on his way. Gradually some of his background is revealed, as he tells it to other characters. In the end, I still felt like there was a lot left unexplained. Probably because this book is setting up the scene for the six others that follow. King says that the Dark Tower series was inspired by Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" and Robert Browning's 1855 epic poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came."