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In this first novel in his epic fantasy masterpiece, Stephen King introduces readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, the Last ... Show synopsis

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  • Very Good Read Feb 10, 2008
    by mommy4five

    I have read this and reread this before the sequels were released, It is definitely Sci Fi with a Little Western and just a dash of modern. The Mind of Stephen King is definely a very deranged one but he is one of my Fav Writers . I really enjoyed this book and it kept me longing to find out what was going to happen next.

  • Gunslinger Sep 16, 2007
    by Raech

    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."

  • amazing start of a fantastic series Apr 26, 2007
    by pandagirl

    This book will get you started on your trip into a world that has "moved on". It took me years to ever read these books(the Dark Tower series). I thought they were merely sci-fi with some western thrown in the mix. Boy, was I ever wrong. I'm a huge Stephen King fan and I so regret not reading these books sooner. They are not merely anything. These books describe a world and a quest so unlike anything else, they almost defy definition. Yes, the series is long. But when is an epic quest not? Take the plunge, go along with the gunslinger on his quest. You won't regret it. Possibly Stephen King's best work. Even those of you who don't like Stephen King may like these books.They're not just blood and fright. They're adventure, western,sci-fi, romance, coming-of-age......well, you get the idea. They're not JUST anything except amazing.Enjoy!

  • very good series, but be prepared for a long trip Apr 3, 2007
    by volt

    Probably the best book in the gunslinger series. Overall, the series is quite good, but books range in quality from excellent to just Ok. Only dive in if you are willing to commit to 6,000 pages

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