The Gunslinger

The Gunslinger

Book - 1988
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In 1978 Stephen King introduced the world to the last Gunslinger, Roland of Gilead.  Nothing has been the same since. Over twenty years later the quest for the Dark Tower continues to take readers on a wildly epic ride. Through parallel worlds and across time, Roland must brave desolate wastelands and endless deserts, drifting into the unimaginable and the familiar as the road to the Dark Tower extends beyond its own pages. A classic tale of colossal scope--crossing over terrain from The Stand , The Eyes of the Dragon , Insomnia , The Talisman, Black House , Hearts in Atlantis , 'Salem's Lot and other familiar King haunts--the adventure takes hold with the turn of each page.

And the tower awaits…  

The First Volume in the Epic DARK TOWER Series…

The Gunslinger

This heroic fantasy is set in a world of ominous landscape and macabre menace that is a dark mirror of our own. A spellbinding tale of good versus evil, it features one of Stephen King's most powerful creations--The Gunslinger, a haunting figure who embodies the qualities of the lone hero through the ages, from ancient myth to frontier western legend.

The Gunslinger's quest involves the pursuit of The Man in Black, a liaison with the sexually ravenous Alice, and a friendship with the kid from Earth called Jake. Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, here is stunning proof of Stephen King's storytelling sorcery.
Publisher: New York, NY : New American Library, 1988, c1982
ISBN: 9780452261341
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 224 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm


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SPPL_János Mar 13, 2018

In King's genre-bending magnum opus, a western-style gunslinger journeys across a post-apocalyptic world, joined by allies from the New York City of our world, in his quest for the Dark Tower at the center of it all. The series must be read in order.

alburke47 Jan 25, 2018

So, on my second read, my opinion has changed. Maybe I lacked the patience 25 years ago when I first read it, or maybe it just makes more sense now that I'm in my 40s, but the Gunslinger was a terrific read, well worth sitting through until the end. The first third or so did drag a little as it set the tone, but the it built up to a superb finish in the final confrontation. Book two, anyone?

Oct 05, 2017

The Gunslinger was very detailed. If you have patience with the book it will get interesting. It started out slow and kept going back to his past which got a little confusing and you had to read carefully to figure it out. Along with switching back to the past, the dialogue was hard. It was strange to transition from modern day English to the way people might have said back then. It's very unique. Even though the dialogue was a little difficult, though it may not be to others, I appreciated that King made it different. A lot of things set The Gunslinger apart like switching from past to present, dialogue and how detailed it is. Overall, The Gunslinger is a good book. It surprised me in a few spots and left me eager to read the next book.

Aug 14, 2017

This book is incredible. While not quite as good as the Drawing of Three in my opinion, the Gunslinger is still a great quick read. The ending of this story both confused and fascinated me. I formerly avoided King's works, thinking he only wrote horror, but the Gunslinger made me an instant fan. I'm currently reading Full Dark No Stars as a result of this book.

Jul 15, 2017

Entombing. This is the only way I can describe this book in one word. I was raised on Spaghetti Westerns and Mary Poppins. The Dark Tower series is a mash-up of the elements that made up those films. The thrill of the kill and the arresting personalities of the old western characters. Then the bizarre fantastical feeling that Julie Andrews brought with her umbrella and carpet bag to Cherry Tree Lane. You are stuck in that world for maybe a week or more after reading The Gunslinger. Roland, the gunslinger, is one of those legendary book characters you can hardly find anymore. He has the aloof factor that leaves you absolutely smitten when you get to see even a sliver of his inner life. You're so focused on the amazing story that you hardly notice the phenomenal writing. You know you have a good book in your hands when the writing isn't just writing. It's so fluid that you're not reading it anymore, you're watching it. If you were buried alive by this book you'll be damned by the next.

KateHillier Jul 05, 2017

"The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed."

King had me from there and never let go, even through the insanity of the later books. This was nothing like I'd ever read before back when I first read it in high school and I stand by that statement here. This is a fantasy that is more like a Western but is also horrific. It's a slow burn here, a real slow burn, and there are far more questions than answers but you can't help but get behind Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger. You can't help but get attached to Jake Chambers, and you can't help but want the Man in Black dead even though you don't quite get why. I'm thrilled to be taking this journey again and I'm more than pumped for the upcoming film as well.

VaughanPLAlex Jun 11, 2017

The man in black fled across the desert and the Gunslinger followed.

Sending chills down my spine, this opening line drew me into yet another Stephen King novel and into the worlds of The Dark Tower series. I have read and reread it numerous times, and am anxiously awaiting the movie release! If you are looking for sometimes new to try, give The Gunslinger a go.

May 29, 2017

The first chapter of King's best work. I believe that's enough said.

May 20, 2017

First read this series years ago and couldn't put it down. It seemed to be a pleasant change from Stephen King's usual style. I have read the series three times and hope the movie does it justice.
Apart from the Lord of the Rings series, Dark Tower by King and the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Donaldson are the only series of books that I could not put down for any length of time. The style of writing invited me into the story and had me live it with the characters.

Dec 15, 2016

Western Fantasy at its best! I read it every few years and will probably end up reading it again before the big screen version arrives. This book only has a few, very forgivable, failings. The story, like others in the series, avoids providing too much exposition to the lore and history of Roland. It's understandable, as most of that is revealed with the sequel books in the series. It still holds up on its own, and it works even better as an introduction to the epic. If you enjoy low-magic fantasy, high adventure, or westerns, you will love the Gunslinger and its sequels.

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Nov 08, 2012

“Friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of regard.”
― Stephen King, The Gunslinger

Nov 08, 2012

“Was there ever a trap to match the trap of love?”
― Stephen King, The Gunslinger


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