From Goodreads: “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.”
I finally decided to delve into King’s Dark Tower series – a series of 8 books that is considered to be Stephen King’s masterpiece. As the author himself said in the forward, The Gunslinger is the slowest book for readers, setting the stage for a magnum opus that uses multiple genres and pulls together stories from various King books. I didn’t find it too off-putting. King’s writing is easy to follow, the book is short and the last half of the book was definitely more interesting than the first. I’ll definitely give Book 2 a try next.
3 stars (out of 5)
Published in 1982
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