Book Review: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

/ Wednesday, July 25, 2007 /
I just finished The Gunslinger by Stephen King this morning. This was the second time I read the book. The first time was roughly 13 years ago when I was around 14 years old. This is the first book of King's Dark Tower Series which is basically his legacy series in which most of his novels somehow tie into it. I find it particularly cool that he can make all of his works fit together.

The Gunslinger starts out chasing "the man in black" across the desert. We pretty much meet Roland (The Gunslinger" and get a feel for his purpose in life. We learn of his transition to manhood and we learn a bit about his cryptic future but most of all we learn about his tormented psyche as he pits his own desires against his destiny.

It's a fun read and a short read for King standards and it will make you salivate for the next 6 books in the series as this book is basically just the introduction to the series. It's one of the longest introductions of all time I think but it's darned inspiring to find a purpose in life.


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