Fan submitted reviews of Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, The (Novel):|
Posted By: Shane C - February 13th, 2013 3:49:53 pm EST
I'm not going to lie, this was probably the hardest book to get into that I've ever bought. I wish I had had someone prepare me for setting off on this journey by telling me, "This series does not take place in our world, precisely. Keep an open mind and you'll be fine." Now that I've completed the series, I've gotten no less than a dozen people hooked. I fancy myself a Dark Tower promotor of sorts - I check in with them, make sure they're still reading, and if they're not, why they stopped. At some point, be it in the first book or later in the series, your mind will snap around the concept and /that's/ when you really get to enjoy the world Sai King created. Stick with it, unbuckle your seatbelt, and remember - anything is possible, especially in Mid World ; )
Posted By: Will - January 26th, 2013 8:03:46 pm EST
I am friends with hundreds of readers and professional writers and I yet to find one of them that has anything good to say about the Dark Tower series. As a freelance writer of some merit it's very frustrating that I can't even get an agent to look at a horror novel I completed a couple years ago that is a better read than any of the Tower books. I own over a hundred pounds of Stephen's hardbacks and I am in awe of many of them that I consider great. However, if I were King I'd be embarrased to put my name on any of the Tower Series books.
Posted By: Jerry - January 21st, 2013 3:26:40 pm EST
Words cannot describe the depth of this series. I get lost in all of them time and time again. Roland, Eddie, Susana, Jake, Oy, these characters will live on in your heart long after you finish this epic. Start this book and I promise you will devour it and all books after. The man in black fled across the dessert and ALL US TOWER JUNKIES FOLLOWED!
Posted By: K. Thessaaloniki Hellas - January 21st, 2013 5:10:22 am EST
For me, the Dark Tower series and especially the Gunslinger is the only SK's opus I really fell in love with. Well, I like almost all of his novels, but not to the point of mystical fear.. if you know what I mean...
Posted By: Tanya Of Rocky - December 18th, 2012 4:33:44 am EST
OMG did you say Russell Crowe! NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Can we clone Clint Eastwood? Books are great totally hooked.
Posted By: Joel Of Oregon - November 8th, 2012 8:16:15 pm EST
I believe this is the first SK book I ever read. Instantly hooked and now a Constant Reader. Since completing the series I have started the audiobooks. Frank Muller is AMAZING. It's a tragedy he'll never narrate again... I'll always love this story and Roland. Little Sisters is a great tale, and WttK is excellent as well. Fun to read, always leaves me wanting more. I need more of these adventures of the last Gunslinger. Final note: For the love of God, Gan or the Jesus-Man, PLEASE don't cast Russell Crowe as Roland. In my humble opinion, it would disgrace the character and hence the movie/story as well (this is based off rumors).
Posted By: Zach - August 16th, 2012 1:38:56 pm EDT
This is the best series I have ever read and by far is one of Stephen King's greater works. The artwork was done best by this artist in the first and seventh book of the series, perfectly capturing a glimpse of the idea and puting it into a work of art.
Posted By: Patty - August 14th, 2012 11:55:26 am EDT
My first venture into the Dark Tower series is a fast read and the imagery is prime, crisp and relentless as the desert it describes. I fell into SK again after putting aside while I raised my children. Found him again in Duma Key (love Wireman) and Lisey's Story, I cried and grew up to love. Hooked again! Want to read all the Dark tower books! Will!
Posted By: Daveos - July 25th, 2012 9:51:51 am EDT
Just started reading the first book of the series. really kool.
Posted By: Misty - June 25th, 2012 10:00:00 pm EDT
This is a world that is so fun to fall into. I re-read this series about once a year and each time it feels like coming home to an old friend. I love them. When you reach the last pages of the last book, your stomach is churning because you want to know what happens, but, at the same time, you want to read slowly, so it doesn't end. This is the only Stephen King book that has made me cry. It makes you feel; I can't give it a better compliment than that. I recommend this series to all of my friends, and I would recommend it to any of you as well. A great read!
Posted By: Huge Gunslinger Fan - June 4th, 2012 11:50:05 pm EDT
I have read every one of your dark tower series. I was so excited to see the newest addition to the sires. The only thing that would be almost as awsome as the books would be for them to be made in to movies.
Posted By: Efra King - May 18th, 2012 3:46:34 pm EDT
sir thank you so much for this great series i've really enjoy the 8 books my heart belongs to the dark tower iam a big fan of you i think you're the best author of all times wish i met you someday my name is efrain rojas and i salute you from MEJIS.
Posted By: The Dark Man - May 12th, 2012 11:30:30 am EDT
I love every single book of the dark tower, oh! And comics. So please can we make a movie happen, or TV series. PLEASE.!
Posted By: Evilgreensausage - April 6th, 2012 4:41:12 pm EDT
Love the series. Waited anxiously for each book. As we all know the books are always better than the movies. But with the news that DT movie is a possibility, who better to play Roland than Josh Brolin.
Posted By: Anonymous - January 30th, 2012 12:32:12 pm EST
i whish i find stephen king novels in my country its hard if not impossible even the internet..
Posted By: Blakepoetry - January 21st, 2012 7:18:55 pm EST
I just finished all 7 books in the Dark Tower series. The truth behind Roland's quest is the same profound realization we have all forgotten but now remember. Thank you Mr. King....
Posted By: Ell - November 7th, 2011 9:15:19 am EST
The story that not only made me realise I wanted to read books for the rest of my life, but that I also wanted to spend my life writing my own. So I did, and I am.
Posted By: Chris - August 1st, 2011 3:24:29 pm EDT
I finally got around to finishing The Gunslinger in just under a week, and while it started off kind of slow, it picked up about midway through and grabbed me from then on. Jake and his story has become one of the best written characters I have ever read about in a story, and the one thing that really bothers me is that I don't own the next book, and I want to read on so bad!
Posted By: Paul Curran - July 18th, 2011 3:55:04 pm EDT
Hey all Ive been a Lover of Stephen King for years now...... Just a quick observation... Im a big fan of Muse(rock band) and their Video Knights of Cydonia seems to be set straight out of the Dark Towers world but ive never uncovered any reference or connection between the two....
Posted By: Ozstevie - July 15th, 2011 1:00:34 pm EDT
hi folks,almost finished 'the waste lands' on my third time through the books. every time i read them they get more and more exciting even though i know how it ends!! kings description and detail of the the characters and the charachters thoughts are something that i think cannot be recreated in movies, i seriously seriously hope that the producer and the casting crew listen to the fans of the series not let us down.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the link below explains what i mean, The dream cast for the movies!!!!!!!!!!!! long days and pleasant night to you and your ka-tet. http://www.stephenking.com/forums/showthread.php/9074-My-choices-for-the-Dark-Tower-movie-cast-(picture)
Posted By: VICTOR PACHECO - June 18th, 2011 1:46:03 am EDT
WOW! ACTION, ADVENTURE, ROMANCE, EVEN A LITTLE DRAMA THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! THIS WAS MY SEVENTH KING BOOK AND I'M ONLY 11 YEARS OLD MY READING GRADES ARE EXTREMLY HIGH ALMOST A NINTH GRADE READING LEVEL! I AM GOING INTO 6TH GRADE AND HOPEFULLY I CAN READ STEPHEN KING IN THE SCHOOL INSTEAD OF READING A SCHOOL BOOK AND READING STEPHEN KING ON THE SIDE WHEN EVERY THING IS DONE. MY TEACHER READ ONE OF MY STORIES I WROTE FOR HOMEWORK AND THOUGHT THAT MY MOM HELPED ME BECAUSE OF MY BIG VOCABULARY. STEPHEN KING WAS WHAT MADE ME WANT BE A WRITER. MY COMPUTER IS NOT WORKING SO I CAN'T GET ON WORD BUT I WROTE ALL OF MY IDEAS DOWN. I HAVE AN EXELLENT IDEA.I'M SO EAGER TO WRITE DOWN. LOOK FOR MY BOOK SOMEDAY I WILL BE A FAMOUS BESTSELLING WRITER JUST LIKE STEPHEN KING,LOOK OUT WORLD HERE I COME. MY BOOK'S TITLE WILL PROBALY BE SOMETHING LIKE THE WARP OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. NOW ALL I NEED TO DO IS FIND STEPHEN KINGS ON WRITING AND ITS 99.99% CHANCE THAT I WILL BE A WRITER! AT THE END OF THIS BOOK I FOUND MY SELF HATEING ROLAND FOR WHAT HE DID TO JAKE I ALMOST CRIED.
Posted By: Andy - May 31st, 2011 12:34:39 am EDT
clive owen is roland not barden somehow someone needs to see that
Posted By: Coco - February 19th, 2011 5:06:17 pm EST
I just finished it yesterday. It starts a little slow, but then you can't stop reading it. The last chapter was the best one by far. Can't wait to buy The Drawing of the Three. One of King's greatest books.
Posted By: Smrobs - December 16th, 2010 3:09:12 am EST
I have been a SK reader for many years but I just discovered this series a couple of years ago when I found "The Drawing Of The Three" in a box in the attic. I read it and, while it was good, it didn't really light a fire like many of his others. Little did I know it was because I was coming in late in the series. I bought all the others and started reading and I was completely drawn in by page 3 of Gunslinger. I read avidly in every moment of my down time until I finished the series and will soon be reading it again. Right now, I am working my way through all his other books with ties to this series and I understand more and more with each one that I read. I would give my left foot, my right arm, and my firstborn child to see this series go the way of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, with very well made movies. If it doesn't though, I won't be too mad because I do still have the books to read.
Posted By: Bowlofguacamole - November 11th, 2010 4:23:52 pm EST
This book is amazing. Its the first King book i have ever read. I didnt put it down...literally. I got it three days ago and i finished it within the same day. I loved this book.
Posted By: Fate Fatale - October 12th, 2010 4:25:57 am EDT
I love King. I've read only this book in the series. It wasn't a nail-biter like many of his books. It was entertaining and I can see how it would appeal to the Tolkien crowd, but for many fans of King and the suspense/thriller/horror genre, this series won't inspire. It, just like all of King's novels, is very well written and I will continue to sing his praises, just not for this series in particular.
Posted By: Steven - September 26th, 2010 5:31:23 pm EDT
The start of an epic tale. I am now on book 4 and it is my second favorite series of all time (it hasn't beaten Harry Potter YET)
Posted By: Xenogeist - July 16th, 2010 2:03:03 pm EDT
I completed this novel last night. I had the Dark Tower series collecting dust in my closet for about five years, so I decided to start reading them. The opener of this series reads like a Fantasy Western: a gunslinger is the closet thing to a cowboy in the End World parallel universe. He's basically the epitome of a gunslinging twinner cowboy, looking for a man in black, as the synopsis say. It's an interesting tale, a little slow at first, then picks up toward the end of Roland's time in Tull. A great read for Stephen King fans.
Posted By: Anonymous - June 30th, 2010 4:28:14 pm EDT
I am reading the Dark Tower series for the third time and it is one of my favorite stories. I don't know if this is true or not, but I heard a movie was being talked about with Christian Bale as Roland. My vote is for Timothy Olyphant!
Posted By: PUREDARKSTAR - June 30th, 2010 7:18:51 am EDT
best series i have read, i was totally drawn in to the journey and i didn't want it to end. I will read them again but now i'm going to read all the books that linked to the dark tower series and i begin my journey through the worlds again..... 10/10 :D
Posted By: Dana Hill - June 13th, 2010 12:53:52 pm EDT
Amazing image of a reflection into a world that is compared to...awesome things. Just got done with this last night, started the drawing of the three right after. Kings imagination is out of this world!
Posted By: Brady12 - April 24th, 2010 4:48:35 pm EDT
At first the change in SK's writing style through me, but once I got used to it, it was great (just like any other SK novel). Most definitely an interesting concept, Roland is a knight but instead of a medieval setting, the story takes place in the post-apocalyptic West. Not our "West", but one that existed in a world that mirrors our own. Also instead of swords, he uses guns. Can't wait to start The Drawing of the Three!
Posted By: Towerjunkie - April 8th, 2010 2:09:41 am EDT
I had just finished the Dark Tower,..... WOW it would be a travesty if it were not made into a movie.If it were done like The Stand, a 16 hour Epic on 4 blu-rays, now would be awesome.
Posted By: John Lee - January 16th, 2010 7:40:16 am EST
the gunslinger made me want to read more from the dark tower storys and i will i just hope there as good as part 1.
Posted By: Tigerlily - September 12th, 2009 10:15:35 pm EDT
I believe as a dark tower fan that the series needs to be made in to a movie. And no not a T.V movie i mean a come out in theaters R rated amazing graphics movie.
Posted By: Jamie - August 1st, 2009 10:44:13 am EDT
This was not the most exciting book and it was a little confusing at times, but it was the start to my favorite series of books I have ever read. In my opinion the Dark Tower series is the pinnacle of Stephen King's career. I love all Stephen King novels.
Posted By: Britt - April 13th, 2009 10:31:46 am EDT
I have to say I had to make myself read all the way through this book, but boy am I glad I did. Even though this one didn't consume me, it was the gateway to the best book series I have and will ever read. Yes, I am a Dark Tower junkie!
Posted By: Thor - April 12th, 2009 2:37:04 pm EDT
I started my adventure with The Dark Tower when I read a story about Roland (not in DT series) and that story interested me so I decided that i have to read all DW series :)
Posted By: Thebear - March 8th, 2009 4:48:59 pm EDT
This was the book that got me into reading Mr.King's works. Normally a book that would take me a few days to read with school only took me one day, I could not put it down. A great read, I would recommend it to everyone.
Posted By: Nahyan - January 14th, 2009 3:12:56 am EST
I read Gunslinger many years ago and atthat time could not find its next novels. At that time I finished it and put it away as too confusing as the storystarts abrutly and ends nowhere. Later after many years I got hold of Wizard and Glass and started remembering ts and arts of the Gunslinger. W&G was a mind opener and after reading Gunslinger from my collection once again I could not wait to get my hands on the remaining series. I got Wastelands and Drawing of the Three at seperate times and the last three are simply not available anywhere inPakistan (whereI live) I have read these four arts many times over now and hate to put them down each time. U can imagine my frustration of not being able to go ahead with the story till the end!!!!!!
Posted By: Bpepe24 - December 4th, 2008 4:38:09 pm EST
Please do not turn this or any of the Dark Tower into a movie! Hollywood will cut too much of the story and the entire series is fantastic. IT was an awesome novel, but he movie left much to be desired because they cut too much out of it. Please don't let the same thing happen to the Dark Tower
Posted By: Shanedogg - November 11th, 2008 12:40:16 pm EST
dont turn this in to a movie i hate when they do that cause then i cant read the books for my english book and i love all of stephen kings books
Posted By: Vizzor - November 5th, 2008 12:50:56 pm EST
This book its like no other! One of the reasons Ive become a huge Kings fan was, besides the fact of his compelling storytelling, the mythology of his work, of the characters he created. And this epic its an incredible journey through Mr.Kings brainstorm at his BEST! One of my all time favourite books, and a MUST HAVE for Fans.
Posted By: Tim - October 8th, 2008 11:02:40 pm EDT
you and marvel should make this into a movie
Posted By: Balle - September 17th, 2008 5:33:47 am EDT
It's hard to make any comment on the DT in less than 20.000 words other than FANTASTIC and TRULY MINDBLOWINGLY GOOD!!! Simply and truly the deepest and most complete fictional universe ever written (in my humble opinion). Offers an uncomparable insight into almost all of Mr. Kings other work. To fully appreciate the DT you will have to have read most of King's other work, but to fully appreciate his other novels you will have to have read the DT! The DT completes his work without finalizing it. Truly worth reading and rereading (5 times for me, two in Danish, once in the original language and twice in varoius original audio book versions). Dear Mr. King. Thank you very very much!
Posted By: Ajfromuk - August 24th, 2008 12:03:04 pm EDT
When I was around 14 I bought this book off a market stall and read it expecting usual horror from King, I was surprised and delighted with this 1 of what would be 7 books and went out to get the other 2 which were in print then. Well worth the journey!
Posted By: Mitchell - July 26th, 2008 12:02:40 pm EDT
This is the best book I'v read, in a long time! Stephen King at his best!
Posted By: Rjt65 - July 24th, 2008 11:36:56 am EDT
The first in a 7 book epic Opus from SAI KING! Read all these books (multiple times) and they glue together 80% of Stephen Kings novels. Long days and Pleasant nights to all