never read gunslinger, read here

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  1. Tiny

    Tiny RECEIVED:Annoying Questions award

    The gunslinger books are : CowBoys and robots and
    wizards and dragons.

    Like Clint Eastwoodf meets CP3O,
    like Marshal Dillon meets Gandoff the Gray.

    But its much more then that. It is a real blending of westerns and
    science fiction and Harry Potter type fantasy;; There are some love stories.
    --this would include Roland and his "son" Jake...
    but this is all hard to explain.

    When I first saw the display for gunsling, in the store, 1982 , I thought It
    was something I woulndt like at all. I didnt pick it up until 88`89.
    Then I fell in love with it. In the ENTIRE history of Books there are
    damn few stories like it.
    Our lit" today is kept clean, everything in its place. Like a prissy child
    with a plate of food--- we are careful never to let our mashed potatoes
    touch out meat or veggies. In the gunslinger ...all the food is thrown
    together in a bowl....and we have stew.

    Maybe others will add to this thread and explain, BETTER THEN I, what
    the gunslinger stories are like !

    Jake and Eddie and Susanna tell Roland of
    our world "prissiness" and he actualy replies : "does no one like stew?"
     
  2. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Why Chew Through The Restraints?

    ...mmmmmmm, stew.......
     
  3. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    I avoided the series until 2012 - I just knew it wouldn't be my "thing" . I finally finished DT VII a couple weeks ago and thought I was done, but no - I couldn't wait to read Little Sisters of Eluria and The Wind Through the Keyhole. I'm not ready to quit reading about Roland and his Ka-Tet, never in life.
     
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  4. Shoe

    Shoe Ka 'n' stuff

    Sentiments echoed for greater amplification.
     
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  5. unclelouie

    unclelouie Active Member

    I would suggest these titles if you are interested the Dark Tower. While Roland himself does not appear in these novels/stories... other Dark Tower characters do.. enjoy!

    Hearts in Atlantis- (novella- The Low Men In Yellow Coats)- This story features breaker Ted Brautigan in Connecticut, while on the run from the low men (Can Toi). He befriends a young lad named Bobby Garfield who is Jake's twinner.

    Eyes of the Dragon- A fantasy set in Mid World. The main villain is a fellow named Flagg.

    The Talisman/Black House- The action in both of these novels is set in Mid World. While Roland and the Ka-Tet do not appear, they are mentioned in Black House.

    Everything's Eventual (short story)- The story of breaker Dinky Earnshaw.
     
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  6. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    Thankee Sai- I am happy to say I have read all of those, with the exception of Black House. However, I am going to go back and reread Everything's Eventual. First time round I didn't know about Dinky. I also just reread Little Sisters of Eluria.

    Long days and pleasant nights to ya.
     
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  7. Cowboy

    Cowboy Lesser-Known Member

    I had went to the bookstore looking for something to read. I had just finished reading every Louis Lamour book ever written and was already a fan of Sai King. When I saw the display with Gunslinger, I remember thinking...."is it really a western, or is the gunslinger reference to the fact that he writes a lot of books?" I opened the book and read the first line, "The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed." I fell in love with the story from that one line. The journey was a long one but worth every bit of waiting that I had to do. I would devour the newest book several times waiting for the next installment. A fellow gunslinger friend and I even wrote our own parody while waiting for the next one. We would have endless discussions as to who Roland really was and what could possibly happen next. We would ponder on what world he was in and where he was going. I miss the anticipation, the wondering, and the journey. Thanks again Sai King for great story.
     
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  8. nate_watkins

    nate_watkins Simple-Minded Member

    They should have kept Shardik around for when the met Blaine....
     
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  9. VultureLvr45

    VultureLvr45 Well-Known Member

    You speak True Sai Tiny. I heard the stew reference tonight. Wow!
     
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  10. Chuggs

    Chuggs Well-Known Member

    When I took that first step with Roland in that desert, I knew that I was in for the long haul. It was an epic journey, to say the least, with many ups and downs. I enjoyed my time with Roland and Company, very much.
     
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  11. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Why Chew Through The Restraints?

    ...I thought Shardik bit the big one after Blaine, ummmm Velcro Flew....
     
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  12. nate_watkins

    nate_watkins Simple-Minded Member

    Wasn't Shardik one of their first encounters in Wastelands, and Blaine one of their last?
     
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  13. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Why Chew Through The Restraints?

    ...my beer scented friend-you are correct!...I had the sequence bassakwards...
     
  14. ghost19

    ghost19 "Front sight focus."

    I was a stone cold tower junkie after the first line of the first book. I say true and thank-ya.
     
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  15. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta/Moderator Moderator

    "...my beer scented friend..."

    I think you might be starting to get a reputation there, Nate? :biggrin2:
    (At least we'll know where to rock up for some refreshment once the Zombpocalypse begins!)
     
  16. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Why Chew Through The Restraints?

    ...and you're all invited to my porch roof...plenty of room, lots of ammo and the keg can sit just inside the window, whilst we pick off the zombies...
     
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  17. taylor29

    taylor29 Active Member

    The only thing better than DT is DT set during the zombie apocalypse.
     
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  18. jt0565

    jt0565 Active Member

    I read them all as they came out and loved them then. I quit smoking in February of this year and found that reading (alot) helped me through the worst of it. So I re-read all 7 volumes back to back to back. I absolutely loved it all over again and was surprised at how well it flowed from volume to volume. Incredible story all the way through.
     
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  19. Tiny

    Tiny RECEIVED:Annoying Questions award

    if any one is in the middle of the books now...
    you will know the "stew Ref- " when you hear it.

    I think its during one of the many camp fire talks the gunslingers have.
    but it maybe as their walking towards a big green castle.

    Roland is often befuddled by our world...NYC 1964-1986...then 1999
     
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