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?"