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1st time reading The Gunslinger

Discussion in 'The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger' started by Lindzilla, Jan 5, 2015.

  1. Lindzilla

    Lindzilla New Member


    I'm at the trestle where Roland and Jake decide to cross it on foot. Still on the fence about the whole Dark Tower series although I'll finish this book and read the second.

    So, how does Roland get more bullets? He's already killed loads of people and doesn't seem to worry about having amino, is this explained later or ???

    Also, not wanting anything horrible to happen to Jake but, having read SK for years, am ready for the worst. I've learned not to get attached to the dogs and characters in his books... learned the hard way!

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  2. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Please do read the second installment (The Drawing Of The Three). It really picks up the pace of the story and sets you on the way for more adventures with Roland.
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  3. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    As the world moves on, Roland moves along with it, so you would expect for him to have more bullets. Either that or he has them shipped from Aurora, Il.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...he carries extra loads in his gunna, and collects more as he can along the way...
  5. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    Lindsay. ....PLEASE!!!!!! read The Drawing of the Three. I promise you this story will pick up and not only that, it will becomes a different world and you will become one of the folken in it. You will become ka-tet, I promise you.
  6. booklover72

    booklover72 very strange person

    Can anybody help me? I have read 4/5 of Steve's book's, but the Dark Tower eluded me. I always manage to half read and then re-read bob and forget to come back to it. Remember this is coming from someone who DID NOT enjoy The lord of the rings? Mucho Gracias - Wireman
  7. taylor29

    taylor29 Well-Known Member

    SK wrote the book in the style of great epics like Lord of the Rings with some Wizard of Oz references...but it's meant to be a journey story. There are parts of the story I hated...it does take some tenacity, but most of the people on here will tell you that it's worth it. It's an investment in imagination that you just can't get in most books.

    And...this might be sacrilege but honestly, if you get to a point you absolutely cannot stand...skip ahead. Even if you're lost for a minute, it's worth the read to forge on. Once you're done with the series, you might decide to re-read the whole thing to get more details. SK catches you up at the beginning of each installment so some of the finer points can be missed and not have too much impact on the overall storyline.
  8. The Nameless

    The Nameless M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless

    How's it going Lindsey? The thing to remember about the gunslinger is that in the grand scheme of things, the gunslinger is just what the opening few chapters would be in a normal sized novel. You'd expect a normal book to have the intro/setting established in about 30 - 40 pages of so, with the dark towers (going by my paperbacks) being over a collective 4000 pages (not including wind through the keyhole), gunslinger's 240 pages is about right as a set up.


    The dark tower series is a lot more modern than the Lord of the rings, and king isn't afraid to address normal life as well as wizards, witches, demons, vampires, robots etc. I've never read Lord of the rings and doubt I ever will - as a general rule of thumb, I'm not a big fan of fantasy/other world stuff, but it is king, and he gave it western twist.

    Like Taylor, I didn't like all of it (2 thirds of wastelands comes to mind), but as a whole - brilliant.

    SHEEMIEE Well-Known Member

    Wait until long tall and ugly starts shoving his bullets in his ears !!!
  10. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    :grinning: Wait till you meet OY! :love_heart:

    Wait till you speak Calla at random times - and get strange looks from others.
  11. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

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    SHEEMIEE Well-Known Member

    mayhaps becomes norm!
  13. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Norm? Who's Norm and why is he here? ;;D
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    SHEEMIEE Well-Known Member

  15. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Tuna fish becomes magical.
    Lobster becomes questionable.
    Hold the Mayo on everything.
  16. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator


    SHEEMIEE Well-Known Member

    shopping lists become fanciful

    four boxes of ammo and a ginormous bottle of Keflex.
  18. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    I can't eat Mayo now because of what Roland said.
  19. The Nameless

    The Nameless M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless

    Oy = legend.

    I do think of Roland whenever I have a tooter fish popkin, or see a packet of astin in the shops.
    That was one of the funniest things in the whole series. I could totally picture his serious deadpan face as he said it. As for eating it, I've never ate it after trying it for the 1st time, God damn stuff is rancid.
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  20. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    You become fascinated by raccoons.
    You crave burritos.
    You look at wind-up toys with suspicion.
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