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For those of you that haven't read the DT, or quit on The Gunslinger...

Discussion in 'General Discussion & Questions' started by mrblonde, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. Angelo Bottigliero

    Angelo Bottigliero Well-Known Member

    Yes, those are the movies I meant.
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  2. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Totally agree. I will never really like The Gunslinger--it's a lot like trudging through mud for me--but I really like the rest of the series, particularly books 2-4 :)
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  3. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    I started with The Drawing so I had no problem getting into DT. I did, finally, read The Gunslinger. I was not fond of it, I must admit...nor the new one.
  4. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    I enjoyed DT 1 because the language and the images are so poetic. Not that you need be a poet to read it, or understand it, but it helps. Happily it is a shorter work but beautiful in its brevity
    and complexity.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....I keep looking for those special throwing plates at Bed, Bath & Beyond...but so far, zilch...
  6. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    My kids have tried making these... really. (I wonder if I'll survive these boys?)

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

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  8. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    That's so darn sad!
  9. OKKingFan

    OKKingFan Well-Known Member

    I read the original Gunslinger, then the rest of the Dark Tower series, then the revised Gunslinger after that. I didn't like the writing style of the original, and I think the fact King published a revised edition tells you he thought it needed to be changed as well. The revised edition was much easier to read. I still think's it the least of the Dark Tower books, but in a strange way, I liked reading the revised edition as a sort of coda to the series. It's also refreshing to read the revised after trudging through the original. Plus if you were unaware of this, he had a lot of things in the original which did not correlate properly to the rest of the series. The revised edition attempts to put everything in alignment.
  10. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    It was actually a birthday book token and impulse that made me pick up WTTK and start me on my first DT journey.
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  11. Lisey Landon

    Lisey Landon Well-Known Member

    When was the revised one published?
    Should I read it?
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  12. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    June 2003.
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  13. Lisey Landon

    Lisey Landon Well-Known Member

    Thank you - I will look for it. :)
  14. mrblonde

    mrblonde Well-Known Member

    is the audio version the revised edition? It didn't say on audible.
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  15. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    There is a note attached to the page in the library list which reads:

    "This is the edited edition of The Gunslinger. The original, read by Frank Muller, is no longer in print."
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  16. DexterTan

    DexterTan Active Member

    Which book was the scene where Roland took on Cort to win his apprentice guns? I reckon it was the first one. Because THAT got me hooked big time.
  17. The Nameless

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

    I can't quite remember but that seems most likely to be wastelands or wizard and glass (3 or 4) because book 1 is mostly about his pursuit of the man in black and an intro to the world's, and book 2 was about getting Eddie and suze and Jake again, book 3 and 4 is where we start getting rolands back stories.

    Welcome to the boards anyway.
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  18. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    WIZARD & GLASS (the 4th book) has the fullest telling of that story. It's my personal favorite of the series.
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  19. Bev Vincent

    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

    There are a couple of books out there (*cough* *cough*) that could help you get back up to speed on the series if you've been laboring through it for a while and want a refresher...
  20. nhfloral

    nhfloral Member

    I now belong to the ranks of those who have read the “Dark Tower” series. For any readers of S. King, please make the journey and pick up The Gunslinger!

    Starting with the revised “Gunslinger” (back in July), I devoured the seven books, in order. Kindle Fire helped me immerse myself – amazingly! I never thought I could give up the feel of holding a physical book. (I still miss actually owning the hard copies of the books, one of my SK hard covers is even autographed…. but ownership may come with time…oh dear, I just realized how much I am like Calvin Tower)

    Backslide to the history of my reading appetite: I have always loved reading Stephen King – what I called his “normal” or “regular” books – that included everything except the Dark Tower books. Now I am amazed at how blind I was to have dismissed this series – like a person who doesn’t like lobster, because they have never tried it! (that’s me, too)

    On to Wind Through the Keyhole!

    And may I add – With love, from Maine! Home to many images and vignettes from so many books – Kennebec Fruit Store, the Empire Theater, WBLM, Rt. 1, the Paul Bunyan statue, Dysart’s…..


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