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

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Dana Jean

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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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doowopgirl

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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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First, welcome to the board. Second, as regards the DT series, it's like I'm looking in a mirror.
 
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mrblonde

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Hi all, I'm sad to report I have hit a bump in the road.

I got through the "Gunslinger," BLASTED through "Drawing" and "Wastelands" and now... I can't get out of the first 100 pages of "Wiz & Glass." I've stopped and restarted 3 times.
I really want to finish this book & this series, but I HATE when I feel like reading is a chore.
Does W&G get better?
 
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The Nameless

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Hi all, I'm sad to report I have hit a bump in the road.

I got through the "Gunslinger," BLASTED through "Drawing" and "Wastelands" and now... I can't get out of the first 100 pages of "Wiz & Glass." I've stopped and restarted 3 times.
I really want to finish this book & this series, but I HATE when I feel like reading is a chore.
Does W&G get better?
Yes. I'm not sure what kind of book you have, but in my 845 page paperback of w&g, the whole meat of the book starts at page 143 - "susan" - a back story about Roland and his friends on a quest.

I was reluctant at first but after I'd finished, I realized I was an idiot. It may seem off putting, such a long back story (when I say the meat of the book, I am talking about 600 of those 845 pages), but it reveals so much of who he is, and why he is like he is.
 
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not_nadine

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The whole DT series is tough. Some you love, some you don't

I cant imagine those that had to wait all those years between books.
 
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Ves-Ka Gan

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I guess I am strange... I think The Gunslinger is wonderful and it's one of my favorite DT books. Yes, the writing is different, but the starkness of it is such a wonderful setup for what is to come. The Gunslinger is the anchor to which the rest of the books are tied.
Oh my God me too! Thought I'd hate it as so many others had and it almost put me off. But one chapter in and that was it. Completely hooked. I saw him as Clint Eastwood and I love a western. I also liked Roland straight away despite his faults. I could certainly empathise with his character. Don't give up on the Gunslinger!
 
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