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Number of times read

Discussion in 'The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger' started by Ivy13, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. Ivy13

    Ivy13 Well-Known Member

    I'm just curious if there are others out there who have read this book multiple times? I've lost count of how many times I've read it. And every time I fly anywhere I read it again (or The Drawing of the Three because well ... airplane lol).

    I'd say I've read it at least a dozen times over the years ... and it never gets old
     
  2. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...I don't think I've read it to tatters like you have, but I'd reckon maybe 6 or 7 times....
     
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  3. kingricefan

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

    I think I'm probably up to around 9 or 10 now.....
     
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  4. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...counting your toes again luv?...
     
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  5. Ivy13

    Ivy13 Well-Known Member

    And I still have the first copy I ever owned ... poor beat up thing that it is. I refuse to let it go :) Good to know I'm not the only one
     
  6. kingricefan

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

    Good thing I watched Sesame Street, eh? ;;D
     
  7. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Only once - I should attempt it again - I heard it gets better after you have read a few of the others and then gone back to it.
     
  8. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    I've read it several times. Each time I discover something different. IMOP I believe it is this work, and The Stand, which will make him a classic.
     
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  9. Ivy13

    Ivy13 Well-Known Member

    Oh I highly recommend revisiting it. Did you read the original or the revised?
     
  10. Ivy13

    Ivy13 Well-Known Member

    I agree but would like to add all connected works in the Dark Tower universe for my opinion ... which does include The Stand :)
     
  11. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Pretty sure it was the original one (I will go have a look!)


    Okay - I have two copies - a small one that says 'first Signet printing July 1989' [copyright 1982] and the second one is larger with color illustrations by Michael Whelan first Plume Printing, September 1988 (it is a first edition, for whatever that is worth).

    I will have to keep an eye out for the original 1982 one at the Value Village - who knows? - maybe I will get lucky!
    :untroubled:
     
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2015
  12. Ivy13

    Ivy13 Well-Known Member

    You have two of the same versions as mine :) Both of those are what I mean by the original versions. The revised edition came out in the early 2000s and has slight differences in it. Although in my personal opinion I wouldn't read that version until I'd read all of the other DT books
     
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  13. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Probably 7 or 8 times, and I finally liked it this last time :) I have a copy of each (original and revised), and there's something to be said for each. The original is definitely rougher, and has far more adverbs than the revised (lol), but I found the revision of the fight in Tully in the revised to be a cockadoodie cheat, right up there with Lucas' revision of the Han/Greedo kerfuffle. It was a fundamental change to Roland's character in that story, and it will never sit right with me. For that reason, I'll wade through a sea of adverbs to maintain that kernel of character truth.
     
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  14. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    November means it's time for the journey once again. The Gunslinger- original- is near and dear to my heart. Lost count of # of reads.
     
  15. Ivy13

    Ivy13 Well-Known Member

    Sounds a lot like how I felt the first time I read the revised version. But the more I keep thinking about the growth of the character in other changes I'm okay with it. I tell ya though, before I sat down calmly and pondered over it for a long long time, book 7 made me so mad I nearly threw it out the window. But that's one of the reasons I like his writing so much ... because it does draw me in so deeply that I actually do get mad at the characters and the things they do :)

    And in my opinion ... Han shot first and he's always shot first ever since the first time I saw that movie as a kid :) I choose to ignore that particular revision lol.
     
  16. Ivy13

    Ivy13 Well-Known Member

    I just love knowing there are so many others out there that feel like that about it :)
     
  17. fljoe0

    fljoe0 Cantre Member

    I think I've read the original twice and the revised version twice. I'm counting the audio book as one of the two times for the original. I have the original audio version on cassette tape and a while back I copied it to digital to preserve it. The original was read by Frank Muller and it's not in print anymore.
     
  18. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    :applause:
     
  19. Ivy13

    Ivy13 Well-Known Member

    I think I might have listened to that one. I was driving a LOT back in those days and got the first several to listen to but at either book 3 or 4 the voice changed and it just wasn't quite as good.
     
  20. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    I've read DT twice all the way through.
     

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