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Should I try to read it again?

Discussion in 'General Discussion & Questions' started by Lundahl, Nov 20, 2016.

  1. Lundahl

    Lundahl Member

    Hey guys, I'm new to the forum but a HUGE Stephen King fan. Have loved all of his novels to date.. except for the Dark Tower. There were some novels that drug along in certain parts, but the Dark Tower I was the first King book I've read that actually hurt to finish because I didn't like it. Every SK fan I've talked to loves the series, but Idk why I couldn't get into it.

    Is it worth trying again? Should I jump into the second novel, or try to reread the first?
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  2. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Reformed Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Welcome Lundahl!
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...yep, welcome...and I presume you're referring to The Gunslinger, which has oft been discussed here....I personally loved it-however, many others have found it a chore to complete-and advice has often been to go to Book 2 and leave it till later.....Gunslinger and the whole DT series is a marked departure from what King fans thought they "knew" about Steve's style and you sorta have to get used to the "taste".....but by all means, finish the Opus......you will cheat yourself out of a master work if you don't....
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  4. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    As GNTLGNT said above, many do find the first DT book a difficult read. I would suggest you go onto the second book. Many who do complete the journey soon realize how life changing it can be. You may even find yourself going back to the first book and questioning why you did not enjoy it. Happy journey!
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  5. muskrat

    muskrat Dis-Member

    I say thee NAY! Read that first book first (it ain't that long, man) and you'll find it enriches what comes after. Besides, it's that first book that sets up Roland and Jake's relationship, without it you'll be lost come book three.

    I ain't gonna be moved on this...
  6. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    muskrat - I must agree, the first book came first and it is the set-up. The threads to the relationship of Jake and Roland. The threads to a journey that just begins. I prefer the original to the revised. I read as published and that is true to me. If someone can't get past that first book-- it is so totally different from other King books, but so much of what is within him-- I will suggest they skip it and move on-- to miss the journey is a miss in life's experience. I also always suggest they go back and sees what they missed.
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  7. muskrat

    muskrat Dis-Member

    They skip that first book they have no right to read the rest.

    No cheating!
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...we have a quorum, I too feel that you rob yourself of that sand in yer chaps experience and parched Waystation rest stop jawbonin' delight.......
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  9. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    I read The Gunslinger first. I felt I had to. And re-read it after, with different eyes.
    Sure, they were still blue, but I think they became a little bombardier-like while reading the second time.
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  10. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Reformed Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    I really liked the first book.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

  12. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Welcome. Roland is definitely worth a second, even a third, try. Perhaps some background knowledge on how the series began might help put things in perspective. You would do well to read the Forewards and Afterwards of each book. There is also a Concordance to The Dark Tower which might be helpful. And definitely begin with Book One.
    I agree that some books are difficult. I tried reading Faulkner's Intruder in the Dust in high school, but gave it up after a few pages. Much later, after l became acquainted with his background and having read his short stories, I tried Intruder again and was fascinated with it.
    Same thing might happen to you with Roland. So don't give up.
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  13. Neesy

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

    Long time no see prufrock21 :biggrin:
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  14. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    I've been around.
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  15. kingricefan

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

    I say give it another try- and then continue on to the second book in the series. The second one is usually the one that grips the readers and makes them want more.
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  16. Bardo

    Bardo Well-Known Member

    Heck yeah!
    Ya gotta get through the first but it's the Series that ties all Kings world together!

    Was my first King book/series,
    Suggested by my sister in law,

    "Water fer ya crops, my friend"
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  17. Tooly

    Tooly Well-Known Member

    Absolutely continue on, because you'll eventually get to Wizard and Glass which, imho, is one of his best works EVER!!!!
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  18. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    I did not like the Gunslinger. Thank heavens I started on the second book and fell in love with it. I truly want to live in midworld.
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  19. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I pretty much loathed The Gunslinger until just last year. I'd read it at least 4 times...and it finally clicked.

    Having said that, if the total change in tone put you off, by all means skip it and go on to The Drawing of the Three. Everything you need to know about the first book is covered in either that or The Wasteland (sorry, muskrat , but it's true), and both of this e are FAR more readable.

    There is a chance, though, that none of them will click with you. If you're not an epic fantasy guy, you could be bored or outright dislike them, and that's okay.

    Lots of different flavored cookies in Mr. King's jar. This particular recipe might not be for you. But can't hurt to give it a chance to grow on you :)
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  20. Tooly

    Tooly Well-Known Member

    I've met some who love DT but not his 'usual' output, and vise versa. Me, I love everything.
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