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#41
The books are just capturing. I literally thought about those books before I went to sleep, as I worked, and while I ate. I worried that I might die and not know the end if I did not hurry. I started reading IT but maybe I will revisit the Tower after that; I miss the gang.
Imagine then the shock and worry of us Constant Readers when (between books 4 and 5) our favorite author was hit by a van! I hate to say it but right on the heels of my thought, "Oh I'm glad he wasn't killed" was the thought "Oh no what about the Tower?!?"

Also Sai King being able to finish the Tower series gives me hope (not a lot, but a little) for George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones (not holding my breath).
 

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#43
Imagine then the shock and worry of us Constant Readers when (between books 4 and 5) our favorite author was hit by a van! I hate to say it but right on the heels of my thought, "Oh I'm glad he wasn't killed" was the thought "Oh no what about the Tower?!?"

Also Sai King being able to finish the Tower series gives me hope (not a lot, but a little) for George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones (not holding my breath).
I could not imagine that! I would have been pissed at the end of book three had I been a constant reader then. The suspense would have killed me. I wonder how SK must have felt though? Was it one of his first thoughts once he got healthy? If I were in his shoes, I can say that it would have been one of my first thoughts. Writing a story like The Dark Tower would perhaps be more capturing than even reading it.

Have not read Game of Thrones yet, but a lot of friends rant about it.
 

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#44
King lived with Roland a long time....I think it wouldn't have been too long after accident that his mind went to the series. I'm sort of glad I didn't have that worry. I read the last 6 books in the last year so I didn't have to wait for any of them.
 

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#45
Let me start by saying the Dark Tower Series is one of the greatest things I've ever read as a whole.

But add me to the group that had a very hard time with The Gunslinger. The first time through I was bored to tears through most of it. I could only read a couple pages at a time because my mind was wandering so much. Although after i finished the rest of the series I went back and read it again and found it more interesting. However I still think in comparison with all the other volumes in the series it is very dry and slow. The Drawing of the Three is the one that sucked me in, made me buckle my seat belt and go full throttle into the series.

I have read it twice and still can't remember a whole lot about it. It seemed like not a bunch happened over the course of the story. The only part that I found really interesting was Roland's test and the battle that ensued. Other than that, it all kinda melts together for me. Sorry guys, I felt I had to admit it and come clean.
 

FlakeNoir

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#46
Let me start by saying the Dark Tower Series is one of the greatest things I've ever read as a whole.

But add me to the group that had a very hard time with The Gunslinger. The first time through I was bored to tears through most of it. I could only read a couple pages at a time because my mind was wandering so much. Although after i finished the rest of the series I went back and read it again and found it more interesting. However I still think in comparison with all the other volumes in the series it is very dry and slow. The Drawing of the Three is the one that sucked me in, made me buckle my seat belt and go full throttle into the series.

I have read it twice and still can't remember a whole lot about it. It seemed like not a bunch happened over the course of the story. The only part that I found really interesting was Roland's test and the battle that ensued. Other than that, it all kinda melts together for me. Sorry guys, I felt I had to admit it and come clean.
For me, I think the first time through was more about not having a big personal connection with Roland--I enjoyed the story well enough, but he hadn't found a space in my heart just then. It wasn't until he opened himself up to me more--in later chapters (with Eddie, Jake and Susannah) that he found that special place with me. Once he had, the Gunslinger (chapter one) was a far better read.
 
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taylor29

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#47
For me, I think the first time through was more about not having a big personal connection with Roland--I enjoyed the story well enough, but he hadn't found a space in my heart just then. It wasn't until he opened himself up to me more--in later chapters (with Eddie, Jake and Susannah) that he found that special place with me. Once he had, the Gunslinger (chapter one) was a far better read.
I agree. There interesting enough elements but it takes time to hook you into the series.

It's interesting that so many of us liked The Gunslinger well enough but didn't feel invested until later in the series. What do you suppose prompted us to continue up with the story. It's a big leap to read the second volume if a story you only like.

For me it started with the first one in the mountain with Jake. What would prompt an adult to make the decision Roland did?

Just curious about everyone's thoughts.
 

FlakeNoir

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#48
I agree. There interesting enough elements but it takes time to hook you into the series.

It's interesting that so many of us liked The Gunslinger well enough but didn't feel invested until later in the series. What do you suppose prompted us to continue up with the story. It's a big leap to read the second volume if a story you only like.

For me it started with the first one in the mountain with Jake. What would prompt an adult to make the decision Roland did?

Just curious about everyone's thoughts.
It was definitely the Jake element for me in the beginning too... and curiosity I think also. Roland intrigued me--but not in the "I like that guy" kind of way--I wanted to read more to understand him and wanted to find out if he would be worth me investing more of myself in him.
That sounds pretty selfish :Oo: but I think we are a bit when it comes to reading.
 
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#49
It was definitely the Jake element for me in the beginning too... and curiosity I think also. Roland intrigued me--but not in the "I like that guy" kind of way--I wanted to read more to understand him and wanted to find out if he would be worth me investing more of myself in him.
That sounds pretty selfish :Oo: but I think we are a bit when it comes to reading.

I need to read the rest of the series! :a24: :a11:
 
#50
I was less curious about Roland and Jake in the first book, but VERY curious about the world (time? place? setting?) of the Gunslinger. Where/When the heck ARE they where Hey Jude plays on the old-timey saloon piano? I just had to keep reading. Eddie trying to clear customs is what really drew me in. (Did you see what I did there?)
 
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#51
I was bored to tears the first bit of the gunslinger. Then for me, the whole story litteraly took off at page 101 and then I was sucked in for the whole series. I will admit though, after I finished the series, The Gunslinger was the first book I picked up and re-read
 
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#52
I'm the heretic. I didn't much like THE GUNSLINGER. It was (and is) a tough slog for me from beginning to end, but I have read it a few times. Honestly, pretty much everything you need to know that happened in that book is scene-dropped in the other books. I'm also a nutball about reading ALL of a series, so there you are--lol.
Join the crowd. I couldn't stand it.
 
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