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Discussion in 'The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger' started by notebookgirl, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    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).
  2. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Two more books! Only two more books! Martin can make it (I hope). I have to know if I'm right about the ultimate end and who will be king! :)
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  3. WesleyGman

    WesleyGman Well-Known Member

    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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  4. taylor29

    taylor29 Well-Known Member

    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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  5. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    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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  7. taylor29

    taylor29 Well-Known Member

    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.
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  8. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    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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  9. Neesy

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

    I need to read the rest of the series! :a24: :a11:
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  10. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    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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  11. Andrew_James

    Andrew_James Member

    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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  12. Lily Sawyer

    Lily Sawyer B-dazzled

    Join the crowd. I couldn't stand it.
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