The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (Paperback)

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I'm admittedly not an avid reader of Stephen King. Prior to finishing this book, the only thing I'd read was one short story of his (Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, anyone?). After reading The Gunslinger, however, I'm perhaps a little more sold on reading more of Mr. King's work, especially the rest of The Dark Tower series. I do have to put a bit of a disclaimer on this review: the first two-thirds of this book dragged on a bit for me at times, but once I got to the last third, however, I could not put this book down--and in hindsight, appreciated the world building and backstory that was set up in the prior part of the book. In the case of The Gunslinger, the end absolutely justifies the means.

Heather H.


Now a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba

“An impressive work of mythic magnitude that may turn out to be Stephen King’s greatest literary achievement” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), The Gunslinger is the first volume in the epic Dark Tower Series.

A #1 national bestseller, The Gunslinger introduces readers to one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations, Roland of Gilead: The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which mirrors our own in frightening ways, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.

Inspired in part by the Robert Browning narrative poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” The Gunslinger is “a compelling whirlpool of a story that draws one irretrievable to its center” (Milwaukee Sentinel). It is “brilliant and fresh…and will leave you panting for more” (Booklist).

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Institute, Elevation, The OutsiderSleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King) and the Bill Hodges trilogy, End of WatchFinders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and an AT&T Audience Network original television series). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Praise For…

"An impressive work of mythic magnitude. May turn out to be Stephen King’s greatest literary achievement."

"A compelling whirlpool of a story that draws one irretrievably to its center."

"Brilliant, fresh and compelling…will leave you panting for more."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781501143519
ISBN-10: 1501143514
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: The Dark Tower
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