By: Stephen King
Synopsis: On my edition, there is no synopsis. There is a fantastic introduction by Stephen King, and a foreword. Both of these features really add to the novel, and I recommend reading them! As for a homemade synopsis, The Gunslinger introduces us to Roland Deschain and his pursuit for the Dark Tower. So we join Roland as he introduces us to a world that has moved on, and things routinely go from straightforward to downright weird in a matter of seconds.
Format: The Gunslinger is the first book in The Dark Tower series. I have a revised and expanded edition, whereas before my edition was released there was a previous edition. My copy is 300 pages long, and was published in 2003 by Signet.
My Thoughts: If you have never read any Stephen King novels, and are looking for something great to start with, I am hard pressed to recommend this book more. I have read other works of Stephen King, and this is still my favourite series. Stephen King is known for horror, and this definitely has dark and gruesome elements, but it is more of an adventure than a horror.
Don’t get me wrong, reading this can leave you feeling slightly disgusted or scared at what the characters are doing or what the characters are facing. There are some situations in this book (and they get a bit darker as the series progresses) that assault the senses. Especially if you are sensitive to these things. However, everyone feels so real in this book. You can understand why Roland acts the way he does, and all of the situations in this book fit the characters and fit the world. The characters mention that the world has moved on, basically their world is ending, and we get to watch the last remaining pieces fight over what is left. It is truly a fascinating look into an apocalyptic situation.
The great thing about this novel is the way the author can anticipate what you think will happen, and do something different. The twists and turns that happen throughout the story keep you reading until you are done the book, whether you wanted to after the first chapter or not! Highly, highly recommend this book and series!!
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