Review: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger

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Title: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger
Author: Stephen King
Published: 1982
Page Count: 327
Rating: 2/5

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In a world where time is different and also much like our own, Roland, the last gunslinger, travels across the desert to hunt down The Man in Black. As he travels he meets several people and tells them his story of how he became a gunslinger and his journey to find The Man in Black and ultimately his quest for the Dark Tower.

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I had no plans to read this book. I read Carrie in 2016 and really loved it. I also read It last year and enjoyed that one as well. My husband read The Gunslinger last year and, of course, when I asked him to pick my TBR for April, he included this one, the only book on my shelves that he has read. And it wasn’t for me. The story line is very interesting but it’s not the kind story that I usually read and enjoy. Going into it, I really didn’t know what to expect. It looked and sounded like a western and while it does have some western elements to it, it reads almost like a fantasy with dystopian or apocalyptic elements.

At times, while I was reading, I found myself a little confused. So at the beginning, the Gunslinger, meets a man named Brown and starts to tell him his story of when he went to a town called Tull, where The Man in Black had been. This story is quite long and by the time we come back to Brown, I had totally forgot about him. I had forgot that this was a story within a story. From my understanding, The Man in Black appeared in this town of Tull as a priest and raised a man from the dead. But he’s not really a priest. He’s some type of dark sorcerer. All of this was confusing to me.

Then we meet a boy named Jake who brings some food and water to the Gunslinger when he is about to die. And Roland (the Gunslinger) brings Jake along on his journey to find The Man in Black.

I didn’t enjoy the story even though the concept is an interesting one. I probably will not continue with this series even though it is loved by many and I definitely have the unpopular opinion on this one. This is one that I would recommend for you to read and decide for yourself.

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