The Dark Tower I

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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).



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The Dark Tower I - Stephen King Reviews

  • Beginning of an Epic

    By Auggie's Man
    5
    This series was one of my best ever all-time reads. Tempted to go through it all again. Begain as a reference from a friend for a plane trip, and ended years later with the final installment. An incredible imagination, and gifted writer, and characters (and a dog) that are amazing. OK, that’s it, I’m re-reading. Nervous about the movie, because the book was so brilliantly etched into my imagination not sure if a movie can match it.
  • Fraud Anyone?

    By Sanibelsis
    1
    This book was originally published in 1982. King took the "Song of Roland" and turned it into an abysmal claptrap that is difficult to read, a poor representation of the original, and an outright fraud. KIng’s writing shows a critical lack of talent and skill and to even resurrect this book should be an embarassment for both King and the publishers. iBooks shows a publication date of 2016, that may well be the date it was processed for electronic delivery but the actual publication was 1982.
  • Awesomeness

    By MistaKool
    5
    This Book Is Awesome !! I've read the whole series of the Dark Tower & they get better & better !! This Book Is A Must Read !!
  • How about a sample?

    By buffcode
    1
    Wanted to read a sample of the book before buying it but the sample of the actual story is only 3 pages! Cut out the forward!
  • sheer pleasure

    By Am book reader
    5
    Every sentence prose, every paragraph poetry. Perhaps the best book I ever read.
  • A dark and mysterious beginning to this series

    By Plb3
    4
    Roland is a gunslinger in this strange land. However, because the book begins in medias res, it is not clear what this means on this world; in fact, by the end of the book, his role and purpose are only partially explicated. King's writing is superb. The tone is eerie and dark. The plot comes in fits and starts, and often seems inexplicable, though the reader can garner important clues as the book evolves. A fine, fine book.
  • I'd love to read this book...

    By Horrible "Sample"
    1
    However I'd like more than a 2 page preview before deciding to spend $10. Very disappointing and yet another reason I miss real paper and book stores
  • Confusingly interesting...

    By Bigs_03_
    3
    This book was confusing but interesting. I want to see it through to the end of the gunslinger's long journey, but I had some trouble keeping up with what was going on and why in this book. I've read that the second book is much better so I will read it. This book took some effort to continue till the end.
  • Great book!!

    By Like2shop19
    4
    Couldn't put it down! Such a page turner! Can't wait to start the next in the series! A must read!
  • The sample sucked

    By Brennan Davis
    1
    I don't have $10:00 to pay for a book so I got the sample but all it gave me was a introduction and two pages of chapter one ugh why I want more then two pages

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