The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger (Book 1)

I recently just finished the first book in Stephen King’s the Dark Tower series, The Gunslinger, and I absolutely loved it. I picked up this book a couple of months ago because it was always something I’ve heard about and I knew that a movie was coming out this summer so I thought I’d check it out. However, time was not on my side and I did not have the spare time or motivation to start a new book series. After reading this I wish I had read it right away, I have already begun reading the second novel in the series, The Drawing of Three, and it continues the weird story King began with this novel.

For those who don’t know, this first novel in the series was published, from a collection of five short stories King had sent into a magazine, in 1982. So I’m a couple decades behind on the franchise, however, this tale feels fresh and bold. It is in your face with its attitude and setting right from the start and it does not hold your hand through any of it. The narrative expects that you are smart enough to eventually pick up on what is going on, and provides enough backstory on the title character, Roland the Last Gunslinger, to keep you invested and intrigued with the world and the character while not bogging it down with too much backstory.

Obviously, I am not the first or the last to praise the writing of Stephen King, the man is a living legend, I was just so interested in this book that I had to write something about it. I’m honestly not even sure why I liked it so much, as of now I can’t tell if I even like Roland, I am still fairly confused with what the hell is going on in his world and what the Dark Tower is or almost anything the man in black said towards the end. Yet, because of how unique the setting and characters are, how amazing the prose of King is, and the mystery surrounding the Dark Tower, I am in this for the long-haul. The first thing I did after I closed the back cover over on the final page of this novel was immediately ordered the next one off of Amazon.

I started reading this book in order to know more about the story for the upcoming movie, but after doing some research it seems to me that the movie is actually a sequel to the seventh book in the Dark Tower series, so I guess I have six more books to go before I can see this movie. Which is honestly fine with me because so far they seem to be worth it.

Have any of you guys read any of these novels, and what did you think of them? Can anyone confirm this detail about the Dark Tower movie? Thank you for reading this and have a nice day.

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