The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1)
by Stephen King
Paperback, 231 pages
published June 10th 1982
In The Gunslinger (originally published in 1982), King introduces his most enigmatic hero, Roland Deschain of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting, solitary figure at first, on a mysterious quest through a desolate world that eerily mirrors our own. Pursuing the man in black, an evil being who can bring the dead back to life, Roland is a good man who seems to leave nothing but death in his wake.
This isn't the first time I have tried to read this book. It is the first time that I have gotten through the book. I have an old copy that my uncle gave me back in 2012. I think I tried to get though it twice before now.
So I guess that is a first thought. It wasn't my first rodeo but I have to say that it didn't impress me. I am a fan of King's other works however, it is said that either you love this series or you hate it. I feel like I am in the middle. I didn't love it but also I didn't hate it. I did wanna know what would happen, buttttt I am not compelled to continue the series right away like other books this year.
This book is really a journey tale following the Gunslinger, Roland across a desert chasing The Man in Black. While you slowly learned why you didn't like the Man in Black, you don't feel an urgency, or at least I didn't feel like it was incredibly urgent that he found him.
There are some details that were just kinda left hanging. Like large things. Parallel worlds? But they kinda were just left hanging, maybe you would see them in the next books. But since it was vital to one of the characters, I feel like more time should have been spent there.
Overall I just wasn't as impressed with this book as some as his other works.
Note: This book as an Adult Fiction book has some quite sexual and violent tones. If that is not your thing I would step back from it right now.
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Today I got a notification that the Choice Awards for 2016 had been detirmined. The Goodread Choice Awards are decided by the Goodread users who cast votes. You have to have written a book the people love in order to be voted for. I think that's a pretty cool award. There are twenty catagories from poetry and nonfiction, to mystery or childrens fiction. This year 3,564,070 votes were cast, lots of book love!
So who won?
Fiction- Liane Moriarty- Truly Madly Guilty
30, 154 Votes
Mystery & Thriller- Stephen King- End of Watch
42, 382 Votes
Historical Fiction- Colson Whitehead- The Underground Railroad
24, 175 Votes
Fantasy- J.K Rowling- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (YES JO)
128, 543 Votes
Romance- Colleen Hoover- It Ends With Us
59, 546 Votes
Science Fiction - Pierce Brown- Morning Star
Horror- Joe Hill- The Fireman
Humor- Amy Schumer- The Girl With the Lower Back Tatoo
Nonfiction- Lin Manuel Miranda, Jeremy Carter- Hamiliton: The Revolution
52, 925 Votes
Memoir & Autobiography- Paul Kalanithi- When Breath Becomes Air
History & Biography- William Shatner, David Fisher- Lenord, My Fifty Year Friendship With a Remarkable Man
Science & Technology- Frans De Waal- Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
12, 370 Votes
Food and Cookbooks- Chrissy Teigen-Cravings
23, 867 Votes
Graphic Novels & Comics- Sarah Anderson-Adulthood Is A Myth
32, 937 Votes
Poetry- Amanda Lovelace- The Princess Saves Herself in This One
22, 560 Votes
Debut Goodreads Author- Alwyn Hamilton- Rebel of the Sands
Young Adult Fiction- Ruta Sepetys- Salt to the Sea
Young Adult Fantasy- Sarah J. Maas- A Court of Mist and Fury
57, 776 Votes
Middle Grade & Children's- Rick Riordan-The Hidden Oracale
46, 348 Votes
Picture Books- Mo Willems- The Thank You Book
16, 433 Votes
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