The Gunslinger: (The Dark Tower #1)(Revised Edition)

by Stephen King, Stephen King

Penguin Group US | July 1, 2003 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Gunslinger: (The Dark Tower #1)(Revised Edition) is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 25.
In 1978 Stephen King introduced the world to the last Gunslinger, Roland of Gilead. Nothing has been the same since. Over twenty years later the quest for the Dark Tower continues to take readers on a wildly epic ride. Through parallel worlds and across time, Roland must brave desolate wastelands and endless deserts, drifting into the unimaginable and the familiar as the road to the Dark Tower extends beyond its own pages. A classic tale of colossal scope—crossing over terrain from The Stand, The Eyes of the Dragon, Insomnia, The Talisman, Black House, Hearts in Atlantis, ‘Salem’s Lot and other familiar King haunts—the adventure takes hold with the turn of each page.

And the tower awaits…

The First Volume in the Epic DARK TOWER Series…

The Gunslinger


This heroic fantasy is set in a world of ominous landscape and macabre menace that is a dark mirror of our own. A spellbinding tale of good versus evil, it features one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations—The Gunslinger, a haunting figure who embodies the qualities of the lone hero through the ages, from ancient myth to frontier western legend.

The Gunslinger’s quest involves the pursuit of The Man in Black, a liaison with the sexually ravenous Alice, and a friendship with the kid from Earth called Jake. Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, here is stunning proof of Stephen King’s storytelling sorcery.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: July 1, 2003

Publisher: Penguin Group US

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1101146451

ISBN - 13: 9781101146453

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling I re-purchased this book, because my old copy went missing. It is one of the best fantasy series I have ever read, and if you like Stephen King's work at all and haven't read this, then you have a major problem on your hands. This series is what he was made to write. It's the most beautiful and complex work of all his books, and even interweaves many of his other great horror stories into this series. You won't regret this book.
Date published: 2014-04-22
Rated out of 5 by from Pretty good book I thought, if you like horror, with a little bit of fantasy and mystery, this is your kind of book (or series). I have to say Stephen King has put some really neat concepts in this and you will have to read it to find out. Not bad for a 19 year old ;).
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated out of 5 by from I loved this book! I'll admit, I didn't always (rarely) knew where the story was headed, but I was remarkably impressed. The landscape is beautiful, the character intriguing, and the story is very fast-paced. I am well on my way through the second in the series and I couldn't be happier with that one either. Definitely worth getting into!
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh, it was just "ok" - I hope the series gets better! This series has been on my TBR list since I was a teenager! I own multiple copies of the books in the series: Bound copies on my shelves, Kindle copies, and also audiobooks. Yet, I have never read them! I have finally taken the plunge into the series, and it was not at all what I expected! I was hoping for the "creep factor" that I have experienced in other King novels, but it was missing here. In the first installment of The Dark Tower series, we are introduced to Roland Deschain, a Gunslinger whose sole purpose is to meet up with The Man In Black. In his journey along the way, he meets up with a boy named Jake and takes him under his wing. Parts of the book really dragged for me and, even though I finished book, I still feel a bit lost! I will continue on with the series and hope that I get hooked with the next one. This is definitely my least favourite King book, and I much prefer his horror books to this fantasy series so far. However, I am trying to be optimistic that the series will pick up given its popularity. I like the whole good versus evil vibe, and I am hoping that I won't be disappointed! This is my first narration by George Guidall, and his voice was a nice choice for the book. However, his reading does tend to speed up during the more exciting scenes, and I actually had to put my iPod on ½ speed to follow along at a regular pace. MY RATING: 2 stars!! Meh, it was just "ok".
Date published: 2014-10-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the Greatest from King I was fairly underwhelmed by this entry to the dark tower series. It is an okay introduction, but pales in comparison to it's sequels. If you read this and do not enjoy it I would recommend you go on to read The Drawing of the Three, as it is far superior. The plot was pretty flat in this one, not a lot going on...on the upside the atmosphere was great.
Date published: 2013-12-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring! I know that Stephen King can write a better story than what he created in this book! I had to force myself to finish this book because I made the mistake of purchasing it! For me, it was a slow paced boring story that could not grab my attention!
Date published: 2013-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An eerie and surreal landscape, featuring King's most enigmatic protagonist if ya kennit It's a post-apocalytptic sphaghetti western set across several worlds, dreamt up by the most popular writer of horror in the last few decades. In other words, this is far from Stephen King's usual macabre fair, even though there are traces in his tone and savoury details. The plot resembles more of a fantasy quest with a 'Good Bad and the Ugly' aesthetic and that's exactly what makes this first installment SO DAMNED COOL! (The series tends to dip in quality after book four, but there's still plenty of good stuff to be seen thoughout the entire seven book run) The first book is about ninety-percent plot and zero context. We know that the gunslinger, the series' stoic and seemingly emotionless protagonist has been pursuing a wizard in black for a very long time, but we have no idea why. We learn that the man in black is supposed to provide a clue to lead our hero in his quest for the Dark Tower, but we have no idea what that is or why he's looking for it either. The world we find this action in seems more than a little askew. We encounter sexually ravenous oracles without physical forms and cave-crawling 'slow mutants' attacking dilapidated rail cars, and in a dingy dust strewn tavern, a crazy old man plays "Hey Jude" on a honky tonk piano. It's all so marvelously dark and surreal that you can't help but read on and guess at what our gunslinger is searching for and whether this man in black is what he seems to be - assuming our hero ever catches him. Read this. It's among King's best.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Lame First, I should start this review by qualifying it, my ranking system is tough, 4 for ‘would recommend it’, 5 for ‘would recommend and re-read’. Also I am not a King fan, I actually avoid him, but this series was recommended to me by two very different people so I thought I’d give it a try. Here’s the bad for me: The story is slow slow slow and I found it hard to follow and stay engaged. The writing is over stylized and it really felt like King was trying too hard to be deep and obtuse, for instance “a light that was soft yet hard”, what??? How can something be soft yet hard, if anyone can explain that to me feel free. This is only one example of where the writing tripped me up and I paused to contemplate its ridiculousness. The characters aren’t really likeable; I didn’t get invested at all The Good Stuff: Reading this book gets you to book 2, which I found much more engaging and well written, and book 3 is better than 2 There’s also a dialogue that goes on for a few pages at the end that was delightful. And finally I enjoyed the Jake storyline, probably because it’s the first believable character interaction. I’m torn, I disliked this book, and I’m not at a point where I would recommend the series, but I have enjoyed book 2 & 3, so was it worth suffering through 1 to get to those, probably.
Date published: 2013-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting A very interesting novel. Did not find it as slow as some people said it might be. Looking forward to reading part two now.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Original, interesting, and awesome If you ever wondered what lord of the rings would be like if: A) it was a old western B) Instead of a short guy with big feet the main character was Clint Eastwood Than this is the answer, and it's a damn good answer
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book I read the book in hard cover. Josehf Lloyd Murchison Author of “Tails of a Gay Incubus” sold at chapters.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I got interested in the series after reading Hearts in Atlantis, and I wasn't disappointed. May seem like a slow read to start, but once you get into it, you will find it hard to put it down. Thinking of re-reading the series again :)
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard to get into My dad got me this book for Christmas one year ago and I'm just getting around to writing the review :) this book was good but hard to get into i found my mind wandered periodically while i read this book because it was bored. i mean for the first couple of chapters absolutely nothing happens he walks through a dessert the climax is meeting the kid and basically sentencing him to death. although this read is worth it only because the rest of the series is fantabulous
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Good I am not a fan of Stephen King's writing (though I am a fan of the man), so I have purposefully stayed away from The Dark Tower series. King's books always seem to follow a simple pattern with me. The first third of the book I find myself excited, joyfully surfing the book on the wave of King's pure inventiveness (no matter how I feel about his books in the end, it is hard to deny that his crazy mind is full of interesting ideas). In the second third of the book, the wave invariably begins to lose its power, and I find myself growing annoyed. By the final third I am just angry, and the wave is spent while I'm still yards from shore. The Gunslinger didn't do this to me. I was in that pleasurable first third of King experience for the entire book (I expect, however, that I will continue to feel this way until somewhere in the third book, where the true first third of King's story finally gives way to the second third. The Dark Tower is seven books, after all). The Gunslinger and Roland himself were completely unexpected joys for me. I loved King's bleak prose (and his prose is rarely something I would praise) because it matched Roland's bleak soul and the books bleak landscape. I loved the fractured narrative that took us to multiple points in Roland's past, while dropping us smack in the middle of his quest for the Man in Black and thus The Dark Tower. I loved Roland's gray ethics, his ability to shoot a woman he'd slept with only hours before, his willingness to sacrifice a boy he loves to fulfill his obsession, his cold, calculating, hardness, and most of all his tenacity. I am not a fan of good vs. evil stories (and, sadly, I understand The Dark Tower series becomes one). I don't even believe in good and evil (certainly not in the way most people do), so to see a character whose behavior is decisive action motivated by what he perceives as necessity, and action that is (for now) presented outside the values of good and evil, is a refreshing change. I am sure "theory of thirds" decline will happen as I continue the series, and I doubt that the story will live up to the promise of this, its first chapter, but I think it will be difficult for the rest of the series to taint the beauty of this one book. And I never thought I would say that about any Stephen King story that wasn't a short one.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated out of 5 by from Not a bad start to a series..... I have been a big King fan for many years but the only books of his I have never attempted are the Dark Tower series. So I've decided to finally read all of them, seeing as they are so popular. The Gunslinger is a good start to convincing me the series is worth it. There's so much to describe and I'm sure the series will only get more complicated but I'm glad to say that it is interesting and unique. The book is probably the most different from any other King book I have read, which I think will prove to be a good thing. Roland is the last gunslinger, living in a world that is unclear to us as to whether it's the past, future, or another universe all together. He is travelling across a dying world, searching for The Man in Black, which will aid him in his quest to find "The Dark Tower" something that is as of yet never defined. I am about to start the second in the series The Drawing of Three......
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hmm...Disappointing I can't say I really enjoyed this book, but it kept my interest enough to keep reading. The book is a bit confusing with many unanswered questions (which I presume will be answered later). There is not a lot of action or things that "happen." There are also many things that I feel that are minor details in this book, but will become important later (Read the next ones now before you forget!). I can see how this book will set up some great stroytelling, but the book by itself is slow and boring. Although I didn't overly enjoy this book, I am still going to try the next ones... I have already started The Drawing of the Three and already it is MUCH better!!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Other Worlds The first time I read The Gunslinger, I was in high school. I loved it. I fell for Stephen King and developed a taste for fantasy and other forms of fantastic fiction. The Gunslinger showed me that I could (and would) enjoy novels beyond the standard realm of fiction and literature.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from YAWN i feel like MY world "moved on" while I was reading this. And I wish I had those 24 hours back.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hope it gets better as it goes... With only an hour left to go before I finish this audiobook, I am starting to question the hype surrounding this series. I hate to be negative because I am a very big Stephen King fan... but, so far, its a lot slower-paced than I expected. It seems like there was only two or three exciting parts in the entire audiobook... and even then, they weren't so great. The gunslinger blows away a bunch of people, but its over so quickly you don't really have a chance to appreciate it. However, I will continue on with the other audiobooks in the series because I hope it gets better. Given its success, I think it will. (Though I heard Wizard and Glass is boring.) In any case, its important to listen to this one (and that) so that you understand the ground work of the tale. Perhaps I'm being too harsh, but I don't think so. I feel like this one was over-rated. I mean, half the time you're listenting to nonesense babble with the occasional flashback while the Gunslinger smokes his cigarettes. I don't know what the big deal is about this series so far. I wish I had these six hours back though.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from over-rated This book is over-rated and not very good. But I loved it.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! If you're a King fan, this is something new and completely unexpected that will throw you completely off-balance... but in a very good way. Talk about an original, off-beat and weird story! I was simply unable to close the book, it was extraordinary from the first page to the very last.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesomely Great! This is the one book in along time that kept me interested from front to back, I had a hard time putting the book down. All I could think about was the book and wondering what was going to happen next. A great starting book for a series, you keep wanting more. I look forward to reading more of his books.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best ever says it all! Always a skeptic, I could not bring myself to belive how hooked I could become on this series. You can read it cover to cover and still there are simple comments and timy details that upon a second read beg you to notice them and add them to the stock of information and wonder already gleened from this novel. To sum up, it was really good.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Didn't know what would lie ahead Had no idea when starting this book that I would get completely hooked into the series I'm glad I didnt discover the series before it was complete, because I was able to immediately transition from one volume to the next. A very enjoyable read...fantasy not horror...a true escape from the everyday.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You'll Never Look Back This series is the best Steven King has produced. If you're a fan of his work, and haven't read the Dark Tower series...get ready to be enthralled. It's King's very own Lord of the Rings and I truly believe it stands up to Tolkien. Every book in this series is very different and very great in it's own way. I envy those who have yet to read this first book. Unforgettable. A great journey awaits.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book It almost seems as if the book traps you in another mind-grasping story. The first book in the series of seven has definitely kept me reading on and on. It has about three hundred pages of a person called the gunslinger or roland that basically goes through towns and people to get to his first step of getting to the dark tower. I couldn't sleep eat or do anything else than read.I will also tell you that if you like lord of the rings (which you probably do) then this book is a must buy. It isn't very frightening and scary, but adventurous and incredibly detailed this book has taken on. Not a wate of money at all.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book I've Ever Read After I finished this book I was just aching to continue on with the series (unfortunately I haven't found the next book at any of the stores i've visited) and there was suspense and I was happy with the quality of the writing. It didn't wander or just drone on and on. This is the first Steven King book i've read and I will surely continue on with the series after I find the next books!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stephen King's "The Gunslinger" One of my all time favorites. The entire series is outstanding. Roland the Gunslinger is an exceptional character and his experiences are touching and exciting. Stephen King is NOT just a Horror Writer . He's a gifted artist. Best of the 20th Century.
Date published: 2013-10-24

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The Gunslinger: (The Dark Tower #1)(Revised Edition)

by Stephen King, Stephen King

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: July 1, 2003

Publisher: Penguin Group US

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1101146451

ISBN - 13: 9781101146453

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In 1978 Stephen King introduced the world to the last Gunslinger, Roland of Gilead. Nothing has been the same since. Over twenty years later the quest for the Dark Tower continues to take readers on a wildly epic ride. Through parallel worlds and across time, Roland must brave desolate wastelands and endless deserts, drifting into the unimaginable and the familiar as the road to the Dark Tower extends beyond its own pages. A classic tale of colossal scope—crossing over terrain from The Stand, The Eyes of the Dragon, Insomnia, The Talisman, Black House, Hearts in Atlantis, ‘Salem’s Lot and other familiar King haunts—the adventure takes hold with the turn of each page.

And the tower awaits…

The First Volume in the Epic DARK TOWER Series…

The Gunslinger


This heroic fantasy is set in a world of ominous landscape and macabre menace that is a dark mirror of our own. A spellbinding tale of good versus evil, it features one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations—The Gunslinger, a haunting figure who embodies the qualities of the lone hero through the ages, from ancient myth to frontier western legend.

The Gunslinger’s quest involves the pursuit of The Man in Black, a liaison with the sexually ravenous Alice, and a friendship with the kid from Earth called Jake. Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, here is stunning proof of Stephen King’s storytelling sorcery.
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