The Gunslinger by Stephen King
(The Dark Tower, Book 1)

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Roland, the world's last gunslinger, tracks an enigmatic Man in Black toward a forbidding dark tower, fighting forces both mortal and other-worldly on his quest, in a revised and expanded edition of the classic fantasy novel. 60,000 first printing.
 

About Stephen King

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Stephen King has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story "The Man in the Black Suit.
 
Published June 1, 2003 by Viking Books. 256 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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and something to do with Tarot-wrapped pseudo-mystical prattle wherein beyond the gunslinger's yearning for the man in black lies his lust for "the Dark Tower"--where, as King concludes, the gunslinger "would some day come at dusk and approach, winding his horn, to do some unimaginable final batt...

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Because no journey’s end is complete without an understanding of how it began, re-reading The Gunslinger is rewarding for a full grasp of the series.

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Book Reporter

It’s bloody, it’s sexy (without explicit nudity), and it’s salty: Everything that the weird, wild west should be.

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BookPage

The year 2004 will undoubtedly go down as a singularly exciting—and bittersweet—year for the millions of Stephen King's Dark Tower fans anxiously awaiting the series' much-anticipated finale.

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Nights and Weekends

Along the way, he befriends Jake, a boy from our world who was killed by the man in black and brought to the gunslinger’s world, a world that has “moved on.” What “moved on” means is only hinted at, but the basic gist of it is this: the world that was once civilized has moved on to darker ti...

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Fantasy Literature

Instead, his life’s purpose is to complete an epic quest, which King has explained was inspired by Robert Browning’s poem “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came” and Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

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The Trades

The duel between Roland and Cort is a fantastic piece of dramatic tension, and David has masterfully mirrored King's dialect that set The Dark Tower books apart from his other works.

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The Trades

And I even bought two books myself--a remaindered copy of Needful Things which was too cheap to pass up, and a copy of On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, because I always buy those kinds of books.

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Broken Frontier

The Man in Black has laid ruin everything Roland Deschain holds dear and this May, the Lone Gunslinger embarks on an all-new quest to avenge his fallen gunslingers in Dark Tower: The Gunslinger – The Journey Begins #1.

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Broken Frontier

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