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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Review: The Gunslinger by Stephen King @scribnerbooks @stephenking

The Gunslinger
by Stephen King
Scribner Books

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

I can't believe it's taken me THIS long to read this series.  I've been reading Stephen King since I was 8 years old.. that means I've been reading him for... well, let's just say decades 😜.  I've seen this series around for a LONG time and have had people tell me NUMEROUS times to read them.  "You're not a true King fan if you haven't read these," they said.  Well, I beg to differ, but it's definitely way past the time I should've had these under my belt.  The movie that just came out certainly lit a fire and I had planned to have all of them read beforehand, but life happens... and I didn't think I could properly go watch the movie without having at least this first one read and marked off my list.  

So my thoughts... I'll be completely honest.  The first 150 pages was just confusing and for a 251 page book, that's a LOT of confusion.  I had no idea what I was reading or where the story was going or why.  At times I felt like I was in what I think an acid flashback would consist of.  But at the same time I was intrigued.  It's no surprise that King is an amazing writer and his descriptions are fantastic.  There were lots of subtleties dispersed to give a hint of what was and I actually liked that a lot.  The last 100 pages is where the book started taking a hold of me.  The Slow Mutants to The Gunslinger around a fire with The Man in Black.  I actually REALLY wish I hadn't waited so long because all I heard when The Gunslinger talked was Matthew McConaughey's voice.  Yes, ladies and gents, I realize that's not a BAD thing.. but I like hearing and envisioning my own things - which is why I hate reading anything if I've already watched something.  And although I haven't watched the movie, we ALL know who is playing who in the movies and considering their star status, it just gets STUCK.  Ya hear me? 🤣

By the time I turned the last page, I was hooked.  Was I DYING to get to the next book.  Honestly, no.  Am I going to finish this series over the course of the next few months? Ya damn skippy I am.  Because this ending, which I won't spoil you with, makes me want to know what will happen with The Drawing of the Three.  For those who are behind me (whaaaaaat?) and haven't read this yet, I'm not spoiling anything, it's the title of the next book.   

In any case, to sum up, the last 100 pages saved me totally and I was in for a 3 star most of the way but am upping to a 4 star because of those last two chapters.  And so my journey has begun............

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