The Gunslinger

I have been getting good reviews on this book from other Stephen King’s fans … but … after reading The Gunslinger, I realized that my taste of SK’s books is a bit different than most SK’s fans.

Most people said that Cell is not so good BUT I think it was AWESOME, and now people said that the Gunslinger is one of SK’s best novels BUT I think it was okay, I’m not really into it.

The story takes place in the future, but the future isn’t like what most people imagined where robots are taking control of human beings, the future in The Gunslinger is like cowboy era with witchcraft snuggles inside it. Roland is the last Gunslinger and his goal is to find The Dark Tower. Before finding it, he must follow The Man in Black and ask for his council. Along the way, he meets Allie and the people of Tull. Not long after Allie, he meets a boy from the past named Jake. Both Allie and Jake are his 1st steps in finding the man in black.

This is what written in the back cover

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 quality of the lone hero through the ages from ancient myth to frontier western legend. His pursuit of The Man in Black, his liaison with the sexually ravenous Alice, his relationship with a kid from earth called Jake, are part of drama that is both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, and alchemy of storytelling sorcery.

The Gunslinger is the 1st book on The Dark Tower series. The series it self consist of 7 books.

I give this book 2 stars out 5, which means it was okay. The reason is because there are a lot of unsatisfying parts in this book. The main idea of the book is to be a life in fantasy land, but I find it lack of details and imagination. And King tried to write in high level English (classic English) which I find a bit irritating and out of place…maybe it’s because I have read better fantasy book with amazing classic English such as The Lord of The Rings.

Fortunately, there are still some elements of King that I can enjoy. I also enjoy the mix story of present and past in The Gunslinger’s life.

In conclusion, I don’t think I’ll re-read this book.

Teaser from this book>> here


This book’s review is my 2nd  book for Thriller and suspense Challenge 2010

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