The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger

The GunslingerYesterday, I finished The Gunslinger by Stephen King, the first book in the Dark Tower series. I’d never read anything by Stephen King before and I heard that the Dark Tower series was amazing, so I decided to try it out.

The Gunslinger is an interesting mix of fantasy (my favorite genre) and western (unappealing to me, but I decided to give it a try anyway) in a post-apocalyptic world. It’s about a man named Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger, who pursues his adversary (“the man in black”) across a vast desert and beyond.

I have to admit I didn’t really like it. The story dragged, there were too many weird and confusing things going on, and I felt like I missed an explanation about why the gunslinger was going after the man in black and “The Tower.” At least it was fairly short, so I convinced myself to trudge through it.

I heard the rest of the Dark Tower series is a lot better once you get past The Gunslinger, so maybe I’ll read The Drawing of Three (book #2) someday… I’m just in no hurry to do that. :-/