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The Dark Tower Series Question (no spoilers)

So, I have recently rekindled my love for Stephen King with Under the Dome and 11/22/63, but I started listening to the audiobook of the Gunslinger the other day and I was ...underwhelmed. I think part of it may have been the combo of the narrator (who I actually liked for The Golem and the Jinni, but his voice and this story weren't working for me) and the desolate, Western-y vibe of the story. I actually traded it in for Joyland on Audible, and I'm really liking that. 

But I've heard so many good things about the Dark Tower series that I was bummed at my ho-hum reaction. I might want to try again in physical book form. Did anyone else feel like this book/series started slow and then picked up later? I realize this was written 30+ years ago. Maybe I just prefer Stephen King's more recent books? 

 
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Re: The Dark Tower Series Question (no spoilers)

  • This series DEFINITELY gets better. The Gunslinger is not the best book, but it is so worth plowing through it. Thankfully, it is also practically a pamphlet compared to the tomes that are the later books.
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  • It's one of those series where you get more invested the deeper you go. By the last book, I was King's bitch. 
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  • lol!  Yes, Book 1 is pretty rough!  Even SK says that he doesn't like Book 1!!!

    The books DEFINITELY get better!  Plow through & move on to Book 2!  :)

  • After finishing the series, I basically saw book 1 as a Prologue. A reaallly long prologue that makes no sense at first but then you appreciate deeply after you finish the series. Power through! I was hooked by the end of book 2. Every SK lover MUST read this series.

    And actually finish it. Ahem @elistar.

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  • Thanks, guys, that's what I was hoping. I will definitely give it another try then. 
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  • Yeah, I had to read Gunslinger twice before I launched into the series. It honestly doesn't all the way feel like it goes with the series to me, but does make for a great prologue, like Lauren said. 
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  • 84Lauren said:
    After finishing the series, I basically saw book 1 as a Prologue. A reaallly long prologue that makes no sense at first but then you appreciate deeply after you finish the series. Power through! I was hooked by the end of book 2. Every SK lover MUST read this series. And actually finish it. Ahem @elistar.
    So I signed on for the first time in like two weeks and saw that my name was tagged by Lauren in a Dark Tower post.....

    I had absolutely no idea what she had to say to me about the Dark Tower. None. 

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  • I don't understand how you can read ALL BUT THE FINAL BOOK!!! 


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