I don’t know…

To be honest, I’m not sure what to think of this book. I liked King’s book On Writing, it was written clearly and was easy to follow and understand. This book, however, was written in an entirely different style and it was off putting. I found that the language in the book made it hard to read through and connect with the characters in the story. To be honest, I’m not sure if I will continue with the series or not. I probably will persist (because it’s being made into films), but I don’t think that The Gunslinger will be my favourite book (or series).

Characters

Roland is the main character in the book. He’s the protagonist, the character we’re following through on the journey. Firstly, I’d like to point out that in now way did I feel attached to Roland or what he’s about. Maybe it’s just the way things started or some of his backstory, or how he told stories that made it impossible to feel for him. I mean, I expected better development from King.

Themes

One of the themes I’d like to explore is morality. I guess King brings it up in these books (though I’m not completely sure if he intends to). I speak of morality in this case because of our hero, Roland, and how he is no hero (when we hear his stories and flashbacks). Also because of his decision for a higher purpose, he gives away his humanity (kind of).

Recommendation

While this is not my favourite series so far, I’ll leave my complete judgement until I’ve got to the very end of the entire series. But, if you’re a fan to fantasy and have read about King’s grand entrance into it with these books, then please don’t start yet. Maybe when I read the second book, I’ll completely change my mind. Who knows?

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