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review 2017-08-14 15:45
The Quest of The Last Gunslinger (The Beginning of The Dark Tower Series)
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger - Stephen King

I had been curious about The Dark Tower for a long time. Since it was published until now, I never did read one book of it. When I heard about the movie adaptation, what compels me to read now was due to the movie. Of course, this year is truly the year of the King...

 

... and for once, reading The Gunslinger, the first book of the series truly peeks my curiosity on a whole different level. And much better than the movie.

 

It begins where a lone man walks into a town, looking for a man in black. He meets the town's folk (almost a ghost town) and soon, the presence of the man in black had corrupted the whole town. Along the way, he met a boy name Jake Chambers, descriptions of another world similar to ours and of course, origins of the gunslinger, mutants and finally meeting the man in black and in the end... another quest.

 

For me, I love the universe created by Stephen King but the plot itself felt ambiguous. While the journey is all about journeying to meet the man in black and going to the dark tower without revealing the purpose, I believed maybe the rest of the novels will. Still, I do enjoy the writing and as always, Stephen King tried his best to deliver some thing ambitious then (he did admit as the series progress, there were changes in his words of when he was young when he wrote and the maturity of his writing towards the end of the series). The Gunslinger works to some extend and hopefully, the rest of the book will explain further once I started reading The Drawing of the Three.

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review 2017-07-23 05:51
Nothing happy about it, yet...
The Gunslinger - Stephen King

Well, I... Shit. This is ambitious as fuck, in the fiction and existential department.

I don't like Roland, and I get that lofty ideals are useless from his position. But it's... He reminds me of that adage, the third part of which is that a man with only one reason to live is the most dangerous man in the world. His type of drive, his dogged pursuit, puts me in mind of a slow going bulldozer, and also of persistence hunting. All scary concepts. And his name, wasn't there an old poem...

It was dreary, and weird, and heart-breaking. And I'm puzzled and will continue reading.

 

This finishes my BLopoly double roll, and puts me almost halfway the 24 in 48 readathon.

 

 

The seven hour stretch was this book in almost one sitting. I had to take a break after Jake.

 

I'll roll again in a bit and maybe continue onto the next book. The neighbor is having a loud party with karaoke.

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text 2017-07-22 23:25
Reading progress update: I've read 65 out of 231 pages.
The Gunslinger - Stephen King

"He pried the legs apart and unholstered one of his guns."

 

*grimace*

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text 2017-07-22 21:21
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 231 pages.
The Gunslinger - Stephen King

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.

 

So opens King's myth-world spine. I've procrastinated on reading The Dark Tower books for years, on this dread that I wouldn't love it. I have such tall hopes for it, I'm scared it'll fall short. But that's one awesome first line.

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text 2017-07-22 05:41
24 in 48: Expectations and Intro Survey
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Gunslinger - Stephen King

 

This is the first time I join in a readathon! This 24 in 48 suits me.

 

I'm no a speed reader, so I reckon I'll finish my BLopoly Roll's at most, but we'll see. They are not that long.

 

Now, the survey:

 

1. Where in the world are you reading from this weekend? Argentina
2. Have you done the 24in48 readathon before? Nope, I'm a first timer.
3. Where did you hear about the readathon, if it is your first? Debbie posted about it, and I got curious.
4. What book are you most excited about reading this weekend? Since we are on the home-stretch of the BLopoly game, I'll go with my two picks for my double roll: HHGttG and "The Gunslinger". Both have been in my tbr for years, this game is really helping me with the clean up :D
5. Tell us something about yourself: Ermm... I'm a strange mix between a burrowing introvert and the dog from UP. That means that I tend to read while listening to music and drinking infusions, or hear audiobooks while cooking, cleaning and exercising. I can't do ONE thing at a time, which is why most people plain bore me, and I socialize best while dancing, or over board games. Not eating, though, unless you are very close to my heart, because I'm a huge and messy eater, and people's surprise annoys me into lectures about stupid expectations of dainty ladies, and feminist soapboxing that scares everyone... right.

 

*buckles down*

 

Starting the clock now.

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