Almost a year ago I listened to Episode 374 of The Incomparable podcast where they discussed Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. I got really intrigued by the discussion, stopped listening before they went into spoilers and instead I purchased the first novel in the series – The Gunslinger.
These days I’m a fairly slow reader and I have very little time for reading so it has taken many weeks but tonight, on a very hot summer night of what I believe is one of the warmest summers in Sweden in recorded history, I finished the book. I can’t say that I loved it but I am definitely intrigued by it, so I will keep on reading the series. I believe that a lot of the things that are still confusing will be less so as I keep on reading. I also think that this will be an interesting way into the works of Stephen King, which I haven’t really explored at all before reading this book.
Because I’ve gotten into purchasing physical copies of books again, and because I buy books much faster than I read then, I already have four books in the series in my bookshelf.
I don’t think I’ll read more tonight and I’m not sure whether I’ll reading something else before starting book two in the series. Time will tell.
Replies and comments
jack25 juli, 2018 23:15
@MrHenko I look forward to how it goes. I enjoyed the first book but for some reason never picked up the second. And I’m a long-time fan of Stephen King.
bbohling26 juli, 2018 06:27
@MrHenko still one of my all-time favorite series.
furstenberg26 juli, 2018 08:40
@MrHenko One of the books I’ve read more times than I can count. The whole series is great, and there are many references to the world throughout the other books.
MrHenko26 juli, 2018 11:08
@jack I probably should recommend a book that I just started reading but just from the first few pages, and with The Gunslinger in fresh memory, it feels like that is something that I can actually do. If you’re a King fan you’ll probably also get way more than me out of the way the series is supposed to tie into his other works.
MrHenko26 juli, 2018 11:09
@bbohling It seems like a series that has touched a lot of people, so I’m really looking forward to progressing in it.
MrHenko26 juli, 2018 11:10
@furstenberg The fact that King used the series to tie more or less his entire bibliography together was one of the things that got me really interested in it when The Incomparable talked about it.
furstenberg26 juli, 2018 11:32
@MrHenko When I read it in the late eighties I had only read a couple of King books. So I didn’t know this at the time.
But this book made me collect all his books and you soon pick up small hints throughout.
Henrik Carlsson26 juli, 2018 22:07
Henrik Carlsson mentioned this note on blog.henrikcarlsson.se.
MrHenko29 juli, 2018 13:48
@furstenberg That’s kind of how I expect it to go for me as well, that The Dark Tower will be my gateway to King.