What is your initial impression of the first line?
What do you think about the gunslinger so far?
What is the nature of Roland’s quest?
What do you think about King’s writing style in the Gunslinger? How is this book different than his others? How is it similar to his other works?
What do you think about the man in black?
What’s your favorite part so far? Least favorite so far?
While you’re reading during this first week keep in mind that when King started writing the Gunslinger, and there is more than one version–I have the original not the revised version, someone borrowed that one and never returned it–the atrocity!!!–there were five years between the time that first book was published and the second book, The Drawing of the Three.
The Dark Tower series incorporates themes from various genres, including science fantasy, dark fantasy, horror, and Western. King has often described the Dark Towers series as his multiverse, many believe that it because it links together many of his other books, and quite a few short stories.
The series was mainly inspired by the poem “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came” by Robert Browning, as well as by The Lord of the Rings, Arthurian Legend, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. King identified Clint Eastwood’s “Man with no Name” character as a major inspiration for Roland, which made sense to me when I found out–the whole time I was reading it in the late 80’s I pictured Clint Eastwood in my head as Roland. 😀