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Juliana

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Re: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2008, 11:32:47 AM »

My first Stephen King was The Talisman.  I was 14 I think, and my mom finally said I was old enough.

It was written by King and Peter Straub jointly, so it's like a good primer/introduction book.  I'd also highly The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.  It's a short book and fairly intense.

Other (I think) standouts-
Salem's Lot
The Shining
It


Try those, see if you like them.  If you like short stories, check out his short story collections.  he has several.  Night Shift, Different Seasons, Skeleton Crew, Nightmares and Dreamscapes....
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Re: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2008, 11:46:22 AM »

How can you recommend The Talisman to someone that didn't like the Dark Tower books?  They're exactly the same sort of thing.
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Re: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2008, 12:33:17 PM »

Okay, substitute The Dead Zone for The Talisman.

I don't know, I think The Talisman could stand on it's own.

I guess it depends on what you didn't like about The Gunslinger.

Buzz, I'm assuimng the one you meant about the aliens was Dreamcatcher.  Yeah, that book wasn't very good.
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Re: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2008, 12:57:17 PM »

The new series has started.
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Re: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2008, 02:12:31 PM »

Thanks for the reminder.  I'll have to pay Maverick's a visit and check my file.
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Re: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
« Reply #20 on: September 24, 2008, 03:21:12 PM »

My first Stephen King was The Talisman.  I was 14 I think, and my mom finally said I was old enough.

It was written by King and Peter Straub jointly, so it's like a good primer/introduction book.  I'd also highly The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.  It's a short book and fairly intense.

Other (I think) standouts-
Salem's Lot
The Shining
It


Try those, see if you like them.  If you like short stories, check out his short story collections.  he has several.  Night Shift, Different Seasons, Skeleton Crew, Nightmares and Dreamscapes....

Okay, substitute The Dead Zone for The Talisman.

Thanks for the recommendations!  I'll be sure to check some of those out.

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Re: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
« Reply #21 on: September 24, 2008, 03:41:32 PM »

I think Dreamcatcher was pretty much universally not anybody's favorite.

I can't believe I didn't do this earlier, but Bag of Bones is also a really nice story.

All of that said, damn I love the Dark Tower books.  I'm currently on The Wastelands in my re-reading quest.
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Re: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
« Reply #22 on: October 10, 2008, 03:40:14 PM »

Just finished The Wastelands (like a minute ago).
I remember being so pissed off at the ending of that one when I first read it.  I mean to end it like he did, and for the next book to not come out for 5 or 6 years....

I'm finding it a lot harder to keep up on the comics now that the shop in the Towne Mall has closed down.  It's a little out of the way to run up to that shop on Dorothy Lane in Kettering near Butter & Clemsonfan, but as far as I know, it's the next closest one. 
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Re: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
« Reply #23 on: October 10, 2008, 04:04:30 PM »

Going back a little bit, I think Black House, the sequel to the Talisman, is way better.  I won't spoil it, but it delves into Dark Tower territory and helped illuminate some things about why things are happening the way they are.
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Re: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
« Reply #24 on: October 23, 2008, 07:15:46 PM »

Better than The Talisman?
seriously?
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Re: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
« Reply #25 on: December 23, 2008, 10:25:45 AM »

xposted in the comics forum, but posting here too

According to the Stephen King website, if you haven't picked up the new edition of The Gunslinger that came out a few years ago, now might be the time.  A new editon is coming out that has The Little Sisters of Eluria story attached as well.  I guess I'll xpost this to the Gunslinger thread in pulp, but I figured it was worth a mention.  The artwork is suppsoed to be featured heavily in this edition.


All that said, I finally finished Wizard&Glass. It took me forever because I've just been busy and honestly not here that much at work.   
Love the Wizard of Oz tie ins with that book.
For some reason I had totally forgotten that Susan died.  I was shocked when I read that in the first set of comics.  I had her death and Roland's mom's death mixed up I guess in my head.


On a side note, what happened to the spoiler tag?  Did we always have to type it in manually and I just forgot?
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Re: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
« Reply #26 on: May 06, 2010, 02:22:42 AM »

Ron Howard has acquired the film rights to the Dark Tower series.

King is writing the 8th book in the series, to be set between Wizard & Glass and Wolves Of The Calla, titled The Wind Through The Keyhole.

http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2010/05/ron-howard-gets-rights-to-stephen-kings-dark-tower.html
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Re: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
« Reply #27 on: May 06, 2010, 02:23:27 AM »

Better than The Talisman?
seriously?

Way better.
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Re: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
« Reply #28 on: May 06, 2010, 09:10:07 AM »

I heard about the 8th book, but I didn't know it was set in the middle of things.  I'll look later if I get a chance, but is there a big gap between W&G and WotC?

Nate, did you keep up with the comics?
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Re: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
« Reply #29 on: May 06, 2010, 01:48:40 PM »

Ron Howard has acquired the film rights to the Dark Tower series.

Yeah, I heard about that over here...

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/44876

Doesn't sound too great.
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