Week 1 Discussion Questions for the Gunslinger

29 Aug
  1. What is your initial impression of the first line?
  2. What do you think about the gunslinger so far?
  3. What is the nature of Roland’s quest?
  4. 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?
  5. What do you think about the man in black?
  6. What’s your favorite part so far? Least favorite so far?
The Edition I have of the Gunslinger. :D

The Edition I have of the Gunslinger. 😀

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 poemChilde 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. 😀

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6 responses to “Week 1 Discussion Questions for the Gunslinger

  1. Talisha

    August 30, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I have the questions written, and im ready to start reading 🙂


    • Burgess Taylor

      August 30, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Yay!!! I’m so happy you’re participating in the read-along. 😀


  2. Linda Makarewicz

    August 31, 2016 at 8:40 am

    This is my first time reading something written by Stephen King. I downloaded THE GUNSLINGER on my Kindle app in the read-along/audio version. I spent last weekend listening to the audio version while I was prepping for a week of medical treatments and appointments. So glad you introduced me to this series. I have the questions written in my “Dark Tower Series” notebook. I will begin actually reading THE GUNSLINGER today.
    In the meantime, I have set up Overdrive so that I can download books from the library. I am next on the list for THE EYES OF THE DRAGON. It will be the audio version. At least I will have an idea of the background/foreshadowing of the DARK TOWER series. I will be responding to the questions as I read THE GUNSLINGER.


    • Burgess Taylor

      August 31, 2016 at 10:59 am

      YAY! I’ve been a fan of King for 39 years. Since I was 10 and read Salem’s Lot in the 5th grade, which later became connected to the Dark Tower series…So I had to re-read it–that didn’t bother me at all. My son is fan of the Dark Tower series but not the rest of King’s books, but my daughter is a also an avid King fan.
      There have been a few of his books that aren’t my cup of coffee, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Cujo, and a few others, but the books were written well. To me, he’s a natural storyteller, and I love that.
      I looked at the other list that Mindy found for the order to read the Dark Tower and I think we’re going to mix the two lists that I found… I’m going to make my own list… The Gunslinger first, then The Drawing of the Three, then The Eyes of the Dragon, then The Stand (some might choose to watch the movie, some might choose to read the book and watch the movie, or just read the book)… I’m still working on the list, I think reading some of the other major books that are related to the Dark Tower series will be helpful and add more to the overall feel of the “Story.”
      Thank you so much for joining. 😀


  3. Courtney Givens

    August 31, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    I don’t have the paperback of the Gunslinger but I do have the kindle version. I’m am writing down the questions right now and getting amped for this read-along! This will be my first one.Stephen King is one of my favorite writers so I know that I will enjoy this. Also I am a youtube subscriber to your channel and I enjoy your energy and content. This will be fun!


    • Burgess Taylor

      August 31, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      Thank you so much. 😀 I don’t think it matters which version you have. I’m basing the questions off the chapter(s) we read each week… This series is different than some of his other work, this is less horror more fantasy, western… 😀



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