I started the first of the Dark Tower saga back in 1998, during a time in my life that reading wasn't of interest. I think it was because school turned me off of it... but, that's a story for another time.
It was the first of aforementioned 7 novel saga and Stephen King's work in general that helped develop the love for reading I have now. Of course, there was a lengthy period of time following my first reading of 'Gunslinger' that all I read was King's work. Not that much has changed since then; I read one King book now for every other book I finish. One King, something else, another King, something else, etc, etc, etc. That changes now though as I've reverted back to my all King diet.
Stephen recently finished the last 3 novels of the Dark Tower and I've yet to read how it all ends. Though I do have 2 of the last 3 in my possession, I've decided to go back to the start and follow Roland and his companions once again as they travel towards their end goal of reaching the Dark Tower. I figured it was just as well to get back into the world from the start instead of picking it up 5 novels in, especially considering it's been 3 years since I read the 4th one.
Just yesterday, I finished 'The Gunslinger' and am anxiously awaiting to get a chance to crack open 'The Drawing of the Three' which I remember as being my favorite of the lot (of the one I've read so far). Of course, I also remembered not liking Gunslinger that much the first time around and this time, I loved every second of it. Perhaps that has more to do with my now developed love for reading than the work itself. Who knows?
Either way, I'm sure I'm in for quite the ride as I journey with Roland and his pals once again. This time, I'll finally see how it all turns out... 8 years after starting the journey in the first place. I can only imagine how King must have felt writing it. He was always so unsure of whether or not the story would be finished. It must have been hell to be in the middle of a story without an end in sight.
Anyway, enough of this chit chat; I've got a book to read...
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