Another point I wanted to make is that those of you who have read and loved On Writing should take a closer look at the style of The Gunslinger. Many of the techniques and simple approaches SK details in O.W. are displayed prominently in the way The Gunslinger is constructed.
Young writers should study this book for its flow and approach.
Last edited by hossenpepper; March 20th, 2013 at 10:13 AM.
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it appears i'm in the minority on this one...i ordered The Gunslinger sight unseen, knowing only that it was very different from all his other stuff: having read 'night shift', i had no problem envisioning sai king going where no horror author had gone before...and was eager to follow...i was definately looking forward to that and was not only not disappointed in anyway...i was amazed and entranced from that first line
i'm almost totally 100% with Hoss on this one...the first book was perfect...then, they just kept getting better and better...that is, up until W&G...then, that prologue...and that epilogue
the middle part ? pure DT gold !!!
but those other parts...the parts he swore he would not write for that volume...that parts that were suddenly there for that volume....uhhhh, not so much
after that...well.....whatever he 'had' that drove him in those first four books was gone by the time the fifth one arrived...it's not the same thing...not the same 'feel'...not the same journey...
TWTTK ?? quite a nice return to form...
but, that first book ?? a classic !!!
still can't bring myself to read his 'revised' version...after the disappointment of 5-6-7...a rewrite to make that classic more like the new ones would be like letting george lucas re-edit star wars and/or empire to match the phantom menace or some such ****e
Read Gunslinger when it first came out. Never had an issue with the book. It grabbed me in, and the journey continued. Didn't want to read the revised edition, but finally caved in and did. I still find the original a more enjoyable read. The changes are small, possibly making an easier flow of the storyline for newer reader. I'll stick with the original.