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    I first discovered Roland back in '87 when I was 13.

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    Well, after I read Cujo and decided I wanted to read more Stephen King stuff, my brother mentioned that his favorite was the Gunslinger (although he didn't mention the DT). Later, after reading Everything's Eventual, I was fascinated by the idea of a story being linked to another story, so I went to King's website and found out about the DT series. Then I saw that Gunslinger was part of it, so that was pretty much the deciding factor that I would read it.
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    And did your brother read the whole series, Rag?

    Roland would have understood.

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    I don't think so. I believe he's read to book 4, but moved on to other things while waiting for book 5 to come out, and hasn't gotten around to reading the last 3 yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B Rag View Post
    I don't think so. I believe he's read to book 4, but moved on to other things while waiting for book 5 to come out, and hasn't gotten around to reading the last 3 yet.

    Roland would have understood.

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    Default what brought me to THE DARK TOWER?

    I was in my local BOOKRACK (western North Carolina) and there was a book i hadnt seen before-so, of course, i had to purchase it. And i was hooked. And honestly, i think the ending was GREAT!!!!! It goes along with the way he ends most of his books--let your imagination run wild-there could be another book-----or series. Have you read any of the comics yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dedereadssk1 View Post
    I was in my local BOOKRACK (western North Carolina) and there was a book i hadnt seen before-so, of course, i had to purchase it. And i was hooked. And honestly, i think the ending was GREAT!!!!! It goes along with the way he ends most of his books--let your imagination run wild-there could be another book-----or series. Have you read any of the comics yet?
    I think most of us have.

    Roland would have understood.

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    I don't think so. I believe he's read to book 4, but moved on to other things while waiting for book 5 to come out, and hasn't gotten around to reading the last 3 yet.
    Don't worry, I'll make sure he gets around to it one of these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyHitchhiker
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    Long-form adventure tales have always appealed to me.

    I also love the "shared universe" school of storytelling, and as DT seemed to be the "hub" around which all of King's works revolved, I simply had to read it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlakeMP View Post
    I also love the "shared universe" school of storytelling, and as DT seemed to be the "hub" around which all of King's works revolved, I simply had to read it.
    Oh, yeah, ditto that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rjeso View Post
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    I also love the "shared universe" school of storytelling, and as DT seemed to be the "hub" around which all of King's works revolved, I simply had to read it.
    Oh, yeah, ditto that.

    Double ditto that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B Rag View Post
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    I don't think so. I believe he's read to book 4, but moved on to other things while waiting for book 5 to come out, and hasn't gotten around to reading the last 3 yet.
    Don't worry, I'll make sure he gets around to it one of these days.
    I feel much better.

    Roland would have understood.

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    It was actually my first exposure to the idea and I really love it.

    It made me want more stories from all the universes...like LotR
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    I discovered Roland in 2003 when I was 19 (19! eep! )
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    I knew about Roland long before I personally met him. Both of my parents were reading the series. I remember my dad kept trying to give me The Gunslinger, telling me I would enjoy it. At age 16 I thought it was a western, and had to yearning to so much as crack the book open.

    Then I found out Will was reading them. After listening to countless conversations between him and my parents about the books, I decided to give them a try. Guess I've been hooked ever since.
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    I feel so young. I was just born in 1987.

    I was, oh I'd say, seventeen when I met Roland. That was about three years ago when I read The Gunslinger.

    I'm really glad I did pick the book up. I was in a very strange time in my life, and needed something to help me keep my mind and thoughts straight.
    I was already into the idea of multiple universes, so it tied right into my interests. I also recently got into westerns at the time, so Roland was like a god-send.

    I remember TDT was the first group of books that caught my interest and held me in rapture like that at the time. Most of the other books I was reading at the time - crime novels my mother had lying around the house - just weren't holding my interest. They were more like ways to pass the time when I was bored. Then I picked up The Gunslinger, and I read it in two nights, which would've been one if I hadn't needed to do some things at the time. Then I went right from one book to the next, staying up all hours reading and reading and reading. I would fight off sleep to read these books.

    I ended up completing the series in about two, maybe three months.
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    i was 12... yeah, that sounds about right. i didn't pick up 2 untill about 2 years later.

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    Hmmmm... I think it was 96 or 97. I had seen the DT books at stores but couldn't imagine an SK western. Plus, I hadn't been a big King reader yet. My friend and band mate had a shelf full of King and asked if I had read any of the DT series since he was super excited about the upcoming release of DT IV. After confessing I had not, he sent me home with the first three. It was a little tedious getting through The Gunslinger, but once I started in on DotT I was hooked. My biggest regret right now is not buying the hardcover Grant edition of WaG when it came out. Anyway, that puts me at about 25 or 26 when I first met Roland.

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    oh good Lord

    I read Fish's post immediately after AJ's, which starts

    i was 12
    so I automatically read it as "I think I was 96 or 97"... and thought, "at last someone is older that I am"

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    i started the series somewhere between wastelands and wizard & glass, i'm not sure of the year but i think it wasn't very long after the wastelands came out since a friend who was a big fan had just bought that one.

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    I remember almost forgetting about them until I saw a friend with the book. I had to stare at it for a bit to remember.

    But that was nothing compared to the wait between 3 and 4. Six years!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean View Post
    oh good Lord

    I read Fish's post immediately after AJ's, which starts

    i was 12
    so I automatically read it as "I think I was 96 or 97"... and thought, "at last someone is older that I am"




    Roland would have understood.

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