It’s not very often you get something for nothing these days but whilst perusing my the Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror section (is there any other?) of the Waterstones establishment, I came across a sign that read Free, take one, no catch! The sign was against a pile of Stephen King‘s The Gunslinger, book 1 of The Dark Tower series. This isn’t a book I’ve read although I do have a number of comics from the recent adaptation (also unread as yet). I took a copy and it was indeed free (several, from recent promotion which had been over-subscribed). Westerns aren’t a normal staple genre for me, although I am a fan of A Fist Full of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More & The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Bingo! Upon picking up said free book and reading the ‘special introduction’ written by King especially for this edition and then moving straight on to the ‘Foreward’ I realised the series was influenced by Tolkien‘s The Lord of the Rings and Sergio Leone‘s trilogy! I had to move straight on to reading Chapters 1, 2 and 3. Giving the 1st book in a series away free may be a ploy to get readers hooked but it’s a good one, I’m hooked! I will read this one and will move onto the following 7, as The Wind through the Keyhole is now published.
I cannot recommend this highly enough. It has a restrained, something which I know is only going to get much, much better. Best book I (n)ever bought!
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