At First Glance: Gunslinger

At first glance is a new feature I am launching here on Rantings, Ravings and Ramblings. I base this new feature on the book Rat’s First Impressions feature. Just like her I will give my opinion on a book after having read only a small part of it so far.

On the menu today:

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)

The Gunslinger, by Stephen King. It’s the first book in the Dark Tower series. I am reading the Dutch translation of the book, this was done by Hugo Timmerman and Hugo Kuipers.

So far not so good. This book came to me highly recommended by multiple people but I’m finding it really hard to get into. It’s not that the general story doesn’t appeal to me, it’s more the writing that is rubbing me the wrong way. Seeing as it’s a translation I can’t tell you for sure if it’s King’s writing I dislike, or if it’s the translators’s work on this book that I don’t enjoy. I’m guessing it’s more King’s work that I don’t like as much, seeing as it’s the way things are described in the book, where the writing focusses in its descriptions of things. The story itself is starting off pretty slow, but I’m intruiged. I will definitely continue reading this book, if only for the great reviews and the intrigue of finding out who the gunslinger is following (and what makes a gunslinger so special).