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The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower I) by Stephen King

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““An impressive work of mythic magnitude that may turn out to be Stephen King’s greatest literary achievement” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), The Gunslinger is the first volume in the epic Dark Tower Series.

A #1 national bestseller, The Gunslinger introduces readers to one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations, Roland of Gilead: The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which mirrors our own in frightening ways, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.

Inspired in part by the Robert Browning narrative poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” The Gunslinger is “a compelling whirlpool of a story that draws one irretrievable to its center” (Milwaukee Sentinel). It is “brilliant and fresh…and will leave you panting for more” (Booklist).”

-From Amazon.com

Review

Well this was certainly an interesting Stephen King book and nothing like I expected. At all. His writing was quite unique in it and unlike any of his others book which I wasn’t prepared for. It has moments that the dialogue and the writing style is definitely quite difficult to follow because it’s set, I guess you could call it, in a post-apocalyptic world and there aren’t many people around and such. I got the feeling, when reading this book, of the old wild west movies were there is sand everywhere and the few buildings which are around are just made of wood and are dilapidated. Then you have the people and they’re either alive or like these demon kind of things. I would go so far to say that they are zombies because some of the people had died but they somehow came back to life again.

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I will state blatantly that after finishing this book, I am still confused on many aspects on it. Such as the man in black. I wasn’t sure if he had magical powers or if he was just a normal man but just knew more than others and was good at messing with people. But then there was this other side character in the beginning who supposedly was dead but then was alive again. So I was not sure if there was a sickness which brought people back from the dead or if someone brought people back from the dead. I mean, I was totally lost in that aspect, but I’m sure that it will be all cleared up as the series continues. And I will be reading the others because The Gunslinger movie will be coming out soon and I want it to all make sense. After reading this book, I can understand why everyone is excited for the movie to come out because if it is done well (which I pray to God that it is), it will be really good!

Now, for the characters, it was quite interesting in how it was all done. I usually get attached to characters or am able to connect to them and understand where their decisions come from, but in this book you aren’t able to do that. You just don’t have enough time to connect with the characters or have enough information to do such a thing as well. It’s interesting. It keeps you on the fringes. Which is kind of useful as well because then you don’t get too attached to the characters, but it also is frustrating because you never know what a character will do. Their decisions and their attitude keep changing depending on the situation, and also how they are in that particular instance, and so you can never predict how someone will react in a particular moment. An example was I thought when the Gunslinger met the Man in Black, he was going to kill him or something was going to go down. But what happened definitely wasn’t expected.

Then there is the whole mission which the Gunslinger has of finding The Tower which was kind of like what? I can’t reveal anything but what the Tower is explained to be towards the end of the book had me sitting there like “mind-blown”. There was a whole life conversation and it hurt my brain but was so accurate and incredibly well written, so kudos to Mr. King for his writing and logic process.

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Overall, I honestly can’t say that I enjoyed it because it took a lot of effort to even understand what the purpose of the story was. But I am definitely intrigued and had more of a like of the book in the last section of it. Even though I didn’t love the book I will be reading on because I want to know what happens and I want to find out more. Which is a good job on King because it’s rare that you can have someone not love the book but still want to read more of the series just because of the story line and such.

I do recommend reading it as this is one of those books that I cannot say to avoid or not because the writing style is so different, and so is the story, that I can’t predict how anyone will react to it. So I do suggest checking it out and letting me know what you think about the story and such.

And I will be seeing the movie because I love books to movies. I just hope that it will be good!!!

But the cast looks fantastic. I mean come on! Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey?! What’s better! But Idris will be the Gunsligner which wasn’t expected because I see McConaughey more as the Gunslinger now after reading the book, but I think the actor choice will grow on me!

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Happy Reading!!!

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5 Great Book-To-Movie Christmas Gifts of 2016!!!

For that book and movie lover in your life!

5 Great Book-to-Movie Christmas Gifts

With Christmas just around the corner, you may be scrambling around, just like me, to find something to give to someone who loves. Well I found a few great books which have been turned into movies recently or are about to be released and one should start reading them immediately. I know I have a few books I need to catch up on next year. There are many more books to movies coming out but these 5 I felt were big ones and also won’t break your bank if you decide to purchase them!


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From amazon.com

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling

If you’re looking for something for a Harry Potter fan, then this may be your best bet. With the newest movie, it can be sure to please any magic and movie lover.

 

 

 

A Monster Calls
From Amazon.com

A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd by Patrick Ness

I absolutely loved this book (review here) and really do recommend it. It is a difficult to read book as it’s sad but it’s beautifully written and with the movie coming out in a few weeks, any book lover is sure to want to give it a whirl!

 

 

The Gunslinger
From Amazon.com

The Dark Tower I: Gunslinger by Stephen King

With the new movie adaptation due in 2017, might as well get started on this long series. Check out my thoughts here.  Not a long read but definitely one to check out!

 

 

 

A Wrinkle in Time
From Amazon.com

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

This was a classic that many young adults were brought up with and it is finally being turned into a movie next year. How exciting! Why not re-read it, relive your child hood, or introduce your young one to an amazing novel?

 

 

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From wikimedia.org

It by Stephen King

For the classical horror love in your life, this may be just what they need! With a movie coming around next September, this book may take you some time to bite through, so might as well start in the New Year!

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Book Reviews

All the book reviews done on this blog can be found here in alphabetical order by author.


A

The Bridesmaid by Hailey Abbott 
MAX CASSIDY Escape from Shadow Island by Paul Adam 
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Trapped by Alison Aimes
George Washington, Spymaster by Thomas B. Allen 
Zahras Paradise by Amir and Khalil 
Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral 

B

The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker
The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker
Tortured Souls: The Legend of Primordium by Clive  Barker
The Lost Years of Merlin
by T.A. Barron (Book #1)

The Seven Songs of Merlin by T.A. Barron (Book #2)
College Safety 101 by Kathleen Baty
When You Lunch With the Emperor by Ludwig Bemelmans
The Name Of This Book Is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Something Wick This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Digital Fortress by Dan Brown 
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown 
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown 
Inferno by Dan Brown
The Shadow Project by Herbie Brennan
Moloka’i by Alan Brennert 
Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel 
Spy High by A. J. Butcher

C

Graceling by Kristen Cashore
Siren’s Call (A Rainshadow Novel) by Jayne Castle

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Two Little Girls in Blue by Mary Higgins Clark
Citizen Kill by Stephen Clark
Shogun by James Clavell
The Naked Roommate: And 107 Issues You Might Run Into In College by Harlan Cohen
Finding Magdalena by Shannon Cordon
How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer 
Dangerous Territory: An Alpha Ops Novella by Emmy Curtis

D

Raining Embers (Order and Chaos Book 1) by Jessica Dall
The Ledge
by Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan

Hacking Timbuktu by Stephen Davis
Outlaw by Stephen Davies 
Horrible Histories: Edinburgh by Terry Deary
Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin 
The Spider and the Fly by Tony Diterlizzi 

E

Are You My Mother? by P.D Eastman
The Middle School Survival Guide by Arlene Erlbach

F

The Research Project (The Research Project Trilogy Book 1) by Sarah Fawcett
Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush Book #1) by Becca Fitzpatrick 
Silence (Hush, Hush Book #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Star Wars vs. Star Trek by Matt Forbeck 
The Girls’ Book HOW TO BE THE BEST AT EVERYTHING by Juliana Foster 
Who Was Ben Franklin? by Dennis Brindell Fradin 
Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life As A Weapon by Matt Fraction
On Bullshit by Harry Frankfurt
Lyrec by Gregory Frost
Inkheart by Cornelia Funk

G

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman 
Katana (A Katana Novel Book #1) by Cole Gibson
Senshi (A Katana Novel Book #2) by Cole Gibson
Noah’s Knits by Fiona Goble 
Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Leviathan

H

Found (The Missing Book #1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix 
The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn
Riven by Jane Alvey Harris 
Pandora Gets Jealous by Carolyn Hennesy 
Out Of The Dust by Karen Hesse 
First Strike (Book #4) by Jack Higgins
SilverFin (A James Bond Adventure) by Charlie Higson
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge 
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider Book #1) by Anthony Horowitz 
Alex Rider Series (Book #1-9) by Anthony Horowitz
Tiger’s Curse (Tiger’s Curse Series Book #1) by Colleen Houck
Tiger’s Quest (Tiger’s Curse Series Book #2) by Colleen Houck
Tigers Voyage (Tigers Curse Series Book #3) by Colleen Houck
Tiger’s Destiny (Tiger’s Curse Series Book #4) by Colleen Houck
Soldier Boys by Dean Hughes
Into The Wild (Warriors Book #1) by Erin Hunter
Fire and Ice (Warriors Book #2) by Erin Hunter
Forest of Secrets (Warriors Book #3) by Erin Hunter 
Rising Storm (Warriors Book #4) by Erin Hunter
A Dangerous Path (Warriors Book #5) by Erin Hunter
The Darkest Hour (Warriors Book #6) by Erin Hunter
Midnight (Warriors: The New Prophecy Book #1) by Erin Hunter 
Moonrise (Warriors: The New Prophecy Book #2) by Erin Hunter
Dawn (Warriors: The New Prophecy Book #3) by Erin Hunter
Starlight (Warriors: The New Prophecy Book #4) by Erin Hunter 
Twilight (Warriors: The New Prophecy Book #5) by Erin Hunter
Sunset (Warriors: The New Prophecy Book #6) by Erin Hunter
Firestar’s Quest (Warriors Super Edition) by Erin Hunter
The Sight (Warriors: Power of Three Book #1) by Erin Hunter
Dark River (Warriors: Power of Three Book #2) by Erin Hunter
Outcast (Warriors: Power of Three Book #3) by Erin Hunter
Eclipse (Warriors: Power of Three Book #4) by Erin Hunter

I

J

A Bargain in Silver (Solis Invicti Book 1) by Josie Jaffrey
Repossessed by A.M Jenkins
The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John 
Dead Mans Cove by Lauren St. John

K

A Million Shades of Grey by Cynthia Kadohata
Zahras Paradise by Amir and Khalil 
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Misery by Stephen King 
The Mist by Stephen King
Joyland by Stephen King
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower Book 1) by Stephen King
King Matt the First by Janusz Korczak

L

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Leviathan
Rules by Cynthia Lord
The Headhunters by Peter Lovesey
The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry
Number the Stars by Louis Lowr
The Young Elites (A Young Elites Novel) by Marie Lu

Kill Switch by Chris Lynch

M

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah. J. Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah. J. Maas
Dashing Through The Snow by Debbie Macomber
Between Us And The Moon by Rebecca Maizel
Twilight (Book #1) by Stephanie Meyer
Must Love Dukes by Elizabeth Michels
Destiny of the Republic: A Take of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard
Fracture by Megan Miranda
Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe
Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery
Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran
The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern
Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa 

N

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Forsaken by Ken Newman
Evermore by Alyson Noël

O

A History of Weapons by John O’Bryan
The Flame of Olympus (Pegasus) by Kate Ohearn
Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa
Japanese for Healthcare Professionals by Shigeru Osuka

P

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
C3 Corvette 1968-1982: How to Build and Modify – Performance How-To Series by Chris Petris
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey (Review by M.O.M)
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilney (Review by M.O.M)
Die For Me (Revenants Book #1) by Amy Plum 
Until I Die (Revenants Book #2) by Amy Plum 
The Dead of Winter by Chris Priestley

Q

R

Ready or Not? by Tina Radziszewicz
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Ford Small Block Engine Parts Interchange – Performance How-To Series by George Reid
Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Book 1) by Rick Riordan
Somehow Tenderness Survives by Hazel Rochman
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (Book #1) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book #7) by J.K. Rowling
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan (Reviewed by M.O.M)

S

She’s So Dead To Us by Kieran Scott
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington (Embrace Series Book #1)
Lost in Yonkers by Niel Simon
Angels’ Blood (Guild Hunter Series Book #1) by Nalini Singh
Archangel’s Blade (Guild Hunter Series Book #5) by Nalini Singh
Guild Hunter Series (Books #1-6) by Nalini Singh 
Archangel’s Shadows (Guild Hunter Series Book #7) by Nalini Singh
Archangel’s Enigma (Guild Hunter Series Book #8) by Nalini Singh
Archangel’s Heart (Guild Hunter Series Book #9) by Nalini Singh
Archangel’s Viper (Guild Hunter Series Book #10) by Nalini Singh
Lord of the Abyss (Royal House of Shadows Book #4)  by Nalini Singh
Slave to Sensation (Psy/Changling Book #1) by Nalini Singh
Visions of Heat (Psy/Changling Book #2) by Nalini Singh
The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle by L.J. Smith
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Santa’s Snow Cat by Sue Stainton
Parker by Richard Stark
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedmad
The Hitchhiker by R.L. Stein
Beach Party by R.L. Stein 
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

T

The Secret DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
Shibumi by Trevanian
The Art of War by Sun Tzu

U

V

The Ledge by Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan

W

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood Book #1) by J.R. Ward 
Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood Book #2) by J.R. Ward
Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood Book #3) by J.R. Ward
Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly
Gol (The Legends of Ansu) by J.W. Webb
McDuffs New Friend by Rosemary Wells
Oh Deer! Coloring Book by Christie Whelan 
Night by Elie Wiesel
Debt Inheritance (Indebted #1) by Pepper Winters 

X

Y

Z

Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff 

#

100 Questions You’d Never Ask Your Parents by Elisabeth Henderson and Nancy Armstrong

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Cowboys and Aliens (2011)

Starring
Daniel Craig – Jake Lonergan
Harrison Ford – Woodrow Dolarhyde
Olivia Wilde – Ella Swenson

Summary

“The Old West.. where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world. 1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents-townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors-all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.”

– Amazon.com

Review

This was quite a strange movie. It was a mix of Transformers, G.I. Joe, John Wayne Westerns, Indiana Jones, and many other movies put together. If you just mash up some of your favorite sci-fi, action, romance movies, then you get Cowboys and Aliens. Don’t get me wrong, it was done very well and the settings were great, and the way they created the story line was very creative, but it was quite predictable. There were a few parts which made you jump and there were a few parts which you did not expect, but most of it was something you have probably seen in some other movie.

The acting in the movie was really good and what added to it was the fact that they had great actors. Anything which has Harrison Ford and/or Daniel Craig in it is going to be great.

I definitely would recommend this movie but it is for a more mature audience. I would say ok for 15 or 16 year old. No one under that age should see it because there is some bad language, shooting, creepy aliens, and some sensuality. Otherwise this was a very good movie. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.

But what do you think?