This book was one of the first books ever written by Stephen King. I believe he was still in college when he wrote it and it shows. For those who have ever written a book you know how difficult it can be. It’s a shame how poor it is because the rest of the series is really quite engaging (for the most part).
The plot, dialogue, and various literary devices are crude and not particularly written well. There are a few action scenes which are interesting, albeit a bit fantastical (like when Roland dispatches an entire town with two guns), but most of the book comes across as a simple means to start the series.
In the end though you come across with the big takeaways you will need for the rest of the series. Do not get hung up on extraneous details as there are too many. If you feel like what you’re reading isn’t important to the overall plot, don’t think you need to spend a lot of time trying to decipher King’s meaning. Chances are, it isn’t that important.
The Dark Tower series is a must read for fantasy fans and aspiring authors. The imagination used in the bizarre Mid-World comes from a special mind. However, Stephen King set out to write the longest novel ever written and sometimes it really shows. The tangents he goes on from time to time really drags on in this particular book.
My advice is to get past this book as quickly as you can so you can dive into the much more interesting and better written books in the series.