Once I heard Stephen King gave the okay for a movie to be made based on his Dark Tower series (and Idris Elba was cast at the Gunslinger if I'm being completely honest with you), I couldn't wait to start reading. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the story is part western and part fantasy, a turn from King's usual horror. While I plan on reading the rest of the series, The Gunslinger is fine as a stand alone if you're just looking for a quick, entertaining read. P.S. I found King's afterward just as entertaining as the book itself- don't skip it!
Roland, the world's last gunslinger, tracks an enigmatic man in black toward a forbidding Dark Tower, fighting forces both mortal and other-worldly on his quest.