I’m a huge Stephen King fan, but I somehow never started the Dark Tower series. Part Western, part Tolkien and part fantasy, this is the beginning of an eight-book series focusing on Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger. Roland is chasing the man in black across a desert on his way to a tower that he hopes will give him the answers to the meaning of life and death. This is a long, strange journey that sets up the world building.