The Waste Lands [The Dark Tower III]
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"In 1978, Stephen King introduced the world to the last gunslinger, Roland of Gilead. Nothing has been the same since. More than twenty years later, the quest for the Dark Tower continues to take readers on a wildly epic ride. Through parallel worlds and across time, Roland must brave desolate wastelands and endless deserts, drifting into the unimaginable and the familiar. A classic tale of colossal scope," crossing over terrain from The Stand, The Eyes of the Dragon, Insomnia, The Talisman, Black House, Hearts in Atlantis, Salem's Lot, and other familiar King haunts," the adventure takes hold with the turn of each page. And the Tower awaits.... The Third Volume in the Epic Dark Tower Series, The Waste Lands. Roland, the last gunslinger, moves ever closer to the Dark Tower of his dreams and nightmares as he travels through city and country in Mid-World -- a macabre world that is a twisted image of our own. With him are those he has drawn to this world: street-smart Eddie and courageous, wheelchair-bound Susannah. Ahead of him are mind-bending revelations about who and what is driving him. Against him is arrayed a swelling legion of foes," both more and less than human...."

Customer Reviews:

  • Great as all DT books
    The story of the first 2 books continues and is as entertaining as before! The best parts: Jake`s entry into mid-world and of course crazy Blane mono!...more info
  • Audio Book 3 of 7, Join the Journey!
    This is a cliffhanger, so have book 4 ready. This story just keeps getting better, in book 2 Roland visited New York AT three different times in our world, and changing events during this time travel is driving him insane! Our heroes find the cure in rescuing someone else that will join them in this great journey, a someone that had assured Roland there were other worlds that his. There is more rescuing later on in this book and as thrilling and suspenseful as only Stephen King can write it. I was glad that I am enjoying this series now; to have read this book at the time it was published I would had died when it came to the end, as it really does not complete the story, but lucky me, I had book 4 ready!...more info
  • i still remember waiting....
    The waste lands is the 3rd book in the dark tower series and the main thing i remember was the waiting after finishing it. It ends on a horrible cliffhanger. However, now that the whole series is finished any new readers won't have to wait. It is overall a good book and a good entry in the series but it does tend to drag a bit in the middle. Anyway it's a must read for those trying to reach the end and the Tower. ...more info
  • Moving along...
    Now that the new characters are introduced and the party has gathered, we're actually starting on the quest for the Dark Tower! This one ends in a cliffhanger so now I have to read the next book! It's close, but not quite 5 stars yet. I'm still just barely able to put it down when I need to....more info
  • A Great Continuation of the Series... Until the End
    Many, many moons ago I would read any Stephen King novel that came out. The Dark Tower series was no exception. In fact, I was hooked on the series as bad as Eddie Dean was hooked on cocaine in book #2 and was excited to pick this story up.

    It begins a few months after the events of the previous book. Roland is training Eddie Dean and Susannah on becoming gunslingers. Things seem to be coming together well for Roland... he is proud of his ka-tet (ka being destiny and ka-tet being people who share a destiny) as they show the potential to be great gunslingers, they are progressing towards the Dark Tower, they are learning what the Dark Tower actually is, and Roland's illness has gone away. However, Roland is being plagued more and more by a new illness... the paradox of knowing Jake Chambers after his death in the first book but yet later saving Jake from this death at the conclusion of the second book. Roland has trouble pulling the two events together and is slowly causing him to go insane (was there a boy? Did he live or did he die?).

    By the end of the book, Roland's ka-tet grows by two and the story progresses quite well as they continue their quest for the Dark Tower. I really loved the story as it was imaginative and had some excellent, fascinating characters and events.

    However, in this book, Stephen King did something he hadn't done in the previous two books... he ended it on a cliffhanger. To make things worse, Stephen King even waited six long years (for us, the dear readers) to resolve this cliffhanger. In 1991 I vowed I would not continue this series until all of the books were written. Be grateful you do not have to wait six years between books and that you can now continue right on to the sequel. For the cliffhanger and its long awaited resolution (even after six years, I never would have guessed it) I've deducted a star. It is a star that I've been waiting decades to deduct!

    The pace of this book is fantastic. It was really hard to put down both times I read it. Unfortunately the momentum slows down a little bit after this book as the next book gives us a glimpse into Roland's past and we learn how he became enthralled with the Dark Tower....more info
  • "The Waste Lands" by Brett Rickert
    "The Waste Lands," by Stephen King is the third book in The Dark Tower series. It leads Roland and his gang on their way, in the quest to reach the Tower. Unlike the other books in the series, you get to know the characters very well. This, at points, can also be a bad aspect to the book. The reason you learn so much about the characters is because not much else happens in this part of their journey. There are not a lot of events that take place, so the author goes in depth to all the character's history and how they came to meet each other. This can make the book at points slow, but also it is crucial for the series. Without the information gained in this book, the fourth and then fifth books would not make sense.
    Getting to know the characters isn't necessarily a bad thing. At times it seems over done but you learn information that provides a wise insight to their backgrounds. You learn why Roland and Jake are going crazy, why Susannah hates her old life and why Eddie second-guesses every action he takes. It makes you feel like you are a part of the journey.
    "The Waste Lands" also uncovers some of the mysteries of the Dark Tower. This makes the book interesting and fun to read. The gang is finally making way toward their final destination and you get to explore new characters, towns and landscapes along the way. This book, although not the best so far in the series is still entertaining and a necessary read if you plan to get to the Tower.

    Brett Rickert...more info
  • Dark Tower Book 3 on CD
    Very good. I am now on Book 4, which is not as good, but still addictive to continue on through Rolands' journey. ...more info
  • The quest endures!
    The Wastelands-King's third installment in the Dark Tower saga-marks the true beginning of the quest in many ways. Roland finally gathers his ka-tet (group bound to him by destiny) as he draws young Jake into his world amid a demonic rainstorm. And it is here, as the group prepares to embark on a seemingly insane journey through the Waste Lands (part of Mid-World that has been utterly ravaged by war and the decay of the Tower), that we finally get a look at the true nature of Roland's world.

    From the City of Lud-a post-apocalyptic industrial ruin-to the lost cyborg-bear Shardik and the dread portal he guards, it is clear from the start that Roland's world-and perhaps our world as well-contains vastly more than meets the eye. Perhaps the greatest asset to The Waste Lands is the sheer imaginative scope that binds the tale of Roland's ka-tet. Here is a world so complete in its history, so flawless in its realization, and so utterly compelling in its people, that it is far too easy to lose yourself in.

    In The Waste Lands, the Dark Tower epic picks of steam and sends the reader hurtling down the dark halls of King's fantastic world.

    A word of warning: Have a copy of Wizard and Glass (Book IV) on hand when you finish this; it ends with a really agonizing cliff-hanger....more info
  • 5 Stars
    Package came as promised. CD's were flawless and played great. Very satisfied. :)...more info
  • Adventure, Horror and Romance
    This is an excellent book. The four main characters--Roland, Susannah Dean, Eddie Dean and Jack Chambers--continue their quest for the Dark Tower facing many obstacles. The conflicts, problems and pasts of these four characters make this book very interesting to read. Roland has drawn Susannah, Eddie and Jack into his world, Mid World, from different time periods in American history. Susannah comes from during the Civil Rights movement of the 60's, Eddie comes from the 1980's and Jake comes from modern New York as a 6th grader about to take exams.
    The past experiences of each of these characters make this book fun and interesting to read. Eddie, before coming to Roland's world, was a heroin addict. Susannah, an African American, experienced discrimination before coming to Mid World. Roland is a gunslinger who was trained by a man named Cort. In his home village there are many gunslingers. "Riddling" (solving riddles) is a favorite past time there. Riddles that Roland has learned from Cort aid the characters in their journey to the Dark Tower. The obstacles they encounter include a huge mechanical bear, an evil robotic talking train and several demons. Stephen King has written an exciting book. Anyone who enjoys a good adventure story with some horror and romance mixed in will love this book. ...more info
  • Here It Begins
    This is where the DARK TOWER really takes off.

    Eddie and Susannah are adjusting to their new life (and annoying this reader less than they did in Book #2), and we finally learn some details about what the Dark Tower is and - how they are going to get there. Finally we are getting some momentum going on Roland's quest. I feel this is where the journey really gets on it's feet.

    Book #3 also sees the return of Jake, from THE GUNSLINGER and the introduction of Oy, the bumbler they encounter on the way to the Tower. These characters, along with the ever-interesting Roland (now healthy again), made Book 3 the best read of the series thus far.

    The adventure in this book is almost non-stop (as opposed to the long-winded scenarios of Book 2) and creates some amazing visuals and suspense. This book ends with a jaw-dropping appearence of a central character and a deadly cliffhanger. This book is the DARK TOWER at its best. It's the perfect mix of action, character and DT info (just enough to satisfy your craving without giving too much away).

    I loved this book, and after reading it I declared myself a "Tower Junkie". ...more info
  • Wonderful...

    SK did a wonderful job with Blane's personality. Oh, did i mention...Jack is back! I love this book. It is very captivating. Your imagination soars while reading. ...more info
  • BLAIN IS PAIN IN MY BRAIN!!!
    Where else but in Stephen King's wild imagination could you ever read a book that gives you nightmares about an intelligent but psycho train named Blain? Oh yes, I am having nightmares. This series is consuming my walking thoughts as well as my dream state thoughts. I also was very happy to see Jake again. His early departure had left a hollow inside of me. He is not only back, but he has such more depth to him. Kudos to King!!!!...more info
  • They need to put King's muse in a mental institution
    Stephen King is a madman. And he's not just your everyday, run-of-the-mill mendicant talking to himself on the street type of madman, he's a creative madman that has access to insane muses that most of us will never encounter in our lives. I continue my journey to read his Dark Tower series because I myself am on a quest - much like Roland the Gunslinger, except without all the shooting, giant cyborg bears, and pink, artificially intelligent trains named Blaine - to read stories that meet four criteria: (1) they are epic in scope, (2) they deal with sci-fi, fantastic, religious, and/or philosophical themes, (3) are intelligent and (4) are well-written. I have found very few novel series that meet all these criteria, and those that do are often, like The Waste Lands and other entries into The Dark Tower, a little too macabre or offensive for my tastes. But boy, what a ride. I liked the first book, really liked the second book, but I was absolutely enthralled with The Waste Lands. Initially I didn't know if I had the stomach or the desire to follow Roland company all the way to the foot of the Dark Tower, but after this I'm hooked....more info
  • My 100-word book review
    In my opinion, The Waste Lands is a contender, along with The Drawing of the Three, for the title of best Dark Tower novel. Tension, thrills and scary monsters abound, as Roland links up with the last two members of his ka-tet and they make their way along the path of the Beam. From the cyborg-haunted forests to the city of Lud, Stephen King's descriptions of Mid-World are intense enough to half-convince the reader that this must be a real place somewhere. The story gains momentum and hastens towards its cliff-hanger ending with the speed of a runaway train. Literally!...more info
  • Great Book
    Better than book 2. Has more momentum and plot than the previous two but I like the dark, brooding, mysterious quality of the first the most still. ...more info
  • "Roland to the Dark Tower Came"
    Mike Grode
    12/14/05
    The Wastelands 0-451-21086-7


    Roland and his band of new friends find themselves with a new and possibly more difficult situation. Roland finds himself slowly losing his mind. Many obstacles stand in their way to the Dark Tower. Some of them being the drawing of Jake Chambers, The Tick Tock man, The Ageless Stranger, and Blaine the Mono. For those of you new to the series tis best to start of with the first book and prepare for Roland to open the door for you into his world.

    This book was a page turner with never ending suspense and interesting twists. You have to pay attention to whats going on in the story. If you don't get something it's best to reread it. I kind of connected with Jake since i'm in eigth grade and kind of understand what he's going through. This awesome western cowboy sort of fantasy genre was new to me at the first book,but I liked it right away. I guess I just like the way Stephen King uses the old kind of language like aye,thee,and such like that. A surprise that, well, surprised me was when Roland wagered his and his companions lives to the riddling contest against Blaine. The ending was a huge cliff-hanger,it ended with the riddling contest beggining and Blaine opens the contest with excitement. There was close to no boring parts in it and don't let your mind wander from the story or you might get lost from the path of the beam. The new parts of the plot were amazing and a old one stays the same which is the Dark Tower. I recommend this book to the adult and highschool audience since it swears in it and has some adult content....more info
  • Simply Fantastic!
    Wastelands continues the story of Roland journey to the Dark Tower. Roland brought Odetta and Detta together as one being after showing Detta Jack Mort through the door. Since Mort is the one who created Detta by pushing Odetta in front of a train. Now another personality is created, that calls herself Susanah Dean. She gives herself Eddie's last name as if she was his wife.

    Also by putting putting Mort in front of a train. He put some confusion into the lives of himself and young Jake. Roland killed Mort before Mort could push Jake in front of a car. So now Jake knows he should've died and how. He also hears voices saying "you died, no you didn't, yes you did". While Roland is hearing voices too about Jake was but wasn't in his world and how he still remembers him falling to his death. This is because preventing Mort from killing Jake kept him from entering Roland's world. Jake now trys to get back into Roland's world knowing he'll go mad if he doesn't. So he opens door after door expecting each one to lead him to Roland's world. While Eddie is under a lot of stress, carving a key knowing he has to get it exactly right. Because that key will some how get Jake to Mid-World.

    The book is full of unforgettable villians. A puss faced scummy oldman that talks like a pirate named Gasher. He's the henchman of a muscular bully named Tick Tock Man. Roland and his ka-tet have to contend with them while trying to get to evil talking Mono named Blaine. Which they'll have to take if they wanna get closer to the Tower. First they'll have to stump him with a riddle if they wanna stay alive. Plus Susanah has to contend with a horny humping demon to keep it away from Eddie. As he trys his key to get Jake into Mid-World. This book is clever of course just like the previous two. There's just simply nothing like Stephen King's Dark Tower books.

    ...more info
  • Look! It's the plot!
    Finally: the novel happens. The landscape of the world in which the Gunslinger lives and treks changes and becomes more real to the reader. Two more characters permanently (one is a boy from New York City and the other a small animal called a billy-bumbler that mimics back human words with a sense of intelligence) join up with the Gunslinger's group.

    Some post-apocalyptic machinery takes place which takes the story from a Dal¨ª-esque desert to a sci-fi analogue of a city (much like New York) in ruin that is governed by violent acts between two gangs of self-destructive marauders.

    I enjoyed this volume very much...I just feel it was titled incorrectly. The actual land o' waste doesn't actually happen until the last 50 pages or so...and I felt it was far too under-described--but this is understandable considering the circumstances of Blain the Train... Still, I was expecting a Waste Land, and not just mere glimpses. Maybe this gets explored a bit in the next book(s)? We shall see! ...more info
  • The Wastelands
    This book was awesome...
    From the first battle against Shardik to the confrontation in Lud to the confrontation with Blaine the Pain. This book was packed with action...

    Why can't I become a gunslinger too? I would give just about anything...

    Oh, by the way, welcome back John "Jake" Chambers...more info
  • Riddle me this riddle me that
    A toxic wasteland, and the path of the beam. Jake gets kidnapped and some other interesting tales abound, however, if you are just buying this book be thankful.

    Myself, like a lot of other fans, had to wait years . . . I mean years, for the fourth book in this series.

    Freaking years! Because we wanted to find out what riddle would mix up old Blaine the train who is a pain, which is where this book leaves off.

    I'm sure that if you read this book you will be buying the next book soon after.

    If King goes down in literary history, I think he'll be known as the Charles Dickens of our times, and this series should stand as the center of his works. Kind-a-like a Dark Tower should....more info
  • third time's a charm
    Third time's a charm. At least with the Dark Tower series, it is. The Waste Lands really picks up the pace and starts us on our true journey with the characters. Whereas Books I and II felt like exposition setting us up for the real story to begin, Book III jumps right in and gets going. And, to be clich¨¦ for a moment, it's a wild ride.

    With two books behind us, we're already aware that bizarre things happen and exist in Roland's world. Remember the lobstrosities from the beach? They were only the beginning. Early into The Waste Lands, our gunslingers - Eddie, Susannah, and Roland - encounter monsters equally as disturbing. First up is Shardik, a diseased bear-like machine who acts as a guardian of the Beam - one of six "roads" leading to the Tower. Curious how a machine seems to have gotten sick (it actually sneezes). Yes, curious indeed.

    The theme of "ghosts in the machines" carries throughout the novel, as our band of travelers (which increases by two unexpected characters, young Jake and his loyal dog-like companion) meet many other examples of technology gone awry. They travel to the ruined town of Lud, which faintly resembles the New York City we are familiar with, but not quite. Lud seems to have been an ancient, yet highly technologically advanced city. This raised many questions for me as to what and when Roland's alternate (or parallel) world really is. We know from the previous two books that time and space work very differently here, as the world moves on.

    King creates an almost cyber punk setting in Lud - a post-apocalyptic land where computers and machines are regarded (or feared) as gods (or ghosts). Here again is where King really shines as a horror writer. His gory descriptions of Lud's inhabitants are enough to make your stomach churn. But he also succeeds at tugging at the heart strings, surprisingly. It's impossible not to feel protective of 11-year-old Jake, and the father-son bond he has with Roland is really endearing. I'll admit that Eddie and Susannah still aren't my favorite characters of all time, but they are growing on me. I think the fact that they are sort of...well...losers makes the story more interesting. Not every character can be Roland of Gilead, the Clint Eastwood of the series.

    We learn more about the history behind this odd world, and the mythology of the series is slowly revealing itself, but there are still many mysteries yet unsolved. Like the previous books, The Waste Lands is definitely not a stand-alone book, as it ends on a cliffhanger that rivals those of the season finales of Lost.

    With such a twisted, creative tale already in place, I'm not sure what to expect from the next book in the series. I suspect there will be a continuing focus on the breakdown of technology, and more emphasis on dark magic as the Wizard comes into play. I do hope more mythology is explained and some questions are answered. But, as I've come to expect from Lost (which allegedly draws some inspiration from this series), I'll be prepared for the slow-reveal....more info
  • The Dark Tower series kicks in high gear!
    In The Waste Lands the DT series kick into high gear, the main characters are set and developed and Roland's ka-tet starts to form into a cohesive unit. The trek from the Portal of Shardik thru Lud and on to Topeka is one of the most entertaining passages in the entire DT series. The character development is complete and the adventure truly begins as the ties between New York and Roland's world begin to take shape more clearly. The imagery in Waste Lands is lush and fascinating and adds a superb backdrop for the action that unfolds. ...more info
  • My favorite in the series
    As a huge fan of the Dark Tower series, I'd have to say that this book is my favorite (would've been even more so if the first chapter of Wizards and Glass had been in here). A great read, and leaves you hanging until the very end (and beyond)....more info
  • Many stories all in one book
    In the third book of the Dark Tower series, King takes you through many different journeys. He brings back Jake (the boy who died in the first book), which I was happy to see. He does it in a way that doesn't make it look ridiculous. You will meet the large Shardik the bear, make friends with the old people, venture into the ruins of the city of Lud, meet Gasher (an extremely repulsive individual) and ride on the eerie mono called Blaine. An excited adventure for sure....more info
  • Excellent!
    What a great audiobook! Well read and excellent writing. I normally don't like King's writing, but this is a really cool series. I'm hooked....more info
  • The Wait
    From cover to cover this book had many great adventures that followed the path of the Dark Tower. A strong bond is created and proven time and again between our Ka Tet. Redemption is made, but also proven. The cliffhanger ending left me in agony for years, as it did many other readers. Luckily, if this is your first time reading this book you don't have to wait for book 4 to be released. If you are new to the Dark Tower, do not start here. Buy all 7 books and read them in order. It's that good!

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  • Just keeps getting better
    Volume 1 was a good start, volume 2 was where King hit his stride with the series, volume 3 is where the series really got really, really good. Jake is back. Eddie and Susannah (formerly known as Odetta/Detta) are fully developed as characters. The story is fleshed out and much more takes place. Even Roland is a more three dimensional character in this installment, whereas he was almost a two dimensional stereotype in the other two volumes. I've said King hit his stride in volume 2, and the story really did, but this is where it gets really good and really sucks you in. It works on many levels. The only problem is the cliffhanger that King leaves you with at the end. Sort of a cheap shot, especially when you consider how long it takes King to write another Dark Tower book. Though now that the series is complete and you can read it all from start to finish, the cliffhanger isn't that big of a problem. But it sure was back then. If you weren't real keen on volume one, you have to give volumes 2 and 3 a try. And even though 3 is better than 2, if you didn't like 2, I'm not real sure that 3 will bring you into the saga. ALthough it might. give it a try. ...more info
  • Wow!.
    This series just keeps getting better and better! I really enjoyed the two previous books in the series (The Gunslinger and The Drawing of the Three. The second book was better than the first and this book was better than the second. If they keept improving at this rate I cant even imagine what the seventh book is like!

    There are two parts to this book. The first part is split into 4 chapters which alternate between Roland, Eddie and Susanah (as Detta/Odetta is now know) in the gunslingers' world and Jake in New York of our world. This part of the book tells the story of how Jake and Roland are both going crazy; because of Roland saving Jake in the previous book neither of them are sure whether or not Jake died and went into the gunslingers' world. Jake is trying to get back to the gunslingers' world.

    The second part of the book is the Roland and this friends travelling through a place in Rolands' world called the wastelands, partly in search of Blaine the Mono.

    Both parts of the book are very good (the first part is better than the second) and this book is very hard to put down) and I would reccomend this book to any fans of Stephen King or of the genre.

    This book has a good cliffhanger at the end which makes you want to read the next book to find out what happens....more info
  • King does Fantasy/Adventure/Western
    The continuing travels of Roland and his group/ka-tet through Mid-world on their way to the Dark Tower. This installment takes them through the forest and out into the wastelands, where they meet three different groups of people. There is a theme of the test of wills. Although Stephen King primarily writes horror, this is a work of fantasy/adventure (as is the whole Dark Tower series). While the book was somewhat slow in the beginning, it soon picked-up. The story kept me wanting to know what happens next. I particularly enjoyed the riddles, towards the end. The ending is somewhat of a cliff-hanger, but one need only move on to the next installment in the series. That's exactly what I intend to do....more info
  • Another great book!
    I read this novel in exactly two days and I finished it yesterday. It rocks! Stephen King's The Dark Tower series is great. If you liked the first two, then pick this book up and give it a go. You'll love it. I am currently reading part four and I will review it when I am done....more info
  • One of the best in the Dark Tower series.
    The story is both invigorating and suspenseful, and develops the characters of Eddie, Susanna, Jake, and Roland to immense levels. The city of Lud is full of surprises and I'll tell you now, Blaine is INDEED a pain! :)...more info
  • The Waste Lands by Stephen King
    A great part of of the ride; you must read if you've been following the books. This book was received in great condition and in a timely manner. ...more info
  • The Best So Far
    This one is the best of the three so far. It's exciting from beginning to end and ends as a cliffhanger. The characters are rich and engaging. You've got to love Detta even though she may drive you nuts at times. The whole concept of Blaine the Mono is terrific. Imagine being trapped in a monorail that is speeding to your certain death, unless of course you can come up with a riddle that it doesn't know the answer to. Amazing. ...more info
  • Slowly builds to a fever pitch
    After the taut momentum of "The Drawing of the Three," the first hundred pages or so of "The Waste Lands" feels like an extremely slow build, if only because most of it is spent chronicling the relatively placid domesticity (save for an encounter with a big robot bear) of Eddie, Susannah, and Roland; author King tied things up so well at the end of "Drawing" that it feels like he had to poke around his imagination extra-hard to weed out a new conflict. It is not until we are re-introduced to Jake Chambers (the boy whom Roland sacrificed in "The Gunslinger") that the book really hits the ground running, and finds its backbone--the fluid chemistry of this disparate quartet on their gradual journey to the Dark Tower. When we settle into the second half of this tome (which begins with a truly harrowing bridge-crossing), it becomes a viciously gripping variant on "Escape from New York" that culminates in a darkly comic train ride that--smartly, on King's part--leaves us clamoring for the outcome in "Wizard and Glass." Per the usual with these Plume editions, the illustrations by Ned Dameron are excellent....more info
  • A Must Read Series
    Roland is the last living member of a knightly order known as gunslingers. The world he lives in is quite different from our own, yet it bears striking similarities to it. Politically organized along the lines of a feudal society, it shares technological and social characteristics with the American Old West, as well as bearing magical powers and the relics of a highly advanced, but long vanished, society. Roland's quest is to find the Dark Tower, a fabled building said to either be, or be located at, the nexus of all universes. Roland's world is said to have "moved on," and indeed it appears to be coming apart at the seams -- mighty nations are being torn apart by war, entire cities and regions vanish from the face of the earth without a trace, time does not flow in an orderly fashion; even the sun sometimes rises in the north and sets in the east. As the series opens, Roland's motives, goals, and even his age are unclear, though later installments shed light on these mysteries.

    This series was mostly inspired by the epic poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" by Robert Browning, the full text of which was included in an appendix to the final volume. In the preface to the revised 2003 edition of The Gunslinger, King also identifies The Lord of the Rings, the Arthurian Legend, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as inspirations. He identifies Clint Eastwood's "Man with No Name" character as one of the major inspirations for Roland. King's style of location names in the series, such as Mid-World, and his development of a unique language abstract to our own, are also influenced by J. R. R. Tolkien's work.

    The Dark Tower is often described in the novels as a real structure, and also as a metaphor. Part of Roland's fictional quest lies in discovering the true nature of the Tower. The series incorporates themes from multiple genres, including fantasy fiction, science fantasy, horror, and western elements. King has described the series as his magnum opus; beside the seven novels that comprise the series proper, many of his other books are related to the story, introducing concepts and characters that come into play as the series progresses. ...more info
  • This is the best Dark Tower yet.
    The Dark Tower series is one built off of a love-hate relationship (for me at least). Some will love it, some will hate it, I both love and hate it. I loved the first book, Gunslinger -- it was a classic. I hated the second, it was boring in many ways but exciting in others. But the third is the best -- talks a lot about Jake -- and he is my fav. character, aside from Roland himself.

    Don't stop reading the series if you don't like the second book. Unless of course you can't finish the second, then by all means, don't buy another one. The on;y true reason I am reading the DT books is to find out what is the Dark Tower, why Roland is chasing it and so obsessed over it, and too see what happens to it at the end.

    Oh, and I love Blaine. Thats all I am saying....more info
  • one of the novels I re-read over & over again
    From Start to Finish this series is top notch. It is, by far, the best single story Mr. King has written, finally completed. I remember finishing one bk, & waiting so impatiently for the next one that I would re-read The Series several times. The characters became some of my best friends, and their enemies became mine as well.

    This story will go down in history as one of the great epics of mankind....more info
  • Very Pleased
    Received very quickly and in excellent order. Made the remainder of my holiday very enjoyable!! Many thanks...more info
  • The Waste Lands Book III
    Far better than its predecessors. It is a more mature Stephen King, an author who always realized the power and potential of this series, but has now grasped it with white knuckles and pulls you down into the abyss that is his mind. Furthermore, the characters are beginning to be defined with greater clarity, a bond is being formed through King's dialogue. Splendid novel. Despite their unfortunate plight, the reader wishes to join this band of wild cards on their long odyssey....more info
  • Great!!!
    Just a great book. A perfect addition to the first two books in the series. Can't wait to read the next one....more info
  • Blaine is a pain and that is the truth
    "The Waste Lands" is book three in the 7 book Dark Tower series. I just started the Dark Tower eight months ago and I have been taking my time. "The Gunslinger" was a difficult book to read, but things definitely picked up in "The Drawing of the Three." The pacing picks up in "The Waste Lands" and it makes for the most satisfying chapter in the series so far.

    In some ways, the story really begins in "The Waste Lands." We finally learn a little about why Roland (the last gunslinger) is obsessed with the Dark Tower. A former character is reintroduced and pulled into the fellowship and the real journey begins. The reader learns a lot more about the characters and about the world Stephen King has created. Information is still released in a piece meal fashion and it is amazing how much is still unknown about the true nature of the story after three books. "The Waste Lands" ends in a cliffhanger with no real resolution. Thankfully, for me the series is complete and I do not have to wait for the next chapter. Overall the Dark Tower just keeps getting better.
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  • The quest for the Dark Tower picks up steam
    Book three of the Dark Tower series, The Waste Lands, is a fantastic trip through the world of the Gunslinger. The story took a detour outside of Roland's world for most of book 2 (The Drawing of the three) and I was excited to finally get back into the post-apocalyptic, odd time, fantasy world of the Dark Tower.

    We finally get to see a major size city of this world and it's not a pretty place. Civil war tears the remaining dwellers apart as each group has developed their own mythology and one side uses the others fears against them. Especially entertaining is the storyline about a fictional (?) train called Blaine. It turns out Blaine isn't fiction at all, in fact he is quite real and quiet insane. This is where I think Stephen King is at his best, taking absurd ideas like an insane train and blending them into a story. He does not fail in the Waste Lands. The book ends making you beg for the next one- Wizard and Glass.

    I'm so glad I decided to read the Dark Tower series after all seven books were released because I would have gone as insane as Blaine if I would have had to wait for the next book to come out.

    Like each of the two books before it, it's a fairly quick and simple read, not over simplistic, but not dogged down in over pronoun usage and side stories. If you have read the first two books and the second one dragged you down a little (it did me), I highly suggest you continue to third book which excited me about the series again....more info
  • Go slow past the Drawers
    The Waste Lands I think is what really brings out the decaying world of Roland Deschain. In the first novel, Roland is in frantic pursuit of the Man in Black (Walter O' Dim), and in the second novel, Roland is in a fight for his life at the Western Sea between crazed companions and infection.

    However, until the third novel, the Waste Lands, Stephen King only hints at the world Roland lives in. It's not until we meet Shardik the Bear and see the madness that is the City of Lud, that despair and tragedy of Roland's world really comes together.

    I've read this book a couple times now, and I still consider it my favorite of the Dark Tower series. It is truly and epic novel, and really brings the world of Roland Deschain to the reader. I really like how the characters develop, and we see new characters at long last being introduced.

    Do not pass this novel up if you are a fan of Stephen King and the Dark Tower Series. Once you've read this novel, you have to see how the Series ends....more info
  • Blaine the Pain
    After an amazing second book, the Dark Tower Series takes a nose dive back down. The adventure continues, but the action in this book is dismal. We find that Jake returns, finds a friend, gets captured, and then is saved. Blaine the Mono throws out his version of the Hobbit riddles. Then, in the end; wait, there isn't an ending. You know how you hate it when a weekly TV series throws "To be continued" on the screen. Well, expect to feel that way at the end of this book....more info