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The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2)

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Beginning with a short story appearing in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1978, the publication of Stephen King's epic work of fantasy-what he considers to be a single long novel and his magnum opus-has spanned a quarter of a century.

Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark To
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Hardcover, First Edition, 399 pages
Published April 1st 1987 by Donald M. Grant Publishers (first published January 1st 1987)
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Delee
When a very close friend lists a book as an ALL-TIME FAVORITE!!...the pressure to love it, and give it a review deserving of its fabulous-ness, is immense...when that very close friend is the gloooooorious Stepheny- the pressure is OFF THE CHARTS!!!! Anyone familiar with her- will know EXACTLY what I mean. ;)

...So here goes nothing *deep breath*...

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THE DRAWING OF THE THREE- the second book in The Dark Tower series- takes place seven hours after we last left Roland Deschain in The Gunslinger. The
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Kat Stark


Buddyread with the vivacious Karly (Click to read her review)

First Book: Gunslinger

Third Book: The Waste Lands

We're off on a grand adventure, an adventure to the tower
We hear it's the shit from a shit, if ever a shit there was
If ever, oh ever a shit there was, The Dark Tower is one because
Because, because, because, because, because
Because we do what Roland does
We're off on a grand adventure, an adventure to the tower


I figure that I've been pretty creative with King's novels that I read this pa
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Dan 1.0
Roland Deschain, fresh from the events of the Gunslinger, lies exhausted and poisoned on the shores of the ocean. In his delirium, he finds three doorways leading to our world and his new ka-tet. Will Roland survive long enough to bring his new ka-tet?

This is when the Dark Tower really started coming together. The first thing that happens really shocked the crap out of me. Damn lobstrosities! I had no idea what Roland was going to go through when I first opened this one.

The new characters are in
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Jeff
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Kemper
Mid-World General Emergency Room - 9:19 PM

“Step in here, please. What’s your name?”

“Roland Deschain.”

“And do you have any allergies, Mr. Deschain?”

“No.”

“And when…..wait a second. Roland Deschain? The last gunslinger? The guy who is on a quest to find the Dark Tower?”

“That’s me.”

“Wow. This is an honor. I mean, I see a lot of scum and mutants come through here. Especially since the world has moved on and all that, but to get Roland the gunslinger in here as a patient? That’s just crazy! I can’t wa
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Will M.
Roland continues with his quest for The Dark Tower. While he was alone at first, he decides to have some company. He decides to have a drawing of the three. Three more people to be involved in his obsessive quest for the tower. Will he compromise the lives of the chosen ones, or will he make them better? The amazing quest continues in this second installment of the series.

Once again King introduced amazing characters. Right from the start I knew I was going to like Eddie Dean. He was this drug d
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seak
"...There's going to be shooting."
"There is?"
"Yes." The gunslinger looked serenely at Eddie. "Quite a lot of it, I think."

And so begins the coolest, most intense gun fight I've ever read.

Ever since I put down The Stand 300 pages in, I thought I'd never read another Stephen King novel. You could say I was even proud of the fact. Everyone seems to love King and I'm the only one who doesn't. I'm unique... I also don't like Katy Perry.

Well, then he had to go and write The Dark Tower series. The pre
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Stepheny
I’ve read the Dark Tower Series several times over the years. It is a series I hold very close to my heart, one that draws me in and whispers in my ear; begs to be read again.

So, when Calamity Bev, Rootin’ Tootin’ Pistol Packin’ Delee, Jumpin’ Jeff and Straight Shootin' Susan asked me to join them along the Path of the Beam on a most noble quest to the Dark Tower I said yes without a moment’s hesitation.

The Drawing of the Three is a book that on its own is in my list of top 10 books ever w
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Amanda
May 28, 2013 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda by: Everyone at Shelf Inflicted!
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"What the hell was that?!!?" basically sums up my response to The Drawing of the Three. And I mean that in the best possible way.

As I opined in my review of The Gunslinger, I have avoided The Dark Tower for so long because it's a series and usually series books serve up a formulaic reheating of what happened in previous books. I usually enjoy the first book, like the second book, and begin to get that deja vu feeling that I've read all of this before somewhere around book three. Not so with thi
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Lou
The epic journey, the pilgrim continues his journey In searcheth of The Dark Tower. The Gunslinger Roland enters new dimensions, new doors three to be exact in search of The Three individuals which he his fated to be with.
The story is mix of many settings starting in The western seafront with The Gunslinger and dangerous Lobstrosities and then to 1980's a heroin addict and mobsters in P.O.V mode for The first of The Three 'The Prisoner'.
Roland The Gunslinger also pays a visit to the other 2 cand
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David Sven
THE GUNSLINGER
Roland Deschain – Of the line of Eld – all the way back to Arthur Eld
“Merlin and Arthur and the knights of the Round Table,” Jake said dreamily.
The gunslinger felt a nasty jolt go through him. “Yes,” he said. “Arthur Eld, you say true, I say thank ya.


Roland continues his quest for The Dark Tower where he intends to do
...whatever it is I’m supposed to do there, accomplished whatever fundamental act of restoration or redemption for which I was meant,...

THE TOWER
We learned from th
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Tfitoby
Gunslinger was a strange little book, a surreal tale of some kind of dystopia with a protagonist straight out of a classic noir. It was interesting and entertaining and didn't really inspire me to finish a series that might just keep getting longer whilst I work my way through it. Turns out Stephen King got the Dark Tower bug back and after finishing the series he wrote another instalment. Ordinarily I'd be against such behaviour but after ploughing through this second episode in record time who ...more
Terry
The Drawing of the Three is the second book of Stephen King’s magnum opus The Dark Tower. So far it hasn’t been bad, but I have to admit that I’m not fully a believer yet. It’s a good story, taking up where we left off in The Gunslinger with Roland on the beach after having confronted the Man in Black and pondering his next move. After being attacked and wounded by a lobstrosity (wtf?! couldn’t King come up with something better? I mean it kind of makes Roland look like a dweeb that he was overc ...more
Bookwraiths
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) is usually proclaimed by readers as either “The book that truly got me hooked on The Dark Tower series!” or as “The book that made me give up on The Dark Tower series.” Honestly, this novel is such a huge change from book one that it produces that wide a range of reactions.

The story itself picks up almost immediately after the end of The Gunslinger. Roland Deschain, our forlorn hero, has awakened from a magic
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Beregond 3019
Moving on in the Dark Tower series, we come to the quintessential suspense fantasy of Stephen King's legacy. You've made it- trudged through three hundred drawn-out, dense pages of Roland's quest and its beginnings. You may not be expecting what you're about to get from this read. Take my advice: wait until you don't have work in the morning, find a quiet small room with no distractions, dive in, and prepare to be amazed. My only problem with The Drawing of the Three was its length; it might hav ...more
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*
Buddyread with the wondrous Kat coming mid-September :)



Hunker down, me maties, an give us a listen
'cause I have a swashbuckling tale to spin
It's starts out with a gunslinger named Roland
Mutant lobsters and fingers goin' missin'

A Prisoner, a Lady and a Pusher there be
That is the story of The Drawing of the Three
Can it be, is it a tale you have not read?
Sit, sit, maties, listen to what is said...

Fore there be adventure, with a touch of mutiny
Sea creatures, Opiate Dealers and Mind Maladies.
There's
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Kane
Jan 31, 2011 Kane rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with shellfish allergies
The Drawing of the Three deserves my five stars not simply for being a kick-ass book but for a more important reason: it rescued and defined the entire Dark Tower series.

If you read, or read between the lines of most reviews of The Gunslinger, you'll find that many people enjoyed it but were not blown away. The style is inaccessible, there are no answers to questions and you don't really understand what's going on. Then read what people say when they hit Drawing. They are catapulted into the ser
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Beverly
Three. This is the number of your fate.


Calamity Bev here.

I was a teeny bit hesitant to saddle up and ride with the posse
(Jumpin’ Jeff,
Rootin’ Tootin’ Pistol Packin’ Delee,
Quick Draw Stepheny, and
Straight Shootin’ Susan) when they continued their journey towards the Dark Tower, because I had struggled to get through The Gunslinger. The Drawing of the Three, however, has redeemed the series, and I will gladly join them every time they decide to follow the Path of the Beam.


DotT begins just hour
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Lyn
What the hell did I just read?

The Drawing of the Three is as far as I can tell, a unique literary experience.

The second book in King’s The Dark Tower series, published 5 years after The Gunslinger, this really begins The Dark Tower series. From my limited experience at having ready two of these, and myself more than two years in between, The Gunslinger seems like a prologue, a table setting. Maybe, just maybe, The Gunslinger is to The Dark Tower series as The Hobbit is to The Lord of the Rings.
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Kathryn
I am going to give The Drawing of the Three 4.5 stars.

Whew! What a wild ride! The beginning for me, when Roland meets Eddie, was a little boring. But, wow, does it surely pick up! The whole idea Roland could inhabit someone else by opening a door is a really interesting concept. There were some questions I had as I read TDOTT: What determined who Roland would open a door to? Does the person have to be good, bad, a saint, or evil? In the end, those questions were kind of answered, but not withou
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Susan
In this second addition to the series Rowland's relentless expedition continues on toward the Dark Tower. When three doors appear to him he soon finds out that he is to obtain three different characters from different timelines in New York City history. Eddie Dean is the first, a sad, drug addict, looser; Odetta Holmes, the second unsuspecting party who is a wealthy paraplegic with a split personality and Jack Mort the third individual is the lowest of the low drug pusher. I find it fascinating ...more
Victor
I had such a great time rereading The Drawing of the Three. I just love how this series starts to unfold.
Franco  Santos
Para muchos el mejor de la saga. Me gustó muchísimo. Empieza con todo, continúa de la misma manera, con un ritmo más lento pero con una absorbencia mayúscula. En este tomo aparecen los personajes que van a acompañar a Roland en su viaje hacia la Torre Oscura; en éste forma su segundo Ka-tet.

Vamos a ir, Eddie. Vamos a pelear. Nos van a herir. Y al final seguiremos en pie.

Me resultó muy entretenido, con una gran dosis de humor y hasta drama. King en La Llegada de los Tres se centra en la esencia
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Carol
WOW! Book II in THE DARK TOWER series is even better than Book I and has those great illustrations. Fast moving and starts out with a bang.

Gotta love the tooter-fish and astin, but look out for the lobstrosities! On to Book III.

Becky
This is a re-read for me a couple times over. This time I listened to the audio version read by Frank Muller, which I enjoyed immensely. I didn't care for Muller's reading much in The Gunslinger, but this time around, he has really grown on me. Perhaps it was due to the fact that there are so many more characters that actually stick around for a while, it took a lot of the focus off of the Gunslinger-voice that I felt was a bit much in The Gunslinger, and let a more natural feel come through.

On
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Sesana
I really liked The Gunslinger, but this, the second Dark Tower book, turns it all up a notch or twenty. Sometimes surreal, vividly imagined, tightly plotted, with memorable characters and some really great lines and more great lines than I could possibly quote. Considering that I've already started listening to The Waste Lands, you could safely say that this is the point where I got hooked on The Dark Tower. But I will say that I'd had enough of Detta Walker fairly quickly, though I wouldn't dou ...more
Abigail
What a strange trip! I already don't eat seafood but after reading this book, I'm not sure I can ever look at lobsters the same again! The first few pages of this book were very weird and I was not sure how I would take it but, as soon as Roland saw the first "door" and (view spoiler) I was HOOKED!! I was incredibly fascinated by such a unique idea and found I couldn't wait to find out what happened next!! Eddie was such an intriguing cha ...more
Richard
8.5/10

A really good second novel in the series where things seem to hit their stride and the promise of the first book becomes even more evident here. For me to only rate it 4 stars was really hard as it’s as high as a 4 star book will ever be from me. There were just a couple of things that prevented me from giving it that highest of high ratings.

The story is split into three after a crazy opening where straight off the bat things go downhill for Roland and his quest is put in jeopardy. The lo
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Chris
The Drawing of the Three is the novel where the Dark Tower story goes from being a cool gunslinger action adventure of the weird west to being a true epic. We still have elements of that otherworldly western flavor, but we get a huge mixture of reality when Roland, the gunslinger anti-hero of the first book, opens a door into “our” world.

The three doors Roland must open each connect to our world, but at different “whens”, different eras. From each of these entry points, there are things that Rol
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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