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Waste Lands, The: The Dark Tower III, by King, Stephen
Hardcover, 422 pages
Published June 23rd 2003 by Viking Adult (first published January 1st 1991)
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Kemper
This book contains the biggest lie a writer ever told me. It‘s in the Author‘s Note at the end:

The fourth volume in the tale of the Dark Tower should appear - always assuming the continuation of Constant Writer’s life and Constant Reader’s interest - in the not-too-distant-future.

It took six years for the next book to come out.

Six. Goddamn. Years.

Six years may not seem too bad to fans of authors who only release a book every decade or so, but there’s a couple of factors that made this false sta
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Stephen
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DISCLAIMER: Many aspects of THE GUNSLINGER ACTION ADVENTURE EXPEDITION are comprised of potentially dangerous activities involving giant cyborgs, possessed buildings, demon rapists and extras from the cast of Deliverance, do you ken it. There is a risk of serious injury, being Roont or even Charyou Tree. Therefore GUNSLINGER KA-TETS WITH DINH ONLY. While training and remembering the face of your father can reduce the inherent risks, Ka is a wheel and they cannot be completely eliminated do you
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Kat Stark


Buddyread with amazeballs Karly (Click to read her review)

First Book: Gunslinger
Second Book: The Drawing of the Three

Soooooo...this’ll be the last review of non-romance this month aside from my Not Yet Read posts. Annnnd, I don’t feel like writing a review. I guess, I’ll try to incorporate my feelings on this book in a creative way

T- Time spend on this novel. I know, I listened to audiobook, but that actually takes much longer for me! The book is 18 hours! I have it on (x2) or even (x3) to try
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Dan Schwent
After the events of the Drawing of the Three, Roland the Gunslinger has two people from our world along side him in his quest for the Dark Tower. However, he's also going mad because of a strange double set of memories in his head, memories of a boy he crossed the desert with...

The Waste Lands is probably my favorite Dark Tower book and epitomizes what I like about the series. It's got the lost technology, lots of action, more bits about Roland's world, and makes Roland's ka-tet complete. The st
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Jeff
Take the guesswork out of your next vacation!!

FORSPECIAL Travels and Tours presents:

Lud, the Jewel of the Send

Your Guided Mid-World adventure starts here!!

Charming Local Accommodations

- See the amazing, bumbling Shardik, Mid-World’s largest, comedic bear, searching for picnic baskets
- Glimpse (and maybe chat with) an elusive billy-bumbler
- Pick some devil grass. We won’t tell.
- Chat with the oldest people in Mid-World. Find out what their secret is to long life. (Hint: It’s not yogurt.)

Small
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Delee

Fabulous buddy-read with my Dark Tower Posse: Quick Draw Stepheny, Jumpin' Jeff, Calamity (slow poke) Bev, and last but not least- Bronco Bustin Black Jackin' Jason- The name stands PERVERTS!!!!

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Five weeks after The Drawing of the Three- Roland, Susannah, and Eddie are deep into the woods of The Out-World- where they encounter Shardik- a ginormous cyborg bear on his last legs.

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After putting him out of his misery- they realize- they have to follow the path of the beam to The Mid-world...

....but fir
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Will M.
The thing with this series is that it just gets better along the way.

This review might contain some spoilers? I'm not sure if some people would consider them as spoilers, so read at your own risk! You've been warned.

The most amazing thing about this book would be the fact that Jake fucking Chambers is back! If you've read my review of The Gunslinger (book 1) then you'd know how much I love that kid. We can be friends again King, that much I can say.
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Stepheny


4.5 stars

The Waste Lands is the third installment in the Dark Tower series. I’ve been through this series so many times over the years I have lost count. But what has made this trip so important is all of the wonderful people I have gotten to take along the Path of the Beam. I would like to thank my posse for allowing me to hold their hands and guide them on this most epic of quests. Rootin’ Tootin Pistol Packin’ Delee, Jumpin’ Jeff , Calamity Bev and last but certainly not least, Bronco Bust
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Jason Parent
2.5 books. That's how long it took me to become a fan of the Dark Tower. I read 40 pages of this 3rd installment a year ago. There it sat, a plain donut among a box full of sprinkles, and jellies, and chocolate frosted oh-so-niceties, a shit stain on the underpants of my mental library collection.

And there I was, dreading going back to it, not really digging it but knowing deep down in my small, black, oil-pumping heart (funny, those adjectives work for many of my various parts) that I should li
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Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*
Bubby-read with the ever-awesome Kat set to commence approximately November 17th...

Here's hoping we both love this one as much as The Drawing of the Three



Review... maybe...

Okay, so this one DIDN’T do it for me like The Drawing of the Three.

I have a reader belief that you may, or may not, share and it’s this: I LOVE brilliant writers! I love the spastic tug and weave of trying to figure out what this, obviously smarter than I, person is trying to pull forth with his/her story. I love the head
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Mara
I'm not usually one for "fantasy," though there have been a number exceptions. I like to know "the rules" of whatever world I'm in (I guess there's a bit of Annie Wilkes in me), and it can take me a while to "calibrate" appropriately. The characters aren't that far ahead of me in some ways. Even Roland, the Gunslinger of all gunslingers, isn't always "in the know" as to what lies in the realm of possibility. Eventually, I got there (in large part thanks to the presence of Jake, who is so easy ...more
Dawn
Let me start off by saying that I didn't rate this five stars because of its stand alone content. I rated it five stars because of the level it elevated the series too. I wasn't very interested in the Dark Tower series after Gunslinger, but I kept going. After Drawing of the Three, I was more intrigued, I liked it a lot better than Gunslinger, but I still could have not continued and not really cared. But now, after Waste Lands, I'm hooked. I can't wait to continue, and learn more of the story. ...more
seak
Another stunning installment in the Dark Tower series, The Waste Lands brings our quest for the dark tower that much closer, and actually giving it plenty of momentum which is, I'm told, possibly to be dashed in further installments.

Where The Gunslinger was a correlating collection of stories and The Drawing of the Three brings the main characters together, The Waste Lands actually moves the quest forward, gives some background (not a ton mind you), and gives us some direction.

I'm really enjoyin
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Brandon
Look, if you haven't read the "Dark Tower" series, get off your ass. Anyone who knows me knows that I can just barely read at all, but I'm tearing through these books like John Candy through a Shoney's breakfast buffet. It's tough to say what's even so GOOD about them. In fact, for their length, you could say that hardly anything even happens in the first two, This guy walks through a desert for 500 pages, then a group of folks walk up a beach for 500 pages. But...I don't know Stephen King has d ...more
Sesana
The best book in the series so far. I know it's too much to hope that they keep getting better, or even that the next four books be as good. (I've been instructed to ignore The Wind Through the Keyhole, and so I shall do.) If the rest of the series averages 3/4 as good as The Waste Lands, then it's going to be one hell of a ride.

I know that I'm reading this series from a privileged position. This is my first time traveling with Roland. Yes, I did wait for the series to be complete. And, um, kin
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Susan
This is my favorite book of the series so far, it really let's you get attached to the characters.

Eddie, Susannah and a few more very endearing vagabonds remain with Roland on his ever important quest for "The Dark Tower". There are dangerous obstacles that they all must work together to surpass, and some wonderful riddles that keep the ole mind mill turning. As the group delve deeper into the terrain of an extremely strange, dilapidated, mid/parallel world, each of them in different ways, are
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Stephanie
Phew...

This is (only) the second time through The Waste Lands and I enjoyed it as much, if not more then the first read. The world King creates in this series is unforgettable and the characters become very real, to the point that I actually miss them when I finish a book.

This books ends with a huge ass cliff hanger. Fortunately for me and Stephen King I did not read this series as it was released. I tried to imagine how I would have felt if I had to wait "six. goddamn. years." as one of my frie
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Tfitoby
Colour me fully impressed, The Waste Lands is one incredibly wild ride from start to finish filled with fascinating scenarios, intriguing characters that you grow to care for and nail biting tension, not to mention some of that Stephen King horror stuff too. And THEN he ends on a cliffhanger the likes of which nobody should be allowed to get away with! I can feel why Kemper has gone a little crazy and yet I'm not jumping in to book 4 through choice. What about those old people who wrote to King ...more
Lou
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The beam all things serve it!
A multi-layered story of thrill and adventure.
A band of pilgrims, knights set upon a journey, a journey in ultimately that they will come to realise fear and terror, love and courage. Journey to a ultimate goal a destination the Tower and this strikes a similarity to our own goals and journeys today to happiness and sadness, paradise and hell, success and failure, light or darkness. As we follow this band upon their paths we warm to their fears and courage, humour a
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Becky
This is not my favorite book of the series by a long shot, and yet, it's such an intriguing book that even as a not-favorite, I still love every minute of reading it. So much happens in this book, we learn so much and get to know the characters so much more, that it doesn't feel like a middle-of-a-series book at all, but rather a part of the whole, which is exactly what it is. The Dark Tower series isn't a series really, but one enormous story that encompasses much more than can be conveyed in 7 ...more
Stepheny


Posse read with my favorite gang of outlaws:

Jumpin’ Jeff, Calamity Bev, Rootin’ Tootin’ Pistol Packin’ Delee, along with our newest member: Shotgun Slingin’ Steven!

Our quest resumes on 03/30!
Richard
7.5/10

Damn me and my hyperbole; predicting this to be the greatest novel I’ve ever read and take the series to a new level of awesomeness and sit atop the pedestal of unbeatable works of fiction. Damn me Richard!

Don’t get me wrong, this was a strong entry with plenty of positives, but after reading some really strong reviews and people stating this is where the series leaped to a new level and was a series favourite I built it up in my mind to be more than what I got.

Some of the things which I
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Kathryn
I wish I could give The Waste Lands ten stars. No joke!

I loved, loved, loved this book. By far, this is my favorite installment, so far, of the Dark Tower series. There was so much which happened in The Waste Lands, which made it hard for me to put down. (unfortunately, real-world exists, and kicks us out of Mid-world.)

Okay, if you don't want to be spoiled of the wild ride of The Waste Lands, you might want to stop reading...:)

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David Sven
“I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.

I aim with my eye.

I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.

I shoot with my mind.

I do not kill with my gun; he who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.

I kill with my heart.”


The Gunslinger's Catechism


Ka –tet
“Ka—the word you think of as ‘destiny,’ Eddie, although the actual meaning is much more complex and hard to define...,”
‘tet, whi
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Brandon
WOW.

Where do I start with this one? Do I talk about how it's one of the best 3rd books I've ever read in a series? That's kind of a weird honor isn't it? I mean, you can call a book "one of the best you've ever read" but when you start to say it's the best 3rd entry in a series of books, you're getting weirdly specific. Do I talk about how much I love Roland, Eddie, Suzannah and Jake? Do I say that they're probably my favorite group of 4 people to ever trek across Mid-World in search of a giant
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Franco  Santos
Muy buen tomo de la Torre Oscura. Engancha desde el principio; tiene un excelente y absorbente comienzo. En éste se profundizan relaciones y el viaje adquiere forma. Para muchos es el mejor libro de la serie. A mí me gustó mucho, sin embargo, en mi opinión, el mejor sigue siendo el último.

«No apunto con la mano; el que apunta con la mano ha olvidado el rostro de su padre. Apunto con el ojo. No disparo con la mano; el que dispara con la mano ha olvidado el rostro de su padre. Disparo con la ment
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Dᴀɴ 2.☢
Jan 13, 2015 Dᴀɴ 2.☢ rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dᴀɴ 2.☢ by: Kat Stark
Shelves: fantasy
Sadly, I've got to side with Kat and Karly on this one. Unlike them though, I had no problems understanding what was going on at any given point. Shoot me any questions on what confused you guys. Not a total loss (3 stars for me means a good, solid book), but a pretty big drop off from book 2. The Drawing of the Three was one of my favorite books ever, so maybe my expectations were just to high. Who know...review to follow. One day....maybe

Sad, sad day :(
Alondra
5 Stars

This is probably the 20th time I have read this particular book in the series. Not sure why this one grabs me so; but it has and it does.

We continue to follow our Ka-tet through forests, cities and with Blaine through the true Waste Lands. We realize there are worse things our there than machines or lobstrosities. There are people who mean to do you harm; so beware. At the end of that line, we also await a meeting with Blaine. The only thing to rescue us from the people of Lud; pubes and
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Janie Johnson
Wow what can I say about this book? There is so much of it to love. I was instantly sucked in and savored every word. As I told a friend of mine “enjoying it” does not even come close to describing how I felt about this story. But to simplify things let’s say “It was AMAZING!” And the intensity levels were phenominal.

One thing I really liked was how each one’s world was running parallel to the others. I found that fascinating! And what can I say about the ‘anticipation’! King leads his readers
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Andrew Lennon
So that's number three in the dark tower series done! Really enjoyed it, would say this was just as good as the second book.
Starting to really get to know the characters now, they all seem to open up a lot more in this book.
I have decided that Blaine, is a bit of a dick, he almost dropped my rating of this book from a four star to a three. Just because it seemed a bit stupid for me and it didn't really fit with the rest of the story in my opinion. However he's there so may as well deal with him.
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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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And I'll always be the same.

I only want to race along
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And be a happy choo choo train
Until the day I die.”
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