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

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  102,233 ratings  ·  2,883 reviews
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. ...more
Paperback, 463 pages
Published August 5th 2003 by Signet (first published 1987)
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Kat Stark

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First Book: Gunslinger

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 past year, so why not keep it u
Dan Schwent
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
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?”


“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
Seak (Bryce L.)
"...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
May 28, 2013 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
David Sven
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,...

We learned from the
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
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
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
Karly *The Vampire Ninja*
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.
Jonathan Cullen
Jan 31, 2011 Jonathan Cullen rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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

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
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
Time for the real review!

This book blew me away! There was no slow parts and tons of unexpected things going on! The part where Roland was in the third door and Detta and Eddie were together was amazing! the shoot out in Eddies door was awesome and the whole thing was just awesome! I can't wait to read The Waste Lands!

1.the Drawing of the Three
2. The Gunslinger

Currently my favorite book in the Dark Tower series!
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
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.

Executive Summary: In the second of the Dark Tower epic, Mr. King ratchets up the action, the conflict and most certainly the weird.

If anyone reads The Gunslinger and wonders “why do people like this series?” I advise them to continue on to this one, and find out. If after this book they still don’t get it, then this series is not for them.

Audiobook: I listened to the revised edition of The Gunslinger, which is read by George Guidall, who took over starting with Wolves of the Calla. With this b
Well, I liked the first one clearly better. He has some nice ideas and especially daring one right at the start. But there also some ideas that just don't add up for me. The new characters aren't bad, but act strangely sometimes and sometimes get annoying. I have to say that I am not a fan of the concept to pull charcters from the real world into his fantasy realm. But we will see how it pans out.
Another main complain is the length. Yes, you can read quickly through it, but I ahve to say that I
Edward Lorn
THE DRAWING OF THE THREE Review The second book in Roland's quest for the Dark Tower is my second favorite in the series. That being said, it's far from perfect. I'm going to start this review of my third read-through of this novel with the things that either broke my suspension of disbelief or made me cringe.

First and foremost: Like many readers, I cannot stand Insta-Love. Eddie and Odetta's immediate coupling always throws me, no matter how many times I read this book. This relationship strike
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
Fantasy and science fiction authors of course have a limited canvass on which to paint on. If the author establishes that this is a far away world, or some distant future time, then only the imagination will limit the wonder of the places and worlds visited. There are no problems of geography or historical inaccuracy or deviation from real life. This is a new ‘real’ world and the author can do anything he or she likes with it. That’s why I’m always slightly disappointed when fantasy and science ...more
Jason P
"We're not going to have any trouble, are we?" the spook asked in his dead voice.
"No, sir," Fat Johnny said at once, "not a bit."
"Stand right there. If your ass loses contact with that wall, you are going to lose contact with life as you have always known it. You understand?"
"Yes sir," Fat Johnny said, "I sure do."
The above quote is the prime example of what I utterly LOVED about book two of The Dark Tower series! What attitude! What hardcore badassism! (I know that's not a word, but wh
Janie Johnson
What a journey I have started with this series. I can't believe how much there is to absorb having read this before. So many things I did not remember but have been refreshed. I find myself craving more as I read each book. I feel that this one certainly tops the first. Such well painted characters and scenery. The concept of this novel is amazing. I love the idea of the doors. Anyone would have a hard time putting these down.

Roland has such a rich personality, he's hero but at the same time, a
Michael Benavidez
Where the first book was set more in the western type pace, this one quickly goes into a King fantasy and even better, into King's normally large cast. Eddie Dean, Roland, Detta, Odetta, and Mort (and some who've I've probably forgotten.
King is clearly more comfortable in these pages than in the last, at least to me that's how it felt. Where in the first book Roland seemed a mystery to even King himself, and didn't know what to do, here King doesn't try to write as Roland. Instead he gives us,
This is the second time I have read this book. I loved it the first time, but it’s no lie that I loved it more this second time. I saw a few things from a different perspective this time. I laughed a lot more, seeing humor – a lot of humor – where before I must have been focused on the nostalgia of the Gunslinger. It made me laugh loudly several times. Also, I didn’t see the romance in it last time I read it. There is a romance story in this book. Yes, very unique and unpredictable, but romance ...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Reading this volume, it struck me that Stephen King really didn't know fully the depth and strain of the story he was writing as he wrote The Gunslinger. Not to say I don't still love that part of the story too, because I do. It is just that with The Drawing of the Three, the story takes a completely different direction and has a totally different vibe.

There was one specific passage I really liked:
No, sugar was not cocaine, but Roland could not understand why anyone would want cocaine or any oth
When I reviewed The Gunslinger (book one in this series), I gave it four stars, but stated that it was barely getting four stars. While I liked it, it was nothing spectacular. I'm also giving this one four stars, but this time it's actually closer to the five side.

I really loved this book, and am really glad I decided to continue in the series. I can't wait to pick up the next book, and I'm guessing that this series just might become one of my all time favorites.

You get to know Roland a lot bett
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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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