The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3)
Roland, The Last Gunslinger, moves ever closer to The Dark Tower of his dreams-and nightmares-as he crosses a desert of damnation in a macabre world that is a twisted image of our own...
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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 ...more
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 ...more
This volume of the Dark Tower brings all of the characters together. We learn about their histories, how they link to each other in their previous lives in 'our world' and what their role is as they join Roland on the quest for the Dark Tower.
Now permanently in Roland's world, although it h ...more
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 ...more
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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.
After putting him out of his misery- they realize- they have to follow the path of the beam to The Mid-world...
....but fir ...more
What a journey! From incomprehensibly horrible to absodamnlutely fantastic to okay.
This book was all over the place. Both literally and metaphorically.
The first half is more of what we’re given in The Drawing of the Three. That is... a painfully boring story about Roland leaving his wildly interesti ...more
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.
(view spoiler)[ Fuck you, Roland. You let him ...more
Some day if there’s time, I’ll tell you all the old stories ... the ones I know, at least. They form a large tapestry, one which is beautiful but very sad.
Some fine day ... but not today and not in this third installment of the Dark Tower series. For now, Roland and his friends are too busy doing nothing much for about six hundred pages. They travel, they fight the ocassional monster or deranged mob leader, the sit by the campfire and have some obscure nightmares and prophetic visions. All wra ...more
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 ...more
Had I not been listening to this rather than simply reading it, I am not at all sure I would have finished it.
I consider myself very lucky not to have to wait the many years between the writing of this novel and the next in t ...more
All my old friends are together again: Roland, Susannah, Eddie, Jack and even Oy. (I forgot how much I loved Oy and his golden eyes!) Even some of my old enemies are here, Gasher and Blane the Mono.
It's nice re-reading these via audio, even if I have to wait a few weeks in between books while waiting for the next audio book to come in to the library. This time I don't have ...more
It was in August 2012 when I 1st read this book and now (almost) 5 years later, with a better command of the English language I see many things in a much different way than what it was when I was reading it for the 1st time. I saw different landscapes, different views of the city and train station etc.
Here we see Roland (The Gunslinger) with the people he drew in the previous book from our world to his world moving towards their destination. Before they reach an abandone ...more
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you
I will show you fear in a handful of dust”
― T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
Review to come.
I find this fasci ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Here's hoping we both love this one as much as The Drawing of the Three
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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I won't play silly games
I'm just a simple choo choo train
And I'll always be the same.
I only want to race along
Beneath the bright blue sky
And be a happy choo choo train
Until the day I die.”