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The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3)

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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...

Paperback, 590 pages
Published April 1st 1992 by New Amer Library Trade (first published August 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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Mark
Feb 17, 2017 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rated the Gunslinger 4 stars and I loved it. The reason I said at the time was that I thought that at least one book in the series will blow me away. So this is book three and here it is, a five star rating.

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
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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
Dec 08, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Take the guesswork out of your next vacation!!

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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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Markus
"Behold ye, the return of the White! After evil ways and evil days, the White comes again! Be of good heart and hold up your heads, for ye have lived to see the wheel of ka begin to turn once 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
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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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Algernon
Jan 27, 2016 Algernon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

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
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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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Emma
Oct 05, 2016 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars and I was frustrated enough with this volume in the continuing saga NOT to round up to 4. Steven King has a reputation for waffling, but this is the first time in the Dark Tower series, where I really felt the reader suffered because of it. I loved Oy the Bumbler.
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
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Char
Even though I'm not crazy about this narrator, Frank Muller, I ended up giving my audio re-read of this book an extra star.

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
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Kyriakos Sorokkou
Sep 21, 2013 Kyriakos Sorokkou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DTProject2017 | Book 3

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
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♛Tash
Jan 24, 2016 ♛Tash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
“And I will show you something different from either
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.
Lynn
I loved this book. I love the connections between the characters' past lives and between Mid-World and Our When. I also felt a strong link to other Stephen King books: a mansion in Brooklyn comes to life and it was The Overlook all over again for me. The middle of the book (the mansion part) was the most amazing part of a completely amazing story. It could have just ended there for me emotionally, but it's all about the quest. So, onward to Lud which brings every nuked out NYC full of mutants an ...more
Ashley
It's so funny, as I'm reading this series for the first time, to see the (very) polarizing opinions about each book. One person gives it up after the first thirty pages of the first book because it's so fucking weird, the next wants to read all of them in a mad, passionate frenzy. One person thinks book two is the greatest (me), another thinks it's boring as shit (an opinion I can't understand). Yet another counts this here book as their favorite and reviles book four. Etc, etc.

I find this fasci
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seak
Jul 14, 2009 seak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, stephen-king
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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Jason Parent
Jan 31, 2014 Jason Parent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy
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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Cindy Newton
Stephen, really? Are you kidding me with that cliffhanger? I mean, SERIOUSLY--how could you? That's painful, right there. I weep not for myself--I'm sitting here in 2016, with the next book comfortably at hand. All I have to do is reach out and grab it, flip it open, and find out what happens to Roland and the rest of his ka-tet. I weep for those who have gone before me: those brave souls who purchased this book fresh from the presses, all crisp and new and inviting on the bookshelves; those Con ...more
Brian
Oct 27, 2014 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this to the Lord of the Rings soundtrack but started losing interest in the book. When I turned off the music I discovered the book has its own music. I mean that almost literally because it seemed so real to me. This book is like the first time you saw Star Wars or Return of the Jedi when Luke was flipping around fighting his Dad. It’s like some epic story that covers the primary elements of the Greats; the deeper, more intimate, secret, unknown elements of these stories. They ...more
Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
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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Dawn
Sep 14, 2010 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2010
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
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
Andre Gonzalez
I enjoyed this book as the third installment of the Dark Tower series. There were times where the story seemed to be dragging along, unlike The Drawing of the Three which I enjoyed more due to its quicker pace. I understand this whole story is a massive, epic journey and this book definitely does the job in moving along the story of Roland of Gilead in his quest for the Dark Tower. I also felt we get to see Roland in a more personal light in this book, more so than the prior two books! I look fo ...more
Brandon
Jan 28, 2008 Brandon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 17, 2014 Sesana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audiobook
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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Tfitoby
Jun 13, 2014 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastical
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
Stephanie
Apr 25, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2009
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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Popy Tobing
Nov 10, 2016 Popy Tobing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series are amazing!! I really cannot wait to read the book 4. Each characters are getting stronger and Oy, oh my.. each time he said,"Ake... Ake..." I can feel that he is adorable. This is a must read series, do it before the movie is out.
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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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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The Dark Tower (7 books)
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“Don't ask me silly questions
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.”
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