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The Waste Lands by Stephen King
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bookshelves: western, plan-on-rereading-one-day, reread-in-2011, favorites, 2011, weird-western, man-tears, 2014
Read from April 28, 2011 to May 22, 2014

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 story of Jake in New York was well done. I even liked Oy the Billy-Bumbler. All the stuff that goes down in Lud had me dying to read the next book in the series. The ending would have made me furious had I been reading the Dark Tower books as they were published.

Notes from the 2011 re-read:
The Waste Lands drives home the notion that Roland's world is coming apart at the seams. It also gives us hints about what Roland was like before the world moved on, hints that will be further explored in Wizard and Glass.

Even though I knew the whole deal with the key, this being my fifth or sixth read, it was still a tense moment when the key didn't turn and the creature was loose in the haunted mansion in New York. I felt a single man tear threaten to roll down my cheek when (view spoiler) were reunited.

I also liked the Robert Howard reference, this being the first re-read since I read all the Howard Conan stuff.

As I said after my re-read of The Gunslinger, it's a testament to Stephen King's skill that I was still a little worried about Jake in Lud, even though I've read the book a few times before.

Blaine is a pain and that's the truth.

Notes from the 2014 re-read:
I always forget about Roland having to deal with the time paradox he created. Roland and Jake both going bad because of it was really well done and pretty believable.

Are the robots at the portal symbolic of the ultimately circular nature of Roland's quest? Did King know how the story would end way back when he wrote The Wastelands?

Every damn time, King still hooks me with the Jake situations in the mansion and in Lud. That's why he's a bajillionaire, I guess.

If I couldn't have dogs, I'd take a billy-bumbler.
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Trisha HEHE, I had forgotten about Blaine being a pain. lol


Edward Lorn Am I the only one who loved Blaine? :(


message 3: by Dan (new) - rated it 5 stars

Dan Schwent Edward wrote: "Am I the only one who loved Blaine? :("

Yes.


Edward Lorn Well, balls...

*stalks away like a toddler deprived his binkie*


message 5: by Tiger (new)

Tiger Gray I loved Blaine


Edward Lorn Thanks, Tiger. I thought I was all alone in Mid-World on this one. :)


Kerry Did King know how the story would end way back when he wrote The Wastelands

Hahahahahahaha no. I mean, I doubt it. In my opinion, the series's later books definitely feel as though the dude was making shit up as he went along. (And then didn't know what the hell to do when he got to the end.)


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