The Waste Lands
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Notes: Skirting back-story and mythology, it focuses too much on cliché genre retreads to be thought of as a serious fantasy.
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
Happiness while watching the drawing of the metal plate found on the just killed bear, happiness that I feel for the unpredictable and the inexplicable. My personal journey into the world of "The Dark Tower" goes on, together with the gunslinger, Roland, escorted by Eddie and Susannah, the two tale gunners recruited in the previous chapter, The Drawing of the Three. However, there is still somebody to recruit for the company to be complete...
In the author's no...more
It's time for another Stephen King reread. This time I am joining my fantastic friend, Shannon.
The Waste Lands is sure to make for lively discussions. Onward to the Tower!!
Let's cut right to the chase, shall we? The Waste Lands blew my mind.
The riddles, Blaine the Mono, I mean, who comes up with this stuff?
The King, that's who.
Stephen. FRICKING. King.
What more can I say besides the fact that I loved this with my whole heart and so ...more
Just as in the second part, The drawing of the three, King is using some elements of the real, alternative world, although the main parts play in fantasy terror land, where the lovely hero´s journey of mentally ill, severely injured and mutilated, and fresh cold turkeyed protagonists can continue.
This on ...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 ...more
The Waste Lands (subtitled "Redemption") is a fantasy novel by American writer Stephen King, the third book of The Dark Tower series.
The story begins five weeks after the end of The Drawing of the Three. Roland, Susannah, and Eddie have moved east from the shore of the Western Sea, and into the woods of Out-World.
After an encounter with a gigantic cyborg bear named Shardik, they discover one of the six mystical Beams that hold the world togethe ...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
I almost, almost, gave 5 stars to this one. I consider this volume to be the best out of the three that I’ve read so far. If the book had stopped midway it would have got the maximum recognition from me, no doubt. I love and hate King’s way of writing too much. He managed to keep me at the edge of my seat for 100 pages, hungry for more, promising my undying love and then, after the climax (the forth drawing), he slightly bores me for the next 100. Maybe the plot got too intense and he though ...more
The third book in the Dark Tower series finds Roland and his ka-tet following the Path of the Beam towards the tower. Along the way they’ll pick up two new members...
I was contemplating writing this review as an Ode to Oy, but words can’t even express how much I love that little billy-bumbler; he is the CUTEST. A particular highlight for me is when he calls Gasher “asshole” - SASS ...more
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- Chat with the oldest people in Mid-World. Find out what their secret is to long life. (Hint: It’s not yogurt.)
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
Stephen King’s ambitious and challenging Dark Tower series continues with the third novel, The Waste Lands, first published in 1991.
I am reading this series very slowly. I read The Gunslinger in 2012, not really sure what I had read and why and not understanding what all the fuss was about. The second book, The Drawing of the Three, was more impressive and more complicated and though I liked it (after a three year gap after the first book) I was still unsure as to h ...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 interes ...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
As a passive observer, I could definitely see merit in learning more about it, but the highlight of each episode was by far the possibility of leaving it behind for the relative 'familiarity' of New York. Granted, I've only seen pictures of the city, but compared to the horror of fighting and eating lobstrosities ...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
Mid-world is continuing to grow, and the questions to its existence continue to be answered. It's funny, while ...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
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
The trio set out to bring Jake to his rightful place and make their Ka-Tet a Quartet (I'll see myself out). Along the way, they run into all manner of beast, demon, and humankind.
This book is more action-oriented, perhaps the most like a movie in their current style of all the books so far. We are treated to q ...more
This is the book where Roland’s ka-tet is fully formed*, with the addition of eleven years old Jake Chambers and Oy the billy-bumbler (a Mid-World species).
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
It is both difficult and easy to say just why this book, The Waste Lands, is even better than The Drawing of the Three. That’s no small feat to accomplish because The Drawing of the Three is a terrific book. But when I first questioned why I liked this one a little more, I couldn't explain the why of it even to myself. With thought though it became clearer. First off, it's a roller coaster ride of a story (much like the second book actually - picking up only a f ...more
But my personal huge, roaring favorite has got to be Shardik. What a guardian! Glorious! And with a thinking cap on, too! :)
But when it comes to charact ...more
Susannah, Eddie and Roland continue their journey, but along the way it becomes clear that there is another member of their Ka-tet that still needs to join them and that it will be slightly more difficult to unite them with him. I'm talking about (view spoiler)[the boy Jake (hide spoiler)].
Actually, who that member was, was not really a surprise and therefore it's not really a spoiler. I really liked that King continued to spin the thr ...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.”