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The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands Mass Market Paperback – December 27, 2016
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From Publishers Weekly
King's third volume on Roland the gunfighter's search for the Dark Tower offers charming bits of whimsy, some splendidly tense moments and one rip-roaring horror scene. At times, however, it is pretentious and the direction of the sprawling plot uncertain. Roland has two companions on his quest for the tower at the portal of all the worldsp. 53 : Susannah Dean and Eddie Dean, who entered his world from New York City of 1963 and 1987, respectively. When the three track down the den of a 70-foot-tall cyborg bear, they are pointed down a path leading to the Tower. But Roland is slowly going mad, a fact that seems linked to his past experiences with Jake Chambers, a boy who died twicestet ital in the first book of the series. Jake reappears here, displaying great resilience in crossing over from 1977 New York City to join Roland & Co. (As Susannah notes, "This time-travel business is some confusing shit.") They press on, plumbing the depths of a children's book that tells a profound and ancient tale. Unfortunately, the questers don't reach the Tower; in fact, they're caught in a cliff-hanger ending--King says, he'll write volume four if we want it. Illustrations not seen by PW. 1.5 million first printing; $400,000 ad/promo; BOMC and QPB selections.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
YA-- The third installment in the offbeat fantasy saga involving the enigmatic Roland (the last gunfighter) and his quest for the Dark Tower. While the story (inspired by Robert Browning's narrative poem ``Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came'') is entertaining, what really makes it outstanding are King's unique, multifaceted characters. This is Stephen King at his best.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
I will gladly continue my journey to the Tower for the third time. I believe the story does actually get better with age and / or repetition.
That said, so far this was certainly my favorite book. It starts with a bang, concluding the insanity that is Blaine the Mono, only to slow down to a series of frustrating facts (most importantly the advent of the thinnies) that culminated in Roland telling the story of his early years, what happend after he became a gunslinger, of how he met his first love at the age of 14 and how, with his trusted and beloved friends Cuthbert and Alain, was swept away by "ka" into a sea of messianic proportions no e of them could've ever foreseen. The spectacular conclusion is a groundbreaker that shall not be mentioned, least there be spoilers, suffice to say ot's the grand comeback to Roland's new ka-tet, formed by Eddie, Susannah, Jake, and Oy. Most of the story, however, does take place in his past, when innocence was utterly wiped away in rains of blood.
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