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The Drawing of the Three (Dark Tower) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1997
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Elaborating at great length on Robert Browning's cryptic narrative poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came," the second volume of King's post-Armageddon epic fantasy presents the equally enigmatic quest of Roland, the world's last gunslinger, who moves through an apocalyptic wasteland toward the Dark Tower, "the linchpin that holds all of existence together." Although these minor but revealing books (which King began while still in college) are full of such adolescent portentousness, this is livelier than the first. Roland enters three lives in the alternate world of New York City: junkie and drug runner Eddie Dean, schizophrenic heiress Odetta Holmes and serial murder Jack Mort. If King tells us too little about Roland, he gives us too much about these misfits who are variously healed or punished exactly as expected. Typically, King is much better at the minutiae and sensations of a specific physical world, and several such bravura sequences (from an attack by mutant lobsters to a gun store robbery) are standouts amid the characteristic headlong storytelling. BOMC alternate.
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'Join the quest before it's too late' -- Independent on Sunday on THE SONG OF SUSANNAH 'Pulse-poundingly engaging' -- Sunday Express on THE SONG OF SUSANNAH 'Classic King, fine characters, compellingly written in a gripping, well-honed plot' -- Daily Express on WOLVES OF THE CALLA 'Superbly energetic, it's King at his best' -- Mail on Sunday on WIZARD AND GLASS King's magnificent uberstory is finally complete... King's achievement is startling; his characters fresh... his plot sharply drawn... It is magic. -- Daily Express on The Dark Tower --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I read a book by Stephen King called "Everything's Eventual" - it was the first book by him that I ever read. And if you don't know, it's a book of short stories. One of them is about a gunslinger named Roland and it's a standalone story about a character from one of Stephen King's series, "The Dark Tower". I loved it, so I immediately decided to get the whole "The Dark Tower" series and read it. So I did, and I got to it after reading "Carrie" and "Christine". The first book, "The Gunslinger" kind of disappointed me. It wasn't really super interesting and some bits were confusing, etc. I mean, I still gave it 4 stars because it was good. It just didn't reach my expectations. After finishing it I was questioning whether to even bother reading the rest of the series or not. I decided to just keep going.
And I am so glad I did.
As a lot of you might already know, King has a way with words that becomes almost addictive and you just can't stop reading. That was definitely the case here. The plot itself was so interesting in general but then you add in his writing talent and just... wow. The way he was able to switch between a bunch of different people's points of view and somehow have it NOT be confusing is pretty amazing. Sometimes there would be like 5 chapters in a row from 5 different points of view and it all fell in place perfectly and made complete sense. And the way he described the visual aspects of each scene was also pretty amazing. In the first book, he did okay with that but I still found myself personally using my own imagination to create the set of some of the scenes in my head. But this time I didn't have to do that at all which was a relief. Another pretty amazing thing is the fact that each character had their own personality. You might be thinking "Yeah, so? That's how it should be" and yes, it should, and you'd expect that with a few characters in general but King somehow managed to make even the most minor of characters their own person. I don't know, I personally find that... pretty amazing. (Okay I'll stop using "pretty amazing" now. I'm sure you get the idea.)
Seriously though, Stephen King went above and beyond my original expectations here. And again, I'm so glad I decided to continue with the series.
King does a wonderful job of painting the picture. You can see the times and places.... you will not understand the times and places but that is of little import because you are looking through the door from your time and place and the characters will snatch you. They are real, of high quality and quantity. By that I mean that the characters are given life by the author.
Warning. You will be hooked after book two and forced into buying the rest. You have been warned.