The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower, No. 3 Mass Market Paperback – September 2, 2003
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“Enjoyable…whets the appetite for more.”—Bangor Daily News
“Splendidly tense—rip-roaring.”—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
His Dark Tower books include: The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, The Waste Lands, Wizard and Glass, The Wind Through the Keyhole, Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, and The Dark Tower.
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And this story FEELS epic, too, as Roland and his band of unlikely heroes traverse miles and miles from the first page to the last. The setting and descriptions are all wonderful - you can see, hear, and smell everything the characters are... for good or ill, because some of the places the characters find themselves in are pretty bleak, to say the least.
The only problem is that it ends on a cliffhanger. Which ordinarily, would be cause for an immediate one-star review from me, and a solemn vow to never read another book in the series. But because this is Stephen King, and because I've been mostly happy with the series so far, I'm going to press on and give it another shot.
Then, the Kindle Edition I read is riddled with typos. Most of these are probably OCR issuess from scanning a print edition of this book, but it just smacks of plain laziness on the part of the publisher. I've reported them all as "Quality Issues" on Amazon.
It's a tense ride, a fulfilling adventure and page-turner that starts to eat away at your sleeping hours. Be warned, I think these pages are laced with some addictive substance...maybe Eddie's been at it again. I can't stop reading this series.
Not Mr. King's normal thinking and writing around monsters of any kind, but a well placed story between western world, recent history of our world, future fantasy and the another dimension of time. This series has been well worth the wait and well worth the read. The challenge is getting thru the entire set to keep up with the adventures to chase the Beam to the Tower.
This book is just so twisted. Time has no meaning, space has no meaning, logic has no meaning. You have to put yourself in a completely new frame of mind to read these books. Each moment is significant, especially the ones that disturb you; And in a place where "the world has moved on", that's most likely to be everything.
I think one of the best aspects of the book though is the characters. In stories where the plot tends to be the center of attention, King never fails to give you characters that you are completely attached to. Of course you respect the gunslinger, but King can make a ten year old kind seem like the most intricate and noble figure. I find it fascinating and stunning how much I worry about them, and how when they're in dangerous situations I FREAK out.
All in all I'm glad that I decided to buy the series on my kindle, because it'll definitely be worth a reread. Also can't WAIT for the next one because it ends with this absolutely insane cliffhanger that I can't fit inside my brain. Which, in my opinion, is the best way to end a book.
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There's plenty of excitement, excellent use of time/history to keep you wondering exactly when this might be taking place and some effective use of invented language, with just enough humour to occasionally relieve the tension. I can't read the books in this series fast enough!
This part of the Dark tower quest may not be so abundant in adventures but brings all the characters together more than ever, a Family has born
I don’t think there is anything in particular that I could pick out as a negative except for perhaps the abrupt ending, if I had had to wait years for the next instalment I can imagine that being slightly annoying, but being able to move onto the next book straight away negated that problem for me. If you enjoyed the last and want to continue along with Roland and the gang then I’d reccommend this one!
Stephen King, magic.
George Watson, 4.05 hours BST 4/12/18 aged 70. Constant Reader.
You cannot feel anything less than pure admiration for the characters in this long, but thoroughly enjoyable tale. King has outdone himself with the people he has brought to life in this story. I believe in them totally, and feel every emotion they feel with each page I turn.
If you enjoyed the previous installments in this series, you will not be disappointed with this one.
King is a very fitting name for this author!
As a science fiction fantasy mash-up it is amazing. The characters are wonderful, the world colourful and the story in depth.