The Waste Lands

The Waste Lands

The Dark Tower Series, Book 3

eBook - 2016
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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba The third volume in the #1 nationally bestselling Dark Tower Series, involving the enigmatic Roland (the last gunfighter) and his ongoing quest for the Dark Tower, is "Stephen King at his best" (School Library Journal).Several months have passed since The Drawing of the Three, and in The Waste Lands, Roland's two new tet-mates have become trained gunslingers. Eddie Dean has given up heroin, and Odetta's two selves have joined, becoming the stronger and more balanced personality of Susannah Dean. But Roland altered ka by saving the life of Jake Chambers, a boy who—in Roland's world—has already died. Now Roland and Jake exist in different worlds, but they are joined by the same madness: the paradox of double memories. Roland, Susannah, and Eddie must draw Jake into Mid-World and then follow the Path of the Beam all the way to the Dark Tower. There are new dangers to threaten Roland's little band in the devastated city of Lud and the surrounding wastelands, as well as horrific confrontations with Blaine the Mono, the piratical Gasher, and the frightening Tick-Tock Man. The Dark Tower Series continues to show Stephen King as a master of his craft. What lands, what peoples has he visited that are so unreachable to us except in the pages of his incredible books? Now Roland's strange odyssey continues. The Waste Lands follows The Gunslinger and The Drawing of the Three as the third volume in what may be the most extraordinary and imaginative cycle of tales in the English language.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2016
ISBN: 9781501141416
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Nov 15, 2016

King possesses an incredible ability to take readers into new worlds beyond imagination. So far in the series, each book has been better than the last, with the characters developing and the conflict becoming all the more magical and gripping.

Mar 02, 2016

Repetitive and boring

Jan 19, 2016

Has the author run out of things to say? A waste of time.

Nov 17, 2014

I don't have a cool name for it yet so for now I'll call it "Dan's Rule of Part Three." It goes like this: For a book series, a movie franchise, a TV show, etc. to reach or exceed five installments (or seasons), your third needs to be an unequivocal hit. Part one needs to be the attention grabber, part two needs to hold it, and part three needs to delight and surprise beyond expectations. If it could speak, part three would say, "You think you know me? You haven't seen anything yet." This is essential for the whole to have the chance at reaching mass popularity. The Waste Lands, part three of Stephen King's Dark Tower opus, does exactly this.

(Minor spoilers ahead)

Roland Deschain, a gunslinger knight from an age long gone, frequently reminds us that his world has "moved on," which is to say it's grown old and rusty. Though that's not exactly right. More like it's sick and has worn down in the ensuing centuries. And what is this world exactly? It's not our world, no, and yet it's weirdly similar. It's as if the two have bled together.

The Waste Lands opens with Roland and his newly-drawn Ka-Tet locating the Path of the Beam, which is one of six energy corridors that intersect at the nexus of time and space. At this intersection, folks, resides the Dark Tower, and it's what Roland has sought nearly his entire life. The tower though is still thousands of miles away. For now, other dangers are more immediate.

When Tower Fans set upon this latest path through Mid-World, it was like having the fog removed from our imaginations and for the first time understanding just what this crazy adventure was all about. The Waste Lands thrills in part because it's a quest in the classic sense. Roland and his new Ka-Tet cover some significant ground by the book's end so there's a real sense of spatial accomplishment. (Something ignored in the next few books.) Of course, the road to the Dark Tower has many obstacles, and distance is only one of them. But beware of what you might find when you go looking for things that have stayed hidden for hundreds and thousands of years.

Nov 24, 2013

Nov 23 2013....I'm halfway through this, enjoying this series, but must say I am not enthralled by it. I am easily distracted by other things, so.....!.....Dec 1, 2013, just finished this book, but it doesn't really end. So, if you are almost finished it, I would suggest you get your hands on the next one soon. (Wizards and Glass) Luckily I already have it on hand!

SB2000 Mar 22, 2013

Third installment in King's "Dark Tower" series. The "world has moved on" and Roland's Ka-tet unravel some more of the mystery. I enjoyed this novel. The continuation of the story emeshes you deeper into the nightmare limbo-world of King's imagination. Blane, an insane monorail-juggernaut is an inspired creation!

cody248 Aug 16, 2012

Definitely worth your time. King is a master of developing worlds similar to our own, but eerily different


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