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Drei Roman by Stephen King

Drei Roman (edition 1987)

by Stephen King

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Roland of Gilead has stepped through a doorway in time to 1980s America. A savage struggle has begun in which underworld evil and otherworldly enemies conspire to bring an end to Roland's search for the Dark Tower.
Title:Drei Roman
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Heyne (1987), Paperback
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The Drawing Of The Three by Stephen King

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    The Talisman by Stephen King (Valjeanne)
    Valjeanne: A real page-turner collaboration between Peter Straub and Stephen King! More "flipping" between alternate dimensions, shape-shifting good guys and bad guys, and a hero you'll love. :-)

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This book, the second in this series, explains a lot and fleshes out some things that were not really expanded on in the first book. King’s writing style keeps you interested and wanting to turn the next page to see how things work out. ( )
  krgulick | Jun 19, 2019 |
The Drawing of the Three is about one thing for me: Eddie. There are several through lines in Stephen King's work and one of them is the character who's part reluctant hero, part damaged man in recovery of some sort, and someone who's redefining what his own masculinity means to him (think Nick and Larry from The Stand, Gordie from The Body, Andy from Shawshank, etc.). He writes this character well and Eddie is a wonderful example. His relationship with his brother really grounds the novel for me and the way he works through his grief at Henry's death helps sell the merging of the various levels of the Tower.

Susannah, on the other hand, I've never really been able to get behind. She's a fantastically interesting character (I can't think of another hero in literature who's both a POC and disabled), but I just can't connect with her and consequently don't much care what happens to her. When I think about rereading the series, my apathy toward her is almost always what turns me away.

All that being said, this is a solid entry in the series, and my love for Eddie and the fantastic gruesomeness of the lobstrosities carries me through. ( )
1 vote mediumofballpoint | Mar 4, 2019 |
I liked the lobstrocities. ( )
  lhofer | Sep 26, 2018 |
Book two in Stephen King's Dark Tower series.

I complained a bit about the quality of the writing in the first volume. This one is definitely better written. Much more assured, and a much easier and more entertaining read. There are some pretty good moments of action, suspense, or horror, and some interesting bits of worldbuilding as we get to learn various little details about Roland's world by seeing our own world through his eyes.

On the other hand, though, it still feels not so much like a story in itself as like a prelude to some story we're still being promised, and at some point, enough prelude is enough. I'm a little worried that pretty much the entire series might keep feeling like this, but we'll see.

My real problem with it, though, is with one of the main characters, Odetta Holmes/Detta Walker. Who is, in fact, two people, and King clearly knows nothing about multiple personality disorder and hasn't bothered to research it, referring to her condition constantly as "schizophrenia," which is a common mistake, but a mistake nonetheless. Also, his attempt to write good and evil versions of a black woman from the 60s... Well, he means well, but I found the results a little cringe-inducing, anyway.

Still, the series is moving in the right kind of direction for me, and I'm at least mildly interested to see where it goes from here. ( )
  bragan | Sep 24, 2018 |
Still not sure about this series. Book 2 felt an awful lot more horror than fantasy (I'm not big on violence/gore/blood, so there was considerably too much of that for my taste). We're two books in and I'm not sure I understand who the main character is or what they're doing. Book 2 and Book 1 also seem like completely different experiences, other than the main character has the same name and same props.

Stephen King is very good at maintaining narrative tension, so even when I'm not loving it, I'm still eager to read it--he writes aptly-named page-turners. But I'd rather be reading Diana Wynne Jones, still, or P.G. Wodehouse, or George Eliot.

(Will likely read the 3rd just out of curiosity to see if it continues the "random book plot featuring same character" storyline, or if he's settled into his story. But that's it--I can only go so far with books in which random things happen for no reason, time and space make no sense, and I'm not sure where the characters are, what they're doing, and why they're doing them!)

(Note: 5 stars = rare and amazing, 4 = very good book, 3 = a decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm good at picking ones I'd like so I do end up with a lot of 4s!) ( )
  ashleytylerjohn | Sep 19, 2018 |
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To Don Grant, who's taken a chance on these novels, one by one.
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The gunslinger came awake from a confused dream which seemed to consist of a single image: that of the Sailor in the Tarot deck from which the man in black had dealt (or purported to deal) the gunslinger's own moaning future.

Three. This is the number of your fate.
The horror was a crawling thing which must have been cast up by a previous wave. It dragged a wet, gleaming body laboriously along the sand. It was about four feet long and about four yards to the right.
Flip-flop hippety hop, offa your rocker and over the top, life's a fiction and the world's a lie, so put on some Creedence and lets get high.
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