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The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower, Book 3) (original 1991; edition 2003)

by Stephen King

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Title:The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower, Book 3)
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Signet (2003), Edition: Revised, Mass Market Paperback, 608 pages
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The Waste Lands by Stephen King (1991)

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Gosh, what a book. WHAT. A. BOOK. Congratulating Stephen King for this magnificent book would still sound like an offense. Amongst the three first books this is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best one. Now that I finished reading this book I realized how worthy it was to go all the way reading the first book.

Roland and his friends now face a new problem: in spite of having solved the gunslinger's poisoning problems, he seems to be suffering the consequences of his own acts after saving "a certain persson" in the previous book. If they don't find a cure to his conflicting mind, he'll be fatality lead to the insanity.

The action does not stop for one single second. The story is dense, quick, fluid. If you blink an eye, you'll miss an important detail.

LOVED the book. I'm even afraid to read the rest of the series and finding out that the next books are not as good as this one. ( )
  aryadeschain | Aug 26, 2014 |
This was a very interesting book. While I preferred The Drawing of the Three, this book had lots of good character devlopment and actually got Roland and company somewhere on their quest.

It did drag a little, though, and while exciting, I often got the feeling that a hundred pages or so could have been cut easily. ( )
  sammii507 | Aug 19, 2014 |
The story of the gunslingers continue, and another addition is added to their ka-tet. They are now on Blaine the train on their way to Toledo, can't wait to see what happens next! ( )
  csweder | Jul 30, 2014 |
Good start, slow middle, great ending ( well not the end, end - I would have been pissed if I had read this back in the day and part IV wasn't published yet! )! The ka tet is set - Roland plus 3 and Oy! Blaine is a pain, as is the Tick-Tock Man, and the Wizard seems formidable. But, they are still following the Beam, still headed toward the Dark Tower, so bring on the next book! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | May 29, 2014 |
fantastic ( )
  jsopcich | May 19, 2014 |
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Epigraph
A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,

And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,

And the dry stone no sound of water. Only

There is shadow under this red rock,

(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),

And I will show you something different from either

Your shadow in the morning striding behind you

Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;

I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

-- T.S. Eliot

"The Waste Land"
If there pushed any ragged thistle-stalk

Above its mates, the head was chopped; the bents

Were jealous else. What made those holes and rents

In the dock's hearth swarth leaves, bruised as to balk

All hop of greenness? 'tis a brute must walk

Pashing their life out, with a brute's intents.

-- Robert Browning

"Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came"
"What river is it?" enquired Millicent idly.

"It's only a stream. Well, perhaps a little more than that. It's called the Waste."

"Is it really?"

"Yes," said Winifred, "it is."

-- Robert Aickman

"Hand in Glove"
Dedication
This third volume of the tale is gratefully dedicated to my son, OWEN PHILIP KING:

Khef, ka, and ka-tet.
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It was her third time with live ammunition. . .and her first time on the draw from the holster Roland had rigged for her.
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The house was alive. He knew this, could feel its awareness reaching out from the boards and the slumping roof, could feel it pouring in rivers from the black sockets of its windows. The idea of approaching that terrible place filled him with dismay; the idea of actually going inside filled him with inarticulate horror.
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Choo Choo Engine, stood
before Roland the Brave
asking mean riddles.

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451210867, Mass Market Paperback)

Roland, The Last Gunslinger, moves ever closer to The Dark Tower of his dreams-and nightmares-as he crosses a desert of damnation in a macabre world that is a twisted image of our own...

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The third book of King's macabre Dark Tower saga finds Roland, the Last Gunslinger, moving ever closer to the Dark Tower of his dreams--and nightmares--as he crosses a desert of damnation.

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