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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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"Right is what all this is about," Roland said. "But if you look too long at the small rights, Jake - the ones that lie close at hand - it's easy to lose sight of the big ones that stand further off."

Ok - that was probably the longest setup I have read in awhile. Usually all this stuff (gathering of the quest party, going on the quest, backstory etc.) would usually be contained in one volume - but it has taken 3 books before I finally feel as if we have got this show on the road. Choo-choo! Lol.

Also - I just read it took years between Book 3 and 4 and then again years between Book 4 and 5. I would've gone nuts y'all (like I did with the Wheel of Time). Luckily for me - all volumes are out and I get to take my sweet time going through them.

I loooove the ka-tet members. Adoreeee them. And Oy is the most adorable sidekick this side of Mid World! Haha. Can't wait to get into Wizard and Glass! Half way mark!

Source: Borrowed from the Library
Date first finished: 19feb2017 ( )
  kephradyx | Jun 20, 2017 |
If this series were an RPG, Roland spent a book and a half building his friggen party. Finally he's collected all his friends and their backstories have been thoroughly gone over (snore) and by the last quarter of the book THEY ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING.

There was another one of the weird invisible sex demons and boy could I have done without that scene. But after all that mess the group finally reaches a city (or what's left of it) - Lud - and some action takes place. That's right folks! Our characters do more than walk along a beach and trade stories about their lives! And I finally found a character I like, Oy! Hahaha. Without saying much, I'll say he's not even human. The human characters in this book still don't evoke many feelings in me, except to wish they'd shut up or something. Oh, I also like Blaine the Mono (sadistic, insane, sentient train? Hell yes!)

I will continue my quest for the Dark Tower because as much as I dislike Roland, I -still- want to know what the hell is going on. I hope the plot keeps up the current pace though because if it lags again it's going to be a hard journey. ( )
  MillieHennessy | May 28, 2017 |
This amazing 3rd chapter of the Dark Tower series takes us through many great twists and turns on the path to the tower. We follow along with Roland of Gilead and his ka-tet as they rejoin another member of their band and gain a new member as well...and this time they must ride a living train, that is also going crazy. ( )
  Emery_Demers | May 17, 2017 |
I'll be honest, I'm not tearing through this series the way I thought I would be. However, The Wastelands is, regardless, a great installment in The Dark Tower series. The setting is a bit creepier than the earlier installments and slowly we begin to learn more about the universe we are immersed in.

I would certainly recommend this book, but ONLY if you have read the earlier books in the series. I would have a rough time jumping in without some serious context! ( )
  SnowcatCradle | Sep 24, 2016 |
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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"
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.
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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