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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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'The Wastelands' is the winner as the best among the first three. The ka-tet is fully unified and have started their journey, this time including Jake and newcomer Oy the Billy-Bumbler, who you can’t help but get tickled by. There’s lost technology, action, the ka-tet getting to know each other, and a wacky, fun ending with a psychotic train they’re forced to ride but that never plans to let them survive.

It’s a book you have to keep attention on, else you’ll get lost and confused fast. The worlds collide without the doors. Wastelands is filled with not just fantasy, but mystery and much anticipation on what is later to come. The broken, scattered technology intrigues while the lines that connect the worlds introduces science fiction type elements into the story. The worlds all being parallel to each other is a nice touch.

Jake is essential – more of Roland’s human side is brought out by the boy. The gunslinger shows many faces in Wastelands, not just the straight edged one we've seen before. Seeing snippets of Jake’s former life was interesting and he’s definitely one of my favorite characters. The tick-tock man mesmerizes, for King knows how to write expert villains; that’s always been one of his biggest strengths. Blaine is a train with personality who runs the city from beneath, holds zero regard for life, and loves deadly riddles with their tricky twisters.

King obviously had lots of fun with this one. Incredibly detailed with imagination painting the journey’s road, this is an action-adventure, fantastical, sci-fi, and mystery rich book. Most of King’s books would improve with a trimming, but this one is the right length, for there’s plenty to convincingly fill the pages. I pity those who read this one when first published – the wait after its cliffhanger would have bugged me.
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  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
Review :The Waste Lands by Stephen King.

What can I say about reading a good book by a great author? It’s one of his oldies, written well and mesmerizing. I’m still his fan with his new books but there is nothing like re-reading some of his earlier books. Amazing how his writing has changed some over the years but King still captivates his readers. For me “The Dark Tower” series is so entertaining that his words flow with ease but page after page he keeps me on the edge of my seat. This third book to the series continues the journey to the Dark Tower with Roland, Eddie, and Susannah and in the second half of the book Jake (young boy presumed dead) is Back!!

I like the concept of the doors and time travel in the first two books and another door opens to help Jake back into Roland’s life in this book. The first half of the book took Roland (A Gunslinger), Eddie (A recovering drug addict), and Susannah (A crippled woman with duel personalities through some rough terrain on the journey to Lud City, many miles away. Among the events and struggles Roland begins obsessed with the memory of failing Jake. His mind and dreams are forever making him go insane. He struggles with the fact that Jake is dead because of him however; his mind is also telling him Jake is alive and he must save him. With King’s creative mind he starts leaving clues for the reader but also for Roland, Eddie, and Susannah like puzzle pieces. The solution is there but they needed to connect past memory with the present moment.

After a while they encounter an enormous robotic bear named Mir, which sends Eddie in the high branches of a tall tree while Susannah and Roland went to check on the surrounding areas for what was ahead of them. They returned in time to try and put a stop to the attack that Eddie was under. This is the point they come across a solution to help them get to their destination….the bear was put in their path to guard them from seeing the beam that would lead them first to the time travel door, and then to the City of Lud. A lot of action goes on in the story before they get to their destination. Jake is saved and on his travels with the rest of the group he makes a friend with a bumbler (some type of small alien animal) that he names Oy, who stays with them throughout the rest of the story.

Now that they made it to the City of Lud everything becomes chaotic. Jake gets kidnapped and Roland has to separate from Eddie and Susannah and hunt through the disorganized mechanical debris and tunnels of old computer parts throughout the city to find Jake. After more action and commotion the four of them and Oy meet Blaine the monorail train that would take them along the path of the beam over the waste lands and onto the Dark tower. They called him Blaine the pain…Read on to see what Blaine the pain has in store for his passengers…
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
Always a fantastic book to read. ( )
  Traciinaz | Mar 17, 2016 |
The story begins five weeks after the end of The Drawing of the Three. Roland, Susannah, and Eddie have moved east from the shore of the Western Sea, and into the woods of Out-World. After an encounter with a gigantic cyborg bear named Shardik, they discover one of the six mystical Beams that hold the world together. The three gunslingers follow the Path of the Beam inland to Mid-World.

Roland's group receives two new members: Roland's formerly-dead companion Jake Chambers from 1977, and an unusually intelligent billy-bumbler (which looks like a combination of badger, raccoon and dog with parrot-like speaking ability, long neck, curly tail, retractable claws and a high degree of animal intelligence) named Oy. Jake is able to pass into Roland's world using a portal which exists in a haunted house on Dutch Hill in his place and time: the New York City of 1977. The portal ends in a 'speaking ring' in Roland's world. Due to Roland's actions in the previous book, this Jake had avoided the death back on Earth that had originally brought him to Mid-World to meet Roland the first time. Unexplainedly, however, the time-line that was canceled out and thus never happened becomes the one Roland and Jake both remember. During this crossing over, Susannah has sex with the demon of the speaking ring to keep it from attacking Eddie.

The ka-tet continue on the Path of the Beam to Lud. The ancient, high-tech city has been ravaged by decades of war, and one of the surviving fighters, Gasher, kidnaps Jake by taking advantage of the near-accident the team faced while crossing a decaying bridge that looks like the George Washington Bridge of Jake's NYC. Roland and Oy must then trace them through a man-made labyrinth in the city and then into the sewers in order to rescue the boy from Gasher and his leader, the Tick-Tock Man. Jake manages to shoot the Tick-Tock Man, leaving him for dead. The ka-tet is eventually reunited at the Cradle of Lud, a train station which houses a monorail that the travelers use to escape Lud before its final destruction brought about by the monorail's artificial intelligence known as Blaine the Mono. The "Ageless Stranger" (an enemy whom the Man in Black warned Roland that he must slay) arrives to recruit the badly-injured Tick-Tock Man as his servant.

Once aboard Blaine, a highly intelligent, computerized train which is insane due to system degradation, it announces its intention to derail itself with them aboard unless they can defeat it in a riddle contest. The novel ends with Blaine and Roland's ka-tet speeding through the Waste Lands, a radioactive land of mutated animals and ancient ruins created by something that is claimed to have been far worse than a nuclear war, on the way to Topeka -the end of the line.

  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
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 | Jan 22, 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.

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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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