One of my favorite Dark Tower books. So well written and with great characters. I highly recommend reading this series.
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.
Repetitive and boring
Has the author run out of things to say? A waste of time.
As a series installment, this one unfurls somewhat slowly, and yet, not without suspense and urgency. Reader Frank Muller really adds to the narration, with his distinct range of voices, from Susannah's southern drawl to Eddie's brusque New York accent, even a delightful voice for Oy, the Billy Bumbler. I was going to just read the next installment, but I think I would like to hear more of Muller's narration.
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 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!
The 3rd book in the Dark Tower series, the best one so far ( still have 5 more to read ). The series gets better, and stranger as the books progress...characters really develop in this book, enjoyable story, ending was abrubt.
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!
Definitely worth your time. King is a master of developing worlds similar to our own, but eerily different
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