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The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three: (The Dark Tower #2) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen King
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From Publishers Weekly

Elaborating at great length on Robert Browning's cryptic narrative poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came," the second volume of King's post-Armageddon epic fantasy presents the equally enigmatic quest of Roland, the world's last gunslinger, who moves through an apocalyptic wasteland toward the Dark Tower, "the linchpin that holds all of existence together." Although these minor but revealing books (which King began while still in college) are full of such adolescent portentousness, this is livelier than the first. Roland enters three lives in the alternate world of New York City: junkie and drug runner Eddie Dean, schizophrenic heiress Odetta Holmes and serial murder Jack Mort. If King tells us too little about Roland, he gives us too much about these misfits who are variously healed or punished exactly as expected. Typically, King is much better at the minutiae and sensations of a specific physical world, and several such bravura sequences (from an attack by mutant lobsters to a gun store robbery) are standouts amid the characteristic headlong storytelling. BOMC alternate.
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Join the quest before it's too late Independent on Sunday on THE SONG OF SUSANNAH King's magnificent uberstory is finally complete... King's achievement is startling; his characters fresh... his plot sharply drawn... It is magic. Daily Express on The Dark Tower

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 962 KB
  • Print Length: 438 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451210859
  • Publisher: Signet (Aug. 5 2003)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ISK55A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,355 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than 'The Gunslinger' June 13 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I wasn't a huge fan of the first Dark Tower novel for a few reasons (you can check my review of it for an in-depth explanation), and I was worried to continue onto the second book in the series. Well, I worried for nothing. I really enjoyed the much more even pacing of this novel and the vivid and clear writing that sucks you right in.

Highlights of the novel for me included the first door 'into' Eddie Dean, the lobstrosities, and the shooting spree towards the end of Jack's door.

Cons were: Detta Walker's story was confusing (I STILL have no idea what bearing the plate or 'forspecial' had on the story) and it seemed like Stephen King really didn't have a good grip on the the antiquated racist language she used. I also didn't like Eddie falling in love with Susannah Dean.

Overall: a vast improvement from the Gunslinger and it made me want to see the series through to the end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good follow up May 4 2014
By Ty2K
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A good follow up to 'The Gunslinger' but you also will realise that this isn't a "western" series. Well written and exciting, however its slow to get going and you have to keep an open mind while reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book in series March 19 2013
By GinaJ
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have the ebooks and enjoyed the series so much that I wanted it in hardcover. This is Stephen Kings masterpiece!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some of King's best March 2 2013
By SteveH
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read the first four of this series almost twenty years ago. Recently I decided to read them again. I think I am enjoying them more than the first time. Careful, these books are addictive !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book June 12 2012
By Chronic
Format:Paperback
Stephen King creates quite an accomplishment with the Dark Tower series, and in this volume he expands the series a step further. While the first book focused squarely on Roland, this one shifts the focus to two new characters, Eddie and Odetta/Detta, as they are swept into the gunslinger's quest for the Dark Tower. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, and am looking forward to reading through three and the rest of the series. Consider me hooked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review April 30 2007
Format:Paperback
The Drawing of the Three is the second, and possibly the best, of the Dark Tower novels. On a desolate beach in the middle of nowhere, Roland of Gilead must start to gather his ka-tet, his group of close companions; however, he is hampered by injuries caused by the horrible denizens of that beach. Stephen King juggles the complexities of inter-dimensional travel between Mid-World and 20th century New York with exuberant ease and verve, making this a terrific, edgy rollercoaster ride of a novel, sometimes exhilarating, mostly gruelling, that tests the last gunslinger's resources to their very limits. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Regarding the audiobook version May 12 2005
Format:Audio CD
The story is okay. It's compelling enough that I'll probably go on to read the next one. But what I really wanted to say is that it's hard sometimes to listen to audiobooks without laughing. They're so cheesy. For The Drawing of the Three, they've hired someone who sounds like the Deep Voice Hollywood Movie Trailor Guy. You know, the one who always says "In a world where..." So you know... if you don't mind listening to that deep, very serious voice telling a 13 hour story (and also trying to do a variety of character voices that end up just sounding completely rediculous) then, well, go for it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Loosely drawn July 14 2004
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Stephen King's Dark Tower series has become a modern classic, with its gritty imagination and mix of fantasy and horror. "The Drawing of the Three" is an expansive follow-up to "The Gunslinger," but it's a bit slow and too devoted to setting up the main quest of the series.
Roland of Gilead wakes up on a beach, surrounded by carnivorous lobster creatures that manage to bite off fingers and part of his foot. Sick and possibly dying, he stumbles away and collapses. But he still has to find and "draw" two people to assist him in his quest for the Dark Tower. He finds a door that leads him into our world, and inside the head of Eddie Dean, a young junkie/drug smuggler. Eddie reluctantly allows Roland's voice to guide him, as his beloved brother is murdered and his drug deal self-destructs.
As Eddie goes cold turkey, Roland starts to pursue the second person: Odetta Holmes, a beautiful African-American civil-rights activist, who lost her legs when someone pushed her off a train platform. She is also schizophrenic -- she has a second personality, the foul-mouthed, psychotic Detta. Now Roland and Eddie are stuck with a woman who can turn into a malevolent killer at any moment. And now Roland pursues Jack Mort -- and runs into a familiar face from his past.
"The Drawing of the Three" is almost very good, but not quite. Unlike "The Gunslinger," this is pretty obviously a bridge between the first and third books, setting up the scene for the rest of the series. So it's rather awkward at times, as King tries to write a story around his formative characters. In that, he does a pretty good job.
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