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The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands: (The Dark Tower #3)(Revised Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen King
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From Publishers Weekly

King's third volume on Roland the gunfighter's search for the Dark Tower offers charming bits of whimsy, some splendidly tense moments and one rip-roaring horror scene. At times, however, it is pretentious and the direction of the sprawling plot uncertain. Roland has two companions on his quest for the tower at the portal of all the worldsp. 53 : Susannah Dean and Eddie Dean, who entered his world from New York City of 1963 and 1987, respectively. When the three track down the den of a 70-foot-tall cyborg bear, they are pointed down a path leading to the Tower. But Roland is slowly going mad, a fact that seems linked to his past experiences with Jake Chambers, a boy who died twicestet ital in the first book of the series. Jake reappears here, displaying great resilience in crossing over from 1977 New York City to join Roland & Co. (As Susannah notes, "This time-travel business is some confusing shit.") They press on, plumbing the depths of a children's book that tells a profound and ancient tale. Unfortunately, the questers don't reach the Tower; in fact, they're caught in a cliff-hanger ending--King says, he'll write volume four if we want it. Illustrations not seen by PW. 1.5 million first printing; $400,000 ad/promo; BOMC and QPB selections.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA-- The third installment in the offbeat fantasy saga involving the enigmatic Roland (the last gunfighter) and his quest for the Dark Tower. While the story (inspired by Robert Browning's narrative poem ``Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came'') is entertaining, what really makes it outstanding are King's unique, multifaceted characters. This is Stephen King at his best.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1278 KB
  • Print Length: 612 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451210867
  • Publisher: Signet; Revised edition (Sept. 2 2003)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000PC721I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Waste Lands July 8 2004
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The Waste Lands is the best in my opinion so far as the first three books. I also thought this was the most enjoyable of the first three to read, though a couple spots where King overwrote.
It was kind of dissapointing at the ending to just leave the book hanging like it did, but it was a good idea, cuz it will lure people to read the fourth right away.
It was interesting how the ka-tet all had in some way knew what was going to happen in the future. It was kingd of interesting probably the most interesting with Jake. How he came back to Rolands world after he dies? or did he not?
I also liked the fact that this book was the first to introduce Flagg or a hint that it was Flagg. I basically thought that because of- MY LIFE FOR YOU! which was Trashcanman's favorite line in the Stand. I'm sure thier be a lot more of Flagg and the Tick-Tock MAn in Wizard and Glass.
So overall this is the best so far in the series. I also thought of it as being the most complete of the first three.
So if youve read the first two I strongley recommend THe Waste Lands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whose Ka-Tek is the stronger... June 16 2004
The third volume of the much longer tale again continues the trek of Roland, now with Eddie and Susannah along the path of the beam. This tale picks up approx. 6 months after the confrontation on the Western Sea and Eddie and Susannah are on their way to becoming Gunslingers themselves. Roland however, is slowly losing his mind, due to a temporal paradox in which he both thinks that Jake is alive and that he is dead. After a showdown with one of the 12 guardians of the beams, they continue along their way. Roland is again re-united with Jake Chambers in a speaking ring outside the small town of River Crossing, and the full Ka-Tet of Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake, and Oy (a billybumbler picked up along the way) continue along into Lud. In Lud, there are many perils, until finally our heroes get aboard Blaine the Mono. Blaine is a pain, and that is the truth. The book ends as a cliffhanger, which at the time of first publication was most annoying, primarily because of the long delay between DT3 and DT4. But, with the series coming to a close, the cliffhanger only adds to the mysticism of the over-all story. Another triumph of a tale and another step up in the overall series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the series June 16 2004
By A. Hart
The Waste Lands is, in my opinion, the best in the Dark Tower series. It starts out a little slow but once we get to the divided Jake, who is once again alive due to a paradox created when Roland killed Jack Mort in the Drawing of the Three, and follow him around New York while he loses his mind and compulsively opens doors, trying to find his way back to Roland's world, the story becomes fascinating. Here we also have a set-up for future stories, such as when Susannah must have sex with a demon in order to save Eddie and get Jacke through the doorway to their world. This will become all too important later on in the series, namely in books 5&6. And when we meet Blaine the Mono, who is a pain, we will never forget him and his maniacal laughter and obsession with riddles.
This book kept me drawn to it, and holds true to the surreal and fascianting world of the gunslinger, Roland, and his new ka-tet. There is a lot of story here, as well, not just pointless ambling like in Wolves of the Calla. Recomended to DT fans big-big.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best beware of Blain the Choo-Choo train May 14 2004
The Waste Lands is a direct continuation of the events that occurred in The drawing of the three. Roland, Eddie and Susannah have moved away from the beaches of the western sea and into the great forest about 60 miles north. As they cross the forest, the three are etching further along one of the 6 beams leading to the dark tower. Roland continues to be plagued by nightmares and voices about Jake, the young kid he was separated from at the conclusion of the first volume. Jake is alive and well but he is nowhere to be found in Roland's world as he is instead back in his world, the NYC of present time. He too, is plagued by nightmares and voices about his lost companion and he is desperately searching for the door that will lead him out of his world and back into Roland's...
Whereas the second volume was drawing the group and setting things up, it is in this third volume of the series where the "ka-tet" is making leaps and bounds and etching ever closer to the tower. Eddie and Susannah are no longer reluctant and pessimistic about the strange world they were thrown into, they now accept this adventure as being their fate and Roland as their friend. They are now fully trained gunslingers and ready to face the perils that lie ahead.
The New York chapters in this entry are even better than the last one, as we follow Jake desperately trying to find a way back in into Roland's world. It was kind of neat how Roland and Jake were both simultaneously going insane while apart from each other. Once Jake finally manages to make it back into Roland's world and join his travelling companions to the tower is once the pace accelerates in dramatic fashion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The heart of the Dark Tower Feb. 20 2004
Book 3 of the Dark Tower series, "The Wastelands" opens with Roland teaching Eddie and Susannah (was Odetta) of New York to be gunslingers. He teaches them to remember the faces of their fathers in their mission to save the Dark Tower.
They soon come across their first challenge as gunslingers, one of the guardians of the beams, Shardik the bear. Roland didn't think these guardians really existed until they are faced with the dangerous evidence of such.
Shardik is a remnant of a bygone era, some two-thousand years ago when Northcentral Positronics built him to protect one of the beams of the Dark Tower (it is said that this company also may have built the beams). Unfortunately, Shardik is infested with parasites that have caused his insanity. It's just a matter of time before he dies, but in his insanity he charges after Susannah, Eddie and Roland.
It is Susannah's first task to destroy Shardik by aiming at his satellite dish on the top of his head. Eddie then gets the task of destroying his robot care-takers in the same way. Only through this rite of passage can they move on, for these creatures will surely destroy them if allowed to exist any longer.
Meanwhile, Roland feels as if he's slowly going crazy. He committed an act in New York, while through the door of Death, that stopped a child, Jake (whom we know from book 1, "The Gunslinger") from being pushed to his death. But if he saved Jake in New York in another world from dying, then how did Jake come to Roland's world only to be sacrificed on Roland's quest for the man in black? A paradox was created and Roland's mind cannot cope.
Jake of New York is suffering from the same malady. And that is the truth. Roland must now draw Jake into his world with the help of Eddie and Susannah.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slower than the others but still very good!
If you liked the first two books you will not be let down with this book, but don't expect this to be the best of the books. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ty2K
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great addition to a great series!
Yes, I know. . .

I'm late for this party. But as I mentioned in my reviews for The Gunslinger and The Drawing of the Three, though I've had Stephen King's The Dark Tower... Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2012 by Patrick St-Denis, editor of Pat's Fantasy Hotlist
3.0 out of 5 stars Two thirds tedium, one third grand DarkTower adventure
Like the monster train on the cover, the third Dark Tower novel takes a long time to get going, but once it does, it rolls along at freight like speed and tension, bringing a... Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2007 by Perschon
5.0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review
In my opinion, The Waste Lands is a contender, along with The Drawing of the Three, for the title of best Dark Tower novel. Read more
Published on April 30 2007 by A. J. Cull
5.0 out of 5 stars Far from a "Waste"
Stephen King hits his stride in "The Waste Lands," the third volume of his epic dark fantasy Dark Tower series. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid continuation of the Dark Tower saga
The third installment of the Dark Tower saga features strong characterization and some well-staged horror/action set pieces. Read more
Published on May 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great but not better than the second book
The only reason I don't think that this book was better than The Drawing of the Three is because it lags a lot at the beginning. Read more
Published on April 10 2004 by Troy Wallis
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of the series so far
This story in the series propelled me to Mid-Earth, and kept me awake many nights. If you like Sci-Fi and Fantasy, this book is for you.
Published on Jan. 21 2004 by Matt
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