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The Waste Lands: 3/7 (Dark Tower) [Paperback]

Stephen King
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16 Feb 2012 Dark Tower

In the third novel in King's epic fantasy masterpiece, Roland, the Last Gunslinger, is moving ever closer to the Dark Tower, which haunts his dreams and nightmares. Pursued by the Ageless Stranger, he and his friends follow the perilous path to Lud, an urban wasteland. And crossing a desert of damnation in this macabre new world, revelations begin to unfold about who - and what - is driving him forward.

A blend of riveting action and powerful drama, THE WASTE LANDS leaves readers breathlessly awaiting the next chapter.

And the Tower is closer...

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (16 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444723464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444723465
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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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)

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Hodder are reissuing and rejacketting all seven volumes in Stephen King's epic, fantasy series The Dark Tower in anticipation of the brand new Dark Tower novel, THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE, coming in April 2012.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The assault on your senses continues with the Wastelands and King plunges you into a much darker era than heretofore in the lives of his protagonists. He brings you to tears many a time, and to the edge of your trainseat in their many and varied perils. Take this ride with Roland and his companions, you'll be glad you did. Also, if its your first in the series, better just buy the 2 preceeding books and the subsequent title to this: you will WANT them.
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This installment picks up a couple of months after the end of 'The Drawing of the Three', and picks up a problem with Roland's actions in the fact that he has both aided Jake after his death in 'The Gunslinger' and then prevented his death in 'The Drawing of the Three'. This is tearing his mind apart knowing the fact that two interpretations of reality exist in his mind. He has to try and find away to stop it before he is killed by it. The story winds on to a classic confrontation with a riddle-obsessed artifical intelligence controlled train. The ending will leave you gasping for more. It has to be one of the greatest cliffhangers of all time. You must read this if you've read the previous two books if you didn't like them because this will change your whole view on the series. It's BRILLIANT!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps up the good work 11 Mar 2004
The Waste Lands is the third installment in The Dark Tower series, continuing the journey of Roland of Gilead and his companions through Mid-World. The first half of the book can in some ways be seen as leftover plot from The Drawing of the Three, but it also lays the foundation for the second half, making the transition between the parts barely noticeable.
The nice thing about this book is that King doesn’t ignore the paradox that was created by the events at the end of the previous book. Instead he draws the logical conclusions, incorporates the consequences into the plot of The Waste Lands, and solves the dilemma in an entirely satisfactory manner.
King also continues the trend of adding details that he has borrowed from other fantasy authors. I couldn’t help smiling when the name of a monstrous bear turned out to be Shardik, just as in the book with the same name by Richard Adams, and when Eddie recognized the name but couldn’t understand why he associated it with rabbits (Adams most well-known work is Watership Down) I laughed out loud. A nice touch, especially since it strengthens the link between Roland’s world and our world.
However, there are two reasons I won’t give this book a top grade. The first is that the pace is somewhat slower than in The Drawing of the Three. (It was noticeable easier to put it down and do other things.) The second is that despite King’s assurance in the Author’s Note that he ran out of story for the moment, it felt like the book ended before the current plot line had run its natural course. It did not really matter that much to me, since I was able to start reading Wizard and Glass right away, but it still feels a bit odd to find the logical end 60 pages into the next book of the series, written six years later.
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Stephen King's novel "The Waste Lands" is the third instalment of the seven part epic "Dark Tower" series. The novel runs for 512 pages out of the series total of 3712 pages.

Here we see Jake finally reunited with Roland Of Gilead once again, as the group continue their quest towards the Dark Tower. The novel develops the characters previously set down in the last two novels, allowing the reader to become further attached to this unique collection of individuals.

The book takes you deeper into King's desolate world as you are introduced into a much more action packed and violent scenario. The tale builds towards the group's arrival at the city of Lud, which has been ravaged by war and time, leaving it in a almost post-apocalyptic state. A war is being fought between the two different inhabitants of the city as Roland's group try to make their way through its streets and towards the wastelands that follow.

King has managed to keep up the characterization throughout the book whilst managing to keep the novel fast paced and full of surprises. More hints as to the reasons behind this massive quest are thrown in to the tale, without actually revealing the true nature of it. This will keep you guessing at the underlying air of mystery about the whole series. The novel also clears up some of the intentional loose ends from the last two novels, that draws the books tighter together.

The book is a thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish, ending with another dramatic cliff-hanger to lead into the next instalment "Wizard And Glass".
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5.0 out of 5 stars all things follow the beam 14 Jun 2007
great book again. i get fed up of writing great book but with this series i can't help it, the first three books demand that those words open your review.

the ka-tet is formed and the true journey begun. they follow the beam of bear and turtle to reach the tower, but this means they must cross the wastelands and journey through the dead city of lud.

they all go towards the tower, but not all are committed. and not all of them for the same reasons.

tick - tock!
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