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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best installment in the Dark Tower series yet!
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...
Published on 2 Dec 1999

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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful....
At the risk of offending Stephen King fans, the first 2 books are good, then it deteriorates into a self-indulgent, narcissistic self-promoting journey into how Stephen King sees himself as god.

He has certainly bowed to pressure to write this series and has over-stretched himself, either that, or he is a gold digger who thinks his fans are a bunch of mugs who...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best installment in the Dark Tower series yet!, 2 Dec 1999
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars King is a King for real; of Magic, beauty, wonder, darkness, 15 Aug 2000
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed, 9 Jan 2004
This review is from: The Dark Tower: Waste Lands Bk. 3 (Paperback)
Most Dark Tower fans love this book and its' not difficult to see why. King is really gaining pace now as the story begins just after the ka-tets narrow escape from the lobstrocities on the Western sea.
The key to this book is how Eddie and Susannah adapt to their role as Gunslingers and as the book progress their love for each other grows.
Another Member of the Ka-tet, Jake has a large influence on the story throughout but to say anymore would spoil it.
So, the ka-tet now makes its' way to the Tower and in this book around five major events happen to them, making this the most action packed book out of them all.
Firstly, they must find the path to the Tower, this is done by finding a guardian at the edge of a beam and then follow that path as all the beams serve/lead to a path to the Tower.
This is how they encounter the guardian in the forest, a bear and the new Gunslingers are called into action right away. The book begins at a frantic pace and keeps it up to the end.
The one annoying thing is in this book is that King leaves the readers in mid-story, a cliffhanger, forcing you to rush out and buy Wizard and Glass to find out how it ends. Reading this book before Book four was published would have been very frustrating.
Some prefer the story to say within Rolands' world whilst others like it when he dips back into New York. Unlike The drawing of the three, where the majority was in New York, this book is more balanced between the two, there is a one large New York section and that's it.
This is one of the best in the series so far so enjoy it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best book in the series!, 16 Jan 2003
I was bound to love this book! I waited four years for it! I reread the first two books to refresh the story in my head for when it was released, and I pestered bookshops on a weekly basis for a release date.
The Wastelands brings back the boy, Jake in a plot that truly displays the wonder of King's imagination, and the first true steps of the troupe's journey are taken. King's best fiction is in the slow madness of Jake, (a boy who has already died twice), but also of the Gunslinger, who's mind is being torn apart by a paradox that the gunslinger has created.
More intrigues of Roland's world are revealed, including the Beam, a single rose which exists in a development lot in Manhattan, a descendant of a German WWII fighter pilot and even a drum loop of ZZ-Top's 'velcro Fly' elevated to idol worship form yet more reference points to our world. King even starts to hint at his other novels (The Turtle in 'IT', and the priest ... in 'Salem's Lot')...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strange and Wondrous Realms, 24 Feb 2004
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Patrick Shepherd "hyperpat" (San Jose, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Dark Tower: Waste Lands Bk. 3 (Paperback)
Book III of the Dark Tower series continues the quest defined in the first book (The Gunslinger) with the traveling companions introduced in the second book (The Drawing of the Three).
This book is basically a group of adventure episodes: an encounter with a 70 foot high bio-mechanical bear (Shardik), relic of a past age, a strange fight with a demon, a visit to a dying suburban village, an abduction and running battle in a ghost town city, and finally a fantastic trip on a suicidal mono-rail train. Each episode provides a little more insight into Roland’s fantastical world, both past and present. By the end of this book, a fairly coherent picture of this world emerges, from its obvious high technology past, to its current sadly deteriorated state, to some of the rationale behind why certain things work the way they do in this world. The book is very action oriented; there is very little reflection on grander philosophical themes here, and continuing character development of the main characters is fairly minimal.
There is a nice variant on the old time-travel paradox. In The Gunslinger, the boy Jake is sacrificed to Roland’s determination to catch the ‘man in black’. In this story, we find Jake alive and well and still living in (our) New York, due to an action by Roland in The Drawing of the Three that caused the previous history to never occur. But both Roland and Jake have memories of the ‘other’ past, and this duality is slowly driving both to the edge of insanity. The resolution of this problem requires that Jake be brought back to Roland’s world, and how this is accomplished forms the major portion of one of the ‘episodes’.
At various points throughout this book, King makes allusions to other famous science-fiction and fantasy authors and their creations (and some of his own), from Richard Adams (Shardik and Watership Down) to Isaac Asimov’s ‘positronic’ brains of his robot stories, to J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit with its riddling games. For those who have read these works, these allusions provide an enhanced view of this world and how it works, but I am not sure how well some of this plays with readers who haven’t read these other works.
Overall, this book is a page-turner, and does a good job of holding the reader’s interest in the fate of the major characters and the overall resolution of the quest. The ending of this book is a cliff-hanger, like the movie serials of old, and for this reason I don’t recommend you start this book unless you have a copy of book IV, Wizard & Glass, handy, as you will definitely want to immediately find out the resolution to the end situation here.
--- Reviewed by Patrick Shepherd (hyperpat)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A dramatic and fast paced instalment into this epic series., 30 Aug 2006
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Chris Hall "DLS Reviews" (Cardiff, Wales) - See all my reviews
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best installment of the Gunslinger series to date, 5 Jan 2000
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Roland continues on his quest for the Dark Tower with the help of his new friends. This book feels like it has written itself and is much more involving than the previous two. The imagery and mood of the book is portrayed with such vigour and clarity that you can lose yourself. If you began to lose interest in the series after the last book then this will revive it without fail. More is revealed about Rolands past and quest and leaves the reader gagging for the next installment (Which incidentally is a great read also). Buy this book! It is a winner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Velcro Fly, 4 Dec 2002
If you thought part two of this series (The Drawing of the Three) was good then I’m pleased to inform you that part three ‘The Wastelands’ is even better. In pursuit of the tower, Roland and his companions travel across Mid-World following ‘The Beam’, which, unfortunately for them, leads straight to an unsavory city, called Lud.
It’s when Roland and party reach Lud that the story really steps up several gears. I think I read all 300 or so pages of the adventures in Lud in one sitting! It was compulsive stuff!
The ending of the book is a real cliffhanger. I can almost guarantee that you’ll finish this book and instantly pick up part four to find out what happened next! I know I did!
I wondered, after I’d finished The Wastelands, how many more copies of ZZ Tops ‘Afterburner’ were/have been sold… Ah, that’s what it sounds like…!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars all things follow the beam, 14 Jun 2007
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dolfanuk (Wigan, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Dark Tower: Waste Lands Bk. 3 (Paperback)
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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