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3.0 out of 5 stars Character over story, 26 May 2010
This review is from: The Dark Tower: Drawing of the Three Bk. 2 (Paperback)
I've been a Stephen King fan for years but only picked up The Gunslinger at the end of '09. While the first book in the Dark Tower series was a quick, fun read based around a Clint Eastwood style cowboy, book two headed in a very different direction.

Book one gave glimpses that many realities existed in this world, including our own and The Drawing of the Three expands on this idea and focuses wholly on Roland visiting our world and bringing back a party of unwilling adventurers.

For large parts of this book King focuses on character instead of Story. Many people would write this tale with all the adventurers thrown together and they learn about each other as they go. Not here. King take hundreds of pages to introduce each character, concentrating on their back-story and their personality, but with little overarching story progression. Personally I found this hard going. I wanted to move on towards the tower, to discover more of Roland's world and his adventures and that didn't materialize.

I'm glad I stuck with it, as although I didn't fully enjoy the first two thirds, the end does bring the story to a satisfactory close and left me looking forward to this group's adventures. I hope to find them in The Wastelands.
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