In the third book of the Dark Tower series, King takes you through many different journeys. You will meet the large Shardik the bear, make friends with the old people, venture into the ruins of the city of Lud, meet Gasher (an extremely repulsive individual) and ride on the eerie mono called Blaine. An excited adventure for sure. This is one my favorite series and this book is the best out of this series in my opinion.
Part of one of the best series I have ever read. I just finished the series and few months ago and was completely and utterly blown away. I have never read anything like it.. It is completely un-King-like
Consists of 12 cassette tapes.I had started reading the Dark Tower series and though I am a huge fan of Stephen King, I had difficulty getting into it.Then my wife gave me this set (Part III) for my birthady.I listened to some of it and can't get into it either.Different strokes for different folks I guess.
reveiw 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.
Book one was great, Book two not as great as book one but still good, the Wastelands however was a waste of time. The story is boring and I kept forcing myself to continue reading it. Don't waste your time on the Wastelands.
I was a bit disappointed with this book because I really liked the second better. For me, there was a bit too much "I don't know how I know but I know" stuff. I know this a part of the story, some force (the Tower, maybe?) is drawing them all closer and making them do things, but I felt like King wanted or needed a bunch of stuff to happen and didn't really know how to make it happen so he just had the characters "Just know" what needs to be done. I understand this concept but there was A WHOLE LOT OF IT in this book. It took away some of the excitement for me because I knew at anytime they can get out of any situation because of the "I just know how" thing. The beginning started off really strong but the last 40 pages just dragged on for me. I was thinking "just get over with already so I can find out what happens". The end played out like some twisted, demented Wizard of Oz which would have been cool, but I was getting bored. Luckily the book ended on a real cliff-hanger that immediately made me pick up the fourth book. I hope the series continues the strong storytelling I felt during the second book.
A good continuation of the epic. I agree that it ends rather arbitrarily, but I will survive. My copy is the 1st printing of the edition and has a different cover from the one PBS shows now. My cover shows an old steam locomotive.
Roland, The Last Gunslinger, moves ever closer to The Dark Tower of his dreams and nightmares - as he crosses a desert of damnation in a macabre world that is a twisted image of our own. With him are those he has drawn to this world: street-smart Eddie Dean and courageous wheel-chair-bound Susannah. Ahead of him are mind-rending revelations about who and what is driving him. Against him is arrayed a swelling legion of foes both more and less than human. A breathtaking drama of action and adventure, discovery and danger, The Waste Lands is further testament to King's novelistic mastery.
King's third volume on Roland the gunfighter's search for the Dark Tower. 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, 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
The Waste Lands is book 3 from Stephen King's epic saga The Dark Tower. Roland, Eddie, Susannah and Jake are moving closer to the Dark Tower. The book seems like a haunting dream that is breath taking. The reader is quickly drawn in. I loved all the riddles Blaine asked the group. I'm looking forward to book 4, Wizard and Glass. I recommend this series for those who love action fantasy!
Listened to this audio but I still want to re-read the book again. Roland is moving closer to The Dark Tower with his friends, street-smart Eddie Dean and courageous wheelchair-bound Susannah. He comes upon more fiendish foes and the pace of action and adventure is pulse-pounding and quicker. I'm looking forward to reading the next book, The Wizard and The Glass, and following Roland and his friends all the way to The Dark Tower.
Roland, the Last Gunslinger, moves ever closer to the Dark Tower of his dreams and nightmares-as he crosses a desert of damnation in a macabre world that is a twisted mirror of our own. With him are those that he has drawn to this world, street-smart Eddie Dean and courageous wheelchair-bound Susannah. Ahead of him are mind-rending revelations about who he is and what is driving him. Against him is arrayed a swelling legion of fiendish foes both more and less human...