The Waste Lands - Stephen King

The Waste Lands is Book 3 in The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I got so caught up in The Drawing of the Three that I wanted to read The Waste Lands a few months ago but ended up getting sidetracked by other books. So, here I am months later finally getting to it and I have to say that I think it was phenomenal! In the series, King has created these minor characters in each book that I really fall in love with. I loved the lobstrosities in The Drawing of the Three, and now I absolutely love the Tick Tock Man, Charlie the Choo-Choo, and Oy. Oh if I could only have a companion like Oy!

The story picks up with Susannah, Eddie, and Roland continuing their quest to find the Dark Tower. Along the way, Roland's boy, Jake comes back into the story and has one of the more scary parts of the series. For most people I wouldn't say Jake' story is scary, but there is one scene that a lightweight like me would be a little freaked out reading. Let's just say if there is a Dutch Hill in Brooklyn then I don't want to visit! The group travels to a few places and meet some very interesting people.

I don't know if Stephen King does this in every book he writes, but I often feel like I'm missing something that I'm so close to understanding with The Dark Tower books. It's not a bad thing of course. It means that the story has enough nuances to it that it keeps me guessing about things that aren't necessarily a huge part of the story. I admit that his writing sometimes isn't the greatest, but the man is a masterful storyteller. The story is truly original and is unlike any fantasy I have ever read. I highly recommend this series to anyone that likes westerns and wants to break into the fantasy genre. What can be cooler than a gunslinger in another world?!! I can't wait to start the fourth book in the series, Wizard and Glass!


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Kat said...

Sounds interesting. I've never actually read any Stephen King books.
I've given you an award over on my blog :)

Carin said...

Thanks Kat! That's really cool!

I have never read any Stephen King either, but I was assured by a few people the The Dark Tower series is great so I decided to sit down and read them. So far, I have really liked all but the first book which was just ok (The Gungslinger).

Kah Woei said...

My personal favourite in the series is actually The Drawing of the Three. In fact, it's the first SK book I read, and the book that got me started reading his books.

Carin said...

@Kah Woei - I liked it too. I realized after reading the first three books that I have trouble reviewing them because they are SO good that I don't want to give anything away in my review. I need to figure out how to remedy that. My goal is to finish reading the series this year. I'm hoping I will be able to do that. What is the URL for your blog site?

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