It's nice re-reading these via audio, even if I have to wait a few weeks in between books while waiting for the next audio book to come in to the library. This time I don't have Even though I'm not crazy about this narrator, Frank Muller, I ended up giving my audio re-read of this book an extra star. This time I don't have to wait years in between books which keeps everything fresh in my mind.
I have to respect a mind that is so wildly imaginative that it can put together a story of this scope. It blows me away.
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I guess that's why Stephen is the King. At least in my book. View all 6 comments. I loved this book. I love the connections between the characters' past lives and between Mid-World and Our When. I also felt a strong link to other Stephen King books: a mansion in Brooklyn comes to life and it was The Overlook all over again for me. The middle of the book the mansion part was the most amazing part of a completely amazing story.
It could have just ended there for me emotionally, but it's all about the quest. So, onward to Lud which brings every nuked out NYC full of mutants and psychos immediately to mind. Also amazing, exciting and full of connections.
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Next month: Wizard and Glass! March Buddy Read I honestly think this might just be my favourite book out of this series. I say might because I must admit, my memory of the books that follow IS quite vague. So I might end up loving them even more than this one. But I somehow doubt it because this magnificent book reintroduces one of my favourite characters from the series, introduces another favourite character AND introduces my favourite "villain" from this series.
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I won't name any names because I don't want to spoil it for anyone! I also I honestly think this might just be my favourite book out of this series. I also thoroughly enjoyed the world building that happened in this book, I feel like this is where King truly starts to hit his stride for this series! His writing is so beautifully detailed that I can see the landscape and the buildings emerging in my mind as I read and it is truly stunning! Despite this book being longer than both previous ones, it almost felt like it was shorter because it was just filled with so much action and development, it was hard to stop turning the pages once I picked it up!
I was honestly on the edge of my seat so many times, I lost count and it's left me itching to revisit what happens next! Oct 09, Monty desai rated it it was amazing Shelves: my-favorite-books-of-all-time , my-favorite-science-fiction-books. Eliot, The Waste Land Review to come. Stephen, really? Are you kidding me with that cliffhanger? That's painful, right there. I weep not for myself--I'm sitting here in , with the next book comfortably at hand.
All I have to do is reach out and grab it, flip it open, and find out what happens to Roland and the rest of his ka-tet. I weep for those who have gone before me: those brave souls who purchased this book fresh from the presses, all crisp and new and inviting on the bookshelves; those Stephen, really? I weep for those who have gone before me: those brave souls who purchased this book fresh from the presses, all crisp and new and inviting on the bookshelves; those Constant Readers who loyally devoured every word the Great Man penned.
How could you do this to them, Stephen? I weep for their pain, the looks of anguished horror dawning on their faces as they read that last sentence and realized that, yes, that's the end. Hopefully their wounds have healed, they have licked their scars and moved on, and forgiven Uncle Stevie for his betrayal of their trust. This book continues where The Drawing of the Three leaves off. Roland, Eddie, and Susannah move steadily forward in their quest to find the Tower, but Roland is now being mentally torn apart by the crack he has created in his reality by his alteration of events in the past.
However, he is also tortured by the alternate reality that he lived for a short time, and his mind is unable to reconcile the two. He begins to actively seek this other reality, desperate to stop the voices in his head and the visions he sees around every corner. His reunion with the group is pretty epic, and they all play crucial roles especially Eddie in safely crossing him over to their universe. I was so happy to see Jake become part of the story again! There are striking similarities to our world--in architecture, in technology, even in music. But it is also an alien world, full of strange creatures that are frightening to the American visitors.
And toward the end--a shout-out to The Stand , as some very familiar characters make an appearance. The characters finally become cohesive in this installment. They begin to trust each other and to work together without suspicion. Eddie and Susannah recognize the vital role they play in these events, and accept their ka. Roland begins to realize that he can rely on his companions and be open with them, which causes the relationships to deepen and strengthen.
I'm pretty sure they get out of their current predicament okay. I mean, I know there are several more books, so I don't have to deal with the agony of uncertainty that plagued my predecessors. Still, it was a hell of a place to leave off. DTProject Book 3 It was in August when I 1st read this book and now almost 5 years later, with a better command of the English language I see many things in a much different way than what it was when I was reading it for the 1st time.
I saw different landscapes, different views of the city and train station etc. Here we see Roland The Gunslinger with the people he drew in the previous book from our world to his world moving towards their destination.
Before they reach an DTProject Book 3 It was in August when I 1st read this book and now almost 5 years later, with a better command of the English language I see many things in a much different way than what it was when I was reading it for the 1st time. Before they reach an abandoned city the also draw Jake the young boy from New York and with him the core of the fellowship is completed. So before they reach the dystopian-ish town of Lud the book was pretty slow but from there it took off and I was able to read it in less than 2 days. Of course the book ends in a cliffhanger and will learn about it at the beginning of the 4th book, a book I will eventually start at the end of the Easter Holidays.
A book I 1st read in August and loved and became an instant favourite. Jake is innocent, young, and we see him as a boy with no family he has a family, but he's alienated from them. They care more about their jobs and their social interactions. Their son is for show off. He reads the same book I read a few weeks ago Charlie the Choo-Choo , he experiences an adventure in a haunted house, he spends a horrifying period in the hands of a vile person he's more inhuman than human , named Gasher, and I felt really sorry for him. So this book started with a good pace, then it slowed down and then as if the author injected NOS in his writing we sped up towards the end, fast.
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View all 8 comments. It's so funny, as I'm reading this series for the first time, to see the very polarizing opinions about each book. One person gives it up after the first thirty pages of the first book because it's so fucking weird, the next wants to read all of them in a mad, passionate frenzy.
One person thinks book two is the greatest me , another thinks it's boring as shit an opinion I can't understand. Yet another counts this here book as their favorite and reviles book four. Etc, etc. I find this It's so funny, as I'm reading this series for the first time, to see the very polarizing opinions about each book. I find this fascinating, and for me, it's evidence that King has a vision that he is executing at the expense of nothing. These are weird books, and only getting weirder, even as the story makes more sense.
Every other book I've read of his has been accessible in style and subject matter, and even the fantastical ones have played by the rules. Pants-shitting terrifying, or disturbing? Yes, often and more than not. But never like this. From the first page of The Gunslinger , this story felt like a fever dream, real and yet unreal at the same time, metaphors made tangible, side by side with mundane, solid reality. The imagery contained in these first three books, which is at its strongest in this third book, has such power it drives the story seemingly without need for an author.
This feeling of mine was validated in the Author's Note at the end, when he says that the book wrote itself. I'm meaning to imply deep down, fucked up subconscious shit going on. Deep fucking glacier crack nonsense, none of this 'ooh, just a little fissure' imagery.
The Waste Lands
This one didn't do it for me in as clear and simple a way as The Drawing of Three did, but I liked it nonetheless. It has less discovery and introspection, and more movement and action, which are never my favorite things. The book is essentially split in two.
The first half sees Roland training up his two new gunslingers, and finally bringing the final members of their ka-tet together, also dealing with the ramifications of what happened to Jake back in the first book. The second half is actually the beginning of their journey. They're done preparing, they've gathered the fellowship and met with the Council of Elrond so to speak , and all the members of the ka-tet have shared most of their knowledge with one another. And that's when it really gets weird.
The last fifty pages of this book were so freaky, but so hard to put down. The book ends on a cliffhanger of sorts, although I'm with King in that it feels like the right place to end this chapter of the story.
I can definitely see how it would have driven people insane to wait the six years in between this book and the next, but I also really like the idea of Roland and his ka-tet on that Disneyland train-ride from or is it to? Hell, in a sort of suspended animation, waiting to see what happens next.
Is that perverse? I dunno, I guess I'm kinda perverse.