Fin: ‘The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands’

The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands

by Stephen King

  • Date finished: June 27, 2012
  • Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
  • Year: 1991
  • Project: n/a
  • Reading List: Summer 2012
  • Quick thoughts upon finishing: I think The Waste Lands is an interesting book in the Dark Tower series. It’s almost like an extension of The Drawing of the Three because, well, Jake has yet to be drawn at the beginning. Susannah and Eddie aren’t really “gunslingers” yet. There’s a lot of walking around. Roland doesn’t reveal too much about himself and their quest (not yet, at least). And they’re only really in the “waste lands” for a quick few pages after boarding Blaine the Mono.
  • But yet it’s a fascinating book and one that I wanted to race through, just as I did when I first read it years ago. The Waste Lands is one of the slower Dark Tower books, one of the least plot-driven. There’s a lot of wandering around, which allows the reader to get a proper look at where we are: Mid-World. The Gunslinger set the scene and threw us into Roland’s world. Frankly, inThe Drawing of the Three, I was anxious about Roland’s health and so didn’t care where he was — New York, Western Sea, whatever.
  • But The Waste Lands gives readers a feel for Mid-World, from the ancient chips of pottery they find in the Great Forest, to the ancient survivors of River Crossing, to the haunted alleys of Lud. It’s really quite memorizing, and I think when I was first reading the Dark Tower series, The Waste Lands was where I became obsessed.
  • Grade: A

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