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The Dark Tower: Drawing of the Three | Paperback

Author: Stephen King with a new introduction by the author | Format: Paperback

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  This is what the Dark Tower series is all about!

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If you thought about quitting the Dark Tower series after reading the slow 1st volume 'The gunslinger' just read the first 15 pages of this amazing 2nd book and you'll change your mind immediately.

I have never read a book that frustrated me as much as this one did, but in a good way. Our hero is almost immediately seriously injured and everything seems to be an uphill struggle in a way that made me want to throw the book away. How was I supposed to connect to a Clint Eastwoodish gunslinger, who only has one 'firing hand'? Well, it actually made me like him even more. The disability of Roland makes his gunslinging abilitys stand out even more.

It is a tale of a weak man, who has to assemble a posse of unlikely heroes.

The book has an amazing time travel and multiple universe feel to it that will leave LOST viewers drooling for a J.J. Abrams Dark Tower movie.

  And the story gets better...

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The second book in the Dark Tower series, The Drawing of the Three, is the continuing story of Roland on his quest to the Dark Tower. Picking up where the events of The Gunslinger left us, Roland has aged by almost ten years after his encounter with the Man in Black and is faced with a huge stretch of beach which he must now travel. Not only does Roland have to face this journey with little food or water, but he is soon attacked by lobster creatures that take off fingers from his right hand after which he is inflicted with a fever that grows ever worse. But all this is just a background to the bigger picture - the doors he finds along the beach that lead back to our world and into the heads of certain individuals.

The Drawing of the Three takes Roland and puts him firmly in an unknown situation, with some very interesting results. Thrown into our world is a completely different experience for Roland and we see this immediately with his conversations with people he encounters. What is worse is the fact that as he's taking over the body of someone else to do it and putting himself in danger in the process. However, King does a good job with Roland and lets us see more of his character and personality through these situations. Roland may be a stranger to these places, but he sure isn't stupid and knows what needs to be done - and how.

The interaction between Roland and the people he must communicate with is great. As the title suggests, there are three doors he must enter in order to draw his three. The first of these is Eddie Dean, a junkie and native New Yorker. Eddie is an interesting character because of his flaws and the fact that he isn't just another doped up waster. He has something special about him but has been led into the wrong situations in the past which has ended him up in some serious trouble. The second door leads to Odetta Holmes and Detta Walker, one woman with split personalities. Roland senses the difference in these two immediately - one is kindly while the other is vicious, all of which goes back to an incident in their childhood. Not only this, but Odetta/Detta has lost her legs and is bound to a wheelchair which does not help Roland in is journey across a difficult terrain. The last door leads to Jack Mort, a man whose private life is in stark contrast to his successful career. He is a murderous man behind the false front, pushing innocent bystanders into traffic, trains and anything else he can get away with without notice.

It's difficult for me to say too much about the encounters that Roland has with these people with really spoiling the story, but King has weaved a very impressive story here. Many fates are intertwined and the repercussions of the events here are going to be felt for a while to come. The interactions between the characters, specifically with Roland, is very interesting and we get to see more of what makes Roland such a formidable person, and not only through his fighting. There is always a sense of danger throughout The Drawing of the Three and I never once felt the story was playing it safe, all of which made the pages turn all the quicker. Some of the twists here work very well and although hinted at during the story I didn't fully appreciate the impact until the end, which has left the story open to progress at a good strong pace.

The Drawing of the Three is another reason to pick up this series and is a strong novel in its own right, although even at book two you must have read the first installment to fully appreciate many of the events. Highly recommended.

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  A great improvment

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This is where it all kicks off. Those who plodded through the good but flawed first novel will reap the benefits with this one. It's fast, compelling, racks up tension like you wouldn't believe and, above all, just had great, great characters. Yet further proof why King is a master story teller. The only gripe i have is i'm not entirely sure what the purpose of the character of Jack Mort is. He just seems like a bit of a non-character. I also felt it was a tad short, i would've liked to have spent more time with Roland and his short stint gaining the new members of his Ka-Tet but hey...

Very well written and overall a very, very good book. Go read.

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  Takes the First Book and Drives Forward

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Anyone put off by the first book in the Dark Tower series (The Gunslinger) needs to read this one (and even more so the third installment "The Wastelends").

King's writing style has truly come alive between this book and the last. He retains his gift for macabre description and haunting diction, whilst writing a book with far more sense of purpose. The Gunslinger had panache, but this also has intrigue.

It's very clear that King is no "fantasy author" in the strictest sense. This makes his forays into the genre both surprising and interesting; there are no staples to fall back on, no predictable outcomes. There's just the characters and stories born in the mind of a man with a rampant imagination and the ability to collate the whole mess and write it down in a way that's
(mostly coherent)

In this book our hard-bitten gunslinger Roland makes forays from his (fantasy) world into our (real) world and retrieves the companions who will join him on his quest through the rest of the books in the series. It's a well executed, fascinating novel unlike any other I have ever read, and whilst the writing style is still a little obscure it's a country mile ahead of The Gunslinger in terms of accessibility.

This is the book where you'll start to get really interested, and believe me they get better from here.

PS: It's worth noting that these recent editions of the paperbacks come with a foreword and "thus-far-synopsis" by King, where he sharesd his inspirations for the Dark Tower books and some of his thoughts on writing, the universe and everything. They make for intriguing reading, and certainly improve the novels as a whole.

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