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Once again King introduced amazing characters. Right from the start I knew I was going to like Eddie Dean. He was this drug dealer who was unlucky enough to be chosen by The Gunslinger. He was not as difficult as Roland thought he would be. Honestly Im shocked that he didnt feel weird about someone talking inside his head. The mere fact that paranormal things were happening and he didnt freak out made him a bit cooler than he already was. The plane scene and the one with Balazar are some of the few unforgettable scenes in this novel involving Eddie. Even his life story with his brother Henry was a really fun thing to read. I cant wait to read more of him in the next novels. There is something about drug dealers that arent that cocky that I really seem to like. I guess they seem more realistic than drastically flawless characters. Eddie was flawed, but so was The Gunslinger. I think most people would agree that flawed characters are way better than the perfect ones.
Odetta Holmes was my second least favorite of the 4 main characters in this novel. She had no legs, but she was described as this sweet lady. Or maybe Detta Holmes was my second least favorite? Detta was this evil character that kept complaining and finding ways to make sure the quest would end up a failure. Im rooting for Roland to succeed, so Detta was a pain in the ass. I didnt like her that much, but not enough to hate her. Jack Mort was my least favorite of them all. He was undeveloped in the end, and it felt like King didnt really make him likeable at all. He had the least appearances, so there was no room to like him. He wasnt unlikeable, but not enough information were given for him to be likeable. I guess this is my only complaint regarding the novel.
The plot was mainly about Roland discovering about contemporary America. His world was so different from ours that he was so confused about everything. It was fun reading about his struggles. Aside from the struggles though, it was even better reading about the way Roland managed to perform the @drawing of the [email protected] It just further proved how amazing of an epic this is turning out to be. Its a mixture of Fantasy and Sci-Fi, and that was what King promised. It was more than adequate to satisfy my Fantasy/epic needs. While King will always be regarded as the king of horror, this series just proves that he can do so much more. In short, King is an amazing writer.
The opening scene, or also known as the lobster scene, will always be remembered. Perfect way to begin the novel.
5/5 stars and will definitely be one of my rereads in the future. I havent even finished the series yet but Im tempted to read the first book again already. This second novel was really great, and it makes me even want to finish the series already, so that I could reread it all over again, multiple times.
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Having read this book, Im scrambling to try to compare the first two ones, and to understand why I rated this book a three, while at the same time I enjoyed reading it on a basic level. The twists in this book are no better than those in The Gunslinger.
However the world they are set in make the difference. The Gunslinger made the cut as the better of the two because its characters, I realize, are given more time to shape. Here the people in our world are not the equal of the man in the desert, or of the priestess, or of the woman who slept with Roland. Here though, was a big question. How was the third person going to end up?
I was surprised how he died. I thought Roland needed Mort. In the end though, it all comes to taste. The book is good enough for me to hope for better. Now thats a contradiction, but thats how it is.
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Just not my kind of book or series I guess.
I found some parts interesting but having to dig through the paragraph-long sentences that seemed to jump randomly from subject to subject just lost me.
Some people really enjoyed this book. Ive had many people recommend it. I passed the 50% mark today, which is my rule before giving up on a book, and decided I simply was NOT enjoying it at all and saw no point in continuing.
Im really disappointed because I had heard so many good things about this series.
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@What the hell was [email protected] basically sums up my response to The Drawing of the Three. And I mean that in the best possible way.
As I opined in my review of The Gunslinger, I have avoided The Dark Tower for so long because its a series and usually series books serve up a formulaic reheating of what happened in previous books. I usually enjoy the first book, like the second book, and begin to get that deja vu feeling that Ive read all of this before somewhere around book three. Not so with this bad mamma-jamma. The Drawing of the Three couldnt be more different from The Gunslinger--and yet it works. The Gunslinger offered a bleak, apocalyptic world and a terse writing style to match as we followed the Man in Black along with Roland, the last Gunslinger. At the end of the novel, Roland is told that three people will be key in aiding his quest to the Dark Tower, leading into The Drawing of the Three.
In the second novel, the narrative begins with a shocking development in the first few pages that instantly causes us to reassess the character of Roland in terms of his abilities and his physical/emotional limits. Under considerable strain and a very real life-threatening situation, Roland begins to draw the three prophesied. As he does so, Roland breaks the barrier between his world and ours while discovering unlikely connections among the three people he encounters.
Unlike The Gunslinger, the writing here is more descriptive and King does a superb job of capturing Rolands awe with the plenty offered in our world in contrast with the world that has @moved on,@ as well as creating tension with the character of Detta Walker (I was as on edge during her scenes as Roland was; reading chapters with her was emotionally exhausting). In the first novel, Roland talked about how the Dark Tower was some kind of nexus holding worlds and times together and The Drawing begins to explore and clarify this idea more so than the previous book did.
Its very difficult to say much about the book without spoiling it, but King is to be commended for writing a book that varies in so many ways from the first novel and yet still seems a natural part of the world he created. If this continues, I may be one very happy series reader indeed.
Now I just hope that I dont order the Lobstrosities the next time Im at Red Lobster. Seriously, Ill never look at lobster in the same way again.
Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder
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I knew ever since reading the first book that this series would only get better in time. To be honest, I expected it to become really good after the 3rd or 4th book but this one really is the turn. The first one is only a small tease of what this series is and can be.
Being a big Stephen King fan, I find his mind exceedingly sharp, and his thoughts utterly cohesive, building and building and then breaking everything apart. Hes extremely talented and it shows in his work.
While in the first book we see Roland, the hero, wandering about in a desert, looking for the Dark Man and ultimately for the Dark Tower, in this we see Roland hungry, thirsty and battered, doing his best to survive. After accomplishing his first task, at the cost of someones life, the book ends quite abruptly with not much of a cliffhanger.
In this book, Roland travels in time to bring together the people, the cards he drew represent, together. The Prisoner, The Lady of the Shadows and The Pusher. Each and every personality of those three people is unique, and some of those are sadists or even schizophrenic, or drug addicts. Only Stephen King would be able to create such a strange fellowship.
Time travel has always been a favorite subject of mine, and though Stephen doesnt really delve in the details of what a time travel entails, its really enjoyable seeing him jump from time to time to find those hes looking for.
What I really loved about it, was the constant anxiety it caused me. It gave me panic attacks. It was fast-paced and unlike the first book, the plot was really thick and complex and made me fall in love with this series and cannot actually wait to get my hands on the next book.
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