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Overview

Beginning with a short story appearing in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1978, the publication of Stephen King's epic work of fantasy -- what he considers to be a single long novel and his magnum opus -- has spanned a quarter of a century.

Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower series is King's most visionary feat of storytelling, a magical mix of science fiction, fantasy, and horror that may well be his crowning achievement.

Book III
In The Waste Lands, originally published in 1991, Roland Deschain and his followers discover the Path of the Beam, which will henceforth guide their journey toward the Dark Tower. Another gunslinger must be drawn from New York into Mid-World, but it is someone who has been there before, a boy who has died not once but twice and yet still lives. The ka-tet, four who are bound together by fate, must travel far in this novel, surviving not only the poisonous waste lands and the war-torn city of Lud that lies beyond, but also the rage of the train that provides them passage.

This new edition of The Waste Lands includes a new introduction and foreword (all formats), plus four full-color illustrations (hardcover and trade paperback formats only).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670032563
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/23/2003
  • Series: Dark Tower Series , #3
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN KING is a prolific and perennially bestselling author and an recognized master of the horror genre. He was the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Bachman
      Stephen A. King
      Stephen Edwin King
    2. Hometown:
      Bangor, Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portland, Maine
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
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JAKE HAD NO CLEAR memory of the time which followed, and that was probably merciful. He had left his world over a year before nine hundred people would commit suicide together in a small South American country called Guyana, but he knew about the periodic death-rushes of the lemmings, and what was happening in the disintegrating undercity of the Grays was like that.

There were explosions, some on their level but most far below them; acrid smoke occasionally drifted from the ventilator grilles, but most of the air-purifiers were still working and they whipped the worst of it away before it could gather in choking clouds. They saw no fires. Yet the Grays were reacting as if the time of the apocalypse had come. Most only fled, their faces blank O's of panic, but many had committed suicide in the halls and interconnected rooms through which the steel sphere led Roland and Jake. Some had shot themselves; many more had slashed their throats or wrists; a few appeared to have swallowed poison. On all the faces of the dead was the same expression of overmastering terror. Jake could only vaguely understand what had driven them to this. Roland had a better idea of what had happened to them-to their minds-when the long-dead city first came to life around them and then seemed to commence tearing itself apart. And it was Roland who understood that Blaine was doing it on purpose. That Blaine was driving them to it.

They ducked around a man hanging from an overhead heating-duct and pounded down a flight of steel stairs behind the floating steel ball.

"Jake!" Roland shouted. "You never let me in at all, did you?"

Jake shook his head.

"I didn't think so. It was Blaine."

They reached the bottom of the stairs and hurried along a narrow corridor toward a hatch with the words ABSOLUTELY NO ADMITTANCE printed on it in the spiked letters of the High Speech.

"Is it Blaine?" Jake asked.

"Yes-that's as good a name as any."

"What about the other v-"

"Hush!" Roland said grimly.

The steel ball paused in front of the hatchway. The wheel spun and the hatch popped ajar. Roland pulled it open, and they stepped into a huge underground room which stretched away in three directions as far as they could see. It was filled with seemingly endless aisles of control panels and electronic equipment. Most of the panels were still dark and dead, but as Jake and Roland stood inside the door, looking about with wide eyes, they could see pilot-lights coming on and hear machinery cycling up.

"The Tick-Tock Man said there were thousands of computers," Jake said. "I guess he was right. My God, look!"

Roland did not understand the word Jake had used and so said nothing. He only watched as row after row of panels lit up. A cloud of sparks and a momentary tongue of green fire jumped from one of the consoles as some ancient piece of equipment malfunctioned.

Most of the machinery, however, appeared to be up and running just fine. Needles which hadn't moved

IF ONE OF YOU TELLS A RIDDLE I CANNOT SOLVE, I WILL SPARE YOUR LIVES AND TAKE YOU TO TOPEKA, WHERE YOU WILL LEAVE THE MONO AND CONTINUE YOUR QUEST FOR THE DARK TOWER. HAVE I UNDERSTOOD THE TERMS AND LIMITS OF YOUR PROPOSAL CORRECTLY, ROLAND, SON OF STEVEN?"

"Yes."

"VERY WELL, ROLAND OF GILEAD.

"VERY WELL, EDDIE OF NEW YORK.

"VERY WELL, SUSANNAH OF NEW YORK.

"VERY WELL, JAKE OF NEW YORK.

"VERY WELL, OY OF MID-WORLD."

Oy looked up briefly at the sound of his name.

"YOU ARE KA-TET; ONE MADE FROM MANY. SO AM I. WHOSE KA-TET IS THE STRONGER IS SOMETHING WE MUST NOW PROVE."

There was a moment of silence, broken only by the steady hard throb of the slo-trans turbines, bearing them on across the waste lands, bearing them on toward Topeka, the place where Mid-World ended and End-World began.

"SO," cried the voice of Blaine. "CAST YOUR NETS, WANDERERS! TRY ME WITH YOUR QUESTIONS, AND LET THE CONTEST BEGIN."

—from The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower III by Stephen King, copyright © 1991, 2003 Stephen King, published by Viking Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., all rights reserved, reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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  • Posted April 23, 2010

    Great book, if it was all included

    About 100 pages are missing from the ebook version (the last 20 chapters of Part V). Really annoying to have to pick up the paper version in order to get caught up! This is why I have a nook! If this wasn't re-read of the series, I would have just been confused as to how Jake reappears from nowhere.
    Product problems aside, another great book in my favorite series of all time.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

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    Missing Chapters in Download

    This book is missing a few chapters in my download so be aware. It is missing the chapters between where Eddie and Susannah are heading to Blaine and the four of them actually get on the train. The chapters missing include Jake and the tick tock man and Blaine's introduction to Eddie and Sussannah.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Recently discovered the Dark Tower series

    King's ability to drawn you in to the strangest (and scariest) tales is a gift. Love this series!

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    The Wastelands, the Dark Tower series, Book 3

    A wonderful tale, better than the last. The rich character development and dangers that they encounter at every turn makes this book a fast and joyful read. However, the train with his obsession of riddles can be a bit too much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2007

    This is...AMAZING

    This is my favorite Stehen King book after IT. Roland, The Gunslinger, Eddie, Susannah, and welcoming back, Jake. They find Blane The Locomotive (He's the train with the skull on the cover). This is my favorite one out of the three I've read, The Gunslinger and The Drawin Of The Three. I did't like The Drawing Of The Three, The Gunslinger was okay, but when i picked up this one it's like, WHOA! I read it in Two days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2005

    I'm only 75 pages into it...

    I've switched to many other books since I started it. I have books waiting to be read and every time I finish a book I think about laboring over reading the rest of The Waste Lands just so I can get on with the series, but its just a hard book to get into in my opinion. It's too unbelievable and out there. I won't spoil anything like some people do one here. I'm not going to give you a synopsis. I just read a few pages and stop.....thinking....did he actually write that. I'm just awfully frustrated with the route the series is taking...I wish I knew that it was going to pick up the pace and quik....but I think with Rolland's trigger fingers getting bitten off this tale has taken a dreary turn for the worse. I hope the rest of the series proves me wrong.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2004

    Another thriller!

    In this third volume of the tower cycle, we learn of that precious rose in the empty lot.. We also learn of the path of the beam, and the third member of Roland's ka tet is revealed. Yeah, its Jakey boy! No supprise! Walter did refer to him as Isaac. If I had to pick a memorable moment from this work, it would probably be the description of the rose. Its so small, but yet so powerful and so important. But something isn't right. That horrible voice shouting curses against the voice of the rose. I was supprised to see Flagg again. Its all shaping up to be an excelent confrontation in the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2004

    King does it again

    The plot has ever so elevated to this point. The book kind of drags its feet until the ka-tet falls upon the lair of Shardik (Mir by GR8 Old 1's). Even before they cross the river Send, it sucks you in to reveal the realm of the Greys and Pubes, Tick-Tock Man, Gasher and Blaine the PMSing Mono.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2003

    Not your everyday Stephen King novel

    While many would not consider this novel as a typical vampire, werewolf, possessed car Stephen King work, it is still one of the most frightful books, along with all the books in the Dark Tower series, I have ever read. It has a large scope involving both time and world travel, with characters that are fleshed out, not cookie cutters. While the concepts presented are frightening, I still found myself laughing at points in the book also. This series is by far King's best work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2003

    great

    i have enjoyed the whole dark toer series so far, they get better after every one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2003

    Bad, Really Bad, Throw It Away, Waste of Time

    The third book was major flop. First 2 were good. I wanted to send it back in protest, but didn't want to waste more $.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2003

    Absolutely fabulous

    A towering achievement. Even the style, the words chosen are superb. A separate universe.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    great Dark Tower tale

    After recuperating from the final door confrontation (see THE DRAWING OF THE THREE), Roland trains Eddie and Susannah on how to survive as gunslingers. All goes well until a seventy 70-foot-tall bear attacks Eddie. Susannah and Roland team up to kill the bear, who actually is one of the twelve guardians of the beams. <p>The gunslingers follow the bear¿s trail, which takes them to a portal that enables the trio follow the Beam, a line of energy that connects pairs of portals with the center being the Dark Tower. They now know the way, but it may be too late. Roland seems to be losing his mind as a paradox he caused by saving Jake¿s life on earth has begun to eat at his brain because dual memories of death and rescue seem impossible. They need Jake to complete the team, but to do so they must construct a door where a demon resides. <p>The third book in Stephen King¿s great Dark Tower series continues the adventures of Roland, but this time he has associates to help him complete his quest. Though well written and quite exciting, THE WASTE LANDS somewhat feels like a middle book needed to move the tale forward. Still, Mr. King shows why he is more than just a horror guru as he displays his talent as a fantastic fantasist with this novel and the first two books in this strong allegorical series that stands up well with his best works. <p>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2003

    Is this the highest it goes??

    I'm currently in the process of finishing this book, and I just realized that the series continues with "Wizard and Glass", so I've been holding off on the finish. I've wanted to read this series (I-III) forever, and now that I'm almost through, I'm almost trying to force people (family & friends) to read it. It's extraordinary!! I even managed to get my Older brother who doesn't like to read interested and he's glad he did!! If I could give Mr. King a rating the stars would float into infinity. (Didn't mean to go on, but I just can't help myself when it comes to KING).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2002

    Usual King, great and amazing

    this is a seriously great book, and I can't wait until he releases his last three. Roland is, once again, the craziest and coolest hero I have ever read about. Blaine is cool, and Eddie is hilarious as ever. The story never slows down, and I seriously lost tons of sleep because I couldn't put the book down at night. Most of all, I like how King referenced in the Stand with Captain trips and the appearance of Randal Flagg. Can you imagine what the next book will be like? Can you imagine what the next land they visit will be like? Most of all, can you imagine what the movies will be like? I can't wait for any of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2002

    Simply awesome

    When I first started the series, I picked up The gunslinger because I had found it with some of my partent's stuff. I kinda scanned the first page, then the second, and then I was up the entire night downing cup after cup of coffee until I finished it. This book, just like the series, is unbelievably great, and once again, King describes everything so vividly that it's like I'm walking with them in their adventure. The characters are great, and the plot never slows down. And who can forget Blaine the mono? Where does this guy come up with stuff?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2002

    And The Story Goes On...

    'The Waste Lands' has everything; action, drama, love, and of course, little tidbits of comedy from Eddie. I think the run through Lud really redeems Roland and gains the trust back from Jake that he kind of lost. Another excellent adition to the majestic series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2002

    the best series

    this book just adds on to the best series of books ever. at this time number 4 is out and makes all 4 of them good with the best being this one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2002

    One of Kings best!

    This book was so amazing! The way that King describes things makes me feel as if I am there experiencing everything every step of the way. I didn't want to book to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2001

    What is it?

    This would have to be the best book I have read in a long time. the other three were good but this was the best. You can't tell if it's a fantasy or a Sci-Fi. I love the way Roland shows sensativity when it comes to mentioning Jake. The essay Jake wrote..' Blain is the truth...choo choo choo choo' was brilliant with the way it tied into the story. Who could forget the ever loving billy bumbler oy. I recomend this book to anyone who likes fantasy/adventure/sci-fi storeis.

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