The Waste Lands (Revised Edition): The Dark Tower III

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The third volume in Stephen King?s acclaimed, epic Dark Tower series. 

Roland continues his quest for the Dark Tower, but he is no longer alone. He has trained Eddie and Susannah?who entered Mid-World from their separate whens in New York City in The Drawing of the Three?in the old ways of the gunslingers. But their ka-tet is not yet complete. Another must be drawn from New York into Mid-World, someone who has been there before, a boy who has died not once but twice, and ...

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Overview

The third volume in Stephen King’s acclaimed, epic Dark Tower series. 

Roland continues his quest for the Dark Tower, but he is no longer alone. He has trained Eddie and Susannah—who entered Mid-World from their separate whens in New York City in The Drawing of the Three—in the old ways of the gunslingers. But their ka-tet is not yet complete. Another must be drawn from New York into Mid-World, 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 encountering not only the poisonous waste lands and the ravaged city of Lud that lies beyond, but also the rage of a train that might be their only means of escape. 

The stunning Plume edition features full-color illustrations by Ned Dameron and is a collector’s item for years to come.    

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452284715
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Series: Dark Tower Series , #3
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 181,862
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.21 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen King, the world's bestselling novelist, was educated at the University of Maine at Orono. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, and their children in Bangor, Maine.

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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
    2. Website:

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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 February 16, 2014

    Okay this book was overall FUN to read. The best so far in the s

    Okay this book was overall FUN to read. The best so far in the series, we follow our ka-tet into a city overrun by mutated creatures that want nothing more than to torture anyone who dare crosses their path. We discover a train that is self-aware and is totally suicidal, and we realize just how big Roland's Mid-World truly is. This book is VERY fast-paced and leaves one breathless for more. I absolutely loved reading this book and I know you will, too.

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  • Posted June 29, 2010

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    Best In the Series So Far!

    This is easily the best of the series so far!! I love how the characters are slowly starting to develope and we just continuously learn more and more about them! This book was really hard to put down and the last 150 pages flew by in my mind. I couldnt stop reading. Roland and his world is one of the most interesting that I have ever read about. I cant wait to start the fourth one. You should definately read this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2006

    To many wasted pages

    I have the first 5 volumes but have only come this far. The first two were excellent, but this one has the poorest art and the greatest waste of paper. It spends a lot of time on porno and debasement of women combined with the emotions of a bodice ripper. The account of Roland in his youth would be far more interesting of it was half as long. That is really unfortunate as the opening with the city and the train are great. But I have a ways to go so maybe it will turn up if it ever gets back to the story line. Will he ever explain Little Blaine, or was it just filler?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    Choo Choo

    This one took a while to get into. It was exciting yes, but the Dark Tower seems better in doses than back to back. At least it seemed that way. The Wastelands seems almost nonstop as paradoxes draw to a close, new characters become more familiar and old ones come back seemingly from the grave. Too, readers are offered a frightening (and in some ways enchanting) hybrid world which comes as a grisly prophesy of things to come. Think, The Stand, only about a thousand years later and you'll get the idea. Frightfully hard to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2003

    Holy Christ...

    People who don't know about this tale are missing out on one (probably the ONLY one) great tale of this genre. Stephen King never lets up in his Dark Tower books, always shocking me and scaring me and making me laugh. Roland is the most amazing character in any book i have ever read. Hell, they're all amazing! I can't imagine how such imagination can come from just one man. Incredible. If anyone who had never read a Dark TOwer is reading this review, they could never tell what these books are really like, just because of the loss for words when it comes time to try and describe them. All you can really say after finishing one Dark Tower book after the other is...Holy Christ!... The Waste Lands was my favourite. By far. A truly amazing read. I need a fix of the new Dark Tower book. FAST!

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