The Waste Lands: (The Dark Tower #3)(Revised Edition)

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The Third Volume in the Epic Dark Tower Series…
The Waste Lands

In 1978, Stephen King introduced the world to the last gunslinger, Roland of Gilead.  Nothing has been the same since. More than twenty years later, the quest for the Dark Tower continues to take readers on a wildly epic ride. Through parallel worlds and across time, Roland must brave desolate wastelands and endless deserts, drifting into the unimaginable and the familiar. A ...

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Overview


The Third Volume in the Epic Dark Tower Series…
The Waste Lands

In 1978, Stephen King introduced the world to the last gunslinger, Roland of Gilead.  Nothing has been the same since. More than twenty years later, the quest for the Dark Tower continues to take readers on a wildly epic ride. Through parallel worlds and across time, Roland must brave desolate wastelands and endless deserts, drifting into the unimaginable and the familiar. A classic tale of colossal scope—crossing over terrain from The Stand, The Eyes of the Dragon, Insomnia, The Talisman, Black House, Hearts in Atlantis, ’Salem’s Lot, and other familiar King haunts—the adventure takes hold with the turn of each page.

And the tower awaits....

Roland, The Last Gunslinger, moves ever closer to The Dark Tower of his dreams and nightmares—as he crosses a desert of damnation in a macabre world that is a twisted image of our own. With him are those he has drawn to this world: street-smart Eddie Dean and courageous wheelchair-bound Susannah.

Ahead of him are mind-rending revelations about who and what is driving him. Against him is arrayed a swelling legion of foes—both more and less than human....

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“The reigning King of American popular literature.”—Los Angeles Daily News

“Enjoyable…whets the appetite for more.”—Bangor Daily News

“Splendidly tense—rip-roaring.”—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451210869
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/2/2003
  • Series: Dark Tower Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 40,459
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.94 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit,” and is the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

His Dark Tower books include: The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, The Waste Lands, Wizard and Glass, The Wind Through the Keyhole, Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, and The Dark Tower.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2011

    Good Book But.....

    This is a wonderful book but the digital copy could be better edited by a 7th grade child. Very poor copy.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    Not as bad as they make you think

    Just to clear up a few things. Yes, there are some typographical mistakes in this book, but it's not bad at all (and that sort of thing bothers me). There's all of perhaps 5-10 misspellings throughout the entire book along side a handfull of inappropriate periods. The misspellings are simple too; things like "tne" instead of "the", or "uncomfortabte" instead of "uncomfortable". Yes, there are a few errors in the editing; but nothing that will distract you from the story. As for the story itself; I found the first portion to be a little slow; but the entire 2nd half was truly a great read. From the moment with the mansion forward, it was not one I wanted to stop reading. Don't skip this one just because of a few people complaining about a lack of 'perfect' formatting. It's really not bad at all.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2011

    Editing very distracting

    I love this book, but the editing is terrible. There are periods in the middle of sentences, and misspelled words aplenty. I find this very distracting while reading. I am disappointed that someone in the editing department could overlook all of these mistakes. I am planning on getting in touch with the publisher about this issue. If you don't mind being distracted with unnecessary punctuation and trying to decipher words, then I would recommend this edition. But if you're like me, it will just frustrate the heck out of you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    a top priority read!

    this the third in the darktower series gets you to a more comfortable place with roland the gunslinger who is quickly becoming not the last of his kind, as the story unfolds, you find yourself drawn towards the trio and the quest, getting involed in thier lives, loves and never ending dangers! it makes me want the next book more and more, even if this is not the first, second or third time reading it, the feeling is just as intense now as it was the first read some twenty plus years ago, just a awesome tale!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2012

    Excellent book, a page turner, love it!

    I've been a Stephen King fan for years but have never really been interested in the gunslinger series. My husband has read all 7 books and has wanted me to read them... So, I started at the beginning, of course, with The Gunslinger. That one is a bit slow, but The Drawing of Three is very good, and The Wastelands even better! You fall in love with the characters and the action keeps you wanting to know what happens next. I am officially hooked on the Dark Tower series! You will be, too!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Good book

    This is actually my favorite put of the first three that i have read. This series is a must have for anybody 15 and older

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2012

    I couldn't put it down!

    I decided to re-read all the Dark Tower books, starting at the very beginning, to acquaint myself again with the story before reading the newest Dark Tower book. I'm very glad I did! The characters are so artfully woven together in only a way Stephen King can do. I am enjoying it more now than when they were first published. I HIGHLY recommend picking up the series and taking a ride along the Beam to the Dark Tower.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    maybe the best DT book so far

    Right now I'm reading Wolves of the Calla and I have to say that, so far, The Waste Lands is the best book in the series. It answers lots of questions (creating new ones in the process :D) so the expansion of the DT universe is almost as big as it is in Wizard And Glass. However, the best thing about the book is the thrilling first half (goose flesh guaranteed!)... The letdown is that maybe the excitement decreases in the second half... but the story it's still gripping!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

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    Left Pondering

    The story continues to hold me captive. 66% completed The only things driving me completely mad are the random periods everywhere and the enormous amount of misspelled words. I know its not King's doing and thats the ONLY thing that has kept me from throwing my Nook and just go buy the rest of the series all over again in paperback.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Astounding

    I have been following rolands journy and have been captivated. My favorite person is jake so far. Maybe because he is a teen like me

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  • Posted January 2, 2014

    This is one of my favorite books of all time, easily in my top 1

    This is one of my favorite books of all time, easily in my top 10.  I have read it many times and am currently reading it again.  This is the book that drew me into the Dark Tower Series.  The imagery, characters, and plot are fantastic.  This book made me want to see the Dark Tower myself, just like Eddie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    Hard to read

    I found this book very good, especially once I got half way through it. The Drawing of the three was my favorite and still is. It leaves you hanging, but for me that was OK because I had the next one on hand and just kept reading until the Blaine situation ended. With a few exceptions, I found the first half hard to read and was not glued to it as with other King's books. The next one in the series is even worse, but I am hoping that it will come together soon, or I may find myself not completing this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    One Of My Favorite All-Time Reads

    Re-reading the series again & taking away so much more the second time around. King is by far (my opinion only, sai) the best author of my generation. Even his "bad" stories (not a big fan of Hearts Of Atlantis) are enjoyable to read. The Tower seriess is epic story telling and Book 3 hits its stride early & never slows down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    One of my favorites!

    Thrilling! Kept me reading through on the edge on my seat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Loved it!

    Once I started I couldnt stop. Never thought I would like this series. Now that I finished the third, I am off to buy the fourth! So excited!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Loved it.

    In my opinion, the best book of the series. I could not put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Highly recommended

    This is a nother really good book but you hage to readthe whole series to enjoy the book

    Cant wait to read wind through the key hole.

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    Great book!!!!!!!!!

    This book is really good. If you’ve read the other two dark tower books then you would be love this book even more! If you read the last two and thought they were good, the waste lands, is like both of them put together. The reason why I love this book is all the suspense and action it has. This book has good writing style because it tells you when there’s a new day or changing of perspective. The suspense in this book is okay but needs more. This book is almost 600 pages so the plot took forever to come. Stephen King used a lot of flashback from previous books. When the scene starts getting good you just want to keep reading until the action/suspension ends. This story/series is fiction but has some things in there that are non-fiction elements. They talk about New York a lot in this book and famous people like zz top is portrayed a lot in this book. The things that happen in this book is hard to believe, like when Jake is beaten a lot so bad that it sounds like in the real world you would die from all that pain. The characters are easy to see in your mind except for Roland and everyone else not from New York. The reason why Roland is hard to portray in your mind is because I’ve never seen a gunslinger before. For the rest of the characters in the story they have descriptions of them put it’s still hard to see what they would look like in the real world. The events that happen in this book happens in another world so it is easy portray these events but if it was like New York then no. Roland is a serious looking man who loves his companions. Jake is a smart and little boy from New York. Eddie is about 20 and likes to break out with jokes but still can be serious at times. Susanna is about 20 also and she is a crippled African American who is married with Eddie. There are a lot of settings in this book mostly forest types settings. This book compared to any other book makes the other book look bad. Stephen King makes almost all his books into movies but this one was put on hold and the first movie should come out in 2012. There is also a new TV. Series on HBO.

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    Loved it!

    Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    <3

    Loved it

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