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review 2017-10-20 10:48
Where The Gunslinger falters, The Drawing of the Three Triumphs!
The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three - Stephen King

When I read The Gunslinger, I was not impress. I was not really sure where this book was going until towards the end, turns out to be a quest book. Then, I have my doubts. But what I started from the first book, I had to move on to the second book and it took me a while to finished it. Yes, I took my time to read it and in the end, that long time... was worth it. I read slowly and absorb the words, the intentions and the purpose. In the end, it is once again a quest book with more questions but I am surprise how good The Drawing of the Three turn out to be.

 

From where it was left off, Roland of Gilead now has a goal. In order seek The Dark Tower, he has to recruit others from other worlds to join him on his quest - Eddie Dean, a drug junkie who loves his brother Henry more than anything else, Odetta Susannah Holmes, a girl that may seem nice but other wise, deadly and a third that I would not spoil it here. What caught my attention was what does drawing of the three means and its said inside pretty much clearly. Still, the entire book is all about how Roland, almost to his dying breath after been attacked by sea creatures like lobsters, with grit, goes through all hell to get these people from another Earth-like dimension (which is our own). For the first time, and even though Stephen King, in his style of writing long narrations of background history so that we get to know the characters involved for the readers, he managed to draw my attention in a way that is suspenseful and it is good. I truly enjoy my reading and that is why I took my time to finish it. Towards the end, even though there are more questions involve, I am looking forward to read The Wasteland soon. If you have read The Gunslinger and you have your doubts, trust me, The Drawing of the Three is worth continuing.

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review 2017-09-04 06:05
Better than I remembered
The Drawing of the Three - Stephen King

Second volume of this saga is sooo much better. Better than the first volume and better on second read.

Better than the first because it felt more grounded somehow. Despite the whole "magic doorway" thing, it was way less surreal than "The Gunslinger". The writing was more rounded too, and I connected better with the characters.

Better on second read because there was a dimension of meaning and character growth I could not appreciate first time around (having read it as a stand-alone), and because I'm older, and no matter how mature you think you are, there is a lot you can't really understand when you are a teen.

Despite remembering almost everything, I was not bored. At all. I actually sped through 3/4 of it before my brain revolted clamoring for sleep. That's a "good stuff" stamp, if there is ever one.

I'm full on board of this train now, and will be reading the next install soon.

 

 

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text 2017-09-03 12:17
Reading progress update: I've read 255 out of 463 pages.
The Drawing of the Three - Stephen King

He was staring into the doorway, hypnotized, as an aisle of Macy’s rushed forward—he was reminded again of The Shining, where you saw what the little boy was seeing as he rode his trike through the hallways of that haunted hotel. He remembered the little boy had seen this creepy pair of dead twins in one of those hallways.

 

Meta psych. He keeps mentioning that movie.

 

So far, I'm a bit amazed by how detailed my recollection of this was. Likely something to do with the vivid images it painted in my mind back then.

 

What I didn't remember was how fast Odetta was crossed over. Might be the intense amount of information conveyed about her in few pages, but most likely I migrated some of the third door into hers *grin*

(spoiler show)

 

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text 2017-09-03 03:55
Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 463 pages.
The Drawing of the Three - Stephen King

After 15 years, here I go again over this one, my first book read in English and the only of The Dark Tower I'd ever read till recently.

 

I learned the word "lobster" from this one's prologue, and let me tell you, since it took some time for me to puzzle the meaning by context, I'm still leery of them, they sounded so monstrous. You say lobster, this is what my brain comes up with *shudder*

 

Since it was published in 1987, it fits nicely into one of my thorny squares (though I might still read Woman in Black anyway)

 

 

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review 2017-08-30 02:06
Wow, I can't believe it's over...
The Dark Tower - George Guidall,Stephen King

 

 

And...

 

did that really just happen???

 

This series has been part of my life for months and I can't believe it's over. Though there is another book from somewhere in the middle that I still need to read: Wind Through the Keyhole. I think it tells some of Roland's early adventures.

 

I loved the series and wished it would never end. Part of the ending really pleased me and the other part made me a bit angry. Of course, King knew that would be the case and warned me before the final bit of the story. But, I didn't listen - I had to see what was going to happen. 

 

I heard the movie is sort of a continuation of the series, and I guess I now understand how that could be (sort of). Of course, I haven't seen the movie yet and now it looks like I will have to wait for it to come out digitally, so...

 

I don't have much else to say except if you are a Stephen King fan or a fan of epic fantasies, you should give this series a try.

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