I think I can safely say this is the best book I have ever read, and by far the best book in the dark tower series. This book had everything. Great character development, elements of fantasy, horror, suspense, and even a wild west esque shootout. After reading this I couldnt wait to get started on the third book in the series. The drawing of the three sets up the next two books beautifully. We really get to see the bond that Roland, Eddie, and Susannah all build together. The back story for Eddie and Susannah are great. Tragic but at the same time so entertaining. The book did not have a dull moment to speak of. It was nearly impossible for me to put the book down. It was a good change of pace as well being able to read something of Stephen King that was not strictly horror. This book series is right on par with the lord of the rings series. Like I have said this book is the best in the series, but the fourth installment wizard and glass is almost as good. The gunslinger and wasteland are also superb. Books 5-7 are decent but I think there was too much time between the 4th and 5th books, the series kind of lost momentum.
Pros: Explains parts of book 1, introduces new characters, still very surreal Cons: still waiting for more The Bottom Line: Sometimes masterpieces write themselves, sometimes we imagine them, sometimes they have no ending Book #2, The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three, brings us back to the beach and Roland comatose and feverish, with The Prisoner, Eddie Dean, as his new sidekick. Much as ensued to get Eddie in this particular … more
I'm a huge fan of the Dark Tower series in general, but I have to say that this book is the best of the series so far."The Gunslinger" makes for a fine introduction to the world of Roland and his ongoing quest for the Dark Tower at the center, and the newly-revised version is definitely an improvement over the original. Even by King's own admission, however, the series doesn't start to really pick up steam until this book, "The Drawing of the Three."Without giving much away, I can say that the second … more
Elaborating at great length on Robert Browning's cryptic narrative poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came," the second volume of King's post-Armageddon epic fantasy presents the equally enigmatic quest of Roland, the world's last gunslinger, who moves through an apocalyptic wasteland toward the Dark Tower, "the linchpin that holds all of existence together." Although these minor but revealing books (which King began while still in college) are full of such adolescent portentousness, this is livelier than the first. Roland enters three lives in the alternate world of New York City: junkie and drug runner Eddie Dean, schizophrenic heiress Odetta Holmes and serial murder Jack Mort. If King tells us too little about Roland, he gives us too much about these misfits who are variously healed or punished exactly as expected. Typically, King is much better at the minutiae and sensations of a specific physical world, and several such bravura sequences (from an attack by mutant lobsters to a gun store robbery) are standouts amid the characteristic headlong storytelling. BOMC alternate. Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.