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The Man in Black is dead, and Roland is about to be hurled into 20th-century America, occupying the mind of a man running cocaine on the New York/Bermuda shuttle. A brilliant work of dark fantasy inspired by Browning's romantic poem, "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came".Also see: Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN [ACE] ACE #1 ~...

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The Drawing of the Three Reviews

  • Lyn
    2019-03-05 08:28

    What the hell did I just read?The Drawing of the Three is as far as I can tell, a unique literary experience.The second book in King’s The Dark Tower series, published 5 years after The Gunslinger, this really begins The Dark Tower series. From my limited experience at having ready two of these, and myself more than two years in between, The Gunslinger seems like a prologue, a table setting. Maybe, just maybe, The Gunslinger is to The Dark Tower series as The Hobbit is to The Lord of the Rings. I don’t know yet, I’ve just read through the first two and I’m still processing what I’ve experienced.Processing what has just been read is an imperative as the book is set down. Stephen King has created a singular narrative, told with alternating perspectives, diverse language structures and rich in metaphor, allegory and symbolism. King’s wildly fantastic world building is in The Drawing of the Three more connected to our world than the largely disconnected and more purely imaginary setting of the first book.King’s second work then gains definition along with the connection to our world, as a framing device or a boundary that more strictly delineates what is fantastic and what is mundane. And King chooses as his “mundane” a series of grotesques: a junkie, a mentally unstable victim, and a monstrous sociopath, and Roland is the fulcrum about which these levers and torques join the fantastic to the real.King’s narrative and characterization powers are in full display in The Drawing of the Three. The reader encounters a mature writer seeking to expand his already broad horizons.I’ll accept King’s invitation to discover The Dark Tower in the world that has moved on.

  • Delee
    2019-02-25 04:50

    When a very close friend lists a book as an ALL-TIME FAVORITE!!...the pressure to love it, and give it a review deserving of its fabulous-ness, is immense...when that very close friend is the gloooooorious Stepheny- the pressure is OFF THE CHARTS!!!! Anyone familiar with her- will know EXACTLY what I mean. ;)...So here goes nothing *deep breath*...THE DRAWING OF THE THREE- the second book in The Dark Tower series- takes place seven hours after we last left Roland Deschain in The Gunslinger. The Man in Black had laid his cards on the table (so to speak)...and trust him or not, Roland is going to follow his lead...Roland wakes up on the beach, and immediately knows he has a BIG problem! Lobster-like creatures are attacking him...and before he can react to the strangeness of the situation- he has lost two of his fingers and a big toe. Now he has to worry about tending to his wounds before infection sets in. And now he has to worry about dying- before he can follow through with THE DRAWING OF THE THREE...First Door (1987)- The Prisoner: Eddie Dean- Eddie is a young heroin addict who is traveling by air, attempting to smuggle cocaine into New York for the drug lord Enrico Balazar...but the flight attendants are becoming a little bit suspicious of him, and Roland is going to have to step in to get Eddie out of some veeeeeeery hot water.Second Door (1964)- The Lady of Shadows: Odetta Holmes- Odetta is a wealthy, wheelchair-bound black woman, missing her legs below the knees- after being pushed in front of a subway train. Odetta is completely unaware that she has an alternate personality "Detta Walker" who is veeeeeeeeeeeery different from the normal, kind, sweet, Odetta- in fact Detta is downright dangerous.Third Door (1977)- The Pusher: Jack Mort (Mort meaning "death" in French)- Jack is a sociopath...who's relevance becomes clear- as soon as Roland sees what Jack has been up to in his evil little demented life.Each door- brings a new person into Roland's world..and each person brings a new set of problems Roland must overcome. Let the good times begin!!For all you GOOD-Readers that were less than over-joyed with The Gunslinger...please please please- just try to get past that hurdle, because what is in store for you in- THE DRAWING OF THE THREE, is sooooooo worth the ride!!!...And...Thank you! Thank you! Thank Quick Draw Stepheny- and my other fellow buddy-reading pals-Calamity Bev, Jumpin' Jeff, and Straight Shootin' Susan -for making this journey soooooooo much more fun than it would have ever been alone.

  • Luca Ambrosino
    2019-03-06 00:47

    English (The Drawing of the Three) / ItalianoThe story resumes exactly where it ended up with The Gunslinger: on a beach. Roland wakes up after a sleep that maybe lasted years, with the only aim of recruiting the Three, without whom the journey to the Dark Tower cannot continue...I was right to say in my review to the first chapter of the "Dark Tower" that there would be a turning point in subsequent volumes, and that "The Gunslinger" represented a sort of introduction in which nothing was clearly revealed. And in fact, with "The Drawing of the Three", the genius move arrives right on time like a clockwork. Nay, the "eureka" moments, which I don't want to spoiler here, are nunmerous. The scenario changes radically... really radically! Believe me, after just about thirty pages you will have such a boost that you will realize what kind of genius is the author of the book you have in your hands (if you have not yet realized it).Every time I ask myself the usual question: Stephen... how on earth your writing comes into your head? We are going to see incredible things.Vote: 8La storia riprende esattamente da dove si era conclusa con L'ultimo cavaliere: su una spiaggia. Il pistolero si sveglia dopo un sonno che forse è durato anni con l'unico scopo di reclutare i tre, senza i quali il viaggio verso la Torre Nera non potrà continuare...Avevo ragione a sostenere nella mia recensione al primo capitolo della serie "La Torre Nera" che nei volumi successivi ci sarebbe stata una svolta, che "L'Ultimo cavaliere" rappresentava una sorta di introduzione nella quale nulla veniva rivelato apertamente. E difatti con "La Chiamata dei Tre, puntuale come un orologio svizzero, arriva la genialata. Anzi, i lampi di genio, che non sto qui a spoilerare per non rovinare il gusto al lettore, sono molteplici. L'ambientazione cambia radicalmente... ma radicalmente proprio! Credetemi sulla parola se dico che dopo appena una trentina di pagine subirete una tale botta da far maturare in voi la consapevolezza di che razza di genio sia l'autore del libro che avete per le mani (se ancora non ne eravate consapevoli, s'intende).E niente, ogni volta finisco per farmi la solita domanda: Stephen... come cavolo ti viene in mente quello che scrivi? Ne vedremo delle belle.Voto: 8

  • Mohammed Arabey
    2019-03-01 06:45

    Unlike the dry Book One which was following one man in an endless desert;Here are Threedoing so..The More the Merrier indeed.The Drawing of ThreeOh and it's endless beach this time..with monstrous crabs.. so much fun, trust me :)لا أنكر أن الفيلم هو سببا رئيسيا لمتابعتي للسلسلة رغم انه كان مبسطا جدا ودون مستوي عمق روايات ستيفين كينج عامالكن الفيلم وضح قليلا من فكرة "برج الظلام" المبني عليها أحداث الرواية ، ويعدك بأن السلسلة بها ثغرات تؤدي لعوالم موازية، ازمنة مختلفة، وحوش متنكرة بيننا ، وشيطان كلاسيكي يسعى لدمار العالملتعرف المزيد عن الفيلمبالرغم من أن الجزء الاول من الرواية كان مملا جدا... حيث نتابع رحلة حامل السلاح، رولاند، عبر الصحراء ليلحق بالشيطان...الرجل المتشح بالسواد (والتر) والذي لا نعرف لماذا... وليذهب لبرج الظلام الي لا يعلم أين...ولا لماذا في اثناء الرحلة يقابل البعض، يقتل الكثيرين بالاخص بسبب الرجل المتشح بالسواد... يقابل فتي تائها في اللاعالم الذي يسير به ليكتشف أنه من عالمنا وأحدهم قام بالتسبب في مصرعه تحت سيارة -بالطبع لنلق اللوم علي الرجل المتشح بالسواد-... ثم يقابل في النهاية الرجل نفسه... اوراق تاروت وقراءة طالع وثلاثة يعده الرجل بمقابلتهمالجزء الثاني يختلف تمامايبدأ بعد غفوة حامل السلاح (رولاند)بعد أن قرأ له الرجل المتشح بالسواد الطالع..ليكتشف انه صار هيكلا عظميا..وأنه نام ستة عشر عاما!!!! (ستيفين كينج نفسه بين كتابته ازء الاول والثاني استغرق 16 عاما )، ثم يبدأ رولاند فورا استكمال مسيرته نحو برجه...برج الظلامولكنه مقدر له ان يقابل 3 اشخاص... من خلال ثلاث ابواب ستظهر له في هذا الشاطئ اللانهائيوأن يحذر من السلطعونات الضخمة وأسئلتها العجيبةDad-a-chack? Did-a-chick? Dum-a-chum? Dod-a-chock?والتي ستتسبب في اصابتهلكن الثلاثة الذين سيقابلهم أكثر خطرامدمن هرويين ومهرب كوكايينامرأة مصابة بانفصام في الشخصيةوشخصية سيكوباتية تقوم بدفع الناس لمقتلها أو جرحها بشكل خطيرولكن ماذا بعد؟----------------ستتوقف الرواية بعد الكثير من الاحداث المثيرة بحق هذه المرة -لا انكر هذا هنا، يبدو أنه فعلا كلما زاد العدد زادت الصحبة، كلما صار الوقت اكثر مرحا - نهاية مفتوحةمازال رولاند...ومع أثنان اخران هذه المرة في طريقهم ألي يرج الظلاملم يجيب لنا السيد كينج عن كل الاسئلة هنا مرة اخريماهو البرج؟ وإلام يرمز؟من هو الرجل المتشح بالسواد؟ وما هذا العالم الذي تدور به الاحداث وثغراته التي تؤدي إلي عالمنا في ازمنة مختلفة؟وما معني أن "العالم قد مضي لسبيله"؟ الذي يرددها حامل السلاح علي عالمه المقفر؟ولماذا عالمنا لم يمض لذلك؟لكنه يعترف في المقدمة وفي كل مرة يتحدث فيها عن سلسلته الاثيرة تلك أن السبع كتب ماهم إلا كتاب واحد..لذا لنتحمل قليلا-----------------*الاشارات الدينية والاجتماعية*-----------------كالعادة السيد كينج يعشق الرمز للدين والرب بشكل لائقهنا ستبدأ تشعر ان فكرة البرج لها علاقة بالحياةمن خلال رمز رجل عصابات يهوي بناء ابراج من كروت اللعب (الكوتشينة)ورغم انه يحاول ان يجعلها اعلي ما يستطيع فانها دوما تهويوهو لايباليفعلي قوله ؛ أن كل أم لعنت الرب لأن ابنها سقط صريعا في الطريق، وكل أب لعن الرجل الذي تسبب في فصله من عمله ليصير عاطلا، وكل طفل ولد وهو مريضا مرضا مؤلما وتسائل 'لماذا؟'، هذه هي الإجابة. .. حيواتنا بالضبط كتلك الاشياء التي أبنيها "ابراج الكوتشينة"، أحيانا تسقط لسبب.. وأحيانا تسقط بلا سبب علي الاطلاق“You see this ’Cimi? For every mother who ever cursed God for her child dead in the road, for every father who ever cursed the man who sent him away from the factory with no job, for every child who was ever born to pain and asked why, this is the answer. Our lives are like these things I build. Sometimes they fall down for a reason, sometimes they fall down for no reason at all.”ولكن عندما قام أحدهم بالنفخ في برج كوتشينة بناه متعمدا أسقاطه ، قام رحل العصابات هذا بقتله فورافعلي قوله : الانسان له حق أن يبني أشياء..، لكن لله وحده حق ان يهدمها“It’s up to men to build things, paisan. It’s up to God to blow them down. You agree?”ربما يكون رجل العصابات مخطئا..لكن هناك فكرة ما..رمزا ربمابل والملهي الليلي الذي يدير منه عملياته يسمي بالبرج المائلهناك ايضا انتقادات قدمت بشكل ظريف عن المجتمع بالاخص عن عمل الصيدلي والادويةوهناك اشارات للعنصرية ضد السود..ومصرع كينيدي الذي يشير له انه "حامل سلاح"... يبدو ان محطتي القادمة لستيفين كينج ستكون22/11/63كما ان هناك اشارة للساحر..راندل فلاج..تنويعة علي الرجل المتشح بالسواد ..مسيخ دجال عالم ستيفين كينج الاطولThe Standوالذي كان لي فترة اقامة به لمدة شهر هذا العام--------------------*النهاية*----شاهد الفيلم او لا تشاهدهلكن السلسة اكثر تعقيدا..وربما عندما تتضح لك الصورة اكثر ستكون اكثر امتاعاActual rating.. 3.5محمد العربيمن 10 اغسطس 2017الي 14 اغسطس 2017

  • Stephen
    2019-03-12 01:45

    ***The quest for the DARK TOWER continues***Beginning mere hours after the events of the The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain wakes from his bizarre encounter with the Men in Black Man in Black to find himself on a strange beach. Before he can even get his bearings, he's attacked by Killer Crabs the Seafood from Hell in the form of ginormous, ill-tempered (though wonderfully delicious) “lobstrosities.” After a near fatal encounter with the vicious entrees, Roland finds himself seriously injured and feverish from infection. Slowly and painfully Roland begins to make his way across the beach as his health rapidly deteriorates. While trekking across the massive beach, Roland separately encounters 3 strange doors. Each door is inscribed with a different name matching tarot cards the appeared during Roland's earlier encounter with the Man in Black. The doors appear to be standing in the middle of nowhere with nothing behind them. In fact, they are each a passageway to a New York City very similar to our own. Roland’s investigation of these doors (each leading to a different year), his introduction to 2 of the 3 members of the group that will journey with him throughout the rest of the series (i.e. his “Ka-tet”) and the events leading up to their joining Roland's gang comprise the balance of this book. I'll stop there as I think that's enough of a plot summary to give a good sense of the book...with one exception. That one exception is that I would be remiss if I did not mention that the shootout between Roland and Eddie on one side and [withheld to avoid spoiler] at [withheld to avoid spoiler] is among the best choreographed gunfights I can remember. It's sweet, sassy and super and makes the book worth reading all by itself. THOUGHTS:I just want to make a few commnets on the importance of this book. As a whole, the Dark Tower is one of the most uniquely enjoyable and imaginative fantasy series I have ever read...probably the most. It's this book in which King’s truly epic vision of the rest of the series begins to form and take shape. I enjoyed the first book but it's easily my least favorite of the series and the one most disconnected from the rest of the tale. The sense of vastness was there only in hints and while I think King did an admirable job revisting "The Gunslinger" to correct some of the glaring inconsistencies between it and the later novels, it is still not up to the rest of the series. With this story the multiverse begins to open up and the creeping hugeness of the plot begins to bloom. This story is actually my second least favorite of the entire series, but I would still need a slide rule and an abacus to calculate this book’s TOTAL NUMBER OF FUNTASTIC UNITS. It's just that the next installments are so saturated with magical awesome that they can't even be measured by existing technology and can actually cause bouts of hot flashes and tingling in the naughty bits. Yes, they are that good. However, it's with this book that the long, wonderful, magical, incredibly fun and wholly original journey of Roland and his Ka-tet is really born. I can not recommend this book or the series more highly and it gets my HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!!5.0 stars. P.S. As I mentioned in my review of the previous book, I have listened to all 7 of the Dark Tower installment on audio (the first 4 read by the late Frank Muller and the last 3 read by George Guidall). I believe that anyone who has read the books and not listened to these stories on audio is REALLY MISSING SOMETHING WONDERFUL. I think the quality of the reading truly enhances the enjoyment of the story.

  • Kemper
    2019-03-12 07:23

    Mid-World General Emergency Room - 9:19 PM“Step in here, please. What’s your name?”“Roland Deschain.”“And do you have any allergies, Mr. Deschain?”“No.”“And when…..wait a second. Roland Deschain? The last gunslinger? The guy who is on a quest to find the Dark Tower?”“That’s me.”“Wow. This is an honor. I mean, I see a lot of scum and mutants come through here. Especially since the world has moved on and all that, but to get Roland the gunslinger in here as a patient? That’s just crazy! I can’t wait to tell everyone that I actually met you.”“Thanks, doctor.”“You’re looking pretty rough, Roland. I guess this questing gig must be a bitch. So what I can help you with?”“Well, I got my hand and my foot kind of torn up.”“Holy man Jesus, Roland! That damn hand is mangled, dude! And your foot isn’t much better. What happened? Did the man in black do this to you? Or were you jumped by demons?”“Actually, it was a creature that came out of the ocean and attacked me on a beach.”“Was it like some kind of giant mutant magic alligator? Because you are fucked up, son.”“No, it was kind of a weird lobster/prawn/scorpion creature.”“That’s nasty! How big was it? Like the size of a horse? Bigger?”“No, like a dog.”“Just dog sized? How big a dog?”“Uh…I’m not sure. Like a good sized collie, maybe?”“Well, I’ll bet there was a bunch of them, right? Like a couple of dozen?”“No. I mean, there’s lots of them on the beach at night, but it was just one that did this.”“One lobster monster did all this? Why didn’t you just shoot it?”“My guns and shells got all wet and wouldn’t fire.”“Oh, that explains it. You must have been like in the ocean fighting off a giant squid thing or sea mutants or pirate demons, right? Then your guns got all wet and when you dragged yourself out of the water, this damn lobster-whatever came up on your blind side, right?”“Uh, not exactly. I fell asleep on the beach and then the tide came in. That’s when my guns and bullets got soaked. Then when I was trying to wake up and get out of the water, the lobster-whatsis came over and started biting me.”“Let me get this straight. You’re Roland, the last gunslinger. The baddest mother walking Mid-World. A guy who has slaughtered entire towns and hordes of evil mutants. The man we’re counting on to get to the Dark Tower (whatever the hell it is) and save us all. But you got your ass handed to you by one dog sized creepy crawlie because you fell asleep on a beach and let your guns get wet? Is that what you’re saying?”“Uh…yes. And I think it poisoned me.”“Huh. Did it take your milk money, too?”*********************************************************After the strange introduction in The Gunslinger, this is where the series really hooked me. Roland has enough answers to get on the path to the Tower as he's reached the ocean, but he's badly injured after being attacked by a psycho lobster. Following what he was told in the last book, Roland manages to travel up the beach and locates literal doors to another world, our world. (Or at least a version pretty close to our world.)Behind one door is Eddie Dean from the ‘80s, a heroin junkie in big trouble with the cops and the mob. The second one has Odetta Holmes, a rich black woman in the early ‘60s who doesn’t let the loss of her legs prevent her from being involved in the civil rights movement. But Odetta has a pretty big bat in her belfry. The final door unlocks a person with a sinister dark side. The increasingly sick Roland will have to hop between worlds to save the ones he’s been told will be his new companions that he’ll need to reach the Dark Tower. While the first volume had kind of a dreamy and surreal quality to it, this second book is all tense action with a more grounded vibe thanks to the trips to a world the reader recognizes. What really stands out in this one is that we get another idea of just how committed Roland is to reaching the Tower. Injured, sick and dying, Roland pushes forward on sheer willpower and the extent of his obsession frightens the people he meets.Even a junkie like Eddie can see that Roland is hooked worse than he is on a different kind of drug:“There are people who need people to need them. The reason you don’t understand is because you’re not one of those people. You’d use me and toss me away like a paper bag if that’s what it came down to. God fucked you, my friend. You’re just smart enough that it would hurt you to do that, and just hard enough so you’d go ahead and do it anyway. You wouldn’t be able to help yourself. If I was lying on that beach there and screaming for help, you’d walk over me if I was between you and your goddamn Tower.“Yes, he would, Eddie.

  • Jeff
    2019-03-19 04:33

    Available: Amazing Beach Front Property!!!Plots available for building your dream home in a lush vacation paradise.Only 666 lots left! Little to no money down! Hurry! Act Now!!Great ocean view!! Mountains only an hour's drive away!Unlimited parking!You’re a doorway away from such exotic NYC entertainment as: Naked gunfights, wheelchair obstacle course, police car races, Whack-a-gangster, Bop-a-cop, and the locally famous flaming-creep subway run.For the sportsman: minutes from an unlimited supply of fresh jumbo lobster meat. All-you-can-catch-and-eat!! Yummy!!!Contact Roland at Dad-A-Chuck Realtors. Tell him Odetta/Detta sent you for a free cocaine-filled balloon.

  • Dan Schwent
    2019-03-17 02:50

    Roland Deschain, fresh from the events of the Gunslinger, lies exhausted and poisoned on the shores of the ocean. In his delirium, he finds three doorways leading to our world and his new ka-tet. Will Roland survive long enough to bring his new ka-tet?This is when the Dark Tower really started coming together. The first thing that happens really shocked the crap out of me. Damn lobstrosities! I had no idea what Roland was going to go through when I first opened this one.The new characters are interesting, as are Roland's relationships with them. Eddie Dean, funnyman and heroin addict, is pretty codependent at first, while Detta/Odetta, a multiple personality in a wheelchair, really causes some havoc. Jack Mort, well... you just better read it.The action in this one is great. The gunfight in Andolini's is one of my favorite Stephen King scenes of all time. While the Gunslinger got me interested in the Dark Tower, this one grabbed me for the long haul.Thoughts from the April 2011 reread:Upon yet another re-reading, it seems really illogical that Roland let himself fall asleep so close to the ocean. The battle between Roland and Eddie and Balazar's goons remains one of my favorite gunfights in the series. Susannah is still my least favorite of the ka-tet.Thoughts from the April 2014 reread:The beginning is still shocking. While I was pissed the first time I read it, it goes a long way toward the rest of the katet being necessary additions to the series. While the idea of Roland assaulting the Tower with both hands intact sounds awesome, I don't think it would be as good.Detta gets my goat every time. While Susannah has some measure of redemption near the end of this book and in future books, I still look at her as the woman who did everything she could to sabotage the trip to the third door.The gun fight at Balazar's is still great.

  • Markus
    2019-03-21 04:26

    Without thought, with the simple resolve that had made him the last of them all, the last to continue marching on and on long after Cuthbert and the others had died or given up, committed suicide or treachery or simply recanted the whole idea of the Tower; with the single-minded and incurious resolve that had driven him across the desert and all the years before the desert in the wake of the man in black, the gunslinger stepped through the doorway.The journey to the Dark Tower continues, and the gunslinger marches on. But the wonderful desert setting is gone, and so is the eerily mysterious man in black.The Drawing of the Three feels like a spin-off. You realise while reading that the book has a purpose that fits into the overarching story of the series, but it feels like taking a break from the actually interesting part. Roland winds up on a beach in the middle of nowhere, and has to step through a doorway leading into the unknown, to find and recruit three rather unwilling companions for his journey.I’ve read several reviews and opinions saying that The Gunslinger is a weak start to the series, and that this book takes it up to another level. And I couldn’t disagree more. I thought the first book was way better. Everything about it was much more interesting than this space-filler second volume.The only thing that actually is better in my eyes, is the writing. Stephen King visibly improved between these two instalments, and some of his passages are a joy to read.From the dead serious...The sun was down. Darkness had come.To the hilarious...This screaming, writhing thing could not have just undergone inpromptu surgery by subway train half an hour ago.In the end, this book was not particularly good. It added nothing, and it didn’t make me feel anything. I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would consider this outrageously boring side quest better than the adventures of Roland in the ruins of Midworld, but that's individual opinion for you. I am, however, looking very much forward to reading the next book in the series.Onward to the Tower!"We are going to go, Eddie. We are going to fight. We are going to be hurt. And in the end we will stand."Dark Tower reviews:#1 The Gunslinger#2 The Drawing of the Three#3 The Waste Lands#4 Wizard and Glass#5 Wolves of the Calla#6 Song of Susannah#7 The Dark Tower

  • Adina
    2019-03-08 05:48

    What have I just read? Is this written by the same author that put The Gunslinger on paper? It does not seem so at all. If the name of the main characters hadn’t been Roland, I wouldn’t have known that the two books are from the same series. That’s how different thee 2 books are in writing style. Notwithstanding, I’ve enjoyed both of them just as much. The Drawing of the Three starts where the previous instalment left us, on the beach. The beginning is abrupt and unexpected with Roland having a 3rd degree meeting with a Lobstrosity, a creature similar with a huge lobster. I could not help myself but feeling quite hungry for some crustacean meat while reading about these monsters. After the encounter, Roland is left with 2 missing fingers in one of his hands and with an aggravating infection. While dragging himself on the beach he encounters a door, who opens in the past/another world and here begins the adventure to build his team in order to tackle the Dark Tower. In total there will be three doors, as you might expect from the title, but the drawing will not be as straight forward as one would hope. The plot is a lot more coherent, linear and less abstract than in The Gunslinger with a much faster pace, especially in the first part, when we meet Eddie. Obviously, is still contains a vast amount of strangeness and interesting characters. There was one expect that was a letdown for me. It seems that King let himself fall for one of the most an annoying plot clichés that I can think of, besides love triangles, namely Instalove. I believe in Instalust but love at first sight makes me gag, especially in books where I do not expect this. All in all, a worthy sequel and I am looking forward to the 3rd one.

  • seak
    2019-02-25 04:41

    "...There's going to be shooting.""There is?""Yes." The gunslinger looked serenely at Eddie. "Quite a lot of it, I think." And so begins the coolest, most intense gun fight I've ever read.Ever since I put down The Stand 300 pages in, I thought I'd never read another Stephen King novel. You could say I was even proud of the fact. Everyone seems to love King and I'm the only one who doesn't. I'm unique... I also don't like Katy Perry.Well, then he had to go and write The Dark Tower series. The premise sounded way too interesting to pass by. The Gunslinger (my review) was decent. It was interesting and made me curious, but I still wasn't too impressed. I continued to believe I was a Stephen King Elitist (SKE).After reading The Drawing of the Three, I can no longer deny it. I'm no longer an SKE. Sorry world, I'm not that cool anymore. I like Stephen King. The Drawing of the Three blew my mind. I still don't like Katy Perry though.It's been a while since I've been this into a book. I had a hard time not ditching all my classes and just finishing the book. I wanted to spend every waking hour reading and that's a great feeling to have.***Spoilers (for The Gunslinger only)***The Drawing of the Three picks up right after The Gunslinger left off. Roland, the gunslinger himself, wakes up on a beach and almost immediately attacked by huge lobster-like creatures, lovingly called "lobstrosities". He loses two fingers and a toe and coupled with the fact that he's running out of food as well, this does not bode well.Roland becomes very sick, but there's a reason he's the last gunslinger, he's the very definition of one of my favorite words - indefatigable. (Thought I was gonna go with another did you?)Roland has been given some cryptic information (from the end of The Gunslinger) after finally catching up with "the man in black". He must now find the Prisoner, the Lady of Shadows, and the Pusher.Luckily, it becomes apparent how this will work when the gunslinger finds a door in the middle of nowhere that also leads to nowhere, at least as far as he can tell without opening it.***End Spoilers (for The Gunslinger)***With The Drawing of the Three, we are also slowly given more information into the Gunslinger's mysterious past as he remembers the advice of his trainer. I always love these memories; many of which are filled with these kind of lines:"Fault always lies in the same place...with him weak enough to lay blame."I'm looking forward to finding out more about the Gunslinger's mysterious past.As a final note, let me just say, Eddie Dean is awesome, Detta and Odetta are crazy/insane, and Jack, well, not much to say except read it. I will say no more.Why Read The Drawing of the Three?If you were a little dissatisfied with The Gunslinger, don't give up on The Dark Tower series yet. The Drawing of the Three takes everything up a notch (or 10). I couldn't have stopped reading even if I wanted to. It is an amazingly well-plotted, well-paced, and incredible book...and I no longer claim SKE status.4.5 out of 5 StarsJust remember:"Fault always lies in the same place...with him weak enough to lay blame."

  • Mark
    2019-02-28 01:32

    OH wow I am so glad I am reviewing each volume as I go rather than the whole lot at the end. I have just finished this second in the series and I swear if the central character did not have the same name then I would hardly recognize this book as a continuation of the first.The Gunslinger introduced us to Roland and his quest for the Dark Tower and presumably the central plot of the whole series. At the end of the Gunslinger we were left with many unanswered questions - be warned! The Drawing of the Three will not answer most, if any, of these.The frustration at the questions yet to be resolved, at the end of the Gunslinger, is like that Quiz show on TV when the host throws to a commercial break while we wait to see if the contestant is correct and wins the million dollars. The Drawing of the Three increases the frustration because it really doesn't flow in the same direction as the first book.Frustration, yes but Stephen King is a master and while it feels you are reading two completely separate books, both of them intrigue and have you digging for the third volume.The Drawing of the Three takes a tangent away from the quest for the dark tower. It focuses more on character than quest, bringing others into the story while dropping subtle hints about their importance. The Gunslinger was a little like a Western with a little science fiction thrown in. The Drawing of the Three is like a general fiction book with the same amount of science fiction.Having read the first two volumes it is obvious this is a HUGE series, well developed and full of detail. Comparing these two books and all the ground they cover makes me wonder why King took so long to write the final volumes. Surely he knew where it was headed - is it possible to have laid such grand foundations and then lose your way. I doubt it very much.The Gunslinger introduced us to a word. Nineteen!! This of course is the age King was when he originally wrote the Gunslinger but it plays an important part in the book/s. The drawing of the Three introduces us to someone Stephen King fans know well - Randall Flagg. At this stage he is just a mention in Roland's thoughts but we can be sure there is more to come.Whether it was intentional or not there is something that struck me as Flagg was mentioned. As he remembers Randall, Roland is getting his strength back in the dying pages of TDOTT. Around him are the others that have entered the story, and for the first time in a long time Roland turns his thoughts back to the Dark Tower and what he needs to do. There is a real sense of gathering together, ready to start an assault on the final goal - The Dark Tower. To me it almost mirrors the gathering in The Stand as they prepare to head West to face the evil of Randall Flagg.Perhaps I have read too many King novels or just love making my own theories. But we all know of the subtle links, and some not so subtle (King mentions clips from the movie of The Shining in this book) that pepper his books.................

  • Apatt
    2019-03-21 08:28

    “Did-a-chick? Dum-a-chum? Dad-a-cham? Ded-a-check?”This bit of nonsense is likely to send shivers down the spine of Dark Tower fans, it is one of the most memorable scenes in the entire series which spans seven books (originally). The bizarre “questions” are constantly asked by the “lobstrosity” creatures even while they are munching on people.The above picture—lifted from the graphic novel edition—is not quite to scale as the lobstrosity is described in The Drawing of the Three as “four feet long and a foot high”, but the creepiness is about right! The Drawing of the Three is volume two of Stephen King’s epic Dark Tower series. If my memory serves me correctly it is my favorite book of the series. This book is all about Roland Deschain recruiting three characters from our world to help him in his quest for the Dark Tower. As foretold by The Man in Black in the previous book these three are represented on Tarot cards as The Prisoner, The Lady of Shadows, and Death. Roland is to go through three doors which are portals into our world at different times.The first of the three doorsThe first person to be drawn to our world is “The Prisoner” Eddie Dean. Eddie is not imprisoned anywhere, but he is a heroin addict. The “drawing” of Eddie Dean involves drug smuggling, gangsters, a shootout au naturel, and more lobstrosities; never a dull moment. Odetta / Detta by LadyFiszi.The second “drawing” is of a black lady called Odetta Holmes who suffers from dissociative identity disorder schizophrenia with multiple personalities (see Stephanie's message 10 in the comments section) and has an evil secondary personality called Detta Walker who takes control of her body from time to time (usually when it is the most inexpedient for our heroes). Odetta is kindly and soft-spoken, while Detta is evil, cunning, and deadly, she talks like “a cartoon black woman, Butterfly McQueen gone Loony Tunes”. Even though she is missing legs below her knees Detta is very capable of killing both Roland and Eddie who she charmingly calls “honky mahfahs”.The last drawing of The Three is not at all who I was expecting*, it involves a character even more psychotic than Detta. Without going into details it involves possession, crazy hyperkinetic shootouts, more lobstrosities and a unique way of dispatching a villain.Art by Phil HalePhew! What a book! I hope I have not spoiled anything so far, if you think I did please let me know in the comments. The Drawing of the Three is a fabulous, riveting and thrilling read. The writing style here is much more typically Stephen King than the previous volume, The Gunslinger, where King takes a stab at some lyrical writing in the early chapters that confused my young mind when I first read it. I have to admit this is how I like my King. Screw “literature”, just tell the story so vividly that the reader is transported into Roland’s world (even though it has “moved on”). King’s accessible writing style is one of his chief weapons, it is the most effective way of conveying his outlandish narrative. Even with all the carnage going on the book is occasionally hilarious, with pop culture references and an almost “TMI” rectal examination scene. The “Roland in New York City” part is particularly amusing, with his bemusement by the city life and his failed attempt to avoid violence. Imagine Clint Eastwood’s The Man with No Name in modern day New York and you will have an inkling. The book does not end on a cliffhanger yet it does make you want to commit to the series, to follow Roland and his friends on the quest for the Tower, to see what happens next. As Roland would say, “it’s ka”.Notes:* I thought it was going to be poor Jake Chambers from The Gunslinger, but poor Jake only makes a quick cameo in this volume.• Idris Elba is unlikely to be called “honky mahfah” in the forthcoming Dark Tower movie. Here is King's comment about the casting.• Roland’s classic “ka-tet”, the crew of his quest, is not fully formed in this book, awaiting a couple more members. So this picture below, from the graphic novel edition, is a little misleading.Quotes:“There is an umbilicus which somehow connects our world to the world of the gunslinger.”“The first is dark-haired. He stands on the brink of robbery and murder. A demon has infested him. The name of the demon is HEROIN.”“Which demon is that? I know it not, even from nursery stories.”“He walked out of nowhere toward nowhere, a man from another time who, it seemed, had reached a point of pointless ending.”“Not his eyes but those of a stranger. Not hazel but a blue the color of fading Levis. Eyes that were chilly, precise, unexpected marvels of calibration. Bombardier’s eyes.”

  • Will M.
    2019-03-15 01:50

    Roland continues with his quest for The Dark Tower. While he was alone at first, he decides to have some company. He decides to have a drawing of the three. Three more people to be involved in his obsessive quest for the tower. Will he compromise the lives of the chosen ones, or will he make them better? The amazing quest continues in this second installment of the series.Once again King introduced amazing characters. Right from the start I knew I was going to like Eddie Dean. He was this drug dealer who wasunluckyenough to be chosen by The Gunslinger. He was not as difficult as Roland thought he would be. Honestly I'm shocked that he didn't feel weird about someone talking inside his head. The mere fact that paranormal things were happening and he didn't freak out made him a bit cooler than he already was. The plane scene and the one with Balazar are some of the few unforgettable scenes in this novel involving Eddie. Even his life story with his brother Henry was a really fun thing to read. I can't wait to read more of him in the next novels. There is something about drug dealers that aren't that cocky that I really seem to like. I guess they seem more realistic than drastically flawless characters. Eddie was flawed, but so was The Gunslinger. I think most people would agree that flawed characters are way better than the perfect ones.Odetta Holmes was my second least favorite of the 4 main characters in this novel. She had no legs, but she was described as this sweet lady. Or maybe Detta Holmes was my second least favorite? Detta was this evil character that kept complaining and finding ways to make sure the quest would end up a failure. I'm rooting for Roland to succeed, so Detta was a pain in the ass. I didn't like her that much, but not enough to hate her. Jack Mort was my least favorite of them all. He was undeveloped in the end, and it felt like King didn't really make him likeable at all. He had the least appearances, so there was no room to like him. He wasn't unlikeable, but not enough information were given for him to be likeable. I guess this is my only complaint regarding the novel. The plot was mainly about Roland discovering about contemporary America. His world was so different from ours that he was so confused about everything. It was fun reading about his struggles. Aside from the struggles though, it was even better reading about the way Roland managed to perform the "drawing of the three". It just further proved how amazing of an epic this is turning out to be. It's a mixture of Fantasy and Sci-Fi, and that was what King promised. It was more than adequate to satisfy my Fantasy/epic needs. While King will always be regarded as the king of horror, this series just proves that he can do so much more. In short, King is an amazing writer.The opening scene, or also known as the lobster scene, will always be remembered. Perfect way to begin the novel.5/5 stars and will definitely be one of my rereads in the future. I haven't even finished the series yet but I'm tempted to read the first book again already. This second novel was really great, and it makes me even want to finish the series already, so that I could reread it all over again, multiple times.

  • Stepheny
    2019-03-24 02:34

    I’ve read the Dark Tower Series several times over the years. It is a series I hold very close to my heart, one that draws me in and whispers in my ear; begs to be read again. So, whenCalamity Bev,Rootin’ Tootin’ Pistol Packin’ Delee,Jumpin’ Jeff and Straight Shootin' Susan asked me to join them along the Path of the Beam on a most noble quest to the Dark Tower I said yes without a moment’s hesitation.The Drawing of the Three is a book that on its own is in my list of top 10 books ever written. This is one of those books that left my brains splattered on the wall behind me. I was completely blown away by this book. It is nearly impossible to put down. The writing is impeccable, it’s very fast paced and the storyline is captivating. Roland wakes up on a beach-a beach from hell, but a beach nonetheless. He must draw three people into his world to accompany him on his quest. Along this beach he finds 3 doors. Behind the first door, marked “The Prisoner”, he meets my literary soulmate, Eddie Dean. Eddie has a monkey on his back and that monkey’s name is Heroine. Door number two is marked, the Lady of Shadows and it is from that door that Roland draws Odetta Holmes/Detta Walker. She has lost her legs in a horrifying accident but that is only the tip of the iceberg as the old saying goes.As Roland, Detta and Eddie travel up the beach in search of Door Number 3 they encounter a few obstacles. And as Eddie points out so politely to Detta, “Well,what was behind Door Number One wasn’t so hot, and what was behind Door Number Two was even worse, so now, instead of quitting like sane people, we’re going to go right on ahead and check out Door Number Three. The way things have been going, I think it’s likely to be something like Godzilla or Ghidra the Three-Headed Monster, but I’m an optimist. I’m still hoping for the stainless steel cookware."So what does Door Number 3 bring?The Pusher . Jack Mort. The Man in Black foretold who would be behind these doors and when he got to the third door he told Roland “Death. But not for you, Gunslinger.” Jack Mort. The pusher of objects. Will he be drawn into this world as Eddie and Odetta/Detta were?Will Roland get his Keflex in time?Will the lobstrosities ever satisfy their hunger?All these questions will be answered. The Drawing of the Three will not disappoint you. I personally guarantee your satisfaction.Ps. If you click the names of posse you'll get to read their most excellent reviews!

  • Justin
    2019-03-20 08:32

    Stephen King gets back to his old self and Stephen Kings all over the second book of the Dark Tower series. This one is written more in the King style we have all come to know and love. It’s much more what you would expect from picking up a King novel, but it still has that western fantasy vibe pulsing throughout its pages. And, again, the book is pretty good. I’ve read half of the series before, I know the next two books are really good, especially Wizard and Glass. I keep saying that. I’ll probably just always remind people of how much I enjoyed that book. Anyway...Some people love the series from the beginning, some people love this book, some people hate the series, some people hate Stephen King. Isn’t that what makes life so great? We get to all have different opinions and lifestyles and stuff. And sometimes those opinions and views change, right? Like, sometimes I really like King and sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I want tacos every day, all the time, and sometimes I... well, no... that doesn’t work here. Tacos are God’s gift to humans. A little piece of heaven we get to enjoy here during our short time on earth. And, I won’t say anything else here, but, man... would the whole Detta stuff fly in this day and age? Some of that mixed in with a lot of homophobic stuff just seemed very dated and very distracting. As Roland would say, the world has moved on. Looking forward to continuing the series. I’ve been listening to it at work so it’s been a different experience than last time. Here’s hoping I can make it to the Tower... and that it is filled with delicious tacos.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-03-21 04:35

    The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, #2), Stephen Kingعنوانها: انتخاب سوم؛ انتخاب سه در جادویی؛ اثر: استیون کینگ؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و هفتم سپتامبر سال 2012 میلادیعنوان: انتخاب سوم - کتاب دوم از هفتگانه برج تاریک؛ اثر: استیون کینگ؛ برگردان: ندا شادنظر؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، افراز، 1388، در 496 ص، شابک: 9789642432059؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 20 معنوان: انتخاب سه در جادویی؛ اثر: استیون کینگ؛ برگردان: فرانک محمدی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، عقیل، 1389، در 447 ص، شابک: 9786001630088؛ کتاب دوم از هفتگانه برج تاریک؛انتخاب سوم، جلد دوم از مجموعه هفتگانه ی داستان برج تاریک است؛ جلد نخست مجموعه با عنوانهای: «تفنگدار»، و «هفت تیر کش»؛ ترجمه شده؛ داستانی برگرفته از شعر روایی: رابرت برانینگ، «رولند نجیب‌ زاده قدم به برج تاریک نهاد» است. در جلد نخست این داستان، رولند، آخرین بازمانده‌ ی هفت‌تیرکش‌ها، در حال سفر و جست‌ و‌ جوست، و سرانجام مرد سیاه‌پوش را می‌یابد؛ جادوگری که مدت‌هاست تعقیبش می‌کند، و خوانشگر هنوز نمی‌داند او کیست. مرد سیاه‌پوش به شکل مردی به نام «والتر» درآمده است؛ کسی که به دروغ ادعا می‌کرد مدت‌ها قبل، پیش از آنکه دنیا تغییر کند، دوست پدر رولند بوده است. هدف رولند رسیدن به این موجود انسان‌نما نیست، بلکه او می‌خواهد به برج تاریک برسد؛ رسیدن به مرد سیاه‌پوش و آگاهی از آنچه او می‌داند، نخستین گام او در راه رسیدن به مکان مرموز است. رولند کیست؟ دنیای او پیش از‌ آنکه تغییر کند، چگونه بوده است؟ برج تاریک چیست و چرا او به دنبالش است؟ هنوز پاسخی برای این پرسشها نداریم. رولند، هفت‌تیرکش و نجیب‌ زاده است و به خاطر دارد دنیایش پیش از دگرگونی، «پر از عشق و نور» بوده است، و او می‌خواهد از دگرگونی دنیایش جلوگیری شود. آخرین دیدار رولند و والتر، در گورستانی غبارآلود و پر از استخوان‌های پوسیده، رخ می‌دهد. مرد سیا‌ه‌پوش با کارت‌های تاروت، آینده‌ ی رولند را پیش‌ بینی می‌کند. این کارت‌ها مردی به نام زندانی، زنی به نام بانوی سایه‌ ها، و تصویر تاریکی را نشان میدهند که نشان‌دهنده‌ ی مرگ است (البته مرد سیاه‌پوش به رولند می‌گوید: «مرگ برای تو نیست.») و این پیشگویی‌ها موضوع اصلی جلد دوم داستان، و گام دوم رولند در راه رسیدن به برج تاریک است. جلد نخست چگونه تمام می‌شود؟ رولند نشسته بر ساحل دریای غربی، غروب آفتاب را تماشا می‌کند. مرد سیاه‌پوش مرده، و آینده‌ ی هفت‌تیرکش نامعلوم است. ماجرای کتاب: انتخاب سوم، از همان ساحل، کمتر از هفت‌ ساعت بعد آغاز می‌شود. ا. شربیانی

  • Kyle
    2019-03-06 07:38

    Just not my kind of book or series I guess.I found some parts interesting but having to dig through the paragraph-long sentences that seemed to jump randomly from subject to subject just lost me. Some people really enjoyed this book. I've had many people recommend it. I passed the 50% mark today, which is my rule before giving up on a book, and decided I simply was NOT enjoying it at all and saw no point in continuing.  I'm really disappointed because I had heard so many good things about this series. 

  • Luffy
    2019-03-17 05:40

    Having read this book, I'm scrambling to try to compare the first two ones, and to understand why I rated this book a three, while at the same time I enjoyed reading it on a basic level. The twists in this book are no better than those in The Gunslinger. However the world they are set in make the difference. The Gunslinger made the cut as the better of the two because its characters, I realize, are given more time to shape. Here the people in our world are not the equal of the man in the desert, or of the priestess, or of the woman who slept with Roland. Here though, was a big question. How was the third person going to end up? I was surprised how he died. I thought Roland needed Mort. In the end though, it all comes to taste. The book is good enough for me to hope for better. Now that's a contradiction, but that's how it is.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-24 04:52

    "What the hell was that?!!?" basically sums up my response to The Drawing of the Three. And I mean that in the best possible way. As I opined in my review of The Gunslinger, I have avoided The Dark Tower for so long because it's a series and usually series books serve up a formulaic reheating of what happened in previous books. I usually enjoy the first book, like the second book, and begin to get that deja vu feeling that I've read all of this before somewhere around book three. Not so with this bad mamma-jamma. The Drawing of the Three couldn't be more different from The Gunslinger--and yet it works. The Gunslinger offered a bleak, apocalyptic world and a terse writing style to match as we followed the Man in Black along with Roland, the last Gunslinger. At the end of the novel, Roland is told that three people will be key in aiding his quest to the Dark Tower, leading into The Drawing of the Three.In the second novel, the narrative begins with a shocking development in the first few pages that instantly causes us to reassess the character of Roland in terms of his abilities and his physical/emotional limits. Under considerable strain and a very real life-threatening situation, Roland begins to draw the three prophesied. As he does so, Roland breaks the barrier between his world and ours while discovering unlikely connections among the three people he encounters.Unlike The Gunslinger, the writing here is more descriptive and King does a superb job of capturing Roland's awe with the plenty offered in our world in contrast with the world that has "moved on," as well as creating tension with the character of Detta Walker (I was as on edge during her scenes as Roland was; reading chapters with her was emotionally exhausting). In the first novel, Roland talked about how the Dark Tower was some kind of nexus holding worlds and times together and The Drawing begins to explore and clarify this idea more so than the previous book did.It's very difficult to say much about the book without spoiling it, but King is to be commended for writing a book that varies in so many ways from the first novel and yet still seems a natural part of the world he created. If this continues, I may be one very happy series reader indeed.Now I just hope that I don't order the Lobstrosities the next time I'm at Red Lobster. Seriously, I'll never look at lobster in the same way again.Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder

  • Laz
    2019-02-27 00:39

    I knew ever since reading the first book that this series would only get better in time. To be honest, I expected it to become really good after the 3rd or 4th book but this one really is the turn. The first one is only a small tease of what this series is and can be. Being a big Stephen King fan, I find his mind exceedingly sharp, and his thoughts utterly cohesive, building and building and then breaking everything apart. He's extremely talented and it shows in his work. While in the first book we see Roland, the hero, wandering about in a desert, looking for the Dark Man and ultimately for the Dark Tower, in this we see Roland hungry, thirsty and battered, doing his best to survive. After accomplishing his first task, at the cost of someone's life, the book ends quite abruptly with not much of a cliffhanger.In this book, Roland travels in time to bring together the people, the cards he drew represent, together. The Prisoner, The Lady of the Shadows and The Pusher. Each and every personality of those three people is unique, and some of those are sadists or even schizophrenic, or drug addicts. Only Stephen King would be able to create such a strange fellowship.Time travel has always been a favorite subject of mine, and though Stephen doesn't really delve in the details of what a time travel entails, it's really enjoyable seeing him jump from time to time to find those he's looking for. What I really loved about it, was the constant anxiety it caused me. It gave me panic attacks. It was fast-paced and unlike the first book, the plot was really thick and complex and made me fall in love with this series and cannot actually wait to get my hands on the next book.

  • Lindsey Rey
    2019-03-20 05:48

    I love Stephen King, but this series just isn't for me! I won't be continuing on with the series.

  • ScottHitchcock
    2019-03-20 06:40

    Book 1: 2.5*Book 2: 2.5*The dichotomy that is this series. On the one hand I want to know how it turns out. On the other I don't think I can do another book with senseless rants, non stop nostalgic pop culture references, stereotypes ad nauseam and a storyline that meanders aimlessly. The characters are all tough to like. Not because they have flaws but because they all have non sequitur inane ramblings that drive the reader to the brink of the craziness which drives the characters. I simply cannot continue this series. Maybe I'll read a summary just to find out but overall it's just a waste of time.

  • R.K. Gold
    2019-02-23 04:32

    Just terrific! So many perfect characters to pick from in this and the back and forth from detta to Odetta just made the experience in between worlds that much more colorful. The adventures Roland has on Earth are just, well, unreal. It was sometimes hilarious, other times straight out of a superhero movie. Reading this series has been long overdue and I'm so happy to finally have the opportunity to give it the time it deserves.On to book 3!

  • Algernon
    2019-03-16 00:28

    [7/10] - "What's on the other side of the door for me?" Eddie asked the gunslinger quietly. "Go on and tell me. If you can tell me, maybe I'll come. But if you lie, I'll know." - "Probably death", the gunslinger said. "But before that happens, I don't think you'll be bored. I want you to join me on a quest. Of course, all will probably end in death - death for the four of us in a strange place. But if we should win through ..." His eyes gleamed. "If we win through, Eddie, you'll see something beyond all the beliefs of all your dreams." - "What thing?" - "The Dark Tower." I wasn't bored, but neither was I exactly bowled over by this sequel to 'The Gunslinger'. The book is eminently readable, the tension maintained with consummate skill, the new characters intriguing and well fleshed out, the dialogues snappy and natural. There's even a couple of well rendered high adrenaline shotouts, some scary oversized lobster-monsters that justify the classification of 'western-horror-fantasy' for the series. What I'm still missing is the point of the quest. Why is Roland compelled to search for the Dark Tower? When will the blank spots in his backstory be filled out? When will we learn more about the world of Roland, why and how it moved on? Questions that remain largely unanswered at the end of the novel, making it a second, longer prologue to the main event that is still only vaguely defined, mostly in metaphysical terms. I want to see something 'beyond the beliefs of all my dreams', but so far I got a lot of posturing and marketing sales pitches, promises of later enchantment, if I only continue reading these Gunslinger books. I guess I will do it, I will give credit to Stephen King's promises and to the enthusiasm of his legion of fans, even as I cast a wary eye at the doorstopper size of these later installments.Coming back to the present story, the plot is holding together much better than the episodic novellas included in the opening book. Roland needs some sidekicks to aid him in his quest to reach the Dark Tower, and some unknown entity or God is conveniently placing doors to the north of the beach that our gunslinger finishes his westward quest after The Man in Black. These doors lead to a parallel universe, a secondary world that is revelaed to be our own dear Earth, in particular New York City. The doors also mess up with the fabric of time, and Roland goes through the portals into three different timelines: 1987, 1964, 1977. I had to check online for the dates, I'm not sure they are spelled out like this in the book, but maybe a reader more familiar with American pop culture will have an easier task than me in placing the action correctly. I know that the sixties in particular are a fascinating, defining moment for King, as references to the Kennedys, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and the drug counter-culture are recurrent themes in King's stories. Anyway, the dates are less important to me than the people Roland is trying to recruit. I believe this is the one field where King is a true master : making the reader care and become invested in the fate of his fictional characters. The first door gets us into the mind of Eddie Dean, a young man in very big trouble, a drug addict that gets on the wrong side of a Sicilian dealer who uses Eddie's love for his older brother to turn him into a drug smuggler. King manages to transform this crook into a smart, loyal, considerate knight, a reluctant participant in the search for the Dark Tower that I hope will serve later as a counterweight to the more ruthless, cynical atitude that drives Roland. "Only two choices here, Roland whispers. Don't know how it is in your world, but only two choices here. Stand and maybe live, or die on your knees with your head down and the stink of your own armpits in your nose. Nothing ..." He hacks out a cough. "Nothing to me." Being a newcomer to the world of Roland (a blank slate), this Eddie Dean would make a useful literary device to let the reader learn more about this still generic country and about the backstory of our gunslinger. This opportunity is mostly wasted for now, as roland is very reluctant to release said information, and when he does he talks mostly in riddles. For example, Eddie wants to know what is 'ka' and why it is so important to Roland? Here it means duty, or destiny, or, in the vulgate, a place you must go. I may be thick skulled, but in another part of the novel 'ka' is equated with Roland's soul or conscience, the part of him that goes through the doors and leaves his physical body behind. So I'm still confused, as I am about the nature of the Dark Tower (a nexus of time and space, I believe was the description in the first book).Second door gives us an even more troubled character, a woman of colour with a split personality. Odetta Holmes is a rich Park Avenue heiress with a sweet disposition and an active interest in the civil rights movement. But she has recurrent headaches that leave blank spots in her memory. She is completely unaware of her alter ego, Detta Walker, a bitter, violent, foul-mouthed, paranoic virago from the ghetto. Odetta/Detta is also a double amputee, victim of a random act of violence. Again, King is in top form making the transitions between the two aspects of this schizophrenic personality, using both women to advance the plot and crank up the adrenaline and even managing to introduce a romantic angle into his epic.By the time we reach the third and last door prophesized by the Man in Black, the pace of the story has become a headlong rush into action, with split second cinematic cuts that grab the reader and refuse to let go before the last page is turned, no matter how late into the night it gets. The third 'recruit' comes to us like the previous two with a heavy psychological bagage, probably the heaviest, since his Tarot symbol is Death. Jack Mort is a socipath, a serial killer that we find out has already messed up with the fate of Roland and the others. How could he possibly be destined to be part of the search for the Tower? Well, you must read the book if you want to find out, it's not my place to give away all the salient points. To finish with my review, after praising the characterization and the pacing of the story, I feel I have to include also the part that is bothering me. It has to do with free-will and pre-destination, with the use of prophecy and convenient plot devices (doors) that appear out of thin air. The construction so far feels contrived, forced, and still too vague. (view spoiler)[ In matters of the Tower, fate became a thing as merciful as the lighter which has saved his life and as painful as the fire the miracle had ignited. Like the wheels of the oncoming train, it followed a course both logical and crushingly brutal, a course against which only steel and sweetness could stand.(hide spoiler)]. So, is Roland a rebel against the forces of entropy/destiny as he likes to refer to himself, or a puppett on a string for a cruel and mysterious master? I don't know, but I am probably going to read the next book in the series hoping for some illumination.I wil say good-bye with a last example of Stephen King sneaky, yet effective marketing, a final repartee between Eddie and Roland: - Are you going to get all of us killed? [...]- We all die in time, the gunslinger said. It's not just the world that moves on. But we will be magnificent.

  • Cindy Newton
    2019-02-24 00:52

    Okay, I've been schooled. For lo these many years, I've prided myself on being one of the original Stephen King fans, the quintessential Constant Reader. I grew up with him, meaning that I am of an age that I read his books as he actually churned them out. I was there, hands outstretched, waiting for each eagerly anticipated tome, ready to devour it and add to my ever-growing admiration for the god of horror--except for the Dark Tower series. I can't even offer a satisfactory explanation for this dichotomy. Maybe because the first installment was called The Gunslinger? I've never had much interest in books of a Western bent (except for Lonesome Dove, that genre-transcending masterpiece) and I can't explain this irrational prejudice either. What's not to like about the West? The development of the West is the history of our country surging ahead, conquering new territories, a hardy, courageous people willing to abandon everything they know to carve a life for themselves in an unforgiving, hostile terrain. This flimsy excuse is the only one I can think of.So, I have discovered the true depths of my idiocy by reading this book. This is what I get for questioning Uncle Stevie. When will I learn? I have avoided this series for years, and I loved this book! It starts off with freakin' awesome action in the prologue, and the tension escalates from there. Roland's story, which put-putts along sedately in the first book, takes off like a rocket in this book. We see Roland, unconscious on the beach, and the next thing we know he's involved in a life-and-death struggle with a weird lobster creature. I mean, let's face it, just regular lobsters and crabs are creepy looking, but these are like lobsters on steroids. After he survives this (but not without serious injury), Roland sets off to locate the people who will assist him in his quest for the Tower. The scene with Eddie in the airplane bathroom is incredibly tense and had me yelling at the book for them to "hurry up!" The scenes with Odetta/Detta ware equally suspenseful since you never know when the situation will take a sharp turn for the savage. Roland's "resolution" of Jack Mort is a thing of beauty, and resolves more than just Jack Mort. The introduction of our world into the book, with Roland able to step into and explore our culture, creates a link for the reader to identify with. There are humorous moments as Roland attempts to comprehend the unfamiliar jargon and behaviors of 20th century America, such as "tooter-fish" sandwiches and "astin," the magical drug (aspirin) that temporarily relieves Roland's pain and fever. It also gives you an appreciation for those amenities we so take for granted. It is run-of-the-mill 20th century medicine that saves Roland's life. It reminds me of Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris, earnestly explaining why he cannot stay in the 1920's despite his love for the period, "I dreamed I went to the dentist and he didn't have novocain . . . these people don't have antibiotics!" Overall, I was on the edge of my seat for the entire read, and can't wait to start the next book. I will never doubt Uncle Stevie again, I promise!

  • Ashley Daviau
    2019-03-19 02:29

    I'll probably end up saying this for each book in the series so I apologize in advance! But this series really does just get better and better with each book. Especially from the first to this one, the difference is quite stunning! Don't get me wrong, I loved the first book in the series! But the writing is much easier to read in the second instalment and it allowed me to fly through this one much faster than the first. Although that could also be due to the fact that there is a lot more action and excitement in this one. The details of the story were so foggy as I was reading this that I was on the edge of my seat just like the first time I read it. I had to keep turning the pages to find out how it would turn out and where it would all lead. And of course I can't end this review without mentioning my favourite part of this book, the characters. I fell in love with Eddie and Susannah all over again. I had forgotten just how much I loved them, Susannah especially! Their introduction to the story is really a spectacular one and it's only fitting that it takes up a whole book, they really are such an integral part of the story.

  • Nikoleta
    2019-03-20 04:41

    Το κάλεσμα των τριών νομίζω ότι έχει πιο ενδιαφέρουσα πλοκή και περισσότερη αγωνία από το πρώτο μέρος της σειράς. Επίσης νομίζω τα βρήκα αρκετά με τους ήρωες διότι κατάφερα να συμπαθήσω λίγο περισσότερο τον Ρόλαντ, όπως επίσης με εξέπληξαν ευχάριστα οι δύο καινούριους ήρωες στο βιβλίο (δεν λέω ποιοι). Ο Κινγκ τους έπλασε με ένα παρανοϊκό αλλά πολύπλοκα υπέροχο βάθος (πραγματικά δεν ξέρω πως αλλιώς θα μπορούσα να το περιγράψω).Κάτι που ακόμη βρήκα ευχάριστο είναι ότι παρόλο που και πάλι γίνεται χαμός σε έναν μεταποκαλυπτικό κόσμο, το "κάλεσμα των τριών" δεν έχει αυτή την καταθλιπτική και αποπνικτική ατμόσφαιρα του πρώτου, διότι η πλοκή κινείται με ταχύτητα κρατώντας και τον αναγνώστη σε εγρήγορση. Μου άρεσε πολύ περισσότερο απ’ ότι περίμενα.

  • Evelyn (devours and digests words)
    2019-03-12 02:27

    THIS BOOK IS SO FUCKING WEIRD AND AWESOME AND GODDAMN, I JUST WANT MORE.The thing withThe Drawing of The Three is that it is a helluva weird story but somehow King managed to make sense of THAT weirdness and turn it into something completely EPIC.Also, the characterization game is very strong in here.I'm already half in love with Eddie Dean and Odetta and even more so with ROLAND OF GILEAD. Seriously. How did King managed to get me so hooked to them like this?I'm babbling away so obviously I can't form coherent words right now. No full review required! NEED THE NEXT BOOK RIGHT NOW.

  • Ms. Smartarse
    2019-03-23 01:36

    Roland is forging ahead determined to find the three people prophesied by Walter Padick at the end ofThe Gunslinger. As the Universe in our hero's world seems to have a particularly twisted sense of humor, the gunslinger is given a heavy handicap at the beginning of the story. Some huge lobster-like monsters (a.k.a lobstrosities) bite off the first two fingers of his right hand, which puts quite a dent in his shooting skillsThreatened by both blood loss, as well as the constant chatter of monsters, Roland's quest seems to be getting more and more... sinister every step of the way. Not that it had been a walk in the park before, by any stretch of imagination.I am still not entirely on board with the author's writing style, however the character development just blew my mind. Being rather impatient by nature, I always like to try and guess where the story and characters may lead the narrative thread. I tend to do exceedingly well with highly predictable genres (eg: historical romances), have the occasional success with murder mysteries, but miss the mark entirely when it comes to more complex world building and/or character development.As I tend to get annoyed with predictability when it comes to anything other than the blindingly obvious, following Roland Deschain through the mysterious beach doors kept my mind locked in an epic story chock full of incredible action sequences, heart-breaking resolutions, liberally peppered with graphically horrifying slaughter scenes.There were several dull sequences, generally courtesy of lengthy descriptive passages, that still caused the reading experience to drag significantly. However the sheer unpredictability of everything, along with the masterful character development couldn't really justify anything lower than a 4-star rating.Score: 3.8/5 starsShould you find the review incredibly vague, and maybe even a bit misleading, that is actually intentional. I even chose relatively pretty and nondescript pictures this time around, partly because I didn't wish to spoil the action unnecessarily, and partly because googling images for lobstrosities freaked me out... even in retrospect.At this point, there are probably very few people (myself included) who may not know of/about the series' plot. Even so, I find that this proved to be an integral part of my... well definitely not enjoyment. How about sense of wonder? And I mean that in the most horrifying sense imaginable.=======================Review of book 1: The Gunslinger