The Drawing of the Three

The Dark Tower Vol. 2

mass market paperback, 463 pages

English language

Published Oct. 29, 2003 by Signet.

ISBN:
978-0-451-21085-2
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OCLC Number:
970519036

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4 stars (142 reviews)

The Drawing of the Three is a dark fantasy novel by American writer Stephen King. It is the second book in The Dark Tower series, published by Grant in 1987. The series was inspired by Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came by Robert Browning. The story is a continuation of The Gunslinger and follows Roland of Gilead and his quest towards the Dark Tower. The subtitle of this novel is RENEWAL.

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Review of 'The Drawing of the Three' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Wow. Roland's journey goes on. He's aged but not seemingly aged. Like well worn leather his creases grow deeper but his substance is the same. This book took on such a jagged set of differences than the beginning work. The drawing of the three, doors into our times scattered within a few decades of each other. Is this the man in black's doing, why are there doors, why the quests within each and without.

I can't give this away because to say much is to say enough. All in all, lobstrosities or honkey mafahs, you're in for a ride of rides. Just don't touch the third rail and fry out before the end because it is an insane adventure of backstories and futures yet to be told all to bring Roland something he needs but doesn't know, more sacrifices for the tower? So much still unknown but all will be …

Review of 'The Dark Tower II' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I'm somewhat ashamed to admit that I've never read the entire Dark Tower series. I've never been much of a King fan, but in a way, it's his Ulysses (a case might be made for The Stand as his Magnum Opus, but I'll get there eventually).

The release cycle is what put me off. I've read a few fantasy series before, but always after they were complete. I don't like waiting. And that's a fault of my mine I'm willing to claim as my own. Having now gotten to book 2, I have to say: so far, I like it.

That's not to say I love it. It's more than tolerate, and less than love. For now, the Dark Tower series is something I will continue with. I'm also going to read some of the "attached works" in conjunction. Some I've read before (Insomnia, Desperation, The Regulators, The Talisman) Others …

Review of 'The Drawing of the Three' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

3.5 stars.

I enjoyed this a lot and flew though it, but I think its predecessor, The Gunslinger, is a better book. Stylistically it's very different from The Gunslinger, which is bleak and sparse; this one is much more action-packed and abandons the slow moving "western" feel of The Gunslinger. It's not bad, but it's different, and frankly I'm a little sad it changed because The Gunslinger felt special.

I was not thrilled with Detta/Odetta. It's nice that one of Team Roland is a woman but it's not nice when "woman" is code for crazy/unpredictable/irrational, which is this character in a nutshell; as if to ensure she stays in her place, she's confined to a wheelchair and babysat by 2 conspicuously not crazy men for the length of the book. Plus her compulsive masturbation is not sexy, interesting, relevant, or shocking; I'm all for healthy expressions of female sexuality in …

Review of 'The Drawing of the Three' on Goodreads

5 stars

A wonderful sequel to The Gunslinger that draws us deeper into both Roland's character and world as well as introducing two interesting new characters. While The Gunsslinger can be seen as a brief introduction that promises much in terms of story, The Drawing of the Three delivers on those promises with some fascinating glimpses into what Roland's quest for the Dark Tower actually means. Highly recommended.

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