The Waste Lands by Stephen King
(The Dark Tower, Book 3)

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Still, taking it as a stand alone book, it is some of his best writing, some of the most adventurous story telling, and, as annoying as it was, one of the toughest cliff hangers to ever withstand.
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Synopsis

Beginning with a short story appearing in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1978, the publication of Stephen King's epic work of fantasy-what he considers to be a single long novel and his magnum opus-has spanned a quarter of a century.

Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower series is King's most visionary feat of storytelling, a magical mix of science fiction, fantasy, and horror that may well be his crowning achievement. In November 2003, the fifth installment, Wolves of the Calla, will be published under the imprint of Donald M. Grant, with distribution and major promotion provided by Scribner. Song of Susannah, Book VI, and The Dark Tower, Book VII, will follow under the same arrangement in 2004. With these last three volumes finally on the horizon, readers-countless King readers who have yet to delve into The Dark Tower and a multitude of new and old fantasy fans-can now look forward to reading the series straight through to its stunning conclusion. Viking's elegant reissue of the first four books ensures that for the first time The Dark Tower will be widely available in hardcover editions for this eager readership.
 

About Stephen King

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Stephen King, the world's bestselling novelist, was educated at the University of Maine at Orono. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, and their children in Bangor, Maine.
 
Published January 1, 2016 by Scribner. 612 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure, Westerns, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Kirkus

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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

...the volume seemingly jerry-built on borrowings (the hoary haunted house; the mad computer, echoing Hal of 2001; the wasted city and its criminal denizens, shades of Escape from New York) and overblown character conflicts...

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NY Times

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Reviewed by RICHARD E. NICHOLLS on Sep 29 2008

While "The Waste Lands" seems at times an uncertain hybrid of horror and fantasy, at its best it demonstrates a subtlety and an assured sense of pacing new to Mr. King's massive body of work.

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Publishers Weekly

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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jan 01 2008

...offers charming bits of whimsy, some splendidly tense moments and one rip-roaring horror scene. At times, however, it is pretentious and the direction of the sprawling plot uncertain.

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SF Site

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Reviewed by Matthew Peckham on Feb 17 2013

The third book in Stephen King's unfolding Dark Tower series puts one foot on the clutch, upshifts, then pins the accelerator to the floor.

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Helium

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Reviewed by Josh Komon on Oct 05 2009

Still, taking it as a stand alone book, it is some of his best writing, some of the most adventurous story telling, and, as annoying as it was, one of the toughest cliff hangers to ever withstand.

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