Series: The Dark Tower #2
Published by Penguin on 1987
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, General
Format: Audio Book
In 1978, Stephen King introduced the world to the last gunslinger, Roland of Gilead. Nothing has been the same since. More than twenty years later, the quest for the Dark Tower continues to take readers on a wildly epic ride. Through parallel worlds and across time, Roland must brave desolate wastelands and endless deserts, drifting into the unimaginable and the familiar. A classic tale of colossal scope--crossing over terrain from "The Stand," "The Eyes of the Dragon," "Insomnia," "The Talisman," "Black House," "Hearts in Atlantis," "'Salem's Lot," and other familiar King haunts--the adventure takes hold with the turn of each page. And the tower awaits.... The Second Volume in the Epic Dark Tower Series... The Drawing of the Three While pursuing his quest for the Dark Tower through a world that is a nightmarishly distorted mirror image of our own, Roland is drawn through a mysterious door that brings him into contemporary America. Here he links forces with the defiant young Eddie Dean, and with the beautiful, brilliant, and brave Odetta Holmes, in a savage struggle against underworld evil and otherworldly enemies. Once again, Stephen King has masterfully interwoven dark, evocative fantasy and icy realism.
Growing up I was a major Stephen King fan. While my friends read The Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High (which I also read), I was reading Stephen King. Part of this is due to the fact that I was an advanced reader who read a lot. So much, in fact, that my parents couldn’t keep up with my habit. They either got tired of shelling out cash for me to buy books, or running to the library. Whenever they got me “enough” books to last me for a while, I proved them wrong. $50 in books does not go very far with me. Even if all the books are paperback, and around $5 a piece. Though I read many of King’s books, I’d never read his famed The Dark Tower series. I tried to rectify this failing last year when I finally picked up The Gunslinger.
I had a very difficult time reading that novel, but I persevered because I had been waiting to read it for over 20 years. Plus, everyone I knew who read it loved the book and the series. I didn’t not like it, but I did wind up lost. The book was strange and confusing. I couldn’t get into the story until almost the end, and had a hard time visualizing what was happening. Though I refused to quit. This is how I ended up trying to read The Drawing of the Three. Actually, I got the audiobook, because I thought that would help me to understand the storyline. This idea did have merit as I finally began to understand this story, yet I found myself unable to connect to the characters. Finally, I decided to quit after struggling with this series and feeling like it was hard work to continue on.
I’ve read many strange novels, but this one had too much imagery. It was like sensory overload, and I found it difficult to pick out the important details. Though this story was easier for me to follow, I didn’t make the first novel clear to me, and I can tell I would end up lost having not acquired that information. Somehow all of this fits together, but I couldn’t figure out how. With all of the other confusion going on, I just had to DNF this novel and series. No longer will I continue to force myself to read books I can’t get into when I have so many other books I can be reading or listening to.